Cakes

Glazed Old fashioned Donut Cake

I was so mad at my Bundt pan! Refused to use it again, definitely close to buying a new one. OK, it was probably my fault, I did spray it but should have also dusted with flour. I made a banana bread recipe that you bake in a Bundt pan. When I turned it over, half of the cake came out and the top half we ate out of the pan…delicious but ugly. Today I decided to give the Bundt another chance. I love love love donuts, so why not a giant donut. I also love nutmeg and nutmeg is the dominant flavor, besides the tender vanilla cake and drizzled glaze. Everything came out to my satisfaction, so the Bundt pan was lovingly washed and put in it’s place in the cupboard. All is well.

Glazed Old Fashioned Donut Cake

Cake:
1 cup butter, softened
1½ cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk

Glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12- to 15-cup Bundt pan with baking spray and dust with flour. Beat butter and sugar in stand mixer using paddle attachment until fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until just combined after each addition. Spoon batter into prepared pan; gently tap on counter 3 to 5 times to release air bubbles.

Bake about 50 minutes, until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on wire rack 15 minutes. Invert cake out of pan onto a cutting board or platter, then gently flip cake back over so rough side is facing up. Let cool on wire rack completely, about 1 hour. Whisk together powdered sugar and water in a medium bowl until smooth. Brush over cooled cake. Recipe from southernliving.com

Cakes, Dessert, Snacks

Apple Cinnamon Snack Cake

We just needed some cinnamon comfort food tonight.

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Cake Batter:
2½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1¼ cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsp vanilla
2 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cut into small pieces

Cinnamon Filling:
2 Tbl sugar
2 Tbl brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbl butter, melted
2 Tbl milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Heat oven to 350°. Spray 13”x9” pan with non-stick spray. In small bowl, combine ingredients for cinnamon filling, set aside. In another small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt, set aside. In large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar with electric mixer. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla, mix until combined. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and mix just until combined.

Spoon 2/3 of batter into pan, spread evenly. Sprinkle chopped apple pieces evenly all over the batter. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar filling evenly over apples. Drop tablespoon size amounts of remaining batter evenly over cinnamon filling.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. In small bowl, stir glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cake.

Cookies

Sour Cream Chocolate Cookies

This is fudgy chocolaty goodness, just in case you need a little something.

Sour Cream Chocolate Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1¾ cups flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup vanilla or white chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, sour cream and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in chips. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake for 11-12 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Makes approx. two dozen. Recipe from tasteofhome.com.

More Fudgy Goodness:

Brownie Cookies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting 2 Chocolate Fudge Pie Fudge Brownies chocolate-orange-fudge-cake

Breads, Yeast Breads

Fast Honey Buttermilk Bread

This bread takes about 1½ hours to make and it is DELICIOUS! One of my favorite things is a fat end slice of homemade bread hot from the oven slathered with butter. It reminds me of my childhood, coming home from school and mom would have bread right from the oven with butter and homemade jam for an after school snack. Thanks Mom!

Fast Honey Buttermilk Bread 1

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5¼ cups flour
2 pkt (4½ tsp) dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (about 110°)
3 Tbl honey
1/3 cup oil
1½ tsp salt
1½ cups warm buttermilk

In bowl of mixer, add flour and yeast. Pour in warm water over yeast. Add honey, oil, salt and warm buttermilk (heat buttermilk in microwave on 50% until warm, careful not to curdle). Mix for 5 minutes. Spray counter and 2 bread pans with non-stick spray. Shape loaves, place in pans and cover. Let rise 45-60 minutes. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes (tent with foil during baking if necessary so loaves don’t get too brown).

Cupcakes, Snacks

One Dozen White Cupcakes

This recipe makes 12 tender, fluffy white cupcakes, just the right size batch for the Fam while in quarantine! There are so many things to be grateful for, make cupcakes to celebrate! Also, it’s our 35th Wedding Anniversary!

White Cupcakes

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Cupcake Batter:
1½ cups flour
1 cup sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4  cup milk (can use water)
1 Tbl oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg

Vanilla Buttercream:
1/2 cup butter, softened
2½ cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1½-3 Tbl whole milk or cream

Preheat oven to 350°. Put 12 cupcake papers in a 12 cup pan. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another smaller bowl, whisk together milk, oil, vanilla, sour cream, and egg. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and mix together with electric mixer until well incorporated. Scoop mixture into prepared cupcake pan. Bake for 16-20 minutes, watch them and take them out just as cupcakes start to get a little golden and the top of the cupcakes are set. Transfer cupcakes to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

To make buttercream, whip butter with electric mixer until light in color. Mix in powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1½ Tbl milk and whip together. Add more milk to achieve desired piping consistency. Pipe or spread frosting on completely cooled cupcakes and sprinkle!

More Cupcakes:

Chocolate Red Velvet Cupcakes Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes 1 Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes

Butterscotch Cupcakes 1 Double Frosted Dark Chocolate Mint Cupcakes Banana Cardamom Cupcakes

Cookies

Rocky Mountain Cookies

Quarantine is a little happier with cookies. If you are quarantined alone with that batch of cookies, you may want to get on the elliptical a couple more times (speaking from experience).

Rocky Mountain Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 cups oats
2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl of mixer, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, whip until incorporated and creamy. In another bowl, stir together flour, oats, Rice Krispies, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips. Add dry ingredients to mixer with creamed mixture, mix just until all ingredients are incorporated. Drop scoopfuls of batter onto baking sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutes, careful not to over bake.

Muffins, Quick Breads

Cheesy Dinner Muffins

These muffins are a quick addition for any dinner or an easy snack.

Cheesy Dinner Muffins

1¾ cups flour
2½ tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp season salt
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
1 tsp butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400°. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and season salt. In another bowl, mix milk, egg, and oil. Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Gently stir in cheeses. Distribute batter evenly in 6 sprayed muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush muffins with melted butter as they come from the oven. Makes 6 large muffins, can easily be doubled to make 12 large muffins.
Other stir-ins: bacon, green onion, dill, oregano, basil, parsley, caraway seeds, etc. You decide the combination you want.

Dessert

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert

Who says pumpkin desserts are just for Fall, they tastes really good during quarantine too.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert

1½ cups crushed gingersnaps* (about 30 cookies)
1/4 cup butter, melted
5 pkg. (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 can (15oz) pumpkin
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
5 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
nutmeg
maple syrup
whipped cream

In a small bowl, combine gingersnap crumbs and butter. Press onto bottom of a greased 13×9-in. baking dish; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the pumpkin, cinnamon and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust; sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of baking dish to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares; serve with syrup, if desired (I forgot the maple syrup in the picture!) and whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers. Recipe from tasteofhome.com.
*I used Biscoff cookies, chocolate cookies would be good too.

Breakfast, Main Dish

Sausage & Egg Casserole

This is a delicious breakfast casserole that we had for Easter brunch. It is an overnight casserole, mix together the night before, cover, refrigerate, and bake in the morning. I mixed it together early in the morning and baked it about 5 hours later, worked beautifully. We also ate the leftovers for dinner, definitely can be an anytime meal. It combines so many of my favorite foods, sausage, cheese, bread and eggs, of course I would eat it anytime.

Sausage & Egg Casserole 1 Sausage & Egg Casserole 2

1 lb pork sausage (I use turkey sausage)
6 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground dry mustard
6 slices white bread, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese*

In a skillet, brown and crumble sausage; drain and set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs; add milk, salt and mustard. Stir in bread cubes, cheese and sausage. Pour into a greased 11×7-in. (or 9″x9″) baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. *I sprinkled more cheese on top during baking with about 10 minutes remaining. Recipe found at tasteofhome.com.

Candy, Snacks

Chocolate Cornflake Candy

I debated whether I wanted to do this to you or not. I don’t know if this picture is even that appetizing or not…but DANG! This stuff is dangerous! If you have these ingredients in your pantry, make this recipe and you will be happily eating your way through quarantine.

Chocolate Cornflake Candy

Chocolate Cornflake Candy 2  Chocolate Cornflake Candy 3

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
5 cups cornflakes

In a large microwavable bowl melt together chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter, approx. 1½-2 minutes (microwaves vary) stirring after every 30 seconds. Gently fold in cornflakes, making sure to try to get all the cornflakes covered with the chocolate mixture. Press cornflake mixture into buttered pan, use 8″x8″, 9″x9″, or 7″x11″. Cool thoroughly, until totally set. Cut into small squares to serve.

More Snacking!

Sweet Chex Mix 2 Peanut Butter M&M Candied Popcorn Pecan Caramels