Cinnamon Babka

This is a rich buttery yeast bread (almost cake or dessert), full of cinnamon flavor. It’s not hard to make, just takes a little time, and so worth the wait!

Cinnamon Babka

Babka Dough
1/2 cup whole milk (heat to 110°)
1½ tsp yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks (reserve egg whites, 1 for filling & 1 for top of loaf)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbl butter, softened

Cinnamon Filling
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 Tbl butter, melted and cooled
1 egg white
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

In bowl of mixer with dough hook, pour heated milk. Sprinkle yeast over milk, sprinkle sugar over yeast, and let sit until yeast is activated and bubbly. Add egg yolks, egg, and vanilla; mix. Add flour and salt; mix about 3 minutes. Increase mixer speed to medium and softened butter in pieces, one piece at a time. Mix until butter is incorporated and dough smooth, about 5 minutes. Turn dough out into a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until at least doubled (probably about 2 hours).

Mix cinnamon filling ingredients and set aside. Turn risen dough out onto well floured surface. Using enough flour so dough doesn’t stick, roll out into a 12″x16″ rectangle. Gently spread cinnamon filling evenly over surface of dough. Roll up starting from short side and pinch seam. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut all the way down the center of your dough cylinder (use flour on knife to help keep from sticking). Turn both halves of dough so filling is facing up. Twist one half over the other starting in the middle to the end (keeping cut edges facing up) and twist other end from center to the end. Tuck ends under and loaf together to length of loaf pan. Liberally grease loaf pan and carefully lift loaf into pan. Cover and let rise about 1½ hours.

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly beat the one reserved egg white until frothy. Gently brush over risen loaf and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired. Bake about 45 minutes. Cool in pan on cooling rack about 20 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely for clean, neat slices.

Cinnamon Babka 1  Cinnamon Babka 2

Cinnamon Babka 3  Cinnamon Babka 4

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Pumpkin Spice Baked Doughnuts

My daughter Lindsay is visiting and we have been taste testing all things pumpkin spice. Have you noticed all the products in the stores? Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, Pumpkin Spice Lindor Truffles, Pumpkin Spice Kisses, Pumpkin Spice Ghirardelli Squares, Pumpkin Spice Oreos, Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal, Pumpkin Spice Life Cereal, Pumpkin Spice Jell-O Pudding, Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars. No, we did not eat all of that. Lindsay did make Pumpkin Spice Baked Doughnuts, and we did eat them, yummy!

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Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Batter:
1 box yellow cake mix
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp clove
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
3 Tbl melted butter

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, combine cake mix, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. Add pumpkin, eggs and melted butter; mix until well combined. Set aside, make streusel.

Streusel:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbl melted butter

In separate bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and melted butter.
Spoon batter into doughnut baking pan, filling each ring halfway. Sprinkle streusel over batter in each doughnut ring. Bake for 10 minutes.

 

More Pumpkin Goodness:

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Crust Pie 2

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes 1

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Milk Chocolate Blondies

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

Pumpkin Pie Granola

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Pumpkin Gingerbread with Cinnamon Pumpkin Cream Frosting

Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Sweet Rolls

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Apple Pumpkin Pecan Cake

Chocolate Nutella Granola

Is granola still healthy if you add Nutella and chocolate chips? All the healthy elements are still there so let’s say yes! We love to eat it by the handful, yesterday we had it with vanilla yogurt and berries, and today I added banana and vanilla almond milk and had the most delicious lunch.

Chocolate Nutella Granola

Chocolate Nutella Granola 2

5 cups crispy rice cereal
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup rough chopped pecans
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 cups raisins
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup dried cranberries
2 Tbl cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Nutella
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325°. In large bowl, mix together crispy rice cereal, oats, wheat germ, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, raisins, coconut, dates, dried cranberries, and cinnamon. In saucepan, melt butter, Nutella, and brown sugar together. Add maple syrup, salt, and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients and stir gently until thoroughly combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread out evenly on two cookie sheets that have been sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 8 minutes, remove and gently stir and spread out again. Bake another 8 minutes, remove, gently stir and spread out again. Bake 8 minutes more. Remove from oven and cool completely. Store in airtight container. Eat as a snack, in a bowl with milk or on top of ice cream, yogurt, you decide.

Nutty Chocolate Chip Banana Bran Muffins

Sometimes I’m in the mood for healthy and low calorie, that is when I bake something like Bran Muffins. Today I throw all those cares to the wind and bake a bran muffin with sugar, chocolate and lots of nuts. I fool myself with the words banana and bran, that there is some health benefit in there somewhere. My workout tonight will have to be a little longer, but that’s OK, my craving is satisfied. ;o)

Nutty Chocolate Chip Banana Bran Muffins

3 bananas, medium, mashed
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup All-Bran cereal
1¾ flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 400°. Coat 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
In large bowl, stirring by hand, combine banana, eggs, buttermilk, applesauce, vanilla, brown sugar, and All-Bran cereal. Let sit 5-10 minutes. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; add to banana mixture. Stir just until all is combined. Stir in chocolate chips, pecans, and walnuts. Scoop mixture into prepared muffin cups, they will be full. Sprinkle some mini chocolate chips and nut pieces on top if desired. Bake 20-22 minutes.

Other Muffins:

Mandarin Orange Muffins     Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Muffins

Very Vanilla Crumble Muffins     Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins     Snickerdoodle Muffins

Blueberry Oat Nut Muffins     Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Bran Muffins

We love a good muffin, don’t we? But, I am big on counting calories, and a muffin can be loaded with calories. With this recipe, the goal was healthy, good taste, fiber, and low calorie. I think is hits the mark, it can be a good start for your morning or a great snack. Don’t expect a lot of sweet, there is no sugar added. The flavor comes from the hardiness of bran, a hint of molasses, cinnamon, and little bit of chocolate here and there.
One muffin has 145 calories, 5g fiber, 2.6g fat, 30.7g carbs.

Bran Muffins

Bran Muffins II

1¼ cups All-Bran cereal
2/3 cup milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
2 Tbl molasses
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbl mini chocolate chips*

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 6 muffin cups or add papers.
Stir together All-Bran, milk, applesauce, egg, molasses, and vanilla. Let sit 5 minutes for the bran to softened. Stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add dry ingredients to bran mixture and stir just until combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Scoop batter evenly into the 6 muffin cups. Bake 20-22 minutes.

*Use 4 Tbl mini chocolate chips for a little more chocolate in your muffins, this increases the calories per muffin to 170. Still good on calories, and more chocolate!

 

Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Bake

This is a delicious way to eat your oatmeal!

Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Bake

Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Bake 1

4 cups old fashioned oats
1½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2¹⁄3 cups almond milk (or other milk)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy

Preheat oven to 375°. In medium bowl, stir together oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In large bowl, stir together milk, brown sugar, vanilla, maple syrup, and lemon juice. With electric mixer on lowest setting, mix in bananas and peanut butter. Add oat mixture and mix just until incorporated. Pour mixture into sprayed 13″x9″ baking pan, spread evenly. Bake 20-25 minutes, until set. Serve while hot on a plate or in a bowl with syrup, cream, milk, bananas, raisins, you decide! Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in refrigerator for 5-7 days and reheated. You can make half a batch and bake in 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ baking pan. Recipe from shelikesfood.com.

Other Breakfast Ideas:

Baked Frittata

Bacon, Tomato, & Cheddar Bake

Breakfast Pizza

Sausage & Potato Breakfast Casserole 2

Harvest Grain & Pecan Waffles

 

 

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Here’s an idea for your Christmas cookie baking…

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Cinnamon Roll Cookies 1  Cinnamon Roll Cookies 2  Cinnamon Roll Cookies 3

Sugar Cookie Dough:
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Cinnamon Sugar Filling:
2 Tbl sugar, divided
2 tsp cinnamon, divided

Icing:
1 Tbl butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 Tbl milk

For the cookie dough, cream the butter and sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix until dough comes together. Divide dough in half. Roll out one half to a 6″x13″ rectangle. Mix half of the cinnamon sugar filling; 1 Tbl sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Sprinkle filling evenly over dough, press down lightly with fingers on cinnamon sugar. Roll up as pictured above, wrap in wax paper, and put in freezer for about 20 minutes. Repeat with second half of dough. Heat oven to 375°. Remove each roll from freezer when ready, cut cookies from roll with sharp knife about 1/4″ thickness. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, make sure slices are round and end of spiral is pinched to secure. Bake 8 minutes. Mix icing ingredients and drizzle over cooled cookies. Makes approx 6 dozen.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Crust Pie

Mixing two favorites, pumpkin pie and chewy oatmeal cookies. Yum!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Crust Pie

        Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Crust Pie 1          Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Crust Pie 2

Oatmeal Cookie Crust:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup cold butter, cut in chunks
1 egg

Pumpkin Filling:
1 (15oz) can pumpkin
1 (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400°. In large bowl, stir together sugar, brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt. Cut butter into dry mixture, until crumbly. In small bowl, whisk egg. Add egg to oat mixture and stir just until comes together, but still a bit crumbly. Measure out 1/2 cup of crust mixture, set aside. Press remaining crust mixture into a well sprayed 9″ deep dish, 9½”, or 10″ pie plate, covering bottom and up sides. Lay foil inside with pie weights, rice or beans to keep the pie shell shape during baking. Bake 12 minutes.

While shell is baking, mix filling. In large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.

Remove pie shell from oven and with hot pad, press down on weights (rice or beans) to help reshape the shell if shape has changed a little during baking. Let crust sit 5 minutes. Gently remove foil with weights from inside of oatmeal shell. Pour pumpkin filling mixture into shell. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes at 400°. Reduce heat to 350° and bake 15 minutes. Remove pie from oven, evenly sprinkle reserved oatmeal cookie mixture over top of pumpkin filling. Return to oven for 15 more minutes. Watch pie during baking, at some point you will need to cover edge with pie shell ring or ring of foil to prevent from getting too brown. Cool completely for filling to set up and slice cleanly. Serve with sweetened whipped cream.

More Pies…

Harvest Apple Pie   Double Coconut Cream Pie   Eggnog Cream Pie   Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Fudge Pie   Apple Pumpkin Crostata   Chocolate Orange Cream Pie   Macadamia Nut Pie

Blackberry Cobbler

A trip down memory lane. I went on a walk and picked blackberries. Then, home again and pulled out my mother’s recipe for blackberry cobbler and made it just like mom did when I was a kid. Wild blackberries sweetened just right and thickened a bit with a tender biscuit on top to soak in the goodness. What a perfectly lovely day!

Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Base:
3 cups mashed blackberries
3/4 cup sugar
1½ Tbl cornstarch
1 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbl butter, cut in little pieces

Heat oven to 375°. Spray an 8″x8″ square (or similar) baking pan. Have the mashed blackberries ready. In a saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to a boil, cook for 1 minute or until starts to thicken. Stir in blackberries and cinnamon, cook 1 minute more. Pour fruit mixture into prepared pan. Dot with butter. Make biscuit topping.

Biscuit Topping:
1 cup flour
1 Tbl sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 egg

Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Mix together milk and egg; stir into dry ingredients, just until combined. Drop by spoonfuls onto blackberry mixture in baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, until fruit is bubbly and biscuits are golden brown. Delicious warm as is or with vanilla ice cream, or room temperature.

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Strawberry Blueberry Crisp for Two

Delicious little dessert for two!

Strawberry Blueberry Crisp for Two

Strawberry Blueberry Crisp for Two 3

2/3 cup chopped strawberries
2/3 cup blueberries
2 tsp corn starch
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbl cold butter

Preheat oven to 350°. In small bowl stir together strawberries, blueberries, cornstarch, and sugar until well-coated. Divide fruit evenly between two ramekins and set aside on foil-lined baking sheet. In another small bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle crumble mixture over berries in ramekins (there is a lot of crumb mixture, try to use it all, it will shrink as it bakes). Bake 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly and the topping is golden.
Original recipe from thebakerchick.com, strawberries added.

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