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Sweet Potato Biscuits from Around the Southern Table

Originally being from the midwest, I didn’t get my first taste of Southern food until I was in my mid-twenties. And I’ve been a fan of it ever since! There’s something about Southern cooking that is so comforting and inviting. And because I love the charm of Southern food, I decided to review a new Southern Living cookbook called Around the Southern Table by Rebecca Lang, who is a ninth-generation Southerner. This hardcover book features lots of mouth-watering photos and 150 made-from-scratch recipes that will help you bring a touch of Southern hospitality to your own table. The book is divided into these chapters:

  • Pull Up a Chair–A charming introduction with some tips on creating an inviting Southern table.
  • Sunup–Breakfast/brunch recipes like Pound Cake French Toast and Brown Butter Coffee Cake with Peaches and Blueberries.
  • Little Bites, Sips, and Jars–Appetizers, beverages, and homemade condiments.
  • Dinner Bell–Hearty main dishes like Pecan, Bourbon, and Cane Syrup Ham, Stuffed Meatloaf, and Crispy Country-fried Steak.
  • From the Oven–Casseroles, breads, and biscuits like Hoppin’ John Bake, Macaroni with Five Cheeses, and Herbed Buttermilk Biscuits.
  • Soup Spoons and Sliced Bread–Soups, stews, and sandwiches like Rich Corn Chowder and Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches.
  • Harvest Time–Salads and sides like Heirloom Tomato Salad and Swiss Chard with Bacon Butter.
  • Sugar Bowls–Delicious desserts like Six-Layer Caramel Cake and Pumpkin Pie with Brown Sugar Pecans.

I decided to try the Sweet Potato Biscuits because I love biscuits! And I’ve never made Sweet Potato Biscuits before, only drop biscuits. I had a feeling these would be much better than drop biscuits, and they definitely were! They are fluffy and puffy, and a biscuit-lovers dream! These would be great to make for Thanksgiving–either the main meal or for a Thanksgiving weekend brunch. Hope you get a chance to try these!

SWEET POTATO BISCUITS from Around the Southern Table

From the Author: Anytime I have leftover baked sweet potatoes, I make a batch of these biscuits. Super-moist and loaded with sweet potato flavor, they’re wonderful with ham, blueberry preserves, or butter. A little extra baking powder helps them rise.

Makes 15 biscuits (My  note: I actually ended up with 18 biscuits, so you’ll get anywhere from 15 to 18 biscuits)

  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup mashed baked sweet potato, at room temperature
  • 4 cups self-rising soft-wheat flour (such as White Lily) (My note: I couldn’t find White Lily flour, so I used Gold Medal Self-Rising flour)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), cut into 1/2-inch cubes and chilled
  • Parchment paper

Preheat oven to 425˚F. Stir together buttermilk and sweet potato in a medium bowl.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until it is crumbly and resembles small peas. Add buttermilk mixture, and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn dough onto a well-floured surface, and knead 4 times with lightly floured hands. Pat dough to 3/4-inch thickness. Cut with a 2 1/4-inch round cutter (be very careful not to twist the cutter). Place biscuits, with sides touching, on a parchment paper-lined sheet.

Bake at 425˚F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

These are great hot out of the oven, spread with some butter and drizzled with a little honey! Definitely comfort food!

Are you a fan of Southern cooking, too? What’s your favorite Southern dish?

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Sweet and Juicy Blackberry Crumble

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A few days ago, I told you about a great line of products available at Whole Foods Market–the 365 Everyday Value organic frozen fruits and veggies. I made a delicious Very Berry Smoothie with their Frozen Berry Blend and I decided to make a Blackberry Crumble with their organic frozen blackberries. Those berries were so big! They probably would have tasted great thawed out and eaten just the way they were…or used as a topping on yogurt with a sprinkling of granola. But I decided to make a Blackberry Crumble because it just sounded good, and I had never made a Blackberry Crumble before. I looked at some different recipes and came up with my own version. I really liked the way it tasted! Not having made one of these before, I wasn’t quite sure what a typical blackberry crumble was supposed to look like…mine wasn’t as thick I thought it would be and was a little runny…not watery-runny, but sweet-syrupy-juicy runny, which was okay with me! The blackberries had just the right amount of sweetness, with a little punch of flavor from the lemon juice, and the buttery, brown-sugar crumble topping was a great finishing touch. I liked using oats in the topping, too–anything with oats always seems a little healthier to me! 🙂

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I noticed that some crumble recipes said to mash the berries, but I didn’t mash mine; I just put them in the baking pan while they were still frozen. The crumble might be a little less juicy/runny if you’re using fresh berries or if you thaw and drain your frozen berries before putting them in the pan, so you can try it that way if you prefer.

This crumble would be great to make for dessert or even for a brunch…it’s a yummy way to have your fruit in the morning! The recipe makes four good-sized servings in an 8×8″ pan; you can also double the recipe and make it in a 9×13″ pan.

SWEET AND JUICY BLACKBERRY CRUMBLE by NancyCreative

Makes an 8×8″ pan

  • 2 1/2 to 4 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen (I used a 10-ounce package of Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Organic Frozen Blackberries, which came to 2 1/2 cups; if you want a thicker crumble, use 4 cups)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (you may want to use a little more sugar if you’re using 4 cups of berries)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (about the juice of 1 small lemon)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spread the blackberries in an 8×8″ baking pan (if using frozen berries, you don’t need to thaw them out and drain them, but you can do that if you want a thicker berry texture); sprinkle berries evenly with 1/3 cup granulated sugar. Then sprinkle the lemon juice over the berries and sugar.

For crumble topping, combine butter and brown sugar, then add in flour, oats, and salt. Mix all ingredients together until crumbly. Sprinkle over the berries. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 48 minutes (a longer baking time may be needed if using frozen, unthawed berries). Serve warm or cold. Makes 4 servings.

This crumble tastes great topped with ice cream. Or you can drizzle the sweet, juicy syrup from the pan over the crumble. Next time I make this, I’m going to double the recipe and save some of the extra yummy syrup from the pan to use as a topping on ice cream or pancakes!

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Have you ever made a berry crumble? Do you like to use fresh or frozen berries? Mashed or unmashed? If you have any berry crumble-making tips, please feel free to share! 🙂

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Shortbread Brownies

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Do you like brownies? I think I hear a “yes.” Do you like shortbread? I think I hear another “yes.” If that’s the case, there’s a very good chance you will love these Shortbread Brownies! I found the recipe over at Better Homes and Gardens. They are really yummy…so nice and thick, chewy, and fudgy. The buttery shortbread crust has mini semi-sweet chocolate chips mixed into it, which is a nice extra chocolatey touch! The recipe calls for a 9×9″ square baking pan, but I used an 8×8″ pan and baked them a few minutes longer. I also added a few more mini chocolate chips to make them extra chocolatey! The original recipe says it makes 24 bars, but I cut mine into bigger pieces, so I ended up with 16 bars. Here’s the recipe if you want to try them out…

SHORTBREAD BROWNIES by NancyCreative, slightly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Shortbread crust:

  • 1 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup  miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Brownie batter:

  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan (or an 8×8-inch pan) with foil or parchment paper; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl stir together 1 cup flour and brown sugar. Cut in the 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. Press into prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes.

While shortbread crust is baking, you can mix up the brownie batter. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, 3/4 cup flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs, melted butter, and vanilla; beat by hand until smooth. Stir in the 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips. Carefully spread over crust in pan.

Bake 40 minutes more (if using an 8×8″ pan, your baking time will be slightly longer). Cool brownies in pan on a wire rack. Lift brownies out of pan by lifting up on foil or parchment paper. Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars (unless you cut them bigger like I did; then you’ll get about 16).

If you want to make a bigger batch, you could double the recipe and make them in a 9×13″ pan…the baking time may be a little longer.

 

Hope you enjoy these brownies!

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The Best (Texas) Chocolate Sheet Cake

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A few posts ago, I told you about a recipe for Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes, made by Jane Ann for her department lunch. Well, Jane, who is also in that same department, made this fabulous Texas sheet cake for the dessert. It was super-good…nice and moist, very chocolatey, and topped with a smooth layer of chocolate icing. Jane found the recipe over at The Pioneer Woman, where it’s called The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever. Some people call this cake a Texas Sheet Cake because it’s so big…it’s baked in a big 13 x 18″ sheet pan or jelly roll pan, which measures about 10 x 15″. It’s described on The Pioneer Woman website as “…moist beyond imagination, chocolatey and rich like no tomorrow, and 100% of the time, causes moans and groans from anyone who takes a bite.” And as someone who tasted the cake Jane made, I can verify that this is all true! 🙂

Jane made this cake in a 13 x 18″ sheet pan–she had first tried it in a 10 x 15″ pan but said, “…by the time I added the frosting, it was running off the sides. It seemed to work much better in the larger pan. I used the recipe as is, just the larger pan.” So, if you use a 13 x 18″ pan, your cake will be thinner, like the one Jane made. I really liked the thinness of the cake–it kind of looks like a huge pan of brownies when you make it in a pan that big. But the cake will taste great whether you make it in a larger or smaller sheet pan. One thing I found is that if you make this in a 10 x 15″ jelly roll pan, you won’t need to use all the frosting; to avoid having the frosting run off the sides like it did for Jane on her first try with a 10 x 15″ pan, just pour enough frosting on to cover the surface of the cake without going over the edges of the pan–you’ll have about 1/2 to 2/3 cup of frosting left over (just save it to use on another desert).

The frosting will start setting about a half hour after you pour it on the cake, but if you want it to set firmly, you’ll need to give it a few hours.

Jane made the frosting a little differently, too, so it would be really smooth, and I’ve noted how she did that in the recipe below.

THE BEST (TEXAS) CHOCOLATE SHEET CAKE  from The Pioneer Woman

CAKE:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 heaping Tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup buttermilk (Or use this tip to make a buttermilk substitute: Place 1/2 Tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough regular milk to bring the liquid up to the 1/2 cup line. Let stand for 5 minutes, then use in the recipe.)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

FROSTING:

  • 1 3/4 sticks butter
  • 4 heaping Tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 6 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pound (minus 1/2 cup) powdered sugar (about 3 to 3 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts, optional (Jane did not use nuts in her frosting and it was great…so if you don’t like nuts, leave them out!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.

Melt butter in a saucepan and add cocoa. Stir together. Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.

In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into 13 x 18″ sheet cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (if using a 10 x 15″ jelly roll pan, you may need to bake 22 to 23 minutes). NOTE: I greased my pan, but the Pioneer Woman’s recipe doesn’t say to do that, so I guess that’s optional.

While cake is baking, make the icing. If using nuts, chop them finely. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir together. Add the nuts, stir together, and pour over warm cake. (NOTE: if you follow these directions, you’ll notice your frosting is still a little lumpy. To make her frosting really nice and smooth, Jane simply cooked the frosting several minutes longer over low heat, stirring until the mixture was smooth; she also omitted the nuts. You could also leave the nuts out of the frosting mixture and sprinkle them on top of the icing instead). If you made your cake in a 13 x 18″ pan, pour on all the frosting–you may need to spread it a little so it covers the entire cake; if your cake is in a 10 x 15″ pan, just pour enough frosting on to cover the surface of the cake without going over the edges of the pan. You’ll probably have about 1/2 to 2/3 cup of frosting left over.

You can let the frosting cool and set before cutting into squares if you want, or cut into squares while it’s still warm and dig in! The frosting will start setting in about a half hour, but it needs between 1 and 2 hours to set more firmly; at 2 hours, it should be nice and firm.

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As big as this sheet cake is, it disappears pretty quickly!

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Eileen’s Cranberry Almond Breakfast Scones

My artistic friend Eileen made these delicious scones and gave me the recipe (and this wonderful photo she took of them!) so I could share them with you, too! Eileen adapted her recipe from a cranberry scone recipe she found in a cookbook called Scones, Muffins, and Tea Cakes: Breakfast Breads and Teatime Spreads. These are buttermilk scones made without eggs, flavored with dried cranberries, almonds, and almond extract, and topped with a sweet touch-of-cinnamon glaze–doesn’t that sound yummy? Here is Eileen’s recipe…it makes 16 scones.

CRANBERRY ALMOND BREAKFAST SCONES

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2  teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into 6 to 8 pieces
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk

GLAZE

  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.

In a large bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the butter and beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Add the dried cranberries and almond slivers. Pour in the buttermilk and almond extract and mix with spatula until blended.

Gather the dough into a ball and divide in half. On a lightly floured board, roll into 2 circles, approximately ½ to ¾ inch thick. Cut each circle into 8 wedges.

To make the glaze, combine the cream, cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl;  set aside.

Bake the scones on the prepared baking sheet for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are golden. Remove scones from the oven and brush with glaze. Makes 16 scones.

Not only is Eileen a very good baker, she is also a talented artist! Here’s a still life she painted…

Isn’t that beautiful? Eileen is involved in art shows from time to time and has her work shown in galleries, too. She is such a talented artist!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful scone recipe with us, Eileen!

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Pizza Margherita from “Thursday Night Pizza”

I have a confession to make…I have never made homemade pizza! I’ve been wanting to make some, though, and very recently I had the opportunity to review a cookbook/guide to pizza-making called Thursday Night Pizza, written by Fr. Dominic Garramone, and published by Reedy Press. So this was the perfect time for me to attempt making pizza from scratch.
Father Dominic hosted a popular PBS show, Breaking Bread with Father Dominic, for several years and has tested his pizza recipes for the past twenty years on his fellow monks at the Saint Bede Abbey. After all that testing, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with any of his recipes! The book includes instructions for making 3 different pizza doughs, 8 sauces, 2 pestos, and several dozen recipes for pizzas (including some pizza appetizers and a few dessert pizzas).

The hardest thing was deciding which recipe to try first…there’s the the Four Cheese Tomato-Top Pizza, Italian Beef Pizza, Carbonara Pizza, Spicy Thai Peanut Chicken Pizza, Spinach Pesto Pizza, and Muffaletta Pizza, to name a few. I finally decided on the Pizza Margherita, because all the ingredients–fresh basil, tomato, mozzarella, and garlic–are favorites of mine. In the cookbook, it’s described as “A classic pie that is both rustic and elegant in its simplicity.” I like rustic and simple! 🙂

Now as far as the pizza crust goes, Father Dominic says homemade dough is always the best, so I used his recipe for Italian style dough (for a thick crust) on page 32 of his cookbook. It’s not that hard to make, and the crust was really good! However, when you make homemade dough, it does add a few hours to your pizza-making process; if you don’t have the time, you can use pre-made pizza crust, like the Boboli brand, or whatever type of crust you prefer. For the Pizza Margherita, a thick crust works best. Father Dominic also recommends using a pizza stone instead of a pan if you have one, and I did have a round pizza stone. But if you don’t, just use a pizza pan.

Here’s the recipe…

PIZZA MARGHERITA (from Thursday Night Pizza)

  • Recommended crust: 8-12 oz. of Italian style dough (from page 32) OR pre-made thick pizza crust
  • 4 large plum tomatoes, diced and drained
  • 1 garlic clove, mashed and minced
  • 3 or 4 large leaves of fresh basil, cut into strips (I found some fresh basil at my grocery store; even in winter, more stores are carrying fresh herbs now and you definitely want fresh basil for this)
  • 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, torn into pieces (I bought an 8-oz. block of mozzarella and shredded it with a grater)
  • some cornmeal, for dusting your pizza stone or pan

Using your fingertips, hand-stretch the pizza dough to 12″ to 14″ and place on a pre-heated cornmeal-dusted baking stone or pizza pan. Toss diced tomatoes with garlic. Top the dough with the diced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Bake at 500 degrees until the crust is lightly browned and the mozzarella is fully melted (about 10-12 minutes). Remove from oven and top with strips of basil before serving.

If you like adding extra seasoning to your pizza, you might want to add a dash of salt or pepper to suit your taste.

This is a really nice and thick, cheesy pizza. And if I can make homemade pizza, I know you can, too! The recipes in Thursday Night Pizza are easy to follow, so don’t feel intimidated about trying any of them out!

Chocolate-Stuffed Peanut Butter Brownies

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I had some miniature peanut butter cups on hand and was looking for a recipe to use them in. My friend Ann said she had a wonderful recipe for peanut butter brownies that included peanut butter cups as an ingredient. She had made these many times for church dinners and other events, and they were always a popular item. She had me hooked…I had to try them! So I went home and baked them that evening. Everything Ann said about them was true…they are so yummy, with an irresistible combination of peanut butter and chocolate. This is a Betty Crocker® recipe and in addition to peanut butter cups, there’s also milk chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter mixed in the batter…a peanut-butter-and-chocolate-lover’s dream!

CHOCOLATE-STUFFED PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES from Betty Crocker.com

  • 1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 36 miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped (you’ll need to buy a 15.6-oz. bag to have enough)
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (you could also try semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips if you want more chocolate variety; or if you want your brownies super-peanut-buttery, use peanut butter chips…OR 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips and 1/4 peanut butter chips…there are endless possibilities!)

Heat oven to 350 degrees (if using a dark or nonstick pan, heat oven to 325 degrees). Grease bottom and sides of a 13×9-inch pan.

In large bowl, mix brown sugar, butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and eggs until well blended. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut 12 of the peanut butter cups into fourths (about 3/4 cup full). Stir cut-up peanut butter cups and chocolate chips into batter. Spread in pan.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately press remaining 24 candies in brownies in 4 even rows of 6 candies each. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Cut brownies into 6 rows by 4 rows.

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NOTE: It’s unlikely you’ll have any of these yummy brownies left over, but if you happen to have extra, you can wrap them tightly and freeze them for up to 6 months.

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins

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This recipe gives you the best of both worlds…the yummy taste of a moist cinnamon streusel-topped coffee cake, drizzled with glaze and sprinkled with chopped pecans…all in an easy-to-eat muffin! It’s the perfect thing for breakfast or brunch (with a hot cup of coffee, of course). If you’re not a morning person, it makes getting out of bed a little easier knowing you have a delicious muffin to look forward to! 🙂  I found the recipe at myrecipes.com and made a few changes to it. This recipe makes 6 jumbo muffins or 12 regular-size muffins.

SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE MUFFINS by NancyCreative, adapted from myrecipes.com

Makes 6 jumbo or 12 regular-size muffins

Streusel:

  • 3 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1  cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon

Batter:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs (or 1/2 cup egg substitute)
  • 1 cup sour cream (regular or light)
  • 2 tablespoons milk or half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze:

  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons orange juice
  • additional chopped pecans for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

FOR STREUSEL, in small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, chopped pecans, and cinnamon; set aside.

FOR BATTER, place granulated sugar and softened butter in large bowl; mix until well-blended. Add eggs or egg substitute and blend well. Beat in sour cream, milk, and vanilla.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in another large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture and add sour cream mixture. Stir just until combined.

Place 6 jumbo paper muffin liners in a jumbo muffin pan or 12 regular-size liners in a standard muffin pan. Fill cups half full with batter. Sprinkle batter evenly with some of the streusel mixture (don’t use any more than half of the streusel; you’ll need the rest for the topping). Top muffins with remaining batter, then sprinkle with more streusel. Bake at 375 degrees for 22-25 minutes for jumbo muffins and 12-15 minutes for regular-size muffins, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let muffins cool a few minutes, then place on a wire rack. Cool 10 more minutes.

FOR GLAZE, combine powdered sugar and orange juice in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Drizzle glaze over muffins, and sprinkle with additional chopped pecans, if desired.

Then grab a cup of coffee and enjoy one of your muffins! 🙂

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Pumpkin Gingerbread

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I had planned on making a traditional gingerbread recipe for the holidays, but then I saw this recipe for Pumpkin Gingerbread at Allrecipes.com…it had a 5-star rating, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with this! It makes two 9 x 5″ loaves, and I was so happy with how they turned out! I substituted milk for the water, canola oil for vegetable oil, and added a ginger glaze. If you prefer your quick breads without a glaze, these loaves are so moist and flavorful, they don’t really need one…so you can’t go wrong either way. These loaves take an hour to bake, which is great when the weather is cold…your kitchen gets nice and warm and scented with a great pumpkin-ginger aroma! 🙂

PUMPKIN GINGERBREAD by NancyCreative, adapted from AllRecipes

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 (15- oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9 x 5″ loaf pans. In large bowl, combine sugar, oil and eggs; beat until smooth. Add milk and beat until well blended. Stir in pumpkin, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center of loaves comes out clean. Let loaves cool in pans for about 5 minutes, then remove from pans and let cool completely before adding glaze, if desired.

GINGER GLAZE:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons milk or half and half
  • 3/4  to 1 teaspoon ground ginger

In small bowl, blend powdered sugar and milk or half and half; mix until well-blended. Stir in ground ginger and blend well. Drizzle over cooled loaves, as light or heavy as you want. You may have some glaze left over…I always save the extra glaze in a small container and refrigerate it…there’s usually something else I bake later that I can use it on!

But like I said, these loaves are great without glaze, too…you may just want to forget the glaze and eat it warm, fresh out of the oven!
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NOTE: If you want to make mini-loaves for gifts, this recipe makes six 3 x 5″ mini-loaves. Or you could make one large loaf and 3 mini-loaves. The baking time for mini-loaves is about 35 minutes.

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Sweet Potato Bread

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I still have more pumpkin recipes I want to try, but I thought I’d make something with sweet potatoes, just for a change. 🙂  I saw this recipe in my November issue of Country Living, and it sounded really good. It’s actually called Sweet Potato Pound Cake, but I thought the texture was more like a sweet bread than a pound cake-it’s a little lighter-so I’m calling it a bread. My friends and I really liked the taste, and it comes out of the loaf pan so easily. If you like sweet potatoes, this is another great way to enjoy them! This recipe makes two 9×5-inch loaves.

SWEET POTATO BREAD slightly adapted from Country Living

Makes two 9×5″ loaves

  • 3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups leftover mashed sweet potatoes or 1 (29-oz.) can sweet potatoes, drained and mashed (I used the canned sweet potatoes)
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Grease and flour two 9×5-inch loaf pans. In a medium bowl, sift the first six ingredients. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Blend in mashed sweet potatoes, and then the eggs, one at a time. Add flour mixture in thirds; combine ingredients just enough to blend. Spoon batter evenly into greased and floured pans. Sprinkle pecans over batter. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of loaves comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes (the original recipe says 70 to 80 minutes, but my loaves were done much sooner than that). Cool in pans for 15 minutes, then remove loaves from pans and cool completely on a wire rack. Well, since there are 2 loaves, you could probably dig into one while it’s warm and save the other for later! 🙂

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