Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake #SundaySupper

Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

I asked Mom what she wanted me to make for this Mother’s Day themed post celebrating her.  And she had nothing.  Not a single idea.

So I went ahead and chose something.  Something springy.  Something fancy but not too fancy.  Something Mom worthy, not that any dessert could really express how much I love Mom.

Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

So I decided on this Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.  It isn’t as fancy and laborious as a traditional layer cake, but it has all those classic carrot cake flavors, with the addition of crumb topping.  You can never go wrong with crumb topping.

This is so perfect for Mom too because it is a breakfast food.  While I typically don’t eat lunch and dinner can be a crazy frenzy full of interruptions, each and every day, Mom and I have a relaxing breakfast together.

Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

We sit and watch Today and enjoy our breakfast whether it is oatmeal, a smoothie, or this cake.  That time is by far my favorite part of the day, especially this time of year.  There are so many sunny mornings, full of hope and promise, and enjoying an amazing meal with my favorite person is a great way to spend a half an hour.

The time sets both of us up for a great day ahead.  It gives us time to talk and plan our days and think and sometimes sit in silence that isn’t awkward at all.  You know you really love a person when you can sit in silence without it being awkward.

Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

So back to this coffee cake and why you have to make it for the person you love most.  It’s crazy moist and a little dense in the best way.  Full of carrots and raisins and a decadent cream cheese swirl, I think this has forever spoiled all other coffee cakes for me.  The only thing I would change is to add some nuts to the streusel topping.  They would add the perfect crunch.  I meant to do it, but then it slipped my mind.

Don’t let this recipe or Mother’s Day slip your mind.  Here’s to many more breakfasts with Mom!

Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Filling

1 8 ounce package cream cheese

½ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

1 large egg

Cake

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup packed light or dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

1 large egg

1 cup milk (I used almond coconut blend – use what you love)

2 cups grated carrots

½ cup raisins (I always use Trader Joe’s Jumbo Medley – it is fab!)

Streusel

½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup packed light or dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

¼ cup pecans or walnuts, optional

Glaze

2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

2-4 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 inch round cake pan.

Make the cream cheese filling. In a medium bowl, stir together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg until mostly smooth. A few lumps are okay.

Make the cake. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer will work as well. Beat in the vanilla bean paste and egg.

Alternately add the flour mixture and milk to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir in half of the cream cheese mixture, followed by the carrots and raisins.

Pour batter into prepared pan and top with the remaining cream cheese mixture. Use a fork or knife to swirl the cream cheese mixture into the batter.

Make the streusel. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingers until it resembles coarse meal. Stir in the pecans or walnuts if using. Sprinkle streusel evenly over the cake.

Bake cake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in pan or serve immediately. Before serving, make the glaze. In a small bowl, stir together sugar, vanilla, and orange juice. Add more sugar or orange juice until you achieve the desired consistency.

Cake may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave for about 1 minute.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Girl Versus Dough

http://piesandplots.net/carrot-cream-cheese-coffee-cake-sundaysupper/

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Plus What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day plus Mom’s Favorite from Sunday Supper Movement

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Carob Cherry Crumb Bars #SundaySupper

Carob Cherry Crumb Bars

Many of you probably know that I live in Michigan … and also that I wish I lived in California.

It’s not necessarily that Michigan is a bad place to live.  Okay, in the winter it’s just not my thing.  Living somewhere that makes me want to stay inside for roughly six months of the year seems like a bad way to live if you ask me.

But this time of year and into summer and then fall, assuming we don’t go directly from snow to 80s back to snow again, there is something quite nice about it.  The bright blue sky, the flowers, hummingbirds, trees, it’s all very nice.

There are many lakes in the area that are beautiful.  Ornamental flowering trees are very popular and stunning as they bust out overnight and then slowly transition into leafy behemoths.  It’s so nice to head out to some of the hottest new restaurants, in what has become a foodie town.

Carob Cherry Crumb Bars

But at the end of the day, I don’t really think Michigan is where I belong.  I feel like my ambition, red lipstick, and Louboutins would fit in much better in California than here where I get odd looks as though I am from outer space … or maybe just California.

Still, I am here in Michigan … for now.  In addition to all those other nice things I mentioned, the coming of warm weather brings with it many wonderful foods: ramps, asparagus, blueberries, and of course cherries.

Michigan is the cherry capital.  While many varieties of cherries are grown here, it is perhaps best known for tart cherries.  I love finding fresh ones, but those aren’t quite out yet, so I picked up some dried tart cherries.  They make a great snack, but they are even better in these Carob Cherry Crumb Bars.

Carob Cherry Crumb Bars

I must admit, I didn’t really feel like making these bars the other day and Mom didn’t think they sounded that good.  But I had signed up for this hometown celebration Sunday Supper and so I forged ahead.

I am glad I did.  These bars … they are incredible.  I think they may have been intended to be drier and more shortbread or cake like, but mine are ooey gooey and fudgy.  The bottom is a little shortbread-y, while the filling is practically molten with plump dried cherries in nearly every bite.  The top is a bit crumbly and sandy with the snap of carob chips.

Chocolate can absolutely be substituted for the carob.  Whichever you use, make sure you try these bars, because I promise you will love them wherever you live.

Carob Cherry Crumb Bars

Carob Cherry Crumb Bars #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: 9 large bars

Ingredients

1 ¼ cups dried tart cherries

2 ½ sticks unsalted butter

1 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup water

½ cup carob or cocoa powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut, toasted

2 cups plus 7 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 large egg

2 tablespoons pineapple vodka

½ cup carob or dark chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter an 8 inch square pan. Line it with parchment leaving a 2-inch overhang and butter the parchment.

Bring cherries, 2 tablespoons butter, ¼ cup granulated sugar, and the water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in an additional ¼ cup of granulated sugar. Set aside.

Whisk together carob or cocoa powder, salt, brown sugar, coconut, and 2 cups flour. Blend in remaining 2 ¼ sticks butter, cut into small cubes, using a pastry cutter, fork, or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Press 3 cups of this mixture into the prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes.

In a medium bowl, stir together egg, remaining ½ cup granulated sugar, and pineapple vodka until well combined. Stir in the dried cherry mixture as well as the remaining 7 ½ tablespoons of flour. Spread mixture over baked crust.

Stir the carob or chocolate chips into the remaining crumb mixture and spread over the filling.

Bake about 50 additional minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bars comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in pan. Once cool, lift out of pan using parchment and cut into bars. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or frozen, individually, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave about 1 minute.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

http://piesandplots.net/carob-cherry-crumb-bars-sundaysupper/

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Berry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

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Berry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

If you have been reading my blog at all since I began it, you know I’m bananas for …. Well … bananas.  I eat two a day, bake with them, blend them into smoothies, sauté them … basically I eat them anyway I can.

And now I have a new way to get bananas in my life: Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk.  Okay, first of all it’s just fun to say Sir Bananas™, and in my world, food should always be fun, especially when it also packs a bunch of nutrition with eight essential nutrients.  It is also a good source of protein, calcium, and potassium; plus it has no artificial colors or flavors.

Berry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Sir Bananas™ is just starting to make its way into stores.  I picked mine up at Walmart.  Be sure to check out their store locator to see where it’s available near you.

Shopping at Walmart

The first thing I did was try Sir Bananas™ all by itself.  Since it’s made with real bananas, it has that wonderful creamy goodness of bananas.  Think about what they to do smoothies, adding body and creaminess.  That’s what they do to this milk.

Berry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

I can’t believe no one has combined milk and bananas before but I am definitely glad they did now.  This milk is Deliciously Smooth.  Snackably Good.

So once I stopped drinking Sir Bananas™, as it is, I made one of my all-time favorite breakfasts: baked oatmeal.  But this is no ordinary baked oatmeal.  It’s Berry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal.

Berry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Tons of blueberries and strawberries are on the bottom, creating a juicy, fruit crisp like thing.  Then it’s topped with the oatmeal, cinnamon, mashed bananas, and of course Sir Bananas™.  Some toasted walnuts finish it off.

Berry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

This is such a comforting breakfast.  It is also the perfect make ahead dish that you can enjoy all week long, cold or warm.  Plus, it is easily made gluten free and full of good for you ingredients.

So make this Baked Oatmeal and head over to Sir Bananas™ website for some fun goodness because This Milk is Bananas and so is the website!

Berry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Berry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

3 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered

1 ½ cups blueberries

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats, gluten free if necessary

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 ripe bananas, mashed

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

2 cups Sir Bananas™ Bananamilk

½ cup walnuts, toasted

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine strawberries and blueberries in an 8 inch square pan.

In a large bowl, combine oats, baking powder, cinnamon, bananas, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla in a large bowl. Be sure everything is well combined. Add bananamilk, and stir to combine.

Pour over the fruit mixture in the pan. Place pan on baking sheet just in case it bubbles over. Bake for about 30 minutes until bubbling. Top with toasted walnuts.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Serve chilled or reheat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.

http://piesandplots.net/berry-banana-bread-baked-oatmeal/

Cherry Walnut Biscotti #SundaySupper

Cherry Walnut Biscotti

Italian food has never really been my thing.  See the problem is I don’t like tomato sauce.  Like I can’t stand it.  The mere thought of it sends a chill down my spine.  I’m weird, I know.  This isn’t breaking news.

It’s one of those things that I just don’t get.  It makes no sense to me that people like this weird red sauce that smells funny.  But then again, I like kale, something my uncle suggested was only to be eaten as punishment the other day.

This means I’ve never had traditional pizza, lasagna, or spaghetti and meatballs.  I was on the “white pizza” bandwagon before it was a thing.  That’s right, I’m hip and weird 😉

Cherry Walnut Biscotti

Of course, I love fettucine Alfredo, but it’s not really something I eat much anymore, so my Italian food love is very limited.  Garlic bread, plain pasta, garlic bread.

Luckily, there are always Italian desserts.  Tiramisu is awesome, but I wanted to make something super shareable to bring to my friends at the dentist office.  Enter Cherry Walnut Biscotti.

I’ve eaten more than my fair share of biscotti over my life, but I had never made it until now.  Why did I wait so long?  This biscotti is super easy to whip together.  Then it is shaped into loaves, baked, sliced, and baked again.  That’s what makes biscotti … well biscotti.

Cherry Walnut Biscotti

The dried tart cherries and walnuts play so well together and are the perfect combination.  I also love how the end pieces of this biscotti are super crunchy, but the middle ones have just a little chew left.

While I’ll still be steering clear of tomato sauce, I will also be making this biscotti again and you should check it out too.

Cherry Walnut Biscotti

Cherry Walnut Biscotti #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: About 3 dozen

Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

Zest of 1 orange

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

½ cup dried tart cherries

Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and orange zest until light and fluffy. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer will work as well. Beat in the vanilla and eggs until once again light and fluffy.

Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Fold in the walnuts and cherries.

Divide dough in half and shape into two long, flat logs on the baking sheet, flouring hands if the dough is sticky.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until starting to brown. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes. Then slice the biscotti into about 1 inch thick cookies. Turn cut side up on the baking sheet. Bake for about an additional 15 minutes, until golden brown and mostly firm. Cookies will become crispier as they cool.

Cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Anne Burrell

http://piesandplots.net/cherry-walnut-biscotti-sundaysupper/

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Greek Walnut Cake #SundaySupper

Greek Walnut Cake

I remember distinctly the day I saw My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  It was the middle of summer.  One of my favorite baby sitters was helping my mom out.  She was still awesome, but had a kid of her own, so that complicated things, including making going to the movies almost impossible.

Knowing that it wasn’t always easy to make plans around her youngster or have a crying baby in the middle of a restaurant, one day she dropped her kid off at her mom’s house so we could have the day to ourselves.

Greek Walnut Cake

We turned the radio in the car up loud and headed straight for the movie theater.  We bought our tickets and then snacks.  I was in a nacho phase then and she always got the largest soda available.

I don’t remember a ton about the movie itself, which is so odd considering the day stands out in my mind.  I’m not sure I liked it that much, but I was a naïve child sometimes and movies went waaaaay over my head.  I’m excited to revisit My Big Fat Greek Wedding and check out the sequel.

Greek Walnut Cake

While I rewatch the first movie, I am definitely going to be enjoying another piece of this Greek Walnut Cake.  Awhile back when I received Debbie Matenopoulos’ cookbook It’s All Greek to Me, I knew I wanted to make this cake, and now I finally got to it.

Greek Walnut Cake

I’m glad I did.  The cake is super moist thanks to the soaking syrup and full of walnuts, cinnamon, and a hint of lemon.  It definitely makes a great dessert, but it is also breakfast and tea time appropriate.  Cake for breakfast is always a win in my book!

Greek Walnut Cake

Greek Walnut Cake #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 18 pieces

Ingredients

Cake

3 cups walnut halves, finely chopped

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

½ cup milk (I used almond, use what you love)

Syrup

2 cups water

2 cups granulated sugar

2 2-inch pieces fresh lemon peel, yellow part only

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer would work as well. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla and lemon juice. The mixture may look curdled, this is okay.

In a medium bowl, stir together chopped walnuts, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Alternately add the walnut mixture and the milk to the butter mixture. Mix just until a batter is formed.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Make the syrup while the cake cools slightly. In a medium sauce pan, bring water, sugar, and lemon peel to a boil. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, until reduced to the consistency of maple syrup. Remove the lemon peel and immediately pour over the cake.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Cake may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen in pieces, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave about 1 minute.

Notes

Recipe adapted from It’s All Greek to Me by Debbie Matenopoulos

http://piesandplots.net/greek-walnut-cake-sundaysupper/

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Apple Crisp Bread

Apple Crisp Bread

Right now, as you are reading this, I’m probably really tired.  Like I can barely lift my head, wanna go back to bed, tired.

Because you see, last night I saw Carrie Underwood.  I’ll be posting all about it very soon, but hopefully it was an amazing show, a great time, and a night I will never, ever forget.  I was probably up way past my bedtime and danced until I couldn’t anymore.  So I guess I have a good excuse.

Apple Crisp Bread

Sometimes I think I’m more tired than most people my age.  At home, I do pretty well, going, going, going for about 12 hours every day, but send me out to a concert or a day of shopping and I get worn out.

However, I feel like so many people anymore can’t stop talking about how tired they are.  How they want to take a nap.  How they just want to sit on the couch all day.

Apple Crisp Bread

Unless it’s ten or eleven at night … okay sometimes eight or nine, I almost never say I’m tired.  I haven’t thought about taking a nap in upwards of twenty years.  And okay I like couch time as much as the next person, but after a couple hours, I need to get up and do something.

So maybe I’m not as tired as I think.  It’s all relative, I suppose.

Apple Crisp Bread

One thing we will all have in common is that this Apple Crisp Bread will be a huge hit and disappear very quickly.  It has all the classic flavors of an apple crisp – apples (duh!), oats, walnuts, brown sugar, crisp topping, but it’s in the form of a cinnamon-y bread/cake that is perfectly acceptable to eat for breakfast if you ask me.  And cake for breakfast is always a win!

Oh, and it has bourbon.  So that’s a win too!

Even if you are a little tired, whip up a batch of this bread and enjoy.  It will give you a burst of energy!

Apple Crisp Bread

Apple Crisp Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 16 slices

Ingredients

Topping

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats

¼ cup olive oil

Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 cup packed light brown sugar

2/3 cup olive oil

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¼ cup bourbon

½ cup milk (I used almond, use what you love)

3 cups diced apples, peeled

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Oil 2 loaf pans and place on a baking sheet.

Make the topping. In a medium bowl, stir together flour cinnamon, brown sugar, walnuts, oats, and oil until well combined and clumps form. Set aside.

Make the bread. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, stir together sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the bourbon. Then add the flour mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with the flour. Fold in the apples.

Divide the batter evenly among the loaf pans. Top with a generous amount of the topping. Use it all. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Cool bread in pan for 20 minutes before inverting onto plates. Reinvert so that the topping is on top.

Bread may be served warm or stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Bread may also be frozen, wrapped in quarters foil and parchment and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw bread in the microwave for about 1 minute.

http://piesandplots.net/apple-crisp-bread/

 

White Chocolate Chip Cookies #SundaySupper

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Eggs are a staple in my house.  I pretty much never eat them for breakfast anymore, unless they are in a baked good, but for dinner, they are my jam.

I eat them scrambled, hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, baked, even puffed into one of my famous one minute omelets.  I serve them with salads, roasted vegetables, tofu noodle pasta, and kale chips.

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

But we often forget about how important they are in baked goods.  Eggs are what give cakes structure, brownies that ooey gooey fudgy deliciousness, and keep cookies crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy inside.

Plus, you all know next weekend, I’m coloring eggs for Easter.  I got a marbleized coloring kit and I’m a little too excited about it.

So eggs are my kitchen hero, and they should totally be yours too.

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

As should these White Chocolate Chip Cookies.  The first thing you should know about these cookies is that they are amazing, surpassing all my cookie expectations.  The white chocolate shines through, but the depth of the brown sugar cookie is not overshadowed and made me go back for bite after bite.

The second thing that you should know about these cookies is that I baked most of them immediately after making the dough.  They weren’t the prettiest cookies.  You’ll see one on the top of the cookie stack in the photos.  They spread and ran together.  But they tasted the best.

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I baked the remainder of the dough on the same pan after it had chilled in the refrigerator a few hours.  Those cookies were beautiful, but they didn’t taste as good, lacking the depth in flavor of the first batch.  Don’t get me wrong, they were still tasty, just not as good.

So you can choose your own baking adventure here, but I’d throw caution and looks to the wind and stick with baking them right after making.  It’s all about flavor for me.

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Cookies #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 2 dozen

Ingredients

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup packed light brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 ½ cups white chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and both kinds of sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer would work as well. Beat in the eggs and vanilla bean paste until once again light and fluffy.

Add the salt, baking soda, baking powder, and flour, and mix until just combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips until evenly distributed.

Roll dough into gold ball sized balls and place about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown, but still soft to the touch, especially in the center. Serve warm or cool completely on tray and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Cookies may also be frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour or in the microwave about 1 minute.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups

http://piesandplots.net/white-chocolate-chip-cookies-sundaysupper/

Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Appetizers & Sides

Main Dishes (Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Brinner and Dinner!)

Desserts

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Cherry Pie Muffins

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Cherry Pie Muffins

Easter will be here before you know it.  It’s one of my favorite holidays with the candy, spring weather, and blooming flowers.  Plus, there’s always Easter brunch.

It’s such a great time to sit down with the people who mean the most to you and celebrate.  And for me, it is all going to start with these Cherry Pie Muffins.  These muffins don’t just taste like cherry pie, they are actually made with it!  A Mrs. Smith’s Cherry Pie to be exact.

Deconstructing the Pie

Mom told me when she was growing up Mrs. Smith’s pies were always on the table for holidays and big family dinners.  They were her favorite and then when she began her own life and family, she continued serving them.

Shopping at Walmart

We love Mrs. Smith’s pies because they taste like we made them and are made with real butter, unlike all the other frozen pies on the market.  While Mrs. Smith’s pies are perfect for Easter or any other holidays, they are great for beating the Monday blues and celebrating the weekend or any other occasion.

Edwards Pie

When we aren’t in the mood for a fruit pie, we turn to Edwards’ pies for a creamy treat with lots of different layers, flavors, textures, and a home baked cookie crust.  Now I can’t pick.  Luckily we don’t have to!  Join Ibotta and you can earn $1.00 for each Mrs. Smith’s and Edwards pie you purchase.  You can stock up at Walmart, just like I did.

Cherry Pie Muffins

 

Cherry Pie Muffins

Now back to these muffins.  When I shared these with my neighbors, they received reviews as the best muffins ever.  So clearly you need to make these.  They are cinnamon-y and loaded with the cherry pie filling and then topped with a pie crust streusel.  That’s right.  I said it.  PIE CRUST STREUSEL!

In fact you better not wait until Easter to make these muffins and serve a Mrs. Smith’s or Edwards pie!  Head to the store today!  What flavor do you want to try first?

Cherry Pie Muffins

Cherry Pie Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

1 Mrs. Smith’s Cherry Pie

Muffins

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

½ cup olive oil

¾ cup milk (I used almond, use what you love)

2 cups of the filling from the pie

Topping

¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 heaping cup crust from the pie

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

Prepare the pie according to the instructions on the box. Cool completely, preferably overnight.

When ready to make the muffins, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Make the muffins. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

In a large bowl, stir together sugar, eggs, vanilla, and oil until well combined. Alternately add the milk and flour mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir until combined. Stir in the cherry pie filling until distributed.

Make the streusel. In a small bowl, stir together oats, cinnamon, the pie crust, sugar, and olive oil until combined.

Using an ice cream scoop, evenly distribute the batter in the muffin tin. Top with the streusel.

Bake 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Serve warm or cool completely in pan. Muffins may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave about 1 minute.

Notes

Additional time to bake and cool the pie is necessary

http://piesandplots.net/cherry-pie-muffins-2/

Brownie Meatballs with Frosting Spaghetti #SundaySupper

Meatball Brownies with Frosting Spaghetti

When I saw this Sunday Supper theme of meatballs, I had no idea what to make.  I’m not a fan of traditional meatballs because I don’t like tomato sauce.  I haven’t liked it since I was born.  Not on pizza.  Not on pasta.  I was a fan of a white pizza before it was cool.

Sure a riff on meatballs crossed my mind, but then I thought about dessert.  And how much I wanted to bake some brownies.  And how I wanted to make something that was fun.  Something that allowed my inner child to come out and forget about the pressure and stress of life.

Brownie Meatballs with Frosting Spaghetti

So I made meatballs.  With brownies.  And spaghetti.  With frosting.  And sauce.  With cherries.

Even if you like regular meatballs, you have to admit dessert meatballs sound pretty crazy awesome. And they really do look a lot like meatballs, but they don’t taste like them.

I started with the brownies I shared earlier in the week, but feel free to use your favorite brownie recipe.  One with frosting is going to work the best to make sure the meatballs stick together.  Think of the frosting as the egg and breadcrumbs.

Brownie Meatballs with Frosting Spaghetti

Once all my meatballs were rolled, I piped frosting onto my plate.  I did use store bought frosting just because I needed so much, but feel free to make your own buttercream.  I placed the meatballs on the spaghetti and topped them with the cherry sauce.  Make sure everything is cooled before assembly … or the noodles will melt!

The brownies are great on their own, but with the frosting and cherries, they are even better.  The flavors blend well with the hint of tartness from the cherries really making the whole dish sing.  Plus, this is fun to make and eat.  And life should be a lot more fun.

Brownie Meatballs with Frosting Spaghetti

Brownie Meatballs with Frosting Spaghetti #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 15 meatballs

Ingredients

½ recipe Fudgy Frosted Brownies, or your favorite brownies

1 can vanilla frosting

2 cups pitted cherries, fresh or frozen

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

Make the cherry sauce. In a small saucepan, combine cherries, sugar, and cornstarch. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Continue cooking 2-3 minutes, until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool while you prepare the rest of the recipe.

Crumble the brownies up and roll them into golf ball sized balls. I did this while they were warm, but I don’t know if that matters. Allow to rest while you pipe the spaghetti.

Place the frosting into a piping bag or zipper bag with the very tip cut off. Pipe squiggles all over a plate. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Place the meatballs on the frosting. Top with the cherry sauce.

Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

http://piesandplots.net/brownie-meatballs-with-frosting-spaghetti-sundaysupper/

Don’t forget to check out all the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Meatball Appetizers:

Meatball Soups:

Main Dish Meatballs:

Meatball Desserts:

Plus Buffalo Chicken Meatballs and More Amazing Meatball Recipes  from Sunday Supper Movement

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Fudgy Frosted Brownies

Fudgy Frosted Brownies

People are often surprised at how much I eat, particularly when it comes to dessert.  Don’t get me wrong, most of the time it’s oatmeal, wild fish, and kale.  All foods I love just as much as treats.

I can eat the crispy skin from two pounds of king salmon no problem.  I devour blueberries like they are going extinct.  And on those days when I eat dessert, I sometimes can’t stop.

This is okay with me; we all have and need cheat days.  They keep me sane and satisfied.  They keep life fun, and since I exercise and eat right most of the time, they are a healthy and natural part of my life.

Fudgy Frosted Brownies

These Fudgy Frosted Brownies are one of those desserts I couldn’t stop eating.  Hot out of the oven with the frosting melting all over the place, they are just ridiculously good.  And then even when cooled they have a fudge like texture that is truly unbeatable.

Fudgy Frosted Brownies

My parents couldn’t stop talking about how rich they thought they were, though delicious, and I just wanted MORE!  If you don’t have a giant sweet tooth like me, you may only want a small piece, otherwise, be prepared to give these away to friends and neighbors and coworkers and basically everyone because you will need to get them out of the house before you eat the whole pan.

These decadent brownies are easy to make.  I made them with carob (which you should really try because it’s fab!) but cocoa will work too.  And I have a super fun recipe using them coming up on Sunday, so don’t miss it!

Fudgy Frosted Brownies

Fudgy Frosted Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: About 24 brownies

Ingredients

Brownies

2 sticks unsalted butter, melted

½ cup carob or cocoa powder

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Frosting

½ stick unsalted butter, very soft

¼ cup milk (I used almond, use what you love)

¼ cup carob or cocoa powder

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, stir together butter, carob or cocoa, and sugar until well combined. Add the flour. Then stir in the eggs and vanilla until the batter comes together.

Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

While the brownies bake, make the frosting. In a large bowl, beat together butter, milk, and carob. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer will work. Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until a spreadable frosting is formed. If the frosting is too thick, add a bit more milk. If it is too thin, add some more sugar.

Spread the frosting over the hot brownies. Serve warm or cool completely in pan before storing in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. Brownies may also be frozen, individually, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag. Thaw in the microwave about 30 seconds.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Life in the Lofthouse

http://piesandplots.net/fudgy-frosted-brownies/

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