Eggnog Pudding Parfaits #SundaySupper

Eggnog Pudding Parfaits

The holidays can be a lot of pressure.  Decorate the house perfectly … more specifically better than your neighbors.  Buy the best gifts that don’t end up being returned or hated … and gift cards don’t count.  Host parties … that people remember year after year for all their awesomeness.  Cook and bake … picture perfect recipes that make it seem like you should be on Top Chef.

Oh and keep up with all the other things you do on a normal basis.

Eggnog Pudding Parfaits

It’s all a lot.  Too much.  I don’t know about you, but I am not Supergirl and I cannot do all of these things, at least not well, all at the same time.

Plus, those things, they are so not what the holidays are about.  Like not even a little.

The holidays are about being thankful and enjoying life.  They are about taking extra time with your loved ones, and no the computer for online shopping definitely doesn’t count.

Eggnog Pudding Parfaits

Don’t get me wrong, I am so looking forward to opening gifts on Christmas morning.  And I love our Christmas tree.  But I just don’t need everything to be the biggest and best, I don’t need everything to be perfect, which is good, because it’s never going to be.

For me in some ways the holidays are just other days that fall into place among the normal Thursday and Saturdays of the year.  I think this is a good thing because it means I try to take time most of those days to be extra thankful, bake a fun treat for a friend, give Mom and extra tight hug, or plug in the Christmas tree we leave up year round.  Why should we save those things for one or two days a year?

Eggnog Pudding Parfaits

We do save to save eggnog treats, like these Eggnog Pudding Parfaits because nog is only around at the holidays.  Eggnog isn’t exactly my thing, so I picked up some Califa Farms Almondmilk Nog and am kind of obsessed with it.  I’ve been putting it in my morning oatmeal and it’s kind of life changing.

So is the homemade eggnog pudding that is the star of these parfaits.  Pudding is one of my favorite homemade treats because it is easy to make and never too heavy.  The kick of bourbon really rounds out the flavor of this creamy pudding.

Because I wanted to make something extra special, I layered the pudding with homemade cranberry sauce and whipped cream, plus a dash of cinnamon.  I will happily devour this parfait any time of year.

Eggnog Pudding Parfaits

Eggnog Pudding Parfaits #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 ¼ cups eggnog
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
Cranberry sauce, for serving
Cinnamon, for serving

Instructions

  1. Make the pudding. In a medium sauce pan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk in the eggnog and egg yolks. Place over medium heat and cook, whisking continuously until mixture comes to a boil and thickens to pudding consistency. Remove from the heat and whisk in the bourbon. Pour into a heat proof bowl and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 4 hours.
  2. When ready to assemble, make the whipped cream. In a large bowl, whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer will work. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar.
  3. Layer eggnog pudding, whipped cream, and cranberry sauce in your serving vessels. Top with a pinch of cinnamon and serve.
  4. Components of parfaits may be made 1 day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.

Notes

Pudding recipe adapted from Pillsbury

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

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Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

In Michigan, Labor Day certainly marks the unofficial beginning of fall, but really it is the beginning of cider mill season which continues through the holidays.

I don’t know about where you live, but here cider is a big deal, practically a way of life.  You go to the mill, buy a jug of cider, a couple cider doughnuts, and ask for a few plastic cups before heading outside to the wooden picnic tables to eat, drink, and get attacked by stinging insects.  It’s tradition.

Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

Really, though I prefer to drink my cider in the comfort of my home, and while it’s great on its own, there is nothing like doctoring it up a bit.  Enter Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider.  It showcases the cider while enhancing it, making it comforting and irresistible.

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The secret ingredient is Torani Bourbon Caramel Syrup.  It’s available at Walmart along with Torani Toasted Marshmallow Syrup and many other flavors.  All the ones I’ve had are crazy good since they are made with real, simple ingredients like pure cane sugar and natural flavors.  They have that classic coffeehouse flavor, and Torani really knows what they are doing since they are third generation family owned since 1925.  I love old companies like Torani.

Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

Caramel, bourbon, and apples are a match made in heaven.  By warming the cider with apples, warm spices, and the syrup, it’s like the flavors are all heightened.  It is so comforting cradling a mug of the cinnamon-y cider in my hands as it is cold and blustery outside.  I even liked snacking on the apples.

Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

This cider is perfect for a party.  You can put it in a slow cooker or keep it on low heat.  Then as you are serving add a dollop of whipped cream and another drizzle of the syrup for the kids, and for the adults, a splash of bourbon is perfection.

This holiday season, gather your friends and family and make your favorite holiday beverage more flavorful with Torani.

Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

½ gallon apple cider
3 large apples, cored and cut into wedges
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup Torani Bourbon Caramel Syrup, plus more for serving
Bourbon, for serving
Whipped cream, homemade or store bought, for serving

Instructions

  1. Pour the cider into a large saucepan. Add the apples, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and 1/3 cup syrup. Place over medium heat, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Serve immediately with a splash of bourbon, a dollop of whipped cream, and a drizzle of the syrup. Cider may be kept warm on low heat on the stove for about 30 minutes.
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Apple Crumble Bars

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Apple Crumble Bars

You all know I am a movie junkie.  I write screenplays and am so hoping you all will get to see one of my scripts on the big screen one day soon, and I watch movies all the time.  I have old favorite playing in the background while I write and bake and take photos and I try to watch at least two new to me movies every week.

Movies are really special because they make us feel.  They inspire us and make us laugh and cry and bring us together in ways we might not expect.  The experience of watching a great movie for the first time whether in the theatre or at home is unparalleled.

Apple Crumble Bars

While my favorite movies are all over the place in terms of genres, I have a serious weakness for animated flicks.  Perhaps it’s because it brings out the kid in me and reminds me of those simpler days, but it’s also because today’s animated movies are outstanding.

And while I haven’t seen it yet, I have no doubt SING is going to be a new favorite.  It looks so uplifting and is all about following dreams – that sounds perfect for me!

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When I’m watching movies, I love to have a snack.  Who doesn’t?  These Apple Crumble Bars totally fit the bill.  What makes them even more special than typical apple bars is that I incorporated Honeycomb cereal into the crust and topping and Honey Bunches of Oats Almond into the topping.

Post cereals have a wide variety of cereals, so at least one is sure to suit everyone’s tastes.  Plus, that variety means there are always a few options from breakfast to snack to dinner and dessert.  Cereal is good for so much more than eating with milk in the morning.

Apple Crumble Bars

The crust on these bars is like an awesome shortbread but with so much more flavor thanks to the cereal and some cinnamon.  The apples are tender but not mushy and have more cinnamon for that warm spice and fresh lemon juice for balance.  The topping might be my favorite with walnuts that that Honey Bunches of Oats in big clusters.  I couldn’t stop at just one of these bars and I bet you can’t either.

Plus, right now select Post products have special packaging for SING.  You can use the information on these boxes to enter the SING National Sweepstakes for a chance to win $100,000 or movie tickets.  To enter all you have to do is enter codes found on the specially marked boxes into the sweepstakes website.

Be sure to head to Walmart and pick up a few boxes on Post cereal like I did!

Apple Crumble Bars

Apple Crumble Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients

Crust and Topping
1 ½ cups Honeycomb, crushed
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 cups Honey Bunches of Oats Almond
1 cup walnuts
Filling
6 heaping cups apples, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
½ cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
Juice from 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13-inch pan.
  2. Make the crust and topping. In a large bowl, stir together Honeycomb, flour, salt, cinnamon, sugars, and ¾ of the melted butter. Stir until clumps form. Press ¾ of this mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Add the Honey Bunches of Oats, walnuts, and remaining butter and stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Make the filling. In a large bowl, stir together apples, cinnamon, ginger, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice until fully combined. Pour onto the crust and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown, filling is bubbling, and apples are tender.
  4. Cool bars completely in pan before cutting and serving. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen individually, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag, for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour.
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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I used to eat yogurt every morning for breakfast.  And I loved it.  There are so many flavors to choose from and it’s super good for you.  But then I got a little bored.  Luckily, yogurt is still there providing some #BreakfastInspiration, because it is good for so much more than eating as is.

Dannon Oikos is my go-to.  While I love the traditional with all-natural non-GMO ingredients, when shopping at my local Meijer, they were out of the Apple Pie flavor I was searching for, so I picked up Salted Caramel Triple Zero because caramel and apples are a match made in heaven.

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Triple Zero has 0 added sugar, 0 calories, and 0 artificial sweeteners, hence the Triple Zero.  It fuels performance and exercise, but does sacrifice a bit of flavor.  The good news is, in these Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins, you will never, ever know that.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Oikos is totally made for incorporating into recipes.  These are some of the fluffiest, moistest, most flavorful muffins I have ever made.  The tang of the yogurt and the tartness of the applesauce keeps the muffins from being too sweet, while the pecans add crunch and the pieces of apple are little juicy flavor pockets.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I feel so good about eating these muffins because yogurt has the protein, calcium, and vitamin D my body needs.  Plus, I am super excited to try different variations on these muffins by using different fruit, nuts, and yogurt.  You should feel free to experiment too.  Blueberries, walnuts, and vanilla yogurt sounds great.  Or strawberries, almonds, and Banana Cream.  Oikos has tons of flavors to check out.

So the next time you need to revamp breakfast, turn to Oikos and my Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup applesauce
2 5.3 ounce containers Oikos Triple Zero Salted Caramel
2 cups diced and peeled apple
¾ cup pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, eggs, applesauce, and yogurt. Add flour, cinnamon, ginger, and baking powder and mix until fully combined.
  3. Stir in the apple and pecans until well distributed. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling all the way to the top.
  4. Bake for 22-25 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. Muffins may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen, wrapped individually in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave about 1 minute.
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Peach Slab Pie #SundaySupper

Peach Slab Pie with Crumb Topping

I only had one sleepover in my life.  I felt so cool and adult getting to do it in fifth or sixth grade.  I invited one friend over, my best friend, or so I thought.  I would learn a couple years later when she didn’t invite me to her birthday party that she was never really my friend.  She was the pretty, hip, cool girl, and I was in my awkward phase.

If you’re wondering if she’s going through her awkward phase now and peaked in grade school, she’s not and she didn’t.  She seems very successful and to have it all together, but that’s just from Googling her and looking her up on Facebook.  #sorrynotsorry.  We all do it, just admit it.  And I’m sure that’s only a snapshot of her life, but still, she seems good.

Peach Slab Pie with Crumb Topping

Peach Slab Pie with Crumb Topping

Anyway, back to the sleepover itself.  It was fun and all, but not everything I hoped.  I don’t remember what we did right after school.  But when it came time for sleeping, I wanted to make a bed on the floor of the family room and talk and watch TV and snack all night and she wanted to go to actual bed.

Fine, I thought, we can talk there.  But shortly after we were in bed, I was in the middle of talking to her and she fell asleep.  The next day we drew pictures and played computer game and she went home.  It was fine.  Really, it was a symbol of the bigger picture of my childhood.  Or maybe my life.

Peach Slab Pie with Crumb Topping

If I were to have a sleepover now, which for the record, I’m not, because my friends are too busy with their lives to text me back let alone spend the night at my house, but if I were, I would totally want to have this Peach Slab Pie.  I want to sleep on the floor and watch movies all night and eat too much pie.

So I told you peaches are my ride or die and I’m not giving up on them yet.  They are the star of this massive, picture perfect pie that serves a crowd.  I hadn’t made a slab pie before, and I promise this won’t be my last.

With my favorite flaky pie crust on the bottom, juicy, cinnamon-y peaches in the middle, and an irresistible crumb topping with just a hint of black pepper on top, maybe I should just make friends with this pie and we can have a sleepover all to ourselves.

Peach Slab Pie with Crumb Topping

Peach Slab Pie #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

Crust
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup organic vegetable shortening
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, cold and cubed
4 – 6 tablespoons cold water
Topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup old fashioned rolled oats
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 tablespoons olive oil
Filling
15 medium peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ cup cornstarch
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

Instructions

  1. Make the crust. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Add the shortening and butter and work in using a pastry cutter or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse meal. This may also be done in a food processor. Add the water beginning with 4 tablespoons, until the dough comes together when pressed.
  2. Form the dough into a flat disc and wrap tightly with plastic. Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.
  3. When you are ready to make the pie, roll the dough out on a floured surface into a large rectangle large enough to fit a 9 by 13-inch pan and go up the sides. It’s okay if it is not perfect, feel free to patch once the dough is in the pan. Once you roll the dough out, place it in an oiled 9 by 13-inch pan and form it to fit the pan. Refrigerate while you make the filling and topping.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Make the topping. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, pepper, butter, and oil, until large clumps form. Set aside.
  5. Make the filling. In a large bowl, stir together peaches, cinnamon, cornstarch, sugar, lemon, bourbon, and vanilla bean seeds until well combined and no clumps of cornstarch remain.
  6. Remove the crust from the refrigerator and pour the filling in. Cover evenly with topping. Place pan on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Without opening the oven, lower the temperature to 375 degrees F and bake for an additional 55 – 65 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  7. Allow pie to cool at least 4 hours and up to overnight before serving. Pie 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 a 350 degree F oven for about 20 minutes.
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Churro Cupcakes #SundaySupper

Churro Cupcakes #SundaySupper
I turned 26 on my most recent birthday back in January.  But I think that’s a lie.  I think I’m secretly 80.  There’s some kind of Benjamin Button thing going on here.

When did all of my excitement come from things that would excite any grandparent?  I should be young and hip and cool, but instead, I’m constantly referring to things from back in my day.  You know like landlines (which I still prefer to use over my cell phone) and VCRs.  I know all the old music and TV shows and pop culture references that my peers think are something that has been made up for their amusement.

Churro Cupcakes

It seems the vast majority of my day to day happiness comes from things like watching the birds out the window, playing along with games shows, and talking to the TV during talk shows as though I am a valued part of the conversation.

And then there’s the fact that pretty much every time I move some part of my body cracks.  Knees, shoulders, back.  I sound like Rice Krispies – snap, crackle, pop.

I feel like I’ve been an old soul since I was born.  I never rebelled or partied.  I’ve never gone clubbing or been a part of the in crowd.  I’m a misfit who should have been born several decades ago apparently.

Sometimes I wish I was normal.  Just like everyone else, blending right into the crowd.  It would make things so much easier.  It would make life much more bearable because there are a lot of differences we still refuse to accept.

Churro Cupcakes

But then I remind myself that it’s okay, if not good, to be different.  To be me in spite of all the pressure, and there is plenty of pressure, to assimilate.  See, the people who assimilate are not the ones who change the world.  It is the ones who ignore the haters who create computers and Facebook and music.  And I choose to be one of those people, even if some days I have to wage an interior battle to remind myself of this.

Baking is another thing that makes me an old soul.  I enjoy home cooked meals and fresh baked goods that came from my oven.  And these Churro Cupcakes, they are sure to be a hit.

I’ve never actually had a churro, so I can’t compare them flavor wise, but I can tell you that these super cinnamon-y cupcakes are out of this world.  They are so good they don’t even need frosting.  Soft and melt in your mouth with tons of flavor, I could eat the cupcakes all day long.

But I had to make frosting for them because I do love frosting.  I topped them with a chocolate cream cheese frosting since many churros are served with chocolate sauce.  I was afraid the frosting was a little soft and would fall off the cupcakes, but it held up great.  It is super creamy and has the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Together the combination is amazing!  And the cinnamon sugar on top is the totally necessary final touch.

While it might be cool to head out on the town tonight, I think I’ll give in to my old soul and enjoy a cupcake and movie on the sofa instead.

Churro Cupcakes

Churro Cupcakes #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

½ stick unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup sour cream

Frosting

8 ounce cream cheese, room temperature

½ stick unsalted butter, room temperature

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup carob or cocoa powder

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

2-4 tablespoons milk, as needed

Topping

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

Make the cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8 wells in a muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large bowl, cream together 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 and egg. Mix in salt, cinnamon, and baking powder until distributed.

Add the flour and sour cream alternately, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix until fully combined. Divided batter evenly among the lined muffin cups using a spoon or ice cream scoop. Bake 16-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in pan.

Once the cupcakes are completely cool, make the frosting. In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream until combined using a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the vanilla, cinnamon, and carob or cocoa powder. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar ½ cup at a time. If at any time the frosting is too thick, add the milk gradually until you achieve the proper consistency. Add more sugar for a thicker frosting and more milk for a thinner one.

Heap frosting on to cupcakes – it makes a lot – use it all! Top with a generous sprinkling of the cinnamon sugar after stirring the topping together in a small bowl.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary Recipe adapted from Baked by Rachel

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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

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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/

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies #SundaySupper

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies

Who’s excited for the Oscars tonight?  I certainly am.  Not only do I love movies, but I also have a great appreciation for those who work on them.  All it takes to make a movie great.  It really is something.  Plus, I know I will be at the Oscars one year soon.  Maybe 2018?  2017 seems like a lot of pressure.

I’ve actually seen all of the Best Picture nominees other than The Revenant.  And I was pleasantly surprised at the high caliber of these films.  They are truly the best films of the year, though I did really love Burnt.

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite.  The stories of The Big Short and Spotlight grabbed my attention since they are shockingly, heartbreakingly true.  Room is perhaps the most emotionally engrossing movie I have ever seen.  So much so in fact that I don’t know if I could watch it again.

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies

But really, I just love The Martian.  Love it.  One of my friends said she didn’t think it would be interesting and I told her it may be one of my favorite movies ever.  I can’t wait to watch it again.  It’s part exciting action movie, part captivating human story, part science fiction that makes me wonder how a writer could come up with such a complex, detailed story.

Most of the reason why I love it so much is Matt Damon.  You can’t help but cheer for him throughout every engrossing moment.  And his performance shows that while action and science fiction are great, it’s the humanity in a story that really grips us.

Really, though, no matter which movie wins, it’s cool with me.  Watching these movies has shown me what a truly excellent cinematic experience is.  What movie do you want to win?

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies

Of course, you’ll need something to eat while you watch the Oscars.  So I present Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies.  They may quite fit with today’s Sunday Supper pie theme, but they are technically pies … it says so on the label.

I’ve actually never had a real Oatmeal Creme Pie, so I can’t compare these to the original, but I can tell you they are crazy good.  When I was making them, taking pictures of them, wrapping them to freeze, packing them for Dad’s lunch, I kept taking taste after taste.

The soft, chewy, slightly crispy cookies are perhaps the best oatmeal cookies I’ve ever had.  And sandwiched with vanilla bean buttercream, while these are simply irresistible.  Enjoy one while you watch the Oscars and some movies!

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 sandwiches

Ingredients

Oatmeal Cookies

2 ½ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cups packed dark brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 cups quick cooking oats

Filling

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

2 ½ - 3 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

2 tablespoons milk (I used almond, use what you love)

Instructions

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

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars, until light and fluffy. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer will work as well.

Beat in the egg and vanilla until mixture is once again light and fluffy. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and oats and mix until combined. The dough will be thick. You could refrigerate the dough up to overnight until you are ready to bake.

Scoop the dough using a small ice cream scoop, about 1 ½ - 2 tablespoons onto the baking sheets. Bake about 15 minutes, rotating halfway through, until cookies are golden brown and set around the edges. They will still be soft in the center. Cool completely on tray.

Once the cookies are cool, make the frosting. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the butter with the confectioners’ sugar. It is best to add the sugar slowly so it doesn’t make a mess. Beat in the vanilla bean paste and milk as necessary until a spreadable consistency is reached.

Spread one cookie with a generous amount of filling and top it with another. Repeat until all the cookies have been sandwiched. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or frozen, wrapped individually in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag, for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator about 2 hours.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Kevin and Amanda

http://piesandplots.net/homemade-oatmeal-creme-pies-sundaysupper/

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

#SundaySupper Pies: Sweet & Savory

Sweet As Pie

Mealtime Pie

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Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix #SundaySupper

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix - a gluten free treat the whole family will love!

Another football season is about to end.  It’s amazing how quickly the seasons pass, and how often the Lions don’t make the playoffs.  Oh well, at least there are two great teams competing this year.  Though I like both teams, I have really enjoyed watching the Panthers this season.

Whether you are hosting a party or just hanging out with family or even by yourself, I bet you are going to watch the big game, if only for the commercials and halftime.  And you definitely need some fabulous food to make the festivities … well more festive.

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix - a gluten free treat the whole family will love!

Sure you need a savory entrée and maybe a drink, luckily my Sunday Supper friends have you covered there, but I’ve got dessert locked down.

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix is one of those things that just screams football.  It’s an addictive snack that is easy to crunch on while you watch and cheer.  Plus, it makes a ton.  In fact, I halved the recipe and still have plenty of Chex Mix to share … or not.  Because you might not want to share this.

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix - a gluten free treat the whole family will love!

It’s crispy crunchy with Chex, pretzels, and pecans all coated in an addictive cinnamon sugar mix.  I even used Glutino pretzel twists to keep this mix gluten free and friendly for all special diets.  If you aren’t a fan of pecans, swap in walnuts, peanuts, or almonds.

Whether your team wins or loses, you will be cheering for this Chex Mix to go all the way!

Cinnamon Sugar hex Mix - a gluten free treat the whole family will love!

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

4 ½ cups Rice Chex

2 cups pecans

1 cup pretzel twists (use Glutino to keep gluten free)

¼ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 large egg whites

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

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

In a large bowl, stir together Chex, pecans, and pretzels.

In a medium bowl, stir together sugars, cinnamon, and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk egg whites until frothy. Whisk in the vanilla.

Add the egg whites to the cereal mixture and stir to coat. Add the cinnamon sugar and stir until all of the cereal mixture is fully coated.

Pour onto the prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for about 35 minutes until crispy and golden brown, stirring halfway through baking. Cool completely on tray.

Mix may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

http://piesandplots.net/cinnamon-sugar-chex-mix-sundaysupper/

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

Appetizers and Sides

Main Dishes

Desserts and Drinks

 

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

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