Monday, November 11, 2019

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins


It just wouldn't be fall without a new pumpkin recipe. In the past, we've enjoyed Pumpkin Gingerbread, Pumpkin and Raisin Muffins, Pumpkin Apple Spice Muffins, Pumpkin Spice Donuts, Pumpkin Waffles and even Pumpkin Ice Cream!


This list could be A LOT longer; I'll save the dessert links for another post! But today we're back in the breakfast/bread category with these delicious pumpkin streusel muffins. I adapted this recipe from a coffeecake; when bringing treats to the office, individual servings make things much more convenient.


These muffins are full of pumpkin goodness and all the delicious spices that go along with the flavors of fall. I especially liked the chopped pecans in the streusel. They're great for breakfast or a coffee break or an afternoon snack. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. (And all my office mates!)


Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Muffins:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Streusel:
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
2/3 cup chopped pecans


In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until well blended. Add the pumpkin and eggs and mix until well combined.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and cloves. Whisk until spices are evenly distributed throughout.

Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture. Mix with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter between 16 paper-lined muffin cups.

For the streusel, in a small bowl, mix the flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, and pecans with a fork. Evenly sprinkle the topping over the batter in the muffin cups.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center tests clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Recipe Source: Adapted from a coffeecake at Love Bakes Good Cakes

Monday, November 4, 2019

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars


This is a wonderful fall dessert that would make a great addition to any holiday table. Alternatively, it would make a great addition to any meal, any day of the week. Shortbread, cheesecake, apples, streusel, caramel sauce... there's a reason I adapted this recipe to a 9-inch pan from its original 9x13... I knew I would be likely to eat the WHOLE.THING.

We took these to a friend's house and they were a huge hit. And there's no question why. Everyone will love to eat them, but I also loved that I could make all the layers in my food processor, dirtying only one bowl! (Except the apples. Don't put the apples in the food processor!)

If you don't have a food processor, don't worry. You can just whip up the layers in a regular bowl using a pastry blender or your fingers. The original post that gives directions without a food processor is also linked below, if you're interested.

However, don't worry about the method of preparation here. Just go out, buy the ingredients, and get these made. And eaten.


Find more great ideas at Inspire Me, Fabulous, Hearth and Soul, Full Plate, Favorite Things, Wow Me, Wonderful Wednesday, Wine'd Down.


Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Crust:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes

Apples:
3 medium baking apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Filling:
1-8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 large eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup oats
4 ounces butter, cold, cut into cubes

1/2 cup your favorite caramel topping

For the crust, in the bowl of your food processor, combine the flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Pulse to mix well. Add the butter, and pulse until mixture is crumbly. Press the crust evenly into a greased 9" pan. Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes or until very lightly browned around the edges.

For the topping, combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and oats in the food processor and pulse just to mix. Add the butter and pulse until crumbly. Set aside.

For the filling, combine the cream cheese and sugar in the food processor and pulse until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and pulse until well combined. Pour over the warm crust.

For the apples, in a small bowl, stir together the chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon over the cheesecake layer. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the apples. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the filling is set.

Cool the bars to room temperature or refrigerate overnight for best results. Drizzle with the caramel topping.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Monday, October 28, 2019

Sausage and Tortellini Soup


This is the perfect soup for these fall days. Even though I just made it yesterday, I wanted to post it as soon as possible so you could make it immediately! I think this would be especially good to warm up the tummies of your little trick or treaters before they head out on Thursday.


This soup comes together quickly thanks to refrigerated tortellini. And it's chock full of carrots and spinach, so you will feel good about serving a well-rounded dinner. Meat, dairy, vegetables, starch - this soup has everything and is super tasty to boot! Normally I serve salad and bread with soup but in this case, we ate the soup solo - and everyone was satisfied.


This sausage and tortellini soup was a dinner winner in my family; two people had seconds, and the other two took the leftovers for lunch! (Wait, that's today, that's my lunch TODAY! Woo hoo!)


Get more great ideas at Inspire Me, Fabulous, Hearth and Soul, Wine'd Down, Wonderful Wednesday, Favorite Things,


Sausage and Tortellini Soup

1 pound Italian sausage
1 tsp. olive oil
1 small yellow or white onion, diced
2 cups peeled and diced carrots (I use baby carrots and just slice thickly)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup flour
5 cups chicken broth
14 oz. refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
6 ounces baby spinach, chopped
2 cups half & half
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


In a large stockpot set over medium-high, cook the sausage until browned. Remove the cooked sausage to a paper towel lined plate; set aside.

Add olive oil to the pot, then saute onion and carrots for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional 2 minutes, or until fragrant, stirring occasionally to prevent it from burning.

Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually add in the chicken broth, and stir to combine. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 6 minutes.

Add the sausage, tortellini, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning to the pot. Simmer for 3 minutes, then add the spinach and half and half, stirring until the spinach is wilted and the tortellini is fully cooked.

Serve immediately and top with shredded Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Life Made Simple Bakes

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Shrimp, Corn and Bacon Risotto {Instant Pot!}


You know that risotto is my favorite thing to cook in the Instant Pot. It comes out beautifully every time, with minimal effort, and without having to add cream. So I am always on the lookout for new combinations. This one, with shrimp, bacon and corn, is a wonderful combo. If you wanted to get super fancy, you could grill the corn and shrimp first for even more flavor and color, but my family adored this dish just as written.


It's the perfect comfort food with summery flavors - great for a transitional season like this. (Work with me here, I'm still trying to transition away from summer, even though I'm wearing flannel pjs to bed...TMI.) So, all that to say, make this risotto. You won't be sorry.

Find more great ideas at Inspire Me, Inspire Me 2, Fabulous, Hearth and Soul.


Shrimp, Corn and Bacon Risotto

4 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
12 oz bag frozen cooked shrimp, thawed
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting. Add the chopped bacon and cook and stir until cooked through but not too crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate. Add the onion, red pepper and garlic to the bacon drippings in the pot. Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the rice and cook and stir for 2 minutes until the rice is slightly browned. Add the wine to the pot to deglaze. (Scrape the bottom of the pot to get any bits off!)

Add the chicken broth, stir all the ingredients together, then cover the pot. Set on high pressure for 6 minutes. When the cycle is complete, do a quick release of the pressure.

Stir in the shrimp and corn and the Parmesan cheese and stir well to incorporate all the ingredients. Adjust the salt and pepper to your taste. Serves 6.

Recipe Source: Adapted for the Instant Pot from the original recipe at From a Chef's Kitchen

Monday, September 2, 2019

Peach Cobbler Bars


We have really been enjoying the fruit this summer. But sometimes I buy more than we can eat in a reasonable amount of time. Surely I'm not the only one?

So, when that happens, I gladly turn the fruit into a baked good; or a baked GREAT. This was definitely a baked GREAT.


All the goodness of peach cobbler baked into a bar form, then covered with a delectable almond icing. This was the perfect dessert for Labor Day weekend, reminding us that summer is not over til September 21, people! But even if it feels more like fall, you will love the summer flavors in this dessert.


Find more great ideas at Inspire Me Monday, Inspire Me Monday 2, Fabulous, Hearth and Soul, Twinkly Tuesday.


Peach Cobbler Bars

Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar

Filling:
2 eggs
1/3 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/8 tsp. salt
2-3 cups peaches, peeled and finely diced

Almond Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. almond extract

For the crust, stir flour, salt and sugar together. Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender, two knives or your fingers until mixture resembles coarse sand. (Alternatively, combine flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of your food processor. Add the cubed butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse sand. You want to see some pieces of butter in the mixture.)

Reserve 1 cup crumbs.

Pour remaining crumbs into a greased 9x13 baking dish and press down firmly. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.

While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. Whisk eggs, flour, sugar, sour cream and salt together. Fold in the peaches.

Pour peach mixture over top of baked crust layer. Sprinkle filling layer with remaining cup of crumbs. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until set.

For the icing, combine the powdered sugar, cream and almond extract and stir with a spoon or whisk until smooth. After bars have cooled for 1/2 hour, drizzle top with the icing. Serve warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers.

Recipe Source: Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Monday, August 26, 2019

Fresh Strawberry Bread


The days are getting cooler, and everyone in our house is back to school, but I still want to hang on to summer! I need more lunches on the patio, dinners on the deck, time in the kayak, reading by the lake, getting into a sun baked car.... (am I the only one who loves getting into a HOT car? probably.)

Luckily, you can feel like it's still summer (and technically it IS!) with a delicious quick bread like this one. Strawberries are THE fruit of summer, and they are delicious baked up in this bread.


So wear your sunglasses and tank top and get this bread baking! And relish these last days of summer.

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Fresh Strawberry Bread

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups fresh sliced strawberries

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add in the oil, milk egg and vanilla and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Fold in strawberries.

Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 65-80 minutes or until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool slightly, then loosen sides of loaf from pan and remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Monday, August 19, 2019

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars


Strawberry Rhubarb is such a wonderful summer combination. I loved this treatment of the tangy and sweet fruit, layered between cream cheese and streusel.

It was a big hit at a summer picnic, with even kids requesting seconds!


Because of the several layers, this does take a little time to come together, and it's really best if you can let it sit overnight in the fridge before serving. It will be worth the wait!

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars

Crust and filling:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla, divided
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup, divided
1 egg
1 1/2 cups diced fresh rhubarb
1 cup fresh strawberries (about 10-11 strawberries), hulled and diced
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter, cold and diced

For the crust, combine butter and brown sugar using an electric mixer until creamy. Mix in 1/2 tsp. vanilla. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the flour and salt together. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Press the dough evenly into a greased 8 or 9" baking pan. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

For the filling, combine cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar and beat together until smooth. Add the egg and 1/2 tsp. vanilla, and mix until combined. Pour over the partially-baked crust and spread evenly. In a medium bowl, stir together rhubarb, strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Sprinkle evenly over cream cheese filling.

For the topping, combine flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt. Cut in the cold butter with a pastry blender until you have a pea-sized crumb-like mixture. Sprinkle topping over the fruit mixture. Bake again for 40-45 minutes or until filling is set. Cool completely on a wire rack. For best results, refrigerate for several hours or overnight before cutting into squares and serving. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Smorgaseats
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