Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins

DSC_0234This month is both flying by, and at the same time, can’t move fast enough! I have been living in two different places, and that in itself is quite frazzling. We are in the middle of packing up the house, getting errands done before moving, packing, planning, job preparation, packing, and oh, did I mention that it’s my birthday next weekend?! Yeah. Things are nuts in our neck of the woods.

However, when life wasn’t as crazy as it is now, back in August, my mother paid me a visit. She came down, we went to Shakespeare in the Park, saw A Comedy of Errors, went to the Alberta Birds of Prey Center, and went to dinner. The next morning, we were puttering around before the Birds of Prey Center, and I wanted something slightly sweeter for breakfast.DSC_0233

I took to Pinterest, and found these doughnut muffins, which were extremely simple to make, very fast, and delicious! They definitely reminded me of both doughnuts and muffins, so they screamed breakfast.DSC_0232

Ingredients

Yield: 12 muffins

For the muffins:

1½ c. flour
½ c. sugar
1½ tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
½ c. milk
1/3 c. butter, melted and cooled

For the topping:

1/3 c. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
5 tbsp. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease muffin cups with miracle cake release, or line with paper liners. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In a small bowl, beat the egg. Add the milk, vanilla, and melted butter, and mix well to combine.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix to combine. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins, and bake in preheated oven 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto cooling rack.

In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon for the topping. Dip muffins in melted butter, then cinnamon sugar mixture, then cool completely.

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Lemon Rhubarb Bundt Cake

I found something amazing to do with some of the rhubarb my parents gifted to me! This cake was the perfect option. It is sweet, tart, lemony, moist, and has a beautiful splash of rhubarb right in the middle.

You know me by now, and when friends come over, I love to have some baked goods of some kind to offer them. If I don’t have anything prepared and friends come over to visit, I actually feel bad! I’ve built up a bit of a reputation in that I always have something delicious to munch on if we have visitors, and if I don’t live up to the name, there’s a little bit of guilt.

Well, a friend of mine came over last night for a dinner/movie date. We made dinner, I made dessert, and then we just caught up over a movie and just had some relaxation time. It was awesome. I was looking for a sweet treat for dessert, and I had a ton (and I mean a TON) of rhubarb in my freezer. Bless those parents of mine, they gave me so much!

I took to Pinterest, and found this eye-catching recipe. It looked amazing, used mostly pantry staples, and seemed to yield some delicious results. Boy, were my expectations lived up to! This cake is phenomenal. It’s got a little bit of tartness, some sweet, and a whole lot of AWESOME. If you have some time, and some rhubarb, I highly suggest you go make this cake!

Ingredients

Yield: 1 Bundt cake

For the cake:

1 c. butter, softened
1¾ c. sugar
Zest of 1-2 lemons (I used the zest of 1 lemon, and about 2 tsp. of lemon juice)
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2½ c. + 2 tbsp. flour, divided
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
¾ c. buttermilk (or milk with 2 tsp. vinegar or lemon juice mixed in)
3 c. diced rhubarb

For the glaze:

Juice of 1 lemon
2-3 c. icing sugar

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour a Bundt pan (or use some Miracle Cake Release. 1:1:1 ratio of flour, vegetable shortening, and oil.) and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine the butter, sugar, and lemon zest/juice and whip until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, combining after each addition. Add in the vanilla.

In a separate, medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour (the first amount), baking powder, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk, ideally in 3 portions of each, until everything is fully incorporated.

Toss the rhubarb with the second measurement of flour to coat rhubarb evenly. Fold into the cake batter with a spatula.

Transfer cake batter into prepared pan, and smooth evenly with a spatula. Bake in preheated oven for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. (Mine took even longer, because my oven tends to run a bit cool.)

Remove the cake from the oven and let cool about 30 minutes in the pan, then remove from pan and let cool. If you glaze your cake while warm, the glaze will be a bit runnier, but you can still do this.

To make the glaze, in a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, and 2 c. of the icing sugar. Add more icing sugar for a thicker glaze, depending on how much juice you got from the lemon. (I needed to add an extra half-cup or so.) Pour the glaze evenly over the cake.

Slice, serve, and enjoy!

 

 

 

Rhubarb Scones

It’s summertime! That means I have lots of free time on my hands, and my parents have a garden full to bursting with fresh produce, veggies, and fruits. One of the many fruits of their labour (sorry, I couldn’t resist! Ha!) is rhubarb.

My dad recently came down to visit, and brought with him a TON of rhubarb. I mean a ton. I cut it all up, and separated it, there was probably around seven cups of fresh cut rhubarb! I was so excited! Cue searching rhubarb recipes on Pintrest.

I came across a few recipes for rhubarb scones, but every recipe I found included heavy cream. Now, heavy cream is not a staple in my refrigerator. Why? Because I just don’t use it enough! I use it for baking, and that’s about it. If I’m too busy to use it, it goes bad, and there goes money down the drain. Boo! So I decided to compromise.

I searched for a simple, plain scone recipe (because I love breakfast baked goods, I just forget to make them for breakfast), and found this one that seemed absolutely perfect. It used everything I had in my pantry and refrigerator (no heavy cream, just milk. Score!), and was a plain recipe that I figured I could easily jazz up with rhubarb.

The only changes I made to the recipe, and I’ll add them below in addition to the link of the original recipe above, was to add about 2 cups of chopped frozen rhubarb to the scones, then sprinkle the tops with a simple cinnamon sugar mixture.

It’s been crazy hot here in Southern Alberta lately, so you may not see too many baked goods around these parts this summer. I reserve baking for when the weather cools off a bit, and the afternoon I made these, Lethbridge decided to grace us with a bit of a thunderstorm. It’s okay though, I’ve got some great no-bake recipes planned, including a chocolatey treat up next!

As for these rhubarb scones, just make them, and enjoy the delicious tartness of fresh rhubarb! These taste great on their own, a little tart, a little sweet, a lot of flavour. But, these babies are just as good with strawberry jam, or butter and cinnamon sugar to top with as well! Enjoy!

Ingredients

Yield: 8 scones

2½ c. flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ c. butter, cold, and cut into pieces
1/3 c. sugar
2/3 c. milk
2 c. rhubarb, chopped
Cinnamon sugar, to garnish

Preheat the oven to 425°F.  Line a baking tray with parchment paper, and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add in the butter chunks, and with a pastry blender, combine until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.

Add sugar, and stir to combine. Add in the rhubarb and the milk, and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together. It may be crumbly. Use your hands if you need to knead the dough until it becomes cohesive.

Pat dough or roll into a circle about 1½ inches thick. With a knife, cut the dough into 8 pieces. Transfer the wedges onto the prepared baking tray, letting the edges touch for softer scones, or separate for crisper scones.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a light golden brown on top.

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

I know what you’re thinking! The first reaction to sourdough cinnamon rolls is “Ugh! I don’t think that goes well together!”. I thought the exact same thing, but the more I thought about it, the more I came around. I mean, I’ve used my sourdough starter in cakes before. Why couldn’t it work for cinnamon rolls?

This recipe was also very easy. I started these rolls at about 4pm on a Saturday. I followed all instructions, and let the second rise happen overnight. When I woke up Sunday morning, the dough had risen beautifully and was ready and waiting to be rolled out and filled with gooey cinnamon filling.

Like I said, this recipe was very easy. I also found the recipe off of Pinterest, and they have wonderful options, so I was excited! The original recipe is found here. It wasn’t that time consuming, and the results were beautiful! I’d say that’s a win-win situation!

Holy man these were good! The sourdough becomes very subtle, but definitely adds something to the dough. The slight tang of the sourdough with the sweetness of the cinnamon and the the sugar? Oh yes. These are AWESOME!

Considering I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use my sourdough starter, I’d say this is a solid choice. I’ve been making tons of sourdough crackers lately (link here), and I wanted to change it up a bit. I mean, I love to snack on those freakin’ addictive crackers, but I wanted to satisfy my sweet tooth, and did I ever!

Ingredients

Yield: 16-24 cinnamon rolls, depending on how big you cut them

For the dough:

1 c. sourdough starter
1 tsp. salt
½ c. sugar
1/3 c. butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
¼ c. warm milk
1 tsp. yeast
3-4 c. flour

For the filling:

5 tbsp. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
½ c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon

For the frosting:

1 c. icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. milk

To make the dough, add the sourdough starter, salt, butter, sugar and eggs to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Combine.

Add yeast to the warm milk, mix in and allow to sit for 5 minutes, or until foamy. Once foamy, add the milk and yeast mixture to the starter mix. Combine again.

With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour, 1 cup at a time (when you get to 3 cups, add a small amount at a time. Mine only took about 3 1/3 cups of flour). Dough should be in a soft ball, that is not sticky.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Place dough in an oiled bowl and allow to rise until doubled (2-3 hours).

Punch down, and allow to rise again (I let the second rise happen overnight).

Punch down again, turn out onto your work surface and with a rolling pin roll out into a large rectangle.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, mix the filling ingredients until smooth and cohesive. Spread over the dough evenly.

Roll the long side of the rectangle tightly, and keep rolling until the dough is a log. Using plain, unflavoured dental floss, cut the dough into 1-inch sections. Place in pie plates, and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.

In a small bowl, whisk together the frosting ingredients until smooth. Drizzle the frosting over the cinnamon rolls. Serve warm.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Okay friends, I apologize. I’ve always heard tell how crazy busy May and June are for teachers, and we haven’t even hit June yet and I get it! May has been a non-stop whirlwind of things going on.

I have school, which in and of itself encompasses a lot of time, planning, effort, marking, dedication, and planning. Wait…

Either way, because we are a high school, we are trying to plan 3 different end of year field trips for the various grade levels, plan and organize a graduation, finish up classes, prepare students for writing diploma exams, and to top it all off, there are renovations going on at my school right now, AND it is the middle of the job search process to see if I get to come back next year. Yeah, things are a bit crazy around my neck of the woods at the moment.

I took some time during the weekend though, to de-stress, and when I say I am “de-stressing”, that just means I’m baking. This coffee cake was exactly what I wanted, because I wanted something a little sweeter for breakfast on Saturday morning, but didn’t want the traditional waffles or pancakes. I opted for this coffee cake. It was very moist because of the sour cream in the cake batter, and Paul seemed to enjoy it as well – always a bonus!

The only thing I changed was that I actually put all the filling in the middle, and none on the bottom or top of the cake. Feel free to do that if you want, but I found that with all of the filling in the middle, the cake had a beautiful cinnamon ribbon throughout the whole cake, and I wasn’t complaining about that!

I found the original recipe here, and I really didn’t change anything else other than the filling location in the cake. The batter is thick, though, so be prepared with a good spatula. Also, true to the name, Paul and I loved this cake with a cup of coffee (or in my case, tea).

Ingredients

Yield: 1 bundt cake

For the cake:

¾ c. butter, softened
1½ c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
1½ c. sour cream
3 c. flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
1½ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. salt

For the filling:

½ c. brown sugar, packed
1½ tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour (or brush with Miracle Cake Release) a 10-inch bundt pan. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the filling ingredients, and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in vanilla and eggs and beat until combined and smooth.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in alternating increments the flour mixture and the sour cream to the butter mixture. Mix until just combined.

Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with half, or all, of the filling mixture. (Your choice – as I stated, I put all of the filling mixture in the middle.) If you only put half the filling in the middle, top with the other half of the batter, and sprinkle the remainder of the filling on top of the batter. If you put all of the filling in the middle, top with the other half of the batter.

Bake in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling fully.