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    Lemon Curd Braid

    A sweet taste of summer braided into a delightfully tender, pillowy dough, this Lemon Curd Braid will brighten any breakfast. Filled with a sunny, fresh lemon curd filling and topped with Swedish pearl sugar and a sweet and simple Glaze, this braided bread lets simple flavors shine. The soft and rich surrounding dough achieves unmatched […] LEGGI TUTTO

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    Classic Buttermilk Waffles

    Crisp on the outside, tender and light on the inside, these homemade Classic Buttermilk Waffles are a brunch staple. A secret ingredient gives them delicate texture.

    Like many of you, I’m getting ready for a brunch-y weekend with mom, with all the fixings. And these waffles are on the menu! They are so crisp and airy just out of the waffle iron. Crunchy and light on the outside, with a soft interior. They’re so easy to whip up using just a whisk!

    Dry ingredients.
    First, mix up the dry ingredients. Flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and the secret ingredient: cornstarch. Studied waffle makers may already be familiar with this method. Replacing some of the flour with cornstarch (in just about any waffle recipe) will make the exterior extra crisp, while maintaining a soft interior. It’s extra-good in this double buttery recipe.

    Wet ingredients.
    Buttermilk gives the waffles tangy flavor, and melted butter makes gives them richness. Mix up all of the wet ingredients. If you’d like a creamy cake note, add a splash of vanilla at this stage.

    Mix it up! (But not too much.)
    Pour in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, and expect a few small lumps. This is normal. If you don’t have lumps, then you’ve overmixed the batter. So, keep those lumps in there!

    Waffle irons: so many options!
    You’ll need a waffle iron, of course. And boy, waffle makers sure run the gamut! I have two now; a round Belgian-style waffle iron, which makes big, fluffy waffles with deep pockets. With that one, I can only make one at a time. And this new one (above) that makes four slightly thinner square waffles with deep pockets. I’m loving this one. I wish I’d had this one at the last brunch I hosted! Making a single fresh waffle for each guest was so time-consuming.
    Fill and bake the waffles in your iron according to the directions that came with your waffle maker. This iron held about 1 1/4 cups of batter and baked for 5 minutes. However, waffle irons vary greatly, so consult the manufacturers instructions.

    Mmmm. Golden brown goodness! Classic Buttermilk Waffles are practically a blank canvas ready for butter, maple syrup, berries. Even chocolate sauce with whipped cream. (Not that I’d know anything about that. Ahem.)

    I’ve really enjoyed this recipe on repeat. It’s a true staple for breakfast. The batter is a quick fix requiring no fussy whipping of egg whites or resting the batter. It’s ready to go as soon as your waffle iron is hot.
    For a uniquely southern twist, try my Grits Waffles, also made with buttermilk!

    Classic Buttermilk Waffles

    This classic buttermilk waffle batter is quick to whip up using just a whisk. Cornstarch is the secret ingredient which makes the waffle exterior crisp, while keeping the inside fluffy. If you don’t have cornstarch on hand, you may increase the flour to 1 3/4 cups and omit the corn starch. The waffles will be slightly more chewy, but still delicious.

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    Prep Time 10 minsCook Time 20 minsTotal Time 30 mins

    Course Breakfast, BrunchCuisine American

    Servings 8 waffles

    Equipmentelectric waffle iron
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/4 cup cornstarch2 tablespoons granulated sugar2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt2 large eggs1 3/4 cups whole buttermilk1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly2 teaspoons vanilla extract optional
    Instructions In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt.In separate large bowl (I use a batter bowl with a pour spout) beat together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla extract, if using.Pour the dry ingredients over the wet, and stir just until mixed and almost smooth. A few small lumps should remain.Coat a waffle iron with a non-stick cooking spray and preheat it. Cook the batter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A waffle is usually ready to remove from the iron when it stops steaming, but waffle irons vary, so consult the user’s manual.Serve waffles immediately with plenty of salted butter and real maple syrup. ENJOY!
    NotesWaffles are best served fresh, but you can reheat them in the oven for 5 minutes at 375F, or you can pop them in a toaster for a few minutes to crisp them up.
    Freeze cooled waffles between sheets of waxed paper stored in freezer bags. Defrost, then reheat them in the oven with the above instructions. 
    For more savory applications, omit the sugar and optional vanilla from this recipe. Serve as the bread for a savory sandwich, or as the base for chicken and waffles. 

    Keyword all purpose flour, buttermilk, cornstarch, unsalted butter

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    Strawberries and Cream Sweet Rolls

    Move over cinnamon rolls, Strawberries and Cream Sweet Rolls are here to spruce up your spring brunch! Fresh strawberries and preserves are rolled up and baked in sweet yeast dough. Topped with swirls of light and fluffy cream cheese frosting.

    Boy, have I been missing out. I don’t often stray from My Mom’s Cinnamon Rolls recipe. Because it is truly perfect as-is. But spring will make a gal like me wander off the beaten path. I might give into little impulses, like cutting myself some fringe (I’ve resisted so far). This time, thankfully, it was my favorite sweet dough recipe that received the spring makeover.

    Really good strawberry preserves, topped with an abundance of fresh strawberries, rolled up in yeast dough and baked to golden brown goodness is a real spring kind of thing. Fluffy cream cheese frosting is lightly sweet, beaten to a cloud-like texture, and not at all optional on these Strawberries and Cream Sweet Rolls.

    Sweet yeast dough.
    Begin with active dry yeast. Let it foam in a bowl with some warm water and a little sugar. This should take about 5 minutes.
    After that, a couple of eggs and warm milk mixed in creates the perfect tepid environment. Mix in flour and some melted butter for richness, then knead well. You can do this by hand, but I rely on my standing mixer and dough hook attachment.

    After a 45 minute rise in a greased bowl, punch down the dough and divide it in half. Roll out each half to about 1/8 inch thickness. Then spread on some high quality prepared strawberry preserves. I recommend and use Bonne Maman. But before I started spreading, I mixed a little vanilla exact into the preserves. The vanilla lends a creamy note to the filling.

    A fresh addition.
    Scatter on some fresh strawberries. Quartered strawberries do the trick, although I wonder if dicing them would make them a little easier to roll up. Maybe I’ll try that next time. Roll everything together and place the dough seam side-down.

    Use a serrated knife and light sawing motions to cut through the dough. The sawing motions help cut through the berry chunks. Wipe your knife clean after each cut. This can get a little messy, so have a damp towel close to hand.

    Place each batch of buns in 9-inch cake pans (or even 9-inch square pans). This recipe makes 24 rolls, that means 12 to each pan. Let them rise under plastic wrap until puffy and touching each other. Bake them until golden brown and fragrant.

    Good gracious! I could have eaten six of these in one sitting. I didn’t. Maybe I’m getting better at controlling those impulsive urges? Honestly, it’s hard to say because I ate one just before dinner last night.

    It’s good for the soul to mix things up sometimes. I’ve never been afraid to experiment with flavors, but with beloved traditional family recipes, like my mom’s cinnamon rolls, I was… hesitant. Luckily, everything turned out just right. And I think she’d love these.

    Strawberries and Cream Sweet Rolls

    Heather Baird

    Fresh strawberries and prepared strawberry preserves are rolled up and baked in sweet yeast dough. Topped with swirls of light and fluffy cream cheese frosting. It’s the perfect spring brunch pastry!

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    Prep Time 2 hrsCook Time 25 minsTotal Time 2 hrs 25 mins

    Course Bread, Breakfast, DessertCuisine American

    Servings 25 rolls

    Equipment9 inch round cake pans (2) or 9 inch square pans
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric Dough1 cup whole milk1/2 cup sugar1 1/2 teaspoons salt4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast1 teaspoon sugar1 cup warm water 90-110°F2 large eggs room temperature6 cups all-purpose flour sifted4 tablespoons unsalted butter meltedFilling1 cup prepared strawberry preserves divided1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 drop red food color optional2 cups quartered strawberriesFrosting1/2 cup salted butter at room temperature4 oz. cream cheese at room temperature2 cups confectioners’ sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Instructions DoughHeat the milk, 1/2 cup sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar melts and a few small bubbles appear at the edges of the pan. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm.Meanwhile, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in very warm water (90°F to 110°F) in the bowl of a standing mixer (or a large bowl if you don’t have a stand mixer). Stir the mixture with the paddle attachment or a wooden spoon until well blended. Let stand for 5 minutes or until the mixture foams and bubbles.Beat the eggs into the yeast mixture. Stir in the lukewarm milk. Switch to the dough hook then add in flour a little at a time until a shaggy dough forms. Mix in the melted butter then add in more flour until the dough is elastic and pulls away from the sides of the mixer. Note: you may not have to use all the flour. Do not add so much flour that the dough does not stick to your hands.Set a timer and mix with the dough hook for 5 minutes. If you are kneading by hand, work the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes.Place the dough in a buttered bowl and turn it over to coat the entire surface. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled.Punch down dough and turnout onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a few times and cut into two pieces. Roll out each piece to roughly 1/8-inch thickness, about 15×12-inch rectangles.FillingStir together the strawberry preserves, vanilla extract, and food color, if using.Evenly spread 1/2 cup of the preserves onto one of the dough pieces. Scatter 1 cup of the quartered strawberries across the dough. Starting at a long end, carefully roll up the dough. Trim away about 1″ of the tapered ends to even the roll (discard). Cut the dough into 12 buns using light sawing motions with a serrated knife. Repeat the process with the remaining dough and filling ingredients.Coat two 9-inch round cake pans with flour-based baking spray. Place 12 slices in each pan, just touching. Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes or until well puffed.Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°.Bake rolls for 22-26 minutes or until golden on top. Keep a close eye on them so they don’t over-bake! Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before frosting.FrostingBeat the butter and cream cheese together in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix in the confectioners’ sugar until just combined. Add the vanilla extract and beat again. Spread the frosting over the warm sweet rolls in the pans. The frosting will melt slightly.Serve warm.
    NotesRolling up the dough: Usually, when I roll up filling into the dough, the ends of the roll are tapered slightly. I always trim this away on each end so the roll is more even before I cut it into buns. If this happens, you can do this too, and still easily get 12 buns from each roll. 
    Preserves: Bonne Maman is an excellent purveyor of delicious high quality strawberry preserves. If you have homemade preserves, all the better! You may want to pulse chunky preserves in a blender so that will spread easily. I add a drop of red food color, which really makes these buns beautiful, but it’s completely optional.
    Baking tips:
    The preserves may bubble out and slightly overflow 9×2 inch round cake pans (I had a drip or two), so place a foil-lined pan on the bottom rack under the rolls to catch drips. Alternatively you may use 9×3 inch springform pans, or even 10 inch cast iron skillets, which have a 9-inch base and measure 10-inches across the top. The springform pan has high sides and the cast iron skillet has flared sides, which will provide more room and prevent drips. Bake time for the cast iron skillet may be reduced by about 5 minutes.
    If you’re a perfectionist – the row of buns closest to the edge of the pan always brown on top first. Usually by the time the time sounds, everything is golden except the middle bun. It will be cooked through, just a little paler than the buns on the edges. Place foil over the buns around the edge of the pan so only the middle buns are exposed. Broil 2 minutes to brown. 

    Keyword active dry yeast, cream cheese frosting, fresh strawberries, strawberry preserves

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    Easy Banana Bread

    This recipe for Easy Banana Bread doesn’t even require an electric mixer! Make it with overripe bananas for the best flavor and texture.

    This delicious bread stirs together with a whisk and bakes up snack cake-style in an 8×8 inch square pan. I’ve always baked my banana bread in loaf pans, but after trying it this way I’ve changed my decorum. Perhaps permanently! There’s more soft and tender middle to enjoy this way, which is my favorite part.

    This classic banana bread begins with brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and melted butter. Stir the mixture together with a whisk or a wooden spoon until well combined.

    Mash up four large ripe bananas in a bowl until fine. A fork works well for this. A few remaining lumps of banana are okay. Whisk the mashed banana into the brown sugar mixture.
    I prefer and recommend using overripe bananas, which will give this bread bold banana flavor and supreme moistness.

    Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, which is flour, baking soda, salt. Easy enough, right? Again, a whisk is perfectly fine for this step. Slowly stir until just combined, you’re not looking to incorporate any air, which is usually a whisk’s job. But its balloon shape works really well at pulling all the ingredients together as you stir.

    Add some crunchy nuts! This can be an optional addition, but not for me. I love slightly sweet pecans added to the batter. English walnuts are also quite good. But if you’re looking to really indulge, then add in 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips – yum!

    Bake the batter it for 45-50 minutes, then let the bread cool 10 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack. You could also let it cool completely in the pan and serve slices directly from there.

    This simple banana bread is delicious served warm, and slices can be reheated in the microwave for about 20 seconds. But we enjoy it at room temperature, too. A slice makes an excellent breakfast on a busy morning. If you have more time for embellishment, add a pat of salted butter and a drizzle of honey.
    (If you only have three large bananas on hand, you might consider making my favorite Banana Nut Muffins instead!)

    Easy Banana Bread

    Heather Baird

    This recipe for Easy Banana Bread doesn’t even require an electric mixer! Use a whisk or a wooden spoon to stir the batter together. Make it with overripe bananas for the best flavor and texture. If you must make this on an electric mixer, use the paddle attachment if possible, and mix on lowest speed setting.This recipe doesn’t use a loaf pan, and instead uses an 8×8 inch baking pan. This makes the banana bread soft and tender, almost like a snack cake. Serve slices warm with salted butter or a drizzle of honey.

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    Prep Time 10 minsCook Time 45 minsTotal Time 55 mins

    Course Bread, Breakfast, DessertCuisine American

    Servings 12

    Equipment8×8 inch square baking panparchment paper
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric 1 cup light brown sugar packed2 large eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly4 large overripe bananas1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt3/4 cups chopped pecans optional
    Instructions Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat an 8×8 inch pan with flour-based baking spray, cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper.In a large mixing bowl, place the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and butter. Stir together with a whisk or wooden spoon until combined. Peel the bananas and place them in a separate mixing bowl. Mash well with a fork until fine. A few lumps of banana are okay. Add the bananas to the brown sugar mixture. Stir to combine.In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet banana mixture. Stir together until just combined. Add the pecans, if using, and fold them in using a rubber spatula.Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick tester inserted near the center comes out clean.Allow the bread to cool in the pan 10 minutes before turning it out, or serve slices of the bread warm directly from the pan.Serve squares of banana bread split and stuffed with pats of salted butter.Banana bread will keep well at room temperature for two days. Cover with plastic wrap or foil. Or, store it in the refrigerator for up to four days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
    NotesWhat to expect: This is so easy to make! I think it’s the best banana bread I’ve tried. The 8×8 pan really maximizes the tenderness of the bread, making it almost like a snack cake. It is moist and flavorful. The crust isn’t hard or crumbly, rather, it’s more soft like a cake’s crust. 
    Mix-ins: In place of the pecans, use your favorite nut. English walnuts are delicious. Or try an equal amount of semisweet chocolate chips.
    Another layer of flavor: In fall and winter months, I like to add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the dry ingredients. It adds and extra ounce of cozy. But most of the time I make this as written, without cinnamon.

    Keyword brown sugar, chopped pecans, fresh bananas

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    Giant Strawberry Pop Tart

    What’s better than a Pop Tart? A Giant Strawberry Pop Tart made completely from scratch! Two all-butter crusts hold homemade strawberry jam inside.

    As a Pop Tart eater and enthusiast, I have to say this was a fun little baking project. I think most people are familiar with Pop Tarts, but for the uninitiated, here’s the gist. Pop Tarts are rectangular pastries with biscuit-like crust, sweet filling, and a thin coat of icing on top. Kellogg’s released them all the way back in 1963 and changed the pace of breakfast from leisurely, to grab-and-go.
    This scratch-made version is super-sized! It’s made of an all-butter pie crust, homemade strawberry jam, and sweet confectioners’ glaze. Add some sprinkles and you’ve got a homemade version of an American classic!

    First, make the all-butter pie crusts. I usually make my pie crusts in a food processor because it’s super quick and easy. All of the ingredients for a double crust will easily fit in a medium-sized food processor bowl.
    Roll out each crust with a rolling pin and trim to 13×9 inches. If you have a 13×9-inch sheet pan you can lay it on top of a crust and use it as a cutting guide. I used a 13×9 inch pre-cut parchment sheet. I keep these on hand because I use this size sheet pan constantly. And having those parchment sheets ready to hand is a real time-saver. Layer the crusts between parchment and place on a baking sheet. Transfer them to the refrigerator to chill while you work on the homemade strawberry jam.

    Simple is best.
    This strawberry jam recipe is little more than quartered strawberries, sugar, a touch of corn starch to thicken, and a squeeze of lemon. Cook all this down to a jam-like consistency, which may take up to 10-15 minutes, depending on how juicy your berries are.

    Look for a thickened, syrupy consistency with some larger pieces of berries that have cooked down and lost their shape. When you see this, you’ll know the jam is properly cooked.

    Transfer the jam to a shallow dish to speed cooling. The jam will be screaming hot just off the stove top, so let it cool about 10 minutes in the saucepan. Then transfer it to the dish, spread evenly and refrigerate until completely cooled. When the jam is cooled, you should be thick enough to hold in a spoon.

    Spread the jam all over one of the chilled pie crusts to about 1.5″ inches from the crust’s edge.

    Seal it up!
    Apply egg wash to the 1.5 inch border and top with a second crust. This is like adhesive to keep your Pop Tart together as it bakes. Now, you can crimp the edges with a fork to seal in all that lovely jammy goodness.

    Here is another important step. Dock the top crust with a fork, all over. This helps steam escape during baking. The tart will puff up in the center while baking, and if there’s no outlet for the steam to escape, then it will burst open.

    Finishing touches.
    The crust will form little fault lines during baking – this is normal. The pop tart puffs up like a pillow, and naturally stretches a little. When you take it out of the oven, it will deflate to a more flattened, pop tart shape.
    A simple confectioners’ glaze adds that extra bit of sweetness, and the finishing touch – the most important garnish of all…

    Sprinkles! This Giant Strawberry Pop Tart definitely puts child-like happiness in my heart and a big smile on my face. And boy, is it ever tasty! It didn’t even last a day. The slices are like hand pies. Because they are easy to pick up, you can easily snag a slice on a paper towel and eat it on the go.

    Even though I will always hold a deep love for store-bought, ready-made Pop Tarts, I must say this is an improvement. I would describe the original Pop Tart crust as – a little tough. (But of course it is! It has to hold up to worldwide shipping and handling!)
    This homemade is sturdy enough to hold in your hand, yet tender and so buttery. The homemade strawberry jam tastes of summer to me. The glaze is creamy and soft, not at all like the original’s hard royal icing coating. One Giant Strawberry Pop Tart will feed a crowd, or you can simply have breakfast made ahead for the week.

    Giant Strawberry Pop Tart

    Heather Baird

    What’s better than a Pop Tart? A Giant Strawberry Pop Tart made completely from scratch! Two all-butter crusts hold homemade strawberry jam inside. It’s a slab pie that you can share with a crowd!The pie crusts are rolled out and trimmed to 13×9 inches. If you have a 13×9 baking pan, you can use it as a template. Lay it on top of the pie crusts and trim around it.

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    Prep Time 25 minsCook Time 40 mins1 hour cooling time 1 hrTotal Time 2 hrs 5 mins

    Course DessertCuisine American

    Servings 12

    EquipmentPastry brushparchment paper
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric Pie crusts2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt1 cup unsalted butter cold6-8 tablespoons ice cold waterStrawberry filling2 cups quartered fresh strawberries or frozen berries, thawed1/2 cup granulated sugar1 teaspoon lemon juice squeezed from fresh lemon quarter2 teaspoons cornstarch1 tablespoon cold water1/2 teaspoon vanilla extractPinch of fine grain sea saltEgg wash1 large egg1 tablespoon waterGlaze and garnish1 cup confectioners’ sugar1 tablespoon milk plus more to thin if needed1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract3 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
    Instructions Pie crustsIn the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the flour and salt. Cut the butter into tablespoon pieces and add half on top of the flour mixture. Pulse 5-6 times and add the remaining butter. Pulse in short bursts until pea-sized pieces are scattered throughout the flour. Add ice cold water 1 tablespoon at a time through the feed tube while processing in short bursts. Keep pulsing until a shaggy ball is formed to one side of the bowl.Turn out the dough and shape into a ball. Cut in half. Roll each piece of dough on a piece of floured parchment paper to about 14×10 inches. Trim each piece to 13×9 inches using a large chef’s knife. Stack the dough between parchment paper and transfer on a baking sheet to the refrigerator. Chill while you make the strawberry filling.Strawberry fillingPlace the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium high heat until the berries give off their juices and start to lose their shape. Keep stirring until some of the liquid is cooked off and the mixture is slightly syrupy, about 10 minutes (the time depends on how juicy your berries are). The berries should be almost translucent.In a small cup, stir the cornstarch into the water. Immediately add the mixture to the berries while whisking constantly. Cook an addition 1-2 minutes, or until mixture further thickness. Stir in the salt. Remove from the stove top and let cool 10 minutes. Pour into a shallow dish and transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely, about 30 minutes.Egg washBeat the egg and the water together in a small bowl.AssemblyPreheat the oven to 375F.Remove the pie crusts from the refrigerator. Place one on a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover the crust with the cooled strawberry jam within 1 1/2 inches of the edge. Brush the edge of the pastry with the egg wash. Top with the second pie crust, lining up the edges evenly.Use a fork to crimp the edges of the pastry. Use the fork tines to poke holes all over the top crust. Lightly brush the entire surface of the pastry with the egg wash.Bake the pastry for 20 minutes. The pop tart will puff up like a pillow as it bakes. Remove the pastry from the oven and allow it to deflate. Preheat the broiler. Place the pop tart under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until the surface is golden brown. The pastry may puff up a little while under the broiler.Allow the pastry to cool on the pan 5 minutes, then slide it onto a wire rack to cool completely. If you’re serving the pop tart on the pan you can let it cool completely on the pan.Glaze and garnishWhisk together the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Add additional milk, if needed thin the mixture. It should be thick and opaque yet still pourable. Pour the mixture on top of the cooled pop tart. Top with rainbow sprinkles. Allow the glaze to crust, about 5 minutes.To serve, cut into 12 squares (more or less to suit your appetite!).
    NotesIf you’re short on time you can substitute your favorite ready-made strawberry jam. I like Bonne Maman strawberry preserves.

    Keyword all butter pie crust, confectioners’ glaze, rainbow sprinkles, strawberry filling

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    Sweet Potato Muffins

    These soft  -packed  are complemented by a crunchy oat and walnut streusel while the  heat of cinnamon and nutmeg add a cozy level of spice. From November/December 2021 issue.  2½ cups (313 grams) all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder 1 teaspoon (2.25 grams) kosher salt, divided ½ teaspoon (1 gram) ground nutmeg ¾ cup (150 grams) […] LEGGI TUTTO

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    Old Fashioned Sweet Rice Fritters

    These Rice Fritters, aka Sweet Calas, are a southern fried doughnut famous in New Orleans. Crispy on the outside, soft and tender on the inside, coated with powdered sugar!

    This recipe was developed in partnership with my friends at Imperial Sugar. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL RECIPE.
    Sweet Rice Fritters Are A Classic Creole Recipe
    Rice Fritters are a classic southern recipe. The sweet yeast batter is mixed with mashed rice to create a tender fritter-style doughnut that is fried until golden and coated with powdered sugar. Calas used to be a popular street food in New Orleans, much like Zeppole or beignets. 
    Sweet Calas – What To Expect:
    These little rice fritters are crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. The yeast dough is flavorful and airy, while the mashed rice adds texture. Grab a napkin because you’re sure to get powdered sugar all over your shirt!The subtle cinnamon flavor in the batter really makes these little doughnuts unique! You could even add small diced apples into the batter to create a rice apple fritter!Make ahead! Start the batter the night before, and in the morning it will be ready to fry for a special breakfast!

    For the full list of ingredients with measurements CLICK HERE
    Cooked rice. You will want to use soft rice, and mash it up well! If using leftover rice, reheat it with a bit of water to steam it. You don’t want the rice to have any “bite”Active Dry Yeast. You can also use Rapid Yeast as well!Warm water Large eggsGranulated sugarKosher saltGround cinnamonAll purpose flourVegetable oil for fryingPowdered sugar for coating
    How To Make Rice Fritters (Step by Step):
    Place the mashed rice into a medium bowl and set aside. Do your best to mash the rice as best you can. The rice adds texture, but you don’t want whole grains of rice in the fritter. 

    2. Sprinkle yeast into warm water and allow it to dissolve, until foamy, 10 – 15 minutes.

    3. Pour the yeast mixture into the mashed rice and stir to combine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight. 

    4. Remove the rice mixture from the refrigerator and add in the whisked eggs, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Add in the flour and stir until evenly incorporated. 
    5. Cover the bowl with a towel and place in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour, until the mixture is bubbly and slightly airy. It will increase in size slightly. This isn’t a typical yeast dough. It will be thinner and more “batter-like”. 
    6. Heat oil in a medium Dutch oven, or electric fryer until it reaches 365°F. Drop the fritter batter by the heaping tablespoon into the oil and fry until golden brown, turning once, to brown evenly. Remove the fritters from the oil with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel lined plate or baking sheet to absorb excess oil. Work in batches of 4 – 5 fritters at a time.
    7. Place the powdered sugar in a large zip-top or brown paper bag. Add in half the fritter and shake to coat. Repeat with the remaining fritters.

    I own a small electric fryer, which is what I used for this. It’s a recent purchase that I decided upon after years of HATING the way frying foods made my house smell! It is an inexpensive item that I use on the rare occasions I deep fry anything, and actually plug it in in my garage or out back. It’s an easy little appliance to store (I bought a small 1.1 Liter fryer) and having the ability to fry things outdoors keeps that stale fried smell out of my house! I wish I had purchased this years ago!If you don’t have an electric fryer, use a Dutch Oven or a heavy bottomed pan.Using a small scoop (1.5 tablespoon) makes portioning out the batter MUCH easier! Here’s the one I use.The batter expands a bit while frying, so work in batches! Serve these warm or at room temperature. They are best served the same day they are made.
    How To Store:
    Like I mentioned above, I don’t recommend storing these for any length of time. Like any doughnut, they are best if served the day they are made…and if they’re warm, even better!

    For the FULL RECIPE hop over to Imperial Sugar and print it out! LEGGI TUTTO

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    Easy Homemade French Bread

    Learn how to make bakery-style French Bread from the comfort of your home! This soft homemade bread is SO easy and can be used in so many meals, appetizers, and snacks!
    Love making bread? Try My Homemade Brioche too! It’s SO good!

    The Best French Bread
    When it comes to baking bread, you don’t have to be an experienced baker! Of course I most often make a quick bread, like my famous banana bread, but, recently I decided to switch it up with some Homemade French Bread, and boy am I glad that I did!
    These fresh loaves of chewy French bread are completely addicting. I know the sugar content of the recipe is generally a little higher when I make statements like that, but it holds true here too. The crust/exterior of this homemade baguette is the perfect level of crispy, and the inside is pillowy-soft. Words cannot describe, my friends.
    Making your own French bread sounds like a lot of work, but it’s actually super easy. (And here I’ve been going to the store weekend after weekend!) So, if you’re a first-time bread-maker, no worries. The process is really simple and totally within your grasp!

    What Makes This Recipe Work
    Simplicity is the key to success here. Keeping it simple means less work for you, and more time to do whatever else you need to get done today! This French bread is made with only 6 ingredients, and you can have the bread in and out of the oven and cooling on the counter within a couple of hours. What’s more, you probably already have everything you need for homemade French bread in your pantry, which is always a plus.
    What You’ll Need
    Alright, let’s talk real quick about those 6 ingredients! Here’s what you’re going to need to round up:
    Warm Water: Make sure that the temperature is somewhere between 110°F – 120°F.Sugar: Just regular-old granulated sugar is perfect for this recipe.Yeast: Active dry yeast will help your loaves of bread rise up nice and tall. You can also use Instant Yeast (Rapid Rise Yeast) which will only require one rise, not two!Flour: You can use any kind of bread flour that you like for this French bread. You will use about 6 cups flour in this recipe.Salt: I like to use kosher salt in my bread. One tablespoon of salt might seem like a lot, but it’s really the only flavor addition to the bread and without it it’d be very bland.Canola Oil: You can also use olive oil or vegetable oil as a substitution if needed.
    Do You Have To Use Bread Flour?
    The recipe will work with all purpose flour, but you won’t get that chewy bread texture unless you use bread flour. Bread flour has a higher protein content (usually 11% – 13%). The protein in the flour is what produces lots of gluten, which is what gives you that chewy bread texture. Bread flour can be found in white and whole wheat varieties.
    How to Make French Bread
    Like I mentioned above, making your own French bread is no sweat. And you don’t even need a bread maker to do it! The process breaks down into four basic parts: forming the dough, letting it rise, shaping it into loaves, and baking. Here’s the more detailed description:
    Dissolve the Yeast: Add the water, sugar, and yeast to the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment (or mixing bowl if doing by hand). Allow the yeast to dissolve and become foamy, approximately 5 minutes.

    Form the Dough: Add in the flour, salt, and oil. Turn the mixer to low and mix for 30 seconds to combine the ingredients. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and mix for 8-10 minutes total, until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
    Let the Dough Rise: Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with a towel. Place the bowl in a draft-free, warm place to rise for 1-2 hours, or doubled in size. My oven has a “proof” setting that works amazingly well for yeast bread recipes. Alternately you can allow the dough to rise slowly overnight in the refrigerator.

    Form the Loaves: Once the dough has risen, sprinkle some flour onto a clean counter and place the dough onto the lightly floured surface. Divide the bread dough in half and roll into a 12-inch long log. No rolling pin needed! You could certainly make more smaller loaves. Just note the bake time will be decreased. Place the dough into a greased or parchment paper lined baking sheet (or a french bread pan). Cover with a towel and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free place for an additional 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.

    Preheat the Oven to 375°F: Then, when the dough has risen, use a sharp knife to cut slits into the top of the dough.
    Bake: Bake for 20-25 minutes until the bread is golden brown.
    Getting That Golden Crust
    The best part of French bread? The crispy golden-brown crust of course! A really easy way to ensure that you get a perfectly golden crust on your bread is to use some egg wash. Before you put your bread in the oven, whip together an egg and some water and lightly brush this mixture on top of the loaves. Then bake, and prepare to be excited.
    Tips for Success
    I’ve got a couple more tips to share with you before you get started, if you don’t mind. Here are a couple of other important French-bread-making tricks:
    Can I Make This Bread Ahead? Yes! In fact, I like to make this bread ahead and reheat it right before serving. To do this, preheat the oven to 375° and bake for 5-7 minutes to lightly toast the outside. This gives the bread a crusty exterior with a soft, warm center.How to Know When the Bread is Done: The exterior should be a golden-brown as mentioned above, but also, when the crust is tapped it should sound hollow.Do I Need a Stand Mixer? No, you can stir and mix the dough together by hand. It’ll take a while longer, but you’ll get a good workout in! Stir the ingredients together with a wooden spoon and then knead on a floured surface with your hands.Where Should I Let the Dough Rise? In front of a window is a good place, as is near the preheating stove. Can I Mix in Some Whole Wheat Flour? Sure. I don’t recommend completely substituting the bread flour with whole wheat flour, but an even mix of the two should turn out well.

    Ways to Use Your Bread
    You can use/serve French bread in so many ways! These are some of my favorite ideas:
    Make French Bread Pizza: And add your own toppings! This dinner is always a hit with the kiddos. Serve with Soup: Butter up a slice of toasted French bread and dunk it in your favorite soup. Make Garlic Bread: Or homemade cheesy breadsticks… it’s up to you!For Sandwiches: This is probably the number one way we consumer French bread in my house. For Toast: Pile on the honey, butter, and/or jelly and jam!Make Croutons: All you need are a few seasonings and some olive oil and you’re good to go!

    How to Store French Bread
    I usually store this French bread in a tightly-sealed Ziploc bag for a couple of days at room temperature. You could also wrap it in plastic wrap instead, if you like.
    Can I Freeze This?
    Yes! Store your French bread in the freezer in an airtight container (or a few tight layers of plastic wrap). It should keep for about 3 months this way.
    Here Are Some More Easy Bread Recipes:


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    Easy Homemade French Bread

    Learn how to make bakery-style French Bread from the comfort of your home! This soft homemade bread is SO easy and can be used in so many meals, appetizers, and snacks!


    2 1/2 cups warm water (110°F – 120°F)
    2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    2 tablespoons active dry yeast
    6 cups bread flour
    1 tablespoon kosher salt
    2 tablespoons canola oil


    Add the water, sugar, and yeast to the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Allow the yeast to dissolve and become foamy, approximately 5 minutes.
    Add in the flour, salt, and oil. Turn the mixer to low to mix for 30 seconds to combine the ingredients. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and mix for 8 – 10 minutes total, until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
    Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover with a towel. Place the bowl in a warm, draft-free place to rise for 1 – 2 hours, or doubled in size.
    Once the dough has risen, place it onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough in half and roll into a 12- inch long log. Place the dough into a greased or parchment lined baking sheet (or a french bread pan). Cover with a towel and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free place for an additional 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
    Preheat the oven to 375°F.
    When the dough has risen use a sharp knife to cut slits into the top of the dough.
    Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown and when the crust is tapped it sounds hollow.


    Can I Make This Bread Ahead? Yes! In fact, I like to make this bread ahead and reheat it right before serving. To do this, preheat the oven to 375° and bake for 5-7 minutes to lightly toast the outside. This gives the bread a crusty exterior with a soft, warm center.
    How to Know When the Bread is Done: The exterior should be a golden-brown as mentioned above, but also, when the crust is tapped it should sound hollow.
    Do I Need a Stand Mixer? No, you can mix the dough together by hand. It’ll take a while longer, but you’ll get a good workout in!
    Where Should I Let the Dough Rise? In front of a window is a good place, as is near the preheating stove.
    Can I Mix in Some Whole Wheat Flour? Sure. I don’t recommend completely substituting the bread flour with whole wheat flour, but an even mix of the two should turn out well.
    Storage: I usually store this French bread in a tightly-sealed Ziploc bag for a couple of days at room temperature. 

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