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    Pecan Pie Muffins

    Pecan Pie Muffins have all the flavors of pecan pie in a sweet muffin that works as perfectly as a side dish as it does dessert!
    Love a sweet bread that works as an unexpected side dish? Try my Southern Pecan Bread too!

    Pecan Pie Muffins Have All the Flavors Of the Classic Pie!
    We all now that Pecan Pie is a classic dessert…but the flavor profile works so well in all sorts of other recipes! Of course, make sure to try my Pecan Pie Recipe if you like to stay classic, but if you want to mix things up, these Pecan Pie Muffins are REALLY FUN!
    Pecan Pie Muffins Can Be Dessert, Breakfast, Or A Sweet Side Dish!
    Pecan Pie Muffins are going to be your new favorite sweet treat or an unexpected side dish. Think about these at your holiday table paired along side turkey and mashed potatoes or even along side a plate of BBR Ribs! Leave out the chocolate if you want to enjoy these with dinner, but as breakfast or dessert chocolate makes these extra sweet!
    Ingredients:
    chopped pecanslight brown sugarall purpose flourbuttervanilla extracteggsmini chocolate chips
    Instructions:
    Liberally coat cupcake liners or a muffin tin with nonstick spray.The amount of sugar in this recipe can cause the muffins to stick to paper liners, so make sure you’re greasing them properly!Combine the pecans, brown sugar, and flour in a large bowl and then add in the melted butter, vanilla, and eggs until evenly incorporated. Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips.Fill muffin tins with batter evenly and bake for 20 – 25  minutes. These muffins don’t rise too much, so you can fill the liners up almost to the top.Serve warm or at room temperature.Can You Leave Out the Chocolate?
    Yep, absolutely! And if you’re serving these as a side dish you might prefer them without the chocolate! The recipe will remain the same otherwise!
    Serving Ideas:
    These muffins are totally versatile! Here are my serving suggestions:
    For breakfast! I mean they are muffins after all!As a side dish. It might seems crazy, but if you leave out the chocolate chips, these make a sweet bread that can pair great with your holiday meal or even a BBQ! Think about them like you would a sweet cornbread…same idea!Dessert! I mean they’re based on classic pie with a similar flavor profile, and they are certainly sweet enough to be enjoyed as a sweet treat after dinner!
    How To Store:
    Of course I love these served warm, but they’re just as good as room temperature! Just store them airtight for up to 3 days at room temperature. You can also freeze them for to to 30 days!
    Love Pecan Pie? Try These Other Pecan Pie Inspired Treats:
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    Pecan Pie Muffins

    Description:
    These Pecan Pie Muffins are perfect as breakfast, a side dish on Thanksgiving or for a BBQ or even dessert!

    Ingredients:

    1 cup chopped pecans
    3/4 cup light brown sugar
    1/2 cup all purpose flour
    10 tablespoons butter, melted
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 eggs, whisked
    1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with liners and coat liberally with nonstick spray.* Set aside.
    In a large bowl combine the pecans, brown sugar, and flour. Add in the melted butter and vanilla stirring to moisten. Then add the whisked eggs and stir until evenly incorporated. Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips.
    Fill muffin tins with batter evenly and bake for 20 – 25  minutes.
    Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Can be served warm or at room temperature.

    Notes:

    *I prefer using the aluminum, coated liners or silicone liners in this recipe, as the paper liners tend to stick more. Again, make sure to coat liberally with nonstick spray. You can also do these without liners in the muffin tin as long as the pan is coated liberally with nonstick spray.
    Store airtight for up to 3 days at room temperature. Freeze airtight for up to 30 days.

    Keywords:: cookies and cups, pecan pie muffins, pecan pie, side dish, muffins, breakfast

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    Brown Sugar Crumb Cake

    The ULTIMATE Crumb Cake Recipe!! Brown Sugar Crumb Cake is a brown sugar twist on your usual coffee cake! It’s a rich and soft brown sugar cake topped with a thick layer of brown sugar crumbs AND a brown sugar icing!
    Looking for a tradition spin on breakfast cake? Try my Coffee Cake Recipe…it’s THE BEST!

    Brown Sugar Crumb Cake Is the Ultimate Twist On A Classic!
    If you are a regular around here you know my affection for brown sugar. Essentially I will replace granulated sugar for brown sugar whenever I can get away with it. And today, we’re going all the way with my Brown Sugar Crumb Cake…from the cake, to the crumb topping, and the brown sugar icing that adorns the top.
    What’s the Difference Between Crumb Cake and Coffee Cake?
    Essentially not much. Crumb Cake typically has more “crumb topping” than coffee cake does, but really it seems in this day and age they two cakes are fairly interchangeable. Coffee cake is a more general term and doesn’t always HAVE to have crumbs on top…but you can’t really have a crumb cake without crumb topping…so…
    I get MANY comments on my Coffee Cake recipe asking “Where is the coffee in this recipe?” And in the US coffee cake doesn’t HAVE coffee in it, but is meant to be enjoyed along side of a cup of coffee? I don’t make the rules here.

    Ingredients:
    Crumb Topping:
    Brown sugar. You can use either dark brown sugar OR light brown sugar in the crumb topping!SaltButter. Use cold butter for the crumb topping, and a pastry cutter or your hands to form the crumbs!All-purpose flourCake
    Room temperature butter.Brown sugar. Again, you can use either light or dark.Large eggs. The size of the eggs definitely matters when baking so make sure you use large.Vanilla extractBaking sodaKosher saltGreek yogurt. You can also sub in sour cream if you have that on-hand.All-purpose flourIcing
    Brown sugar…and for the last time use light or dark!MilkButter. You will be melting this, so it can be either cold or room temperature. It won’t matter.Vanilla extractPowdered sugar
    Is the Icing Necessary?
    Well, the answer here is no. But yes. Make sense? The icing is absolutely delicious and adds another layer of brown sugar flavor and sweetness.
    BUT you can skip the icing if you run out of time, or are looking for a less sweet option. You can also dust it with powdered sugar as another option!
    How To Store:
    I am all about a warm cake along with a cup of coffee, but this cake is just as good at room temperature as it is warm. And certainly this cake can be enjoyed for multiple days if stored properly! Just make sure it is airtight and you can keep it at room temperature for up to 3 days.
    And you can certainly freeze this cake to enjoy at a later time too! Just cover it airtight. I recommend using plastic wrap to cover the pan, and then aluminum foil as an extra layer of protection in your freezer for up to 30 days.
    You can thaw it out at room temperature and reheat each slice in the microwave! You can also reheat the cake in the oven. Just pop it in a 350°F preheated oven for 5 – 10 minutes until warmed through!

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    Brown Sugar Crumb Cake

    Description:
    My breakfast dreams came true when I made this Brown Sugar Crumb Cake. It’s a rich and soft brown sugar cake topped with a thick layer of brown sugar crumbs AND a brown sugar icing!

    Ingredients:

    Crumb
    1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 cup butter, cold and cut into cubes
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    Cake
    1/2 cup butter, room temperature
    1 1/4 cups brown sugar (I use dark but you can use either dark or light brown sugar)
    2 large eggs
    2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup Greek yogurt
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    Icing
    3/4 cup brown sugar (you can use either dark or light, I used dark)
    1/3 cup milk
    1/4 cup butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup powdered sugar

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9×13 baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
    Crumb
    In a large bowl combine all the crumb ingredients and using a pastry cutter or your hands combine the mixture until crumbs form. I usually start with my pastry cutter and then finish with my hands to form larger crumbs. Set aside.
    Cake
    In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and sugar together for 2 minutes. Add the eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt and mix for an additional minute until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Lower the speed of your mixer to low and In alternating additions add in the flour and yogurt, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix until smooth. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and spread the crumb mixture evenly on top.
    Bake for 30-35 minutes until the center is set and a toothpick comes out clean.
    Icing
    In a medium saucepan combine the brown sugar, milk and butter on medium heat. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla and whisk in the powdered sugar until no more lumps remain. Allow the icing to cool for 10-15 minutes, whisking occasionally until it thickens a bit and then drizzle on top of the warm cake.
    Serve warm or at room temperature.

    Notes:

    store airtight for up to 3 days.
    I noted you can use dark or light brown sugar in this recipe. I used dark in the cake and light in the crumb and icing, but feel free to use all dark or all light.
    Also, note you can add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to both the cake and the crumb if you would like a cinnamon flavored cake.

    Keywords:: crumb cake, crumb cake recipe, brown sugar cake, breakfast cake, best breakfast recipe, make ahead breakfast, best cake recipe, homemade cake

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    S’mores Muffins

    S’mores Muffins are a sweet and moist honey honey muffin filled with marshmallow cream, topped with a graham cracker crumble, and milk chocolate. The ultimate dessert for breakfast!
    Not looking for something so indulgent? Try my Honey Wheat Muffins!
    Looking For A Breakfast That’s A Real Treat? S’mores Muffins!
    Sometimes an idea is just too good…and since you know I love a good mash-up recipe, S’mores Muffins make complete sense! You have a sweet and moist honey-wheat muffin, filled with marshmallow cream, topped with a buttery graham cracker crumble and milk chocolate.
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    Apple Strudel

    This easy Apple Strudel recipe is filled with cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins and more! It’s a crispy, flaky pastry that’s easy to make and downright delicious.
    Make sure to try my Apple Pie Recipe too! It’s the best!
    Easy Puff Pastry Apple Strudel
    There’s no need to fuss with homemade pastry dough when making this easy homemade strudel. Refrigerated puff pastry will give you a flaky dough that turns perfectly golden brown in the oven!
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    Homemade Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts

    503 SharesYou’re going to love my Homemade Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts! They are flaky on the outside, with a thick layer of cinnamon sugar filling on the inside, and topped with a sweet cinnamon icing. The perfect homemade breakfast treat!Looking for more breakfast sweets? Try my Best Ever Coffeecake or these fluffy Brown Sugar Pancakes!My Favorite Pop Tarts Are…We have a running argument in our house about the best Pop Tart flavor…is it Strawberry or is it Cinnamon Sugar. In the past I have gone back and forth. My family is divided, and depending on which day you ask, I can swing one way or the other…but ultimately I have come to the conclusion that Brown Sugar Cinnamon is tops.When I decided to try making these homemade I went back and forth on whether or not I should make Strawberry or Brown Sugar Cinnamon first, but you can see what I settled on…it was the right call.Making Homemade Pop Tarts is Easier Than You ThinkSure, it’s easy to just grab a box of pop tarts. But, I bet you didn’t realize how easy it is to make your own at home. I know I didn’t! I had it in my head that it would be super difficult and so not worth it. But, I was wrong – and I’m not afraid to admit it. Plus, the pastry is so flaky and buttery, and the filling is the perfect sweetness, once you have the homemade version it’s going to be tough to go back to the boxed variety.Aside from the fact that making your own toaster pastries is super easy, I love that I can control the ingredients. There’s no ingredients I can’t pronounce in here. Recipe Ingredients For Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop TartsThis ingredient list is oh so easy! These are all typical baking staples that I’m sure you’ve got right in your pantry! Here’s what you’ll need:For the pastry:all purpose floursugarkosher saltcold butter, cut into cubeseggmilkFor the filling:light brown sugarflourground cinnamonbuttereggFor the icingpowdered sugarmilkvanillacinnamonHow to Make Homemade Toaster Pastries…You’re going to make these homemade pop tarts in three stages. First we’ll put together the pastry dough, then we’ll fill and assemble the pop tarts. And, finally, we’ll add the frosting on top!PastryIn a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut the butter into the flour mixture until coarsely combined, but peanut-sized pieces of the butter remain. You can also use your hands. Combine until the dough just comes together.Divide the dough in half, shaping each into a 4×6 inch rectangle, making sure the edges aren’t left too jagged. This will help when it’s time to roll the dough out. Cover each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.FillingIn a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Set this aside. Remove one dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out into a rectangle 1/8-inch thick. It will be roughly 9×12- inches. Using a knife cut the dough into 3×4- inch rectangles. Re-roll the scraps and repeat if necessary. You should get 8 pieces. Place the cut out dough pieces onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush each with the melted butter.Spread a heaping tablespoon of the reserved cinnamon sugar mixture into the center of each rectangle, leaving 1/4- inch space at the edges.Remove the remaining dough from the refrigerator and repeat the rolling and cutting process just like the first and place them on top of the pastry with the filling. Using a fork, press the edges together and poke a few holes in the tops of each of the tarts.Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to chill the tarts for 30 minutes.Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and water. Remove the baking sheet from the fridge and brush each tart with the egg mixture.Bake for 25 – 28 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.IcingWhisk together the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until smooth.Spoon the icing onto the cooled tarts and allow it to set.Tips for the Best Homemade Pop TartsThese homemade pop tarts are better than store-bought! Follow these tips to make sure they are the best of the best:Be sure to keep your pastry dough chilled as you are working with it. This will make it easier to form and prevent any unwanted sticking.Make sure you seal your edges nice and tight. They can easily separate and you’ll end up with your filling dripping out. Don’t forget to brush the tops of the pastries with the egg wash. This is what makes the pop tarts crispy and golden on the outside. Variation IdeasYou can make a wide variety of pop tarts following this same method of making the pastry, filling, and icing. Fruit filled pop tarts are even easier because you can use jam as the filling, and simply omit the cinnamon from the icing. Here are some easy versions:StrawberryBlueberryRaspberryTo make them a bit more colorful, you can add sprinkles or colored sugar to the icing after it’s been drizzled over the tarts but before it sets. How to Store and Reheat These PastriesYou can store your brown sugar pop tarts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. There’s no need to refrigerate them. I like to reheat mine right in the toaster, just like a pop tart. They end up warm and crispy on the outside with a soft and warm center. Can I Freeze these Pop Tarts?Yes! These homemade pop tarts actually freeze really well. Just let them cool completely and then place them in a freezer-safe zip-top storage bag. Place a piece of parchment paper between each Pop Tart so that you can easily grab one when you are ready to reheat. Then, you can reheat them right in your toaster!PrintHomemade Frosted Brown Sugar Pop Tarts Description:You’re going to love my Homemade Frosted Brown Sugar Pop Tarts! They are flaky on the outside, gooey on the inside, and topped with a sweet cinnamon icing. The perfect homemade breakfast treat!Ingredients:Pastry:2 cups all purpose flour1 tablespoon sugar1 teaspoon kosher salt1 cup cold butter, cut into cubes1 large egg2 tablespoons milkFilling:1/2 cup light brown sugar1 tablespoon flour1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon2 tablespoons butter, melted1 large egg1 teaspoon waterIcing1 cup powdered sugar1 tablespoon milk1/2 teaspoon vanilla1/2 teaspoon cinnamonInstructionsPastry: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut the butter into the flour mixture until coarsely combined, but peanut-sized pieces of the butter remain. You can also use your hands. Combine until the dough just comes together.In a small bowl whisk together the egg and the milk. Mix this evenly into the dough until just combined.Divide the dough in half, shaping each into a 4×6- inch rectangle, making sure the edges aren’t left too jagged. This will help when it’s time to roll the dough out. Cover each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.Filling: In a medium combine the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Set aside. Remove one dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out into a rectangle 1/8-inch thick. It will be roughly 9×12- inches. Using a knife cut the dough into 3×4- inch rectangles. Re-roll the scraps and repeat if necessary. You should get 8 pieces. Place the cut out dough pieces onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush each with the melted butter.Spread a heaping tablespoon of the reserved cinnamon sugar mixture into the center of on each rectangle, leaving 1/4- inch space at the edges.Remove the remaining dough from the refrigerator and repeat the rolling and cutting process just like the first and place them on top of the pastry with the filling. Using a fork, press the edges together. And poke a few holes in the tops of each of the tarts.Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to chill the tarts for 30 minutes.Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and water. Remove the baking sheet from the refrigerator and brush each tart with the egg mixture.Bake for 25 – 28 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.Icing: Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until smooth.Spoon the icing onto the tarts and allow it to set.Notes:Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.Keywords:: homemade pop tarts, brown sugar pop tarts, how to make pop tarts, toaster pastries recipe, pop tart recipe Want To Save This Recipe?PIN for later: LEGGI TUTTO

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    Chocolate Chip Banana Scones

    392 SharesThese Chocolate Chip Banana Scones have perfectly crisp, buttery edges with a fluffy, yet flaky, soft center making this the perfect scone recipe!Make sure you make my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread too! I use a secret technique that makes it the ABSOLUTE BEST!Chocolate Chip Banana Scones Will Be Your New Favorite Breakfast Pastry!I hear a lot that people don’t like scones…and I kind of understand if your first scone was a bad one…because when they’re bad, well, they’re badddd. Dry and crumbly with little to no flavor. And really what’s the point?But if you’ve ever had a good scone and are in search of a great recipe, well, today’s your lucky day! A “good scone” will be have a golden, crunchy exterior, with a light, flaky inside. It will be sweet, but not too sweet. Almost like the perfect combination of a biscuit and a muffin.And these Chocolate Chip Banana Scones take that one step further…think a biscuit, meets chocolate chip banana bread. Unexpectedly perfect!Looking For More Scones Recipes? Try These:Banana Scones Are Easy!Here’s the thing, scones are very simple to make, and honestly pretty tough to mess up if you have a good recipe. There are a few tricks to help ensure success though:Make sure your butter is cold. The cold butter melts into the dough creating the flakiness that makes them irresistible.Cut your butter into cubes. This helps it mix in faster without warming up the butter too much.Bake at a high temperature so the outsides get crispy, while the inside stays soft and flaky.Topping with turbinado sugar (Sugar In The Raw) gives you extra crunch, which is my favorite part of a scone.How To Make Scones…Gather your ingredients first, here’s what you will need:butterheavy cream1 mashed bananaall purpose flourbaking powderkosher saltbrown sugarcinnamonchocolate chipsturbinado sugarThe process:Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt together.Cut the butter into the mixture using a pastry cutter. You can also use a fork. Mix in your chocolate chipsThen whisk together your wet ingredients…the banana, heavy cream and add them into the flour mixture, like you would if you were making banana bread.Lightly knead the dough on a floured work surface and then cut into wedges. Sprinkle on some crunchy coarse turbinado sugar and bake!When they’re done drizzle them with a little icing and enjoy!Are These Scones Fluffy?YES! The interior of these scones are a fluffy yet flaky soft banana bread, and the outside has a buttery crunch.Can You Add Nuts?You absolutely can. Mix in 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts if you would like! If you would like to leave out the chocolate chips that’s fine too!How To Store Scones…If these happen to make it beyond 10 minutes of baking them, I give you credit for self control. To store them, place them in an airtight container for up to 3 days.And you can absolutely freeze them as well! Just allow them to thaw out at room temperature. After they’re frozen and thawed you can place them in a 350°F oven for 3-4 minutes to reheat, and get the edges crisp again.I would recommend if you plan on doing this to wait until you’re ready to serve to drizzle with icing! Enjoy!PrintChocolate Chip Banana Scones Description:These easy Chocolate Chip Banana Scones are like banana bread with crispy, buttery edges and soft, flaky centers. The perfect scone!Ingredients:2 cups all purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1/2 cup light brown sugar1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 cup cold butter, cut into cubes1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream, divided1 medium banana, mashed (about 1/3 cup)2 tablespoons turbinado sugar for garnishIcing2 tablespoons butter, melted1 cup powdered sugar1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon2 tablespoons milkInstructionsPreheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon.Cut the butter into the mixture using a pastry cutter or a fork until the mixture resembles very coarse sand. Don’t worry if you have butter the size of peas throughout the mixture, this is fine. Mix in the chocolate chips.In a medium bowl mix together 1/2 cup of the heavy cream and banana.Make a well in the center of the dry mixture and pour the cream mixture into the well. Mix the dough together using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. It will be slightly dry, but will hold together. Don’t over-mix.Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a disk about 1 1/2 – 2- inches thick. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 6 wedges.Place the wedges onto the prepared baking sheet, and brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.Bake for 15- 20 minutes until the edges are golden brown.Icing: Whisk together the butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and milk until smooth. Drizzle the icing onto the scones and allow it to set.Serve warm or at room temperature.Notes:Store airtight for up to 2 days.Keywords:: cookies and cups, scones, scones recipe, banana scones, chocolate chip banana Want To Save This Recipe?PIN for later: LEGGI TUTTO

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    English Muffins

    This English Muffins recipe is cooked on a skillet and makes fluffy English Muffins full of the signature nooks and crannies we love.My Favorite English Muffins Recipe!When you’ve got four kids, you become a pro at quick and easy meals. Back in the day, I found myself going through loads of store bought English muffins because they make for a yummy, filling, and deliciously easy breakfast. Simply toast them and slather them up with butter and jam. Or, turn them into a breakfast sandwich with a fried egg and sausage patty. At dinnertime, well, my family is all about English muffin pizzas.It wasn’t long before I realized I’d have some major savings by making my English muffins at home! But, I psyched myself out. They’ve got to be hard to make, right?Wrong! They are so easy to make. They are lightly kneaded, only rise once, AND you won’t even need to turn on your oven. What Are English Muffins?When you think of English muffins, I’d bet you picture the signature nooks and crannies. I could just drool thinking about melted butter pooling in the large nooks and crannies. I bet you can, now, too. Are you picturing it? But, aside from nooks and crannies, what makes an English muffin an English muffin? Well, they’re not made in a cupcake or muffin tin. That’s it, really.If you go to England, they’re simply called muffins. And, what we call muffins are called American muffins or sweet muffins. Weird, right?!? Recipe IngredientsDon’t let these English muffins fool you! Aside from buttermilk and yeast, I’ll bet you’ve got everything you need at home right now!buttermilkbutterbread flourInstant Yeast saltsugareggcorn mealHow to Make English MuffinsMelt: In a microwave safe bowl heat the buttermilk and butter together in 30- second increments until the buttermilk is warm, reaching a temperature of 120°F – 130°F on an instant read thermometer. The buttermilk might separate and look curdled. Don’t worry, this is okay.Mix: Add the flour, yeast, salt, sugar, and egg into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Pour in the buttermilk mixture and mix on low until combined. This should take about 1 minute. Remove the paddle attachment and replace it with the dough hook attachment. Turn mixer up to medium-high and mix for 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. If you don’t have a dough hook attachment, you can knead the dough by hand on a lightly floured surface for 5-6 minutes. It will take about the same amount of time and you know your dough is ready when it’s smooth, elastic and bounces back when pressed lightly with 2 fingers.Rise: Form the dough into a ball, and cover the bowl with a towel. Place the bowl in a warm, draft free place in your kitchen and allow the dough to double in size. This will take 1-2 hours, depending on the warmth of your kitchen. If your oven has a proof setting, this can be used as well.Prep: Prepare a large baking pan by sprinkling it liberally with corn meal. Once you’ve done this, set the pan aside.Divide: Once the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and divide it into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and flatten the ball until it’s about 3- inches in diameter. Place each into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with more corn meal. Cover the pan and let the dough rest for 20 minutes.Heat: Spray a griddle or large skillet lightly with nonstick spray, or coat it lightly with oil. Heat the pan on low and place the muffins onto the pan, working in batches, carefully transferring the muffins onto the griddle. You don’t want to handle them too much. This will cause them to deflate. Cook: Cook the muffins on each side for 7-10 minutes, until the crust on each side is golden brown and the center of the muffin reaches 180°F on an instant-read thermometer. If you don’t have an instant read thermometer, don’t stress! If your muffins cook in the skillet for 7-10 minutes on each side and are golden brown, they are pretty much guaranteed to be cooked. If the muffins are browning too quickly, place them in a 325°F oven on a parchment lined pan for 10 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly. Depending on the pan you use, this can happen and is not a problem at all!Cool: Allow the muffins to cool completely on a wire rack before using a fork to split them.Why Buttermilk?I get – hands down – the best English muffins using buttermilk. I’ve tried alllll the other options: whole milk, 2% milk, combinations of milk and water. Take it from me, buttermilk gets the best results. I really like the texture and flavor that buttermilk adds to my English muffins. The acidity in the buttermilk works really well with the yeast to rise and create a nice, airy dough. This is what gives my homemade English muffins the signature nooks and crannies we all loveDon’t worry if you don’t have buttermilk. You can quickly and easily make a buttermilk substitute right at home!What Happens If Your English Muffins Brown Too Quickly In Your Skillet?If the muffins are browning too quickly, don’t panic! Depending on the pan you use, this can happen and is not a problem at all! Simply, place them in a 325°F oven on a parchment lined pan for 10 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly. This can happen for loads of different reasons, but these are the most common:A dark pan like a cast iron skillet distributes and holds heat, which can lead to it getting too hot too quickly.Stove tops can heat on low at different temperatures. You might have an electric stove top, or a gas stove top…there’s no set temperature for “low” and temperatures may vary.If you’re working in batches, your skillet will be hotter on the second or third batch than the first, creating varying cook times.Tips for the Best English MuffinsIf you’re looking for my top tips for the best English muffins, I’ve got you, girl.  Here are my suggestions:Allow the dough to rise to at least double in size. If the dough isn’t rising, just give it more time, and make sure it’s in a warm, draft-free place in your kitchen.Does your oven have a proof setting? If yes, this works great with this dough. Let that dough rest. Once you’ve allowed your dough to rest for 20- minutes after you’ve formed them into flattened balls try not to handle them too much. They will rise slightly and this is when all the air pockets form giving you the distinct interior texture of an English Muffin.Both kinds of yeast work. You can use regular yeast instead of instant yeast, you just need to give it more time to rise!If your English Muffins are browning too quickly on the stove top, just place them on a parchment lined baking sheet in a 325°F oven for 10 minutes to bake them.How To Fork Split An English MuffinPlease! Never cut an English muffin with a knife! When you do this, you lose all of the nooks and crannies. Instead, you should ALWAYS fork split your English muffins. Here’s how:Hold your English muffin in one hand and your fork in the other hand.Insert your fork into the side of the English muffin.Spin your English muffin while simultaneously moving your fork in and out until it arrives back at the place you started.The two sides should completely separate. Serving IdeasEnglish muffins make for a great breakfast. They’re super simple to toast and serve with butter or jam. You can also use them as the bread on your breakfast sandwich – egg and cheese; egg, cheese, and bacon; egg, cheese, and sausage – on an English muffin. Scrambled eggs, over easy eggs, I’ve even been known to sandwich an omelette filled with cheese between two slices of English muffin. YUM!My kids have always enjoyed them as mini pizzas, too. All you have to do is fork split them, spoon on your favorite sauce, and top with shredded mozzarella. Then pop them in the oven until toasted and the cheese is melted. You could use your English muffins as the bread for any sandwich, really. Peanut butter and jelly? Sure! BBQ pulled pork? Yep! Burger?How to Store English MuffinsNow, it’s not likely that I’ll eat 16 English muffins in one sitting. Hey, I said it’s not likely, but it’s definitely not impossible. If you do end up needing to store your English muffins, you have two options. First, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days. Or, you can freeze your leftover English muffins in a ziptop bag for 30 days. Don’t forget to label your freezer bag so you are sure when to use them. Allow them to thaw to room temperature before using them. PrintEnglish Muffins Description:Making English Muffins at home is so rewarding…and delicious! This easy English Muffins recipe will have you enjoying homemade muffins in no time.Ingredients:1 3/4 cups buttermilk1/4 cup butter, cubed4 1/2 cups bread flour1 (0.25- ounce) packet Instant Yeast (2 teaspoons)1 teaspoon kosher salt2 tablespoons granulated sugar1 large egg, lightly whiskedCorn Meal for sprinkling on panInstructionsIn a microwave safe bowl heat the buttermilk and butter together in 30- second increments until buttermilk is warm, reaching a temperature of 120°F – 130°F on an instant read thermometer. Buttermilk might separate and look curdled. This is ok.Add the flour, yeast, salt, sugar, and egg into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Pour in the buttermilk mixture and mix on low for 1 minute until combined. Remove the paddle attachment, replacing it with the dough hook attachment. Turn mixer up to medium-high and mix for 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Alternately, you can knead the dough by hand on a lightly floured surface for 5-6 minutes.Form the dough into a ball, and cover the bowl with a towel. Place the bowl in a warm, draft free place in your kitchen and allow the dough to double in size. This will take 1-2 hours, depending on the warmth of your kitchen. If your oven has a proof setting, this can be used as well.Prep a large baking pan by sprinkling it liberally with corn meal. Set aside.Once the dough is doubled, remove it from the bowl and divide it into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and flatten the ball until it’s 3- inches in diameter. Place each into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with more corn meal. Cover the pan and let the dough rest for 20 minutes.Spray a griddle or large skillet lightly with nonstick spray, or coat lightly with oil. Heat the pan on low and place muffins onto pan, working in batches, carefully transferring the muffins onto the griddle. You don’t want to handle them too much, causing them to deflate. Cook the muffins on each side for 7-10 minutes, until the crust on each side is golden brown and the center of the muffin reaches 180°F on an instant-read thermometer. If the muffins are browning too quickly, place them in a 325°F oven on a parchment lined pan for 10 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly. Depending on the pan you use, this can happen and is not a problem at all!Allow the muffins to cool completely on a wire rack before using a fork to split them.Notes:Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days. Freeze in a zip-top bag for up to 30 days. Allow English Muffins to thaw at room temperature.Here’s the link to my Buttermilk Substitute in case you’re all out! Keywords:: english muffins recipe, homemade english muffins, how to make english muffins, english muffins pizza Want To Save This Recipe?PIN for later: LEGGI TUTTO

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    Hot Cross Buns

    679 SharesHot Cross Buns are a soft, sweet bread roll made with a vanilla icing cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday in some countries, but they should definitely be enjoyed all year long!If you’re new to yeast baking make sure to try my Cinnamon Rolls Recipe! They’re amazing and easy enough for beginners!Hot Cross Buns Are A Classic Easter RecipeHot Cross Buns are a treat I grew up eating on Easter morning. I know there are lots of different traditions when it comes to Hot Cross Buns, but I always looked forward to having them once a year. Honestly, though, there is no reason why these can’t be enjoyed all year long! They are a sweet bread, usually made with dried currants or raisins (I used Craisins), and topped with a sweet icing. We always had them warm with a nice spread of butter too. SO good!Baking With Yeast Is Easy!I have been on a roll lately baking with yeast, and I am not about to stop anytime soon. My Sweet Dinner Rolls have been a weekly recipe! To imagine there was a time when the idea of baking bread from scratch made me a little nervous is crazy! It’s actually very easy and using Rapid Rise (Instant) Yeast makes it quick too!Honestly, if you think about yeast as just another ingredient it takes the worry out of it. AND once you do it once, you will see how uncomplicated the process really is. You can make bread by hand, or if you have a mixer with a hook attachment that works for the kneading portion too!My Main Bread Making TipKnowing when to be done kneading is the question I get most. So here’s my PRO TIP: After you knead the dough for the recommended period of time, press it gently with two fingers, and it springs back, you’re done kneading! It should be smooth and elastic to the touch.What Are Hot Cross Buns?I did a little research to find out the history of Hot Cross Buns and found lots of interesting facts. They say that the cross on the bun represents…well, a cross, and the bread represents the end of Lent. There are also many theories on the origin of Hot Cross Buns.One of the interesting myths behind the recipe is that buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or grow moldy during the subsequent year. Another myth is if the buns are hung in the kitchen, they are supposed to protect against fires and ensure that all your bread turns out perfectly! I kind of like that idea!!Anyhow, there are countless stories and traditions around Hot Cross Buns, but what I know is that they are delicious!How Do You Make Hot Cross Buns?Working with RapidRise® Yeast makes the process easy! The dough comes together very quickly, and requires about 4-6 minutes of knead time, which you can do with your hands, or with the dough hook attachment on your stand mixer!The dough will be soft for these, so add your flour in small increments, to make sure you don’t add too much!Allow 350-45 minutes for the dough to rise. I like to cover the dough and put into an oven that was heated just to warm, and then turned off.Hot Cross Buns should be soft, and chewy, like any good bread. You have the subtle sweetness from the dried fruit, and the icing on top, paired with that distinct yeast flavor.I hope these become a tradition in your house too!Looking for More Yeast Bread Recipes? Try These:PrintHot Cross Buns Description:Easy, classic Hot Cross Buns RecipeIngredients:1/2 cup dried cranberries or currants3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour3 tablespoons granulated sugar1 (1/4- ounce) envelope Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast1 teaspoon kosher salt1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 cup milk1/4 cup water1/4 cup butter 2 eggs1 egg white, lightly beatenIcingInstructionsPlace dried cranberries in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water and let sit for 5-10 minutes, or until plumped. Drain and set aside.Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, salt, and cinnamon in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.In a microwave-safe bowl heat the milk, water and butter for 30 – 45 seconds until very warm (120° to 130°F). Stir this into the flour mixture.Mix the eggs, cranberries, and enough remaining flour to make soft dough (I generally use 3 1/2 cups total). Replace the paddle attachment with a dough hook and knead on medium speed for 4-6 minutes. Alternately, you can knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, 4-6 minutes. Cover the dough with a clean dish towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.Line a large baking sheet parchment paper and coat lightly with nonstick spray.Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball and place 3- inches apart on prepared sheet. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 35 to 50 minutes.Preheat oven to 375°F.With a sharp knife, cut a shallow cross in top of each bun. Brush egg white over tops and bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Allow the buns to cool before icing.For the icing, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream in a bowl until smooth. Place the icing in small zip-top bag with a corner snipped off and pipe the icing onto the buns in a cross shape.Notes:Store airtight at room temperature for up to a day. Best served same day.Keywords:: hot cross buns, bread, yeast, rapid rise yeast, quick yeastWant To Save This Recipe?PIN for later: LEGGI TUTTO