Sometimes a hankering just pops into my head and I can’t seem to shake it. This is the second time I made this cake in a week and I may aim for a third. It came from a lack of sweet things in the house and a desire to use up some chocolate still leftover from Easter.
Category Archives: Breakfast
I have an intense love for the corn muffins at Famous Dave’s BBQ. These are not those corn muffins.
I had my first dutch baby the morning after our wedding. We and our bridal party went out for breakfast. Everything looked fantastic and someone had the brilliant idea of ordering a dutch baby with peaches for the table. I owe that individual many thanks.
Sometimes it is nice to appreciate the simple deliciousness that is cinnamon. It always makes me feel warmer somehow.
Perhaps that is why I have already posted recipes on cinnamon buns. I’ve chased the perfect cinnamon raisin bread for years. I love cinnamon shortbread. But this recipe really takes the cake. Or bread, I guess.
I think it is also known as friendship bread (not to be confused with Amish friendship bread). This may be because anyone who tries this bread will want to be your friend so they can have the recipe. Or because it makes two loaves and grown-ups share things.
Book of the Month: Goldfinch by Donna Tart
Have you read anything by Donna Tart? If her other stuff is as good as The Goldfinch was (which it is supposed to be), I may have a new favorite author. You’ll get to hear more about my thoughts on Donna Tart later. But it’s important to know that amongst the running trends in her book is Dutch culture, not only because the painting around which the novel is centered is Dutch.
This has gotten me thinking about my Dutch origins. The only Dutch food I know how to make, and to make well, is waffles. Today, I share with you the secret Thomas family recipe. Buttermilk waffles. They are crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside like the perfect waffle should be. And unlike pancakes, which are all exciting at first but by the end you are sick of them (If you don’t know who I am paraphrasing or why, you need to check this out).
As you may have noticed, I have been slacking off. I am taking full advantage of winter break. That includes waking up and making muffins because I want them.
Martha Stewart calls them coffee cake muffins and serves them with a blueberry yogurt parfait. I don’t know that they remind me all that much of coffee cake. They have a layer of cinnamon brown sugar streusel but lack the crumbles on top of a coffee cake.
Book of the Month: Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
As December and the holiday season creep in, I find myself craving warm, tasty things for breakfast. Apple cinnamon oatmeal is fine for November but December calls for something special. With that I present cinnamon buns!
I love cinnamon buns, especially when they are hot. With that in mind, I wanted a recipe which allowed for a long second rise overnight. It did take over an hour in the morning to get the buns to the table, but they were very tasty!
My sister found them bread-y, but I like buns that are more substantial. While I love Cinnabons, I find it hard to finish them. Tiny, homemade rolls with are covered with caramelized cinnamon have their place. However, I need to eat 3 to feel satisfied in the morning. One of these bad boys provides a sweet treat without leaving you in a food coma first thing in the morning.