Top 13 Posts in 2013

Wow, 2013 is just about to come to a close. Crazy how much has happened in a year! Here’s a run-down of the 13 most popular posts I shared on the blog this past year. Thank you for all your support, every time you read my blog and I receive your comments, it really brings a smile to my face and makes me proud.

  1. Triple Threat Cookies ‘N Cream Cupcakes
  2. Double Chocolate M&M Cookies
  3. Best Tomato Soup
  4. Corner Bakery Impostor Crumb Cake
  5. Chocolate Angel Food Cupcakes
  6. Cinnamon Roll Cake
  7. The Jacques Torres NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie
  8. Low-Fat Pumpkin Poundcake
  9. Monster Cookies
  10. Elvis Presley’s Favorite Pound Cake
  11. Coconut Macaroons
  12. Double Chocolate Brownies
  13. Coconut Blondies

Cinnamon Roll Bread

Thanksgiving is in less than 2 weeks and I can barely contain my excitement.

Actually I think you could say my excitement is out of control…

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I keep on seeing all the college kids my age tweeting and talking about how excited they are to see their friends from home over Thanksgiving break. But then I’m over here like “OMG I’M SO EXCITED FOR MY MOM’S SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE!!!!”

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Speaking of that sweet potato casserole…I’m thinking that I will need to make that over Thanksgiving break and share the recipe with you all. Why do we have this sweet potato casserole basically only on Thanksgiving? I don’t know, but I feel very strongly about this casserole and believe it should be served everyday.

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The actual best part about this casserole is the leftovers..SO so good for breakfast! Weird? I’m gonna say it is totally for sure normal.

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Anywho, I am not sharing the sweet potato casserole recipe with you all today. However, I do have something that is pretty gosh darn close in deliciousness: cinnamon roll bread. I’m a total cinnamon roll freak and also obsessed with quick bread recipes , so this recipe has my name written all over it. This bread is just like eating a cinnamon roll in bread form (go figure) but it’s also super duper moist and tender. You just gotta make it to experience the real thang. Get to it!

Cinnamon Roll Bread

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

pinch of salt

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 egg

1/2 cup white sugar

FOR THE CINNAMON SWIRL:

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 cup white sugar

2 Tablespoons water

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, vanilla extract, egg, and sugar. Slowly fold in the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  4. Prepare cinnamon swirl by combining swirl ingredients in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Drop by large spoonfuls onto batter in loaf pan and use a knife to swirl throughout the batter. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes, enjoy!

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Random Fact of the Day: A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue! (Yuck….?)

Cinnamon Roll Cake

I can’t believe all the sorority recruitment madness is over!!

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heh…sort of..

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We still have “initiation”, which kind of sounds like the part where sororities would stereotypically do all their hazing shinanigans but I swear they really do not do hazing whatsoever at Kappa Delta. We like get presents, and it’s great, but we still have to go to all these different “stage” 1, 2, etc. meetings at the house each week.

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I already looooove Kappa Delta, but I wish the house was closer to my dorm. Or like maybe they could get some sort of limo/cab service going, I’d be down for that.

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On a totally separate note, I finally got to go home and see my lovely parents this past weekend! It was so fun to see them, and unreal to take a shower in my own shower and sleep in my own bed. Literally felt like a hotel :)

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U of I was playing their football game at Soldier Field in Chicago for a special game against Washington on Saturday (we lost, unfortunately) and so it was super convenient to be able to come home while we went to the game together!

Unfortunately I did not get a chance to bake or cook at all at home, we were basically only at the house to sleep and shower…BUT I still have plenty of recipes to share with y’all from summer so here is this deee-lish–OUS cinnamon roll cake that we went absolutely bonkers over. This cake is out of this world, and totally acceptable for breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, or dessert. You have my approval.

Cinnamon Roll Cake

(Inspired by Grandbaby Cakes)

For The Cake
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
2 tablespoons oil
1 1/2 cups white sugar
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (minus 1 1/2 Tablespoons)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (minus 1 1/2 Tablspoons)
3 Tablespoons corn starch
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract

For The Swirl
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour

For The Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt; set aside. In the bowl of a mixer, combine butter, oil and sugar and beat on medium high until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add half of plain (or vanilla) yogurt to the mixer and combine.  Next pour half of flour mixture into cake batter and beat until incorporated.  Again, repeat steps and add the remaining yogurt to batter followed by the rest of the flour mixture.  Lastly, add vanilla extract and mix until combined.

For the Swirl

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, vanilla extract, brown sugar, ground cinnamon and flour until well mixed.
  2. Spray one bundt pan with baking spray.  Pour 1/3 of cake batter into bundt pan.  Next drizzle half of the swirl mixture over batter and use a knife to create a swirl pattern.  Repeat these steps, with first the cake batter then the swirl until all the cake batter is transferred to the bundt pan.
  3. Bake for 70-80 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool in bundt pan for 25 minutes then remove from pan and allow to cool.  Enjoy! Store leftovers in covered container.

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Amish Cinnamon Bread

I think if I was to get rid of one organism in the world forever, it would be the mosquito

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I really feel like it may be one of the most worthless things on Earth (no hard feelings mosquitos). This may be harsh, but hey the truth hurts sometimes.

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The only legitimate reason why I think they may have any purpose here is to be something else’s food, and in that case, somebody out there is seriously slacking at their job. I currently have more mosquito bites than I can count. Every one of those little tricks that supposedly help keep the skeeters away have done next to nothing for me.

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And yes, I do have my negative nancy pants on today in case you were wondering.

But whatever, we have amish cinnamon bread to save the day.

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I’ve always been a fan of that cinnamon swirl loaf bread that I believe Pepperidge Farm makes, that they sell in the grocery stores (to be clear, NOT the one with the raisins). While this bread is not really the same thing, it has the whole cinnamon bread concept and I can totally dig it. It also has loads of sugar, so I mean, how can you not totally love it?!

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Bread

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup milk (I used skim) mixed with 1 Tablespoon vinegar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture

1/3 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Using a mixer, cream together butter, sugar, and egg. Mix in vanilla extract. Beat in flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix in milk-vinegar mixture until fully combined. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon-sugar mixture ingredients (1/3 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon) using a whisk or fork until fully combined.
  4. Sprinkle about 3/4 of the mixture over the half of the batter that has been poured into the loaf pan. Pour the rest of the batter into the loaf pan. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture over top. Using a knife, swirl the batter by putting the knife in the loaf pan and using back-and-forth motions.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for about 15-20 minutes, then let finish cooling on wire rack. Enjoy!

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Random Fact of the Day: Rain contains vitamin B12.

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bread

CinnamonSwirlPumpkinBread_zps2888b50bI enjoy movies, I really do. But I have a real big problem with certain movies.

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The ones with the unnecessary blood and killing. For example, about 50% of the scary movies ever made. Yes, I understand they are *supposed* to be scary, but c’mon, do you really need to kill the girl, her boyfriend, her 2nd cousin twice removed, and ant on the wall? No, I do not need that much blood and killing to be scared. A simple peek-a-boo from out of the closet will scare me plenty, thank you.

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But I guess I do not really have much of a say in this matter, as I am not much of a frequent horror movie watcher. I prefer the Pixar, or romantic comedy-type movies. Sometimes I even like action if I’m feeling crazy and wild, but that’s about as intense as I get with movies. I’m still scarred from just hearing the noise from when my sister and dad would watch the Saw movies.

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Well, anyways, I made some cinnamon swirl pumpkin bread that is perfect for those you who have health-related New Years Resolutions. This bread is full of whole wheat flour, no butter, and all of the wonderful health benefits of pumpkin. Plus it has cinnamon which is like pumpkin’s BFF so get wild and crazy with those two and start 2013 off right.

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bread

(Slightly adapted from Hungry Hannah)

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

a pinch of ground cloves

1 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup hot water

1 teaspoon baking soda

FOR CINNAMON SWIRL:

1/4 cup white sugar

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly spray a loaf pan with baking spray. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oil and honey. Whisk in eggs, vanilla, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Add in both flours until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a small liquid measuring cup, microwave 1/4 cup water for about 35 seconds. Stir in baking soda and let it fizzle. Stir into batter.
  4. For the cinnamon swirl, in a small bowl, simply mix together 1/4 cup white sugar, 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Set aside.
  5. Pour half of the bread batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle most of the cinnamon swirl mixture on top. Then spread the remaining bread batter over the cinnamon swirl layer. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon swirl mixture on top of loaf. Bake in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool and slice.

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