Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn and Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread Loaves

Seasonal Baking

This is not a post about what to bake during the holiday season.  It’s an observation about HOW to bake your treats.  I follow the advice to bake things one tray at a time in the middle of the oven EXCEPT when it’s really cold outside. The temperature difference in my kitchen between summer and winter is about 6-8 degrees, and this changes the way the oven heats to maintain a given temperature.  So to avoid burned bottoms, I move my rack up one level.  Try it!

 What Did I Make Today?

One for-fun recipe – Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread Loaves by Averie Cooks – and one baking job recipe – Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn from the Murdick’s Fudge recipe archives.

How Did It Go?

Super with one hiccup.  These were encore recipes, so I expected them to turn out well.  Unfortunately, I was out of molasses, so I used honey in the pumpkin bread.  Hope it still tastes good!  I made a double batch and got 14 mini loaves.

https://www.averiecooks.com/2017/09/cinnamon-sugar-pumpkin-bread.html

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I also did a double batch of the popcorn.  Each batch requires 2.5 bags of microwave popcorn and yields 7 sandwich bags of full of Caramel-Marshmallow popcorn.  Here’s a better link that I posted earlier.

https://aaronmurdicksfudge.com/caramel-marshmallow-popcorn/

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Check out the cute gift bag!  These are the girl scout meeting treat, and my daughter picked out the fabric.

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Christmas Cookies

A Shout Out to the Dating Divas

Have any of you tried the Dating Divas scavenger hunts?  They are AWESOME and FREE.  We have done the Easter one and, as of last night, the Christmas one.  Highly recommended!

https://www.thedatingdivas.com/christmas-scavenger-hunt/

What Did I Make Today?

Well, I wanted to use some Christmas sprinkles.  So I tried the Best Sugar Cookie recipe by In Katrina’s Kitchen and Wedding Cake Cupcakes by Dessert for Two.

How Did It Go?

One total success and one total fail!  How about the success first?  The Best Sugar Cookie recipe by In Katrina’s Kitchen came out exactly as promised.

http://www.inkatrinaskitchen.com/best-sugar-cookie-recipe-ever/

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This is a big upgrade to my cut out cookies – much better than the recipe I was using in the past!

The Wedding Cake Cupcakes by Dessert for Two were a completely fail.  The amounts are off in this recipe.  Maybe she meant half that amount of butter?  Anyway, these had to go right in the trash.

https://www.dessertfortwo.com/wedding-cake-cupcakes/

 

Chocolate Chip Sweet Rolls with Peanut Butter Icing and Chocolate Stuffed Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Glaze

Bucking the Baking Constraints

I know I can a rebel, but what the heck?  Today I made treats that I don’t even think any of my family will try!  Oh, well.  They both turned out.  Does that count for anything?

What Did I Make Today?

I made Chocolate Chip Sweet Rolls with Peanut Butter Icing by Miss in the Kitchen, and then I invented Chocolate Stuffed Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Glaze.

How Did It Go?

Well, actually.  Big surprise to me.  I thought that the Chocolate Stuffed Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Glaze would run all over the place, but it didn’t run at all.  I rolled out two pieces of Lofthouse Copycat sugar cookie dough, spread Hershey’s chocolate spread on one, and topped it with the other.  Then I cut out circles and baked them for 10 minutes at 350.  After they cooled, I added Sally’s chocolate glaze.

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I used 3 and 1/4 cups of flour to make the cinnamon rolls , but I should have gone with 3 and 1/2.  Once I rolled them they were really hard to cut.  I used fast acting yeast and only had to time to let them rise for 20 minutes.  I had to extend the baking time to 21 minutes, and they still didn’t burn on the bottoms.

https://www.missinthekitchen.com/chocolate-chip-sweet-rolls-with-peanut-butter-icing/

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Glad to be wrong about these sweet rolls – the girls in the family loved them!

 

Elf Munch, Better Than Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Butterscotch Cupcakes

Baking Constraints

What do you make if you can’t use peanut butter or chocolate?  These are the constraints for three baking jobs I have coming up.  I have a list of ideas. Butterscotch Cupcakes, Snickerdoodle Cupcakes, Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes, or Sugar Cookie Sandwiches could work.  I’ve already done Snickerdoodles for this group so that’s out.  Caramel-Marshmallow Popcorn is definitely happening.  Elf Munch and the non-chocolate eaters can just eat what they want out of it?

What Did I Make Today?  

I baked the Better Than Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies by Crazy for Crust.  And then I decided to make Elf Munch, also by Crazy, and Butterscotch Cupcakes from Creations by Kara for taste-testing.

How Did It Go?

Great.  No fails again today!  I love the Better Than Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies by Crazy for Crust. They are so fun to make. Such a bummer that they are no one’s favorite cookie.  So these are for the soccer players.

https://www.crazyforcrust.com/doubletree-chocolate-chip-cookies-recipe/

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I just made 1/2 of the Elf Munch recipe.  I went with red and green candy melts for the “white” chocolate.  Looks very elf-y.  This much got VERY enthusiastic thumbs up from my kids.

https://www.crazyforcrust.com/elf-munch-printable/

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It’s been a long time since I made the Butterscotch Cupcakes from Creations by Kara.  Sometimes my old recipes aren’t as good as previously thought, but this one is still a keeper.  (Although the taste testers said that they are VERY sweet.)

http://www.creationsbykara.com/2016/08/butterscotch-cupcakes.html/

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No-Knead Crusty Cranberry Nut Bread, Snowmen Cinnamon Rolls, Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Better Than Double Tree Cookie Dough

Gifting the Unexpected

Around the holidays, everyone brings by cookies.  Sometimes it can be cookie overload.  So this year I decided to gift Sally’s No-Knead Crusty Cranberry Nut Bread.  It’s pretty, Christmas-y, and healthy!  Oh – and delicious!

What Did I Make Today?

I baked the No-Knead Crusty Cranberry Nut Bread from Sally’s Baking Addiction that I mixed up yesterday.  Then I made Snowmen Cinnamon Rolls from the Pillsbury website and Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies also from Sally’s Baking Addiction.  finally, I mixed up the dough for Better Than Double Tree Cookies by Crazy for Crust.

How Did It Go?

So, so, so well!  How cute are these Snowmen Cinnamon Rolls?

https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/snowman-cinnamon-rolls/

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How perfect does this bread look?

https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2017/11/08/no-knead-cranberry-nut-bread/

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How yummy do these cookies look?

https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2017/09/22/chewy-pumpkin-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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Triple Layer Truffle Brownies and Cream Cheese Banana Bread with Sweet Cinnamon Topping

Forty Degrees – Seriously?!

The difference between the temperature on my run today versus yesterday was 40 degrees!  That must be a record.  At least the wind wasn’t as bad as predicted.

What Did I Make Today?

I ended up with two awesome recipes for The Book!  Triple Layer Truffle Brownies based on the Pillsbury recipe for Triple Layer Truffle Bars and Cream Cheese Banana Bread with Sweet Cinnamon Topping from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

How Did It Go?

I was a bit spazzy today, but even I couldn’t ruin these recipes.  Highly recommended!

I made the  Cream Cheese Banana Bread with Sweet Cinnamon Topping from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe according to the recipe.  It took just 40 minutes to bake completely so I’ll need to make a note of that.  Also, I cut the recipe in half so that I didn’t end up with too much.  (Yesterday I made both loaves of the Triple Berry White Chocolate Banana Bread and froze one.)  This one I made with my 3rd son in mind because he only likes bananas not any kind of berries.

https://www.melskitchencafe.com/cream-cheese-banana-bread/

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I’ve made a few recipes from the Pillsbury cookie Countdown, but I haven’t liked the ones that I’ve made with their premade dough.  So from now on I’m only basing my recipes on theirs.  Case in point – today’s   Triple Layer Truffle Brownies based on the Pillsbury recipe for Triple Layer Truffle Bars.  I used a Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Brownie mix to make the first layer and then made the next two layers from the Pillsbury recipe.

https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/triple-layer-truffle-bars/

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Really good!!!

Triple Berry White Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and Crusty French Bread

National Cookie Day!

Well, it’s National Cookie Day so I made bread.  Actually, it’s not a rebel thing.  We just didn’t need cookies today.  Tomorrow I’ll make cookies.

What Did I Make Today?

One recipe I’ve been planning for a while – Triple Berry White Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – and one I saw today – Crusty French Bread by Life as a Stawberry.

How Did It Go?

I loved the quick bread recipe.  It was super easy.  I split into two loaves, but one hour was definitely not enough.  I baked it for 70 minutes, and it was still gooey.  Really tasty, though!  Maybe I should divide it into 3 loaves next time.

https://www.kristendukephotography.com/triple-berry-white-chocolate-chip-banana-bread/

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The french bread was a good, easy recipe too.  My bread never rises quite as much as it should.  This one was still tasty too.

http://www.lifeasastrawberry.com/easy-crusty-french-bread/

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