Our Adventures In Baking ~ Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m a great fan of chocolate chip cookies, and recently my wife made a recipe called ‘The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies’ found at ‘Averie Cooks dot com’ ~ and they were excellent!  In fact, they were right up there in my top three chocolate chip cookie recipes, and this recipe is a keeper.  You can find all the details at Averie’s website, and I’ll leave you with a couple of our photos ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Cherry Oatmeal Almond Bars

Here’s another great recipe that my wife tried the other day, and it’s already in our ‘favorites’ folder ~ ‘Cherry Oatmeal Almond Bars’ found at ‘Bunny’s Warm Oven dot net.’  These cherry bars are a hearty and delicious treat, like a slice of cherry pie, but with all the extra goodness of oats and almonds.  Here are a few of our photos in the gallery below ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking – Pineapple Coffee Cake

Here’s a favorite coffee cake recipe my wife found online at ‘Bunnys Warm Oven dot net’ and made yesterday called, ‘Pineapple Coffee Cake’ ~ and it was delicious! 🙂 It was scrumptious and everything you’d want in a coffee cake, plus the flavor of pineapple throughout.

Ours used very well drained crushed pineapple instead of diced pineapple, and it worked out perfectly.  Here’s a few photos for you ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Yesterday, my wife decided to try a recipe for quick bread called ‘Cinnamon Sugar Bread’ she found on ‘A Whisk and a Prayer blogspot dot ca’ and it was wonderful!  We enjoyed it as a snack last night, for breakfast this morning, for a snack this afternoon, and will finish it with dinner tonight.  🙂

My wife substituted one cup of flour with whole wheat flour, used brown sugar instead of white sugar for the cinnamon swirl, and added a half cup of chopped walnuts and a teaspoon of vanilla to the basic recipe ~ and the next time she’s considering reducing the sugar a bit.  Here’s a few photos ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

 

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Basic Homemade Bread

My wife’s been baking our own bread for quite some time now, and likes to try new recipes whenever she finds one that looks interesting, while I bat clean-up in the kitchen taking care of the dishes.  Recently, she came across a recipe called ‘Poor Man’s Bread’ found on ‘Humble In A Heartbeat dot com,’ that she’s made twice now – white bread as the recipe calls for, and a second time substituting a cup of whole wheat flour.  I call this recipe ‘Basic Homemade Bread,’ because the list of ingredients is about as short as it gets: water, yeast, flour, salt.

Both versions of this bread turned out tasting great, with a slight sourdough flavor to my taste.  The slices make wonderful toast, as they are crispy, crunchy and hold together well.  I’m a peanut butter & jelly sandwich fan, and for me, both versions of the bread made great PB&J sandwiches, holding together even under spreading thick peanut butter that was cold out of the refrigerator and not easy to spread.  The key for me, was that this bread made a nice, strong slice without being rubbery in any way.  This bread is great, and the bonus is it’s cheaper to make and has fewer ingredients.  Here’s a few photos ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Peaches and Cream Pie Bars

My wife made a new recipe today called ‘Peaches and Cream Pie Bars’ that she found on ‘The Recipe Critic dot com’ ~ and they were a real treat in the heat!  She refrigerated them much of the day after they initially cooled, and were a real refreshing snack this afternoon.  The only change she made to the original recipe, was to add toasted, chopped almonds on top of the glaze ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Classic Sour Cream Baked Donuts

My wife made donuts this past Sunday for breakfast, trying a recipe called ‘Classic Sour Cream Baked Donuts’ she found on ‘I Knead to Eat dot com’ ~ and they were scrumptious!

The recipe made nine individual donuts, and ours were a batch of glazed donuts as the recipe calls for, and a second batch with just a dusting of powdered sugar.  Either way, these donuts were wonderful, and the extras stored easily in a plastic container overnight in the refrigerator.

The next morning they were perfect cold out of the fridge for breakfast, and also after 10 seconds of warming in the microwave ~ just like straight out of the oven.  Give these donuts a try, they’re a treat ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

 

 

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

We’ve wanted to start baking our own donuts for some time now, and this morning was the perfect opportunity to put our new donut pan to the test!  My wife found a recipe for ‘Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts’ on ‘As Easy As Apple Pie dot com’ and decided to give it a try.

Our donuts turned out just as advertised, and were a fresh, fluffy, soft and delicious treat for breakfast this morning!  This was the opening chapter of our adventure in baking donuts, and while we have a long list of varieties to try in the future, these donuts were a perfect start ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Easy Coffee Cake

My wife made a recipe today called ‘Easy Coffee Cake Recipe – The Best Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe’ that she found on ‘Eating on a Dime dot com’ ~ and it’s the best!  This coffee cake is absolutely scrumptious, and the perfect treat at breakfast, with a cup of coffee in the afternoon, or as an anytime snack! 🙂 The only change my wife made to this recipe was to add walnut pieces to the cinnamon swirl filling ~ a natural fit for a coffee cake.  I’ll let the photos speak for themselves ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

 

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Almond Cream Cheese Shortbread Bars

A new favorite recipe of ours is one called ‘Almond Cream Cheese Shortbread Bars’ that my wife made from a site called ‘Averiecooks dot com’ ~ and it’s certainly a hit in our house!  These are delicious treats, and now that she’s made them a few times, here are her changes from the posted recipe:

– Double the amount of cream cheese filling, which will increase the overall baking time.  Monitor the cheesecake filling closely as it bakes, and cover it with aluminum foil after a while to avoid browning on top.
 
– After the crust has baked for 12-15 minutes and before the cream cheese filling goes on top, spread the shortbread crust with a thin layer of seedless raspberry jam.  About 2 teaspoonfuls should do it.
 
– My wife used her usual frosting instead of the one called for in the recipe, and it’s made with powdered sugar, skim milk and 1 teaspoon of almond extract.  Sprinkle flaked or slivered almonds over the wet frosting.
 
– Cover with aluminum foil and let set over night in the fridge before cutting into slices.  Freeze the leftover slices. Yields 12 slices – enjoy!  ☼ 🙂