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 ~ 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!  ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ No Bake Piña Colada Cream Pie

My wife’s made a ‘No Bake Piña Colada Cream Pie’ recipe a couple of times now that she found on ‘Mom On Time Out dot com,’ and it’s already a favorite of ours!  This is a luscious cold treat on a hot day, and one that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

The variations my wife uses in her recipe omits the rum flavoring and the whipped cream topping, while making the pie in an aluminum pie pan with plastic lid for easy freezing.  Once the pie is frozen, then it’s sliced and topped with toasted coconut around the rim, and two slices are placed on plates and refrigerated before serving.  The rest of the frozen slices are placed back into the freezer to enjoy another day.

As always, my specialties are batting clean-up at the sink, the fine art of taste appreciation, and food blogging.  This pie is indeed a scrumptious treat ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ No Knead Crusty Rolls

We love dinner rolls, so my wife decided to make a recipe for ‘No Knead Crusty Rolls’ she found on ‘Jenny Can Cook dot com’ ~ and they’re absolutely delicious! 🙂 Be sure to watch Jenny’s video on her website, as they’re always fun and informative to watch.

There isn’t much for me to add concerning making these rolls, or cleaning the kitchen (my job), so I’ll just post a few photos and let you know that this recipe’s a winner ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

My wife decided to make a recipe for ‘Homemade Cinnamon Rolls’ after watching Jenny’s video of how to make them on her website ‘Jenny Can Cook dot com’ ~ and they’re absolutely scrumptious and yummy! 🙂  We gave them the taste test after the recommended 3-minute waiting period after they were iced and loved them, as these cinnamon rolls are absolutely delicious.

Everything you need to make them is explained on Jenny’s website, and the video is a must-watch to see how the process works, and a pleasure to view ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Ciabatta Bread

I’ve had a hankerin’ for ciabatta bread lately, so I found a recipe on ‘King Arthur Flour dot com’ for ‘Light Summer Ciabatta,’ and gave it a try today.  This was my first attempt at baking ciabatta bread, and while today’s attempt may not have been ‘picture perfect,’ it was absolutely delicious and soft inside, with a nice crispy crunch to the crust.

My ciabatta dough spread out wider than planned for on the baking sheet, and didn’t rise as high as I would have liked ~ but I was completely pleased with the taste, texture and crispy crust of my efforts today.

My guess is that I needed to add a bit more flour initially, as the mixed dough was smooth and soft, but too sticky to easily work with. The other issue this morning, was that the first rise didn’t rise much at all as the house was too cool for a good rise, so I placed the dough in a warm oven covered with a damp cheesecloth, which worked well for two additional rises.

Stay tuned for future updates on my attempt to bake the perfect ciabatta bread ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Easy Whole Wheat or White Bread

My wife tried a new bread recipe the other day called ‘Easy White Bread (no egg),’ that she found on ‘Jenny Can Cook dot com’ ~ and it turned out wonderfully!  The only change she made to Jenny’s recipe was to substitute a half cup of whole wheat flour, and dust the top with flour to make it more rustic looking.

It turns out this bread is easy to make, and both toasts and grills in a pan beautifully, creating a nice crispy crunch to grilled cheese sandwiches and when toasted.  We’ve added Jenny’s recipe to our regular rotation of bread recipes for baking, and it’s definitely a winner ~ enjoy our gallery photos below! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Muffins

My wife tried a recipe for ‘Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Muffins’ she found on ‘sprinkle some sugar dot com’ and we really enjoyed the results.  These muffins taste wonderful, and are the perfect breakfast or snack items as they taste just like a cinnamon swirl coffee cake.

Our muffins had two alterations to the recipe ~ using only half the amount of crumble topping and omitting the vanilla glaze on top ~ which didn’t detract from our enjoyment of these delicious treats at all.  Enjoy! ☼ 🙂