Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts

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Today is World Kindness Day. What a wonderful day. As a baker, I could not ask for a more perfect day to share my recipes or love of baking with all of you.

Sometimes life is hard. Like really hard, and you just want to be mean and bitter and do things in your own interest and forget about the rest of the world, but all that does is turn you into a grouch and make life that much harder. One of my favorite quotes comes from that wise old bearded philosopher, Plato. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts”

Pistachio Pepita Granola

The chill of January. A time for hearty soups, belly warming pastas, and cranking up that slow cooker. Not a time for salads. Or rice cakes. Or freeze dried low-calorie salt “flavored” kale chips.

While I’m not against a little detox from the over indulgences of the holidays, the morning chill that creeps under my covers and tests every bit of personal will to drag my butt out of bed is not the type of encouragement I need to blend up an icy slurry of greens and call it a breakfast smoothie.

So then there is granola. There is naughty granola that offers tasty clusters of deliciousness and more sugar than a bowl of Lucky Charms, and then there is the uber-healthy granola consumed by those who start their day with a light 26-mile jog. You know that granola. Full of trendy grains, maybe some kale chip dust, and seeds I prefer to use for growing stylish hairdos on my indoor plants.

This pistachio pepita granola is the best of both of those worlds, offering sweetness through honey, pure maple syrup, and dried fruits with the health benefits of pistachios, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. This granola will warm you with its spices and start off your chilly winter Monday in the most comforting way. Comfort; not rice cakes.

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This is the perfect granola base. It is easily adaptable should you want to double the recipe or if you’re not be able to find a particular ingredient. I adapted the original recipe from the cookbook Whole-Grain Mornings.

Trader Joe’s seems to be the best place to meet your seed needs for this recipe. You’ll stock up with the size of the bags, but this is a good thing because you will make this recipe over and over. Maybe in the same week. Like I did. Twice.  Continue reading “Pistachio Pepita Granola”

Cranberry Apple Buttermilk Scones

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Poor breakfast. The forgotten meal on Thanksgiving day. Everyone is too busy bustling over the turkey, and the stuffing, and the gravy, and ohhh the desserts. But poor old forgotten breakfast.

Now I know what you are thinking. “I just don’t have time to make breakfast. I have to boil the potatoes, steam the carrots, casserole the green beans. And the turkey. The turkeyyy!!”

Well what if I told you a quick 20 minutes in the oven the morning of is all you need to have your family waking up to the sweet, sweet smell of Cranberry Apple Buttermilk Scones. Continue reading “Cranberry Apple Buttermilk Scones”

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Poppers

Whoa baby, she popped! This lovely little camera has been busy capturing moments that don’t involve eggs or baking (err, well… sort of). A family friend of ours has given birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy! So in honor of his arrival it only seemed appropriate to bake up some delicious, seasonal pumpkin poppers.

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This was also the perfect excuse to use up the rest of that pumpkin puree that had been hanging out in the fridge. After this, no more pumpkin. I promise. At least not until next month.  Continue reading “Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Poppers”