Apple Pie Bread

A little variation on banana bread, I added in some sweet apples, lots of cinnamon (as requested by my little ones), just a hint of nutmeg, and a streusel topping to finish it off is the perfect afternoon snack.  (Spoiler Alert:  It doesn’t last more than a day – maybe two – in our house.  It flies so quickly!)

I first made this loaf to take as a treat with me when I took the girls hiking last month.  We did almost 4 miles with quite an uphill so I was proud of my littles ones who not only trekked without a single complaint, they also put up with me while I took pics of them with cows in the background as they thought their Mom was crazy!

Let me get back on track though and tell you a little more about this delicious loaf!  The base recipe is similar to that of a banana bread but I wanted it a little more moist to balance the addition of spices so I added in a bit of yogurt.  The sweetness of ripe bananas and the warm spices to give a hint of apple pie is so amazing of a combination.  Who says you can only have apple pie in the fall?!

This recipe makes enough for two large loaves or 4 minis.  I’ve made both depending on what occasion I’m using these.  I love the minis for gifts or travel (the hike was a perfect example) and the large loaves I’ll use to pack in lunches, give as an afternoon snack, or even with breakfast on the weekends.

Here are a few other loaves to check out:
Spiced Pear Loaf
Pumpkin Bread
Zucchini Bread
Lemon Blueberry Mini Loaves

Can you tell we love fruity loaves in this house?!

From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy eating this Apple Pie Bread.

Popeye Muffins Yum

**Updated Feb 2021.  Originally published May 2020**

Popeye muffins are one of the girls’ favorites.  I started making these when the girls were too young to eat leafy greens but old enough to eat more than pureed meals.  They were an instant hit then, and luckily they still are now.  Vibrant green, sweet and soft…. you can’t go wrong with these!

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Lemon Blueberry Mini Loaves

A few days ago, my brother and sister-in-law were blessed with an adorable little baby!  Throughout her pregnancy, we had nicknamed the baby Blueberry and called him as such.  It is in honor of his birth that I dedicate this recipe to my little munchkin.  He is so adorable and cute, I’m so excited and lucky to be his aunt!

In the spirit of welcoming the new baby, I made these loaves in mini pans but you can absolutely bake them in a regular 9×5 loaf pan.

Last week, a friend was kind enough to share lemons from her lemon tree and they are absolutely amazing.  The juice from the lemons were the perfect complement to brighten up these lovely blueberry loaves.  In addition, I added a little yogurt and replaced the sugar with honey to give it just a hint of sweet without overpowering it.  The addition of these two ingredients makes the loaves even more fluffy and light.

Pair it with coffee or chai to complement a slice of this delicious loaf for breakfast, snack, or dinner.  Once you’ve baked them, they will keep at room temperature for up to 1 week and in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.  Though, we’re pretty good about making sure they are eaten pretty quickly!

From my kitchen to yours, enjoy these delicious Lemon Blueberry Mini Loaves.

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Pumpkin Bread

One of the best things about the Fall season is pumpkin bread.  The spices and the aroma when you are baking it compares to no other.  It makes me feel so warm and cozy and ready for the winter.

I love this pumpkin bread recipe because:

  • It’s moist
  • Easy to make
  • Isn’t too dense
  • Has all the Fall spices:  Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves, & Nutmeg
  • Fun to make with the kids


Here’s a little trick….. to keep it moist, I added applesauce to the batter.  You can’t taste it but it makes the pumpkin bread so much better!

The girls have been eating it in the mornings with breakfast and I love having a slice in the afternoon with my cuppa chai.  It’s perfect to snack on any time of the day!  And with the holidays right around the corner, make an extra batch for a relative or neighbor.  What a great gift to give too!

If you like this Pumpkin Bread recipe, try out….

My Spiced Pear Loaf and Zucchini Bread.

From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this Pumpkin Bread!

The tools that I used for this recipe are:

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

I love bread.  In any form.  I love carbs, what can I say?!

One of my favorite recipes is this delicious Rosemary Focaccia Bread.  It is so light, springy, soft, and oh so delicious straight out of the oven, it’s hard not to eat the entire loaf.

Even better is that making this bread is so easy.  Doesn’t matter if you’ve never made bread before or are an experienced bread baker.  This Rosemary Foccacia Bread is a fail safe recipe.

So, if you have more restraint than I do (literally have to stop myself from eating it straight out of the baking dish!) then here are a few different ways to serve this bread:

  • As an appetizer with a dipping oil
  • As a side with a main dish
  • Toast it up to serve with soup
  • Make sandwiches

What kind of flour do I use?
Good question!  I’ve tried this with only All Purpose flour and only Whole Wheat flour and as a mix of both.  Here are my results:

  • All Purpose: comes out amazingly soft, springy, and delicious.  Not so healthy though but it does taste divine!
  • Whole Wheat flour:  comes out tasting delicious but is very dense and doesn’t rise so well.  Also, does tend to be a bit chewier.
  • 50/50: a great combination for both.  You get a little healthier flour in there but also the light, airy texture that you are looking for in a Focaccia.


In the recipe, I’ve included the ratios for the 50/50 combination.  Try out both and let me know what you think!

From my kitchen to yours, enjoy this delicious Rosemary Focaccia Bread!

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Garlic Herb Pizza Dough

Dough just before it’s smoothed and oiled to set aside so it can rise

Pizza is one food my girls are very picky about.  I know… I was surprised too!  Usually, kids love pizza but my oldest decided she didn’t like pizza after having it at 7 different birthday parties in a span of 1 month.  I get it, I totally do.  I would be tired of it too!

For me, pizza is the ultimate go to with unlimited toppings and variations.  I didn’t want Sanaya to feel an aversion for one of the most loved foods on this planet so I stepped in.  After trying so many different pizzerias, I finally decided to make it at home.

Obviously could not wait to eat this….!

This Garlic Herb Pizza Dough is so delicious and light.  When the dough is rolled out, it’s not too thick and makes for a nice flatbread.  Some days, I will roll it out into 1 large pizza and others, I’ll get the girls involved and have them decorate their own personal pizzas.  Either way, you can’t go wrong with this delicious garlic-y, herb-y pizza dough!

Try it out!  It is so delicious!
From my kitchen to yours, enjoy your pizza party!

Spiced Pear Loaf

I love a traditional banana bread but I also love changing out the fruits and making different types of loaves.  This Spiced Pear Loaf gives me a peek into the fall with its hints of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger; the sweet pear chunks added in… oh so delicious!
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This bread uses milk and oil in addition to the pear chunks to give it just the right amount of moisture.  Use a 1:1 ratio of whole wheat flour and oats for a healthy balance of carbs, and just enough brown sugar to combine with the warm spices to bring fall home any time of the year!
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Use this loaf for a snack during recess, packed in your lunchboxes, or even as a sweet treat post meals.  So delicious and scrumptious, you have to try it out!
IMG_7862From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this delicious treat!

Zucchini Bread

I still remember the first time I ever had zucchini bread… I was in college studying for finals with my roommate, and her mother had sent a care package with a bunch of goodies including zucchini bread.  It is the best zucchini bread I’ve had though I have made attempts to copy her recipe.  Here’s my version with a couple of twists in it.

Zucchini Bread

Grate about 3 cups of Zucchini (don’t drain the liquid, it helps keep the bread moist)

Grated Zucchini

In two bread pans, spray with cooking spray then lightly dust with flour and set aside.

Preheat Oven to 325ºF

In a large bowl, beat eggs, oil*, applesauce*, vanilla, and sugar together.  Add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon to the creamed mixture and beat well.

Creamed Mixture

Add grated zucchini and stir until well combined.   If you’re adding nuts, this would be the time to put them in the batter.

Pour into bread pans and bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted to the center comes out clean.  Cool on rack for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Zuchhini Bread

 

Ingredients:
3 1/2 c All Purpose Flour (you can use whole wheat to make it healthier)
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
3 tsp Ground Cinnamon
3 Eggs
1/2 Olive Oil
1/2 c Applesauce
1 c White Sugar
1 c Brown Sugar
3 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 c Grated Zucchini (do not drain liquid from zucchini)
1 c Chopped Walnuts (optional)

* The original recipe calls for 1 c Vegetable Oil.  My healthier twist is to use 1/2 c olive oil and 1/2 c applesauce.  You’re welcome to cut out the applesauce and use 1 cup oil, however I have noticed that the applesauce also helps keep the bread moist.

Honey White Bread

Honey White Bread

I was in need of bread to make sandwiches for lunch and decided I wanted to make my own loaves at home – at least I’ll know it’s healthier and what goes in it.  Try it out and use it for sandwiches, toast with jam, bread crumbs, anything your mind asks you to create!

Ingredients:

1/2 c warm water
2 packages dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 c warm milk (I use 2% but you can use buttermilk also – it adds a bit of a tang to the taste)
6 Tbsp melted and cooled unsalted butter
2 egg yolks
4 c all purpose flour (plus a little extra to knead and roll the dough)
1 tbsp Kosher salt
1 egg white

Directions:

1. Place the water in an electric mixer bowl and add yeast and sugar.  Mix with fingers lightly.  Allow yeast and sugar to dissolve for 5 minutes.

2. Add milk, butter, and honey.  Mix on medium speed until blended.  Add egg yolks 1 at a time, 2 cups of flour and salt.  Mix on low speed for 5 minutes.  Add remaining 2 cups of flour and mix on medium speed until dough is not sticking to bowl.  Knead on medium speed for 5-7 minutes.

3. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for a minute.  Grease a bowl with butter (or EVOO), add dough then turn over so all of the dough is slightly oiled/buttered.  Cover the dough with a damp towel and allow to rise for 1 hour.

4. Grease two 9×5 loaf pans with butter (or EVOO).  Divide dough (which should have risen beautifully by now) in half and roll into loaf shaped.  Place each in greased pans and cover again with damp towel for another hour.

5. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly whip the egg white and brush over each loaf.  Place both loaves in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.

6. Bread will be golden brown on top when ready.  Remove from oven and turn over on cooling rack to remove from loaf pans.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

Enjoy!