Apple Raspberry Crisp

This is one of my favorite dishes to bake in the fall because apples in Michigan are so amazing and this past week raspberries at Meijer were only 50 cents a container! Seriously…..50 cents!

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Bottom – 

1 carton of raspberries (1 cup)

5 small/medium apples – cored & sliced

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tblsp. cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

 

Topping – 

2 sticks of cold butter

1 cup rolled oats (not instant)

1/8 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees – make sure oven rack is in the middle.

Butter 13×9 dish

Mix all bottom ingredients together & spread evenly in dish.

Mix all topping ingredients together with a fork until crumbly & sprinkle over bottom mixture.

Bake 25-35

ENJOY!

Jessica xo

 

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Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping

It’s fall here in Michigan – already! The summer flew by with little beach days. That’s a sad story in itself. With the beautiful leaves changing colors and the smell of crispness, I felt I should bake…..something pumpkin of course!

I used large cupcake papers for these, they make them look so lovely but makes only about 7 muffins!

Pumpkin Muffins

Recipe:

1 cup real, all natural pumpkin

1 cup cane sugar

1/2 cup organic canola oil

2 organic eggs – room temperature

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. ginger

1 1/2 cups organic flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

Topping:

1/2 stick cold organic butter

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Crumble together with fork.

 

In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

Preheat oven 350 degrees

In a large bowl mix pumpkin, sugar, oil, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and ginger together until well combined.

Slowly incorporate flour mixture.

Scoop into cupcake papers and sprinkle streusel topping – I use a cupcake scoop like this.

Large cupcake papers – bake for 20-23 minutes

Regular cupcake papers – bake for 17-20 minutes

 

Enjoy! Happy Fall!

– Jessica xo

*Recipe adapted from one of my favorite ladies in the cooking world – Lacey, A Sweet Pea Chef. You can find her website here.

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Homemade Raspberry Granola Bars

I LOVE these granola bars & they are super simple to make!

1 3/4 stick butter – soft

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

dash of salt

2 big scoops of jam – we love raspberry or strawberry

Granola Bars

Granola Bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

*Mix butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, & salt until combined

*Spread 3/4 of mixture on the bottom of a 9×13 buttered dish

*Spread jam

*Sprinkle rest of mixture on top

*Bake for 25-35 minutes depending on how soft or crunchy you want them – I usually do  about 27 minutes

Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping!

– Jessica xo

Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

Happy Easter! I decided to create a cute Easter cupcake today to share with you all.

Recipe – 

1 stick of real butter at room temperature

1 cup plus 2 tblsp. sugar

2 large eggs at room temperature

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

dash of salt

3/4 cup buttermilk

 

Directions – 

Mix butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time until incorporated, add vanilla. Scrape down bowl.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

In a separate bowl, sift or mix with a fork – flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt.

If you do not have buttermilk, make your own by mixing 1 cup of milk and 2 tblsp. of white vinegar, let sit for a minute.

Alternate buttermilk and flour mixture, do not overmix.

Fill paper cups 3/4 full and bake for 16-18 minutes depending on how full your cups are and the altitude.

Buttercream Frosting – https://rawbasil.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/buttercream-frosting/

For lemon frosting, add 1/4 tsp. lemon extract, add more if you want a stronger lemon taste.

I used the cadbury eggs and sifted cocoa on top.

Let cool, frost & ENJOY! I hope you all have a blessed Easter!

 

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Thank you for stopping!

– Jessica

Chocolate Organic & Vegan Cake

I wasn’t necessarily looking for a vegan cake but came across this recipe and fell in love. It’s so moist and even better a day or two after I bake it.

Organic baker Sarah Magid has a lovely book that I adapted this recipe from, Organic and Chic: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets That Taste as Good as They Look.

Recipe: 

2 1/4 cups organic all-purpose flour

2 1/4 cups organic cane sugar

1 cup unsweetened quality, fair trade cocoa

2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tblsp organic vanilla extract

2/3 cup organic canola oil

2 tsp organic white distilled vinegar

2 cups cold filtered water

Directions:

In a large bowl add dry ingredients and mix together until combined. Make a well in the middle.

In a medium bowl add wet ingredients, mix well.

Slowly add wet ingredients to dry using a whisk or whisk attachment. Batter will be pretty liquidy.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees – make sure oven is completely heated before putting in cupcakes

Using a cupcake scoop, fill liners about 1/2 full to 3/4 full.

Bake for 15-17 minutes depending on altitude. Use a toothpick to check. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing.

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– Jessica

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Ombre Ruffle Cake – Buttercream Frosting

Happy Sunday – I thought I’d share one of my favorites with you today!

I made a cake for a little ones 1st birthday & the mom gave me free range to do whatever I wished.

I decided to do a chocolate ombre cake and I have to honest, it’s not the easiest for me BUT I love the way it looks.

I separate the frosting into three bowls, or however many colors you are wanting. For the brown, I used pure cocoa.

Start with the darkest, if that is what you are putting on the bottom, add several tablespoons of cocoa & lessen the amount of cocoa per bowl to lighten the color. I want them to be noticeably different but not too drastic. If you like to frost from the top down, it may be easier to have the lighter color on top (as shown) and darken the frosting as you go.

The tip I used was a Wilton #104 or #125 for larger ruffles.

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My buttercream recipe – https://rawbasil.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/buttercream-frosting/

Please feel free to ask questions! I’d be more than happy to help =)

Thanks for stopping!

– Jessica

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Shortbread Cookies

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Shortbread cookies are one of my favorites & sometimes I add a few chocolate chips to change it up a bit!

3/4 cup real butter (softened)

1 3/4 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

chocolate chips (optional)

 

Directions – 

Cream butter & sugar together until fully combined. Add vanilaa

Slowly add flour.

Stir in chocolate chips or split the batch – 1/2 with chocolate & 1/2 without!

Bake for 10-13 at 350 degrees depending on altitude.

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Jessica

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Adapted from Betty Crockers Christmas Cookbook

 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recently I started following a gluten free diet, not a strict one but the main bulk of my diet is gluten free. And for someone who bakes often, I was on the hunt for a flour substitute. While at Costco I found a gluten free flour mix called, Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend by Namaste Foods. This was about $9 for 5 lb. so it isn’t the cheapest but it works and I don’t use it for all of my baking.

GF Flour

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes that I found on another blog – http://www.asweetpeachef.com/ that was adapted from Alton Brown. I have made these both with regular flour and this GF flour.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter

2  1/4 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup + 1/8 cup of sugar

1  1/4 cups brown sugar

1 egg (room temperature)

1 egg yolk (room temperature)

2 tblsp milk

1  1/2 tsp vanilla

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Melt butter in saucepan over low/medium heat. Mix together flour, salt, & baking soda in a medium bowl, set aside.

In large mixing bowl pour in melted butter and add sugars, cream together on medium speed. Add egg, egg yolk, 2 tablespoons of milk, and vanilla. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until completely combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Cover dough and chill for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees – time & temperature may vary depending on oven and altitude.

Scoop dough using a cookie scoop or tablespoon onto sheet. Make sure the cookie sheets are not warm, especially when making sugar cookies so they keep their shape. Using parchment paper helps keep the cookie sheets clean & makes the cookies not stick.

Once oven has reached the temperature, bake cookies for 11 minutes. Adjust time as needed – if you like a doughier cookie or a crispier cookie =)

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Enjoy!

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All Natural Puppy Chow

I’ve never made this before this weekend, it is so simple and great for parties!

9 cups of rice chex (I prefer to use organic or an all natural rice chex that doesn’t contain GMO ingredients or BHT)

3/4 cup all natural chocolate chips

1/2 cup all natural peanut butter

1/4 cup real butter

1 tsp real vanilla

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar made with cane sugar

In large saucepan mix chocolate chips, peanut butter, & butter until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir in cereal. Carefully pour into a 2 gallon resealable bag. Add powdered sugar and shake. Spread onto wax paper to cool. Tada! It’s ready to eat. Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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