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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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

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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

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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Thanks for stopping!

– Jessica

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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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Homemade Caramel

This caramel is so good, I could just eat it all right out of the jar and it’s super easy to make!

 

1 stick of butter – real butter

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon honey

 

Mix all ingredients in a heavy saucepan over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes, bring to a boil then remove from the heat and stir a few more times.

This past Thanksgiving weekend I made this to go with our cheesecake and to dip pretzels in =)

 

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I just felt compelled to make pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Who doesn’t love homemade cream cheese frosting?!? I was hoping that there would be some left over for dessert after dinner tomorrow but they are gone already!

Makes 12 cupcakes

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1/3 cup canola oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. all spice

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

In a small bowl, mix 1/8 cup of sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon to sprinkle on top of cupcakes before baking.

Preheat oven to 350

Mix pumpkin, oil, and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, ginger, and salt. Mix well. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder then add slowly to wet mixture.

Scoop into cupcake liners and bake for 18-21 minutes depending on your oven.

Cream cheese frosting – https://rawbasil.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/cream-cheese-frosting/

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Cream Cheese Frosting

Another favorite! I think I love cream cheese frosting more than buttercream but they both are so good!

Frosts about 24 cupcakes

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) room temperature

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Dash of milk

* Make sure butter and cream cheese are at room temperature otherwise they will not cream properly.

Mix butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar. Slowly add the remainder of the powdered sugar to your liking as well as the dash of milk. For firmer frosting, add powered sugar and for thinner frosting, add milk.

Enjoy!

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