Coffee Cake

My aunt Linda made this tasty dish for my wedding shower as well as for the hospitality suite the weekend of my wedding. It kind of reminds me of a recipe my mom made when I was a kid. I’m not a nut person this recipe can be made with or without them.

I’m making it for my Volunteer Appreciation Celebration this week. I hope they enjoy it as much as I do.

Coffee Cake by Linda Vogel

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Photo from Pinterest

Topping
1 ½ c. brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. chopped walnuts

Cake
1 c. sugar
1 c. butter
2 eggs
3 c. flour
1 c. milk
½ tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla

Sift dry ingredients. Add milk, ½ c. melted butter, vanilla, and eggs. Mix well. Pour half into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle with half of topping. Pour the rest of the batter on top. Sprinkle with remaining topping. Top with ½ c. melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Mini Maple Bacon Rolls

I normally work on Sunday mornings. Recently, it’s been my one day a week off from work. A few weeks ago, I promised Jeremiah that I’d cook us breakfast instead of going out to eat at The Big Biscuit (our go-to breakfast spot) before church. We had some leftover bacon in the fridge so I cooked up this little dish. So good!!!! Even my husband who usually avoids cinnamon to prevent heartburn scarfed them down.

I’d encourage you to use the suggested rolling pin and dental floss tips from the creator. They are very helpful. Plus, bake bacon and avoid grease l over your kitchen. We line a cookie sheet with foil and place a baking rack on top of the foil. This allows for easy bacon grease clean-up. We bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

fullsizerender-9Mini Maple Bacon Rolls from Pinterest
Rolls
2 cans of refrigerated crescent rolls
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 T. maple syrup
¼ c. brown sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon
6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

For Glaze
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
½ c. powdered sugar
1 T. maple syrup
2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbed

Preheat oven 375 degrees. Mix cream cheese, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Unroll crescent rolls and make a rectangle. Use a rolling pin to put seams together. Cover dough with mixture, leaving about ½ inch around the edges. Crumb bacon on top. Roll up the long way. Use dental floss to cut each crescent roll log into 18 pieces. Place into mini muffin cups. Bake for 10 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes. Top with glaze mixture and crumb with bacon.

Fall French Toast

You know how much I love breakfast. French toast is one of my favorites. This recipe came from my most recent issue of Simple and Delicious by Taste of Home. I saw this recipe created by a Kansas City suburbanite and it just screamed fall. I baked it while we were at the gym and it smelled amazing when we walked back into our apartment. Jeremiah and I thought it wasn’t super sweet so I would definitely recommend serving it with a little syrup. We did not the first day and figured it out quickly.

Cranberry French ToastCranberry Cream Cheese French Toast by Sandie Heindel
12 c. cubed French bread
2 pk. (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 can (14 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce
12 eggs, lightly beaten
2 c. milk
1/3 c. maple syrup
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg

Spray a 13 x 9 pan with non-stick spray. Arrange half the bread in bottom of the pan. Top with cream cheese and spoonfuls of cranberry sauce. Cover with remaining bread. In a large bowl, mix eggs, milk, syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over the casserole. Cover and place in the fridge overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Notes:

  • I halved the recipe and baked it in a 9 x 9 pan for the same amount of time.
  • I used skim milk and third less fat cream cheese.

National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week

Starting in April, Harvesters began receiving larger than normal donations of bread. Our creative Nutrition Department developed lots of recipes to teach the families we serve other thing they could do with bread than just making sandwiches. I recently tried this bread pudding recipe and loved it. I also love it because it uses one of the essential seven produce items – apples.

Each month, Harvesters distributes over ½ million pounds of fresh produce to help feed hungry people in our community. One of the ways we do this is through Mobile Food Pantries. Six days a week, Harvesters works with 6-10 agency partners each day to distribute food through Mobile Food Pantries. Unfortunately, hundreds of families line up hours in advance in hopes of getting whatever food is available.

This week is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. This holiday season, I hope you will remember all your neighbors who struggle with food insecurity. You can help simply by donating a $1 or more at area grocery stores at the cash register through the Check-Out Hunger Campaign. Your $1 gift will provide 3 meals for hungry children, families, and seniors in our community.

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding by Harvesters Nutrition Services Department
Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 c. fat-free milk
¼ c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. cinnamon
5 c. day old bread, cubed
½ c. chopped peeled apples
Fat-free caramel sauce (I like Trader Joe’s)

In a large bowl, combine applesauce, milk, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. Fold in bread and apples. Let is stand for 15 minutes to absorb liquid. Pour into 8 inch sprayed square pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-60 minutes. (Test with a knife until it comes out clean.) Drizzle with caramel topping. Serve warm and refrigerate leftovers. Makes 9 servings.

Cinnamon Vinaigrette

Last year, I had a chance to judge Harvesters AmeriCorps Members’ Lunch Challenge. This activity is an event kind of like one of those Food Network chef shows but for people learning to create a nutritious meal on a budget. They are given a mystery pantry bag of groceries and a handful of seasonings. Then, they can purchase items from a grocery store. But wait, your goal is to feed everyone in your group for less than a $1.50 per person (the max benefit for person receiving SNAP – former called food stamps).

I’m not a salad person. You will never find me go to a restaurant and order a salad. But when I sampled this romaine lettuce and apple salad with a cinnamon flavored dressing, I wanted more. I asked the team how they made it but I couldn’t get an exact recipe. Below is my recreation. Although I am not 100% sure it is the same – it does taste good.

I served this recipe over romaine lettuce and chopped honey crisp apples. You could probably add croutons, feta, and nuts to your salad and it would still taste delicious.

Cinnamon Vinaigrette Cinnamon Vinaigrette by Amber Bourek
¼ c. Balsamic vinaigrette
½ c. honey
½ c. water (may need to add a little more to thin honey)
cinnamon to taste

Mix ingredients and pour over salad.

Note: I did not peal the apples but my boyfriend thinks it would be good that way as well.

Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes

Here’s a high protein and low in fat breakfast recipe. This recipe makes just two pancakes so it is perfect for single people like me. I liked it enough I’ve made it twice.

Oatmeal Banana PancakesOatmeal Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes from Pinterest
½ c. oats
½ a medium banana
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 large egg whites
¼ c. cottage cheese
2 tsp. milk

Mix ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds and cook. Optional add-ins include berries, chocolate chips, and peanut butter.

Crockpot Baked Apple

Forget the scented candles – here’s the best way to make your house smell like an apple pie without much work.

Crockpot Baked Cinnamon ApplesCrockpot Baked Apple Slices from Pinterest
5 apples
¼ c. brown sugar
¼ c. sugar
½ c. apple juice
2 T. cornstarch
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 T. cinnamon
½ tsp. vanilla
1 T. butter

Peel, core, and slice apples. Place in Crockpot and top with all ingredients except butter. Stir and top with diced butter. Bake for 1 ½ hours on high or 4-5 hours on low. Stir halfway through.

Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes

I really liked this pancake recipe. Fluffy and sweet decreasing the need for very much syrup.

Cinnamon Applesauce PancakesCinnamon Applesauce Pancakes from Pinterest
2 c. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
2 c. water
2 T. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
½ c. applesauce
¼ tsp. vanilla

Mix dry ingredients. Add remaining wet ingredients. Cook pancakes.

Notes:

  • Makes 12 pancakes so I cut it in half.
  • Recipe suggested cinnamon applesauce. I used unsweetened applesauce and added a dash of cinnamon.

Skinny Cini-minis

100_1202Last week, I joking said I would marry the pastry chef at Seasons 52 because their mini-indulgences are so big in taste and light in calories. I’ve set a weight loss goal that is going to take some serious changes in my eating habitats. I gave up caffeine and my candy bowl of M&Ms. I’m watching my sodium intake and increasing my potassium consumption. Less processed foods and more fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains. I’m also working out six days a week again. Since February, I’ve lost 19 pounds but I still have a way to go to reach my ultimate goal.

Today, I’m sharing a Weight Watchers cinnamon roll recipe that might help you when you want a “mini-indulgence” to keep going. It’s very easy with just four ingredients and also tasty. Just make sure you don’t eat too many because each little cinnamon roll is 1 WW point.

Skinny Cinnamon Rolls from Pinterest
8 oz. can of reduced fat crescent rolls
4 tsp. of cinnamon
½ c. powder sugar
2 tsp. skim milk

Roll out crescent rolls into four squares – pressing together seams. Sprinkle each with cinnamon. Roll up length wise and cut into five pieces (20 total per container). Place on a baking sheet and cook at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Whisk together powder sugar and milk. Spoon over warm rolls and serve.

Sweet bread

I love bread but I never make it from scratch when the recipe requires yeast and kneading dough. But for some reason, banana breads never require yeast. Bananas are also a great substitute for oil. Check out this sweet bread recipe that does just that.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana BreadCinnamon Swirl Bread from Pinterest
1 stick of butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 bananas

Swirl
½ c. sugar
3 T. brown sugar
2 T. cinnamon

Beat together sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Slowly add flour mixture to egg mixture. Fold in bananas. Pour 1/3 of batter into bread pan. Sprinkle with 1/3 of swirl mixture. Repeat two more times. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.