Thursday, February 25, 2021

Blueberry Muffin Cake

I have always had a sweet tooth and indulge (guilt-free) because that's the best way possible for me. Deprivation never ends well and I truly believe everything in moderation. When I was pregnant with Graham, I made a recipe for blueberry muffin cake weekly and several months following. I've shared this recipe on Instagram and it may be the recipe people make/tag me the most! The batter is so easy and requires one bowl- mixing everything together, which is not as common with baking. Having to use a mixer and combine wet ingredients first is easy too, just an extra step and a few more dishes to clean! This recipe is also adaptable for making muffins, mini muffins, and bakes well in just about any shape pan. 


I've used all frozen blueberries, all fresh, or a combo of the two and you honestly can't go wrong with any of them. Whatever looks good or is on sale, will work just fine. I always have a few bags of frozen blueberries on hand so I am always prepared to make this recipe!


Ingredients:

Crumb Topping
4tbl butter, melted
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
dash of cinnamon
pinch of salt

Cake
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cups milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 tbl powdered sugar
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x9 pan (or muffin tin, or loaf pan) with nonstick spray.
In a small bowl combine crumb topping and set aside.
In a large bowl mix together the cake ingredients except for the powdered sugar and blueberries. (Just until combined, don't over mix!)
Coat the blueberries in a separate bowl with the powdered sugar. 
Fold the blueberries carefully into the batter, being sure not to break up the blueberries.
Spread the batter into prepared pan and top evenly with the crumb topping. 
Bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

I hope you enjoy!








Monday, February 22, 2021

January Favorites

If I had a nickel for every time I was doing something and had a blog post in mind and basically wrote it out, in my head, I would be very wealthy! However, the transition from it being in my head to typed up always gets held up by a bazillion other things. In any event, I have a lot to share, I just have to prioritize getting it out of my head! If this confuses you, I don't blame you one bit!

Back by popular demand (no real demand, that just sounds important) I have put together some monthly roundups of favorite items. Most are new to me, some are just being heavily used right now!

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Christmas Fudge

I have been a chocoholic my whole life and although I have preferences, I never turn down an opportunity to devour the stuff. We did a cookie exchange with my family the other week and my brother-in-law made  fudge that blew me out of the water. I immediately asked him for the recipe, half hoping it was extremely complicated so I wouldn’t make it. Having this type of indulgence at my fingertips is dangerous territory! 

I love to bake, but being precise and following strict processes isn't my strongest suit! Low and behold, this recipe looked easy and was! Truly, you just combine the ingredients in a saucepan to melt, and then pour it out into a baking pan and let it cool. There's no candy thermometer, constant stirring for any great length in time, and no obscure ingredients necessary. I know this is called "Christmas fudge" but this will be "anytime fudge" in my book! The recipe is originally from Delish- linked!



Because of my lack in planning, I didn't have heavy cream so I swapped it for eggnog because I figured the viscosity/fat content would be similar. Surprisingly, it turned out great! No detection of the flavor and the texture didn't seem altered by it. I also used vanilla bean paste because I almost exclusively prefer it to extract. Lastly, I omitted the salt in the mixture but sprinkled a bit of fleur de sel on top with the sprinkles and love the pop of salt to cut through the sweetness. Food for thought! 


Happy holiday baking!


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Gift Guide: Stocking stuffers

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Gift Guide: Holiday Cheer

 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Gift Guide: Gifts for the ice cream lover


Sunday, November 22, 2020

Gift Guide: Gifts for the baker