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Strawberry Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

Strawberry Coconut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale YellowI got home from work today and had nothing important to do, yay!!!!  Now that my paper is finished, my summer is wide open!  It’s time for fun and ice cream sandwiches and jello shots, there are some good things in your future.  Vacation hangover finished.

Strawberry Coconut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale YellowYou know how I used to make you tons and tons of quinoa recipes?  Move aside quinoa, it’s overnight oatmeal time!  Forever and ever. Quinoa isn’t over, it just needed a time out for a few months.  Now that it is summer I really enjoy leafy salads instead of grain based salads with cooked vegetables; much needed in the winter, not so much in the summer.

Strawberry Coconut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale YellowNo worries my friends, I have some fantastic ideas for fall overnight oats including those with pumpkin spice and apple pie.  Those are fall flavors and I don’t want to rush, I’m way too into summer to rush into fall!  There maybe one more I might make, but an unhealthy, decadent overnight oatmeal.  Until then, you’ll have to make due with this delicious version that’s a little bit decadent.  Creamy coconut milk mixed with chopped strawberries and coconut flakes make a delicious treat (and mostly healthful) way to start your day!

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Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal
Adapted from Lemon Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal
Yield – 1 serving, 16 ounces

1/2 cup old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon honey
splash of vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, I was decadent and used the sweetened vanilla version

  1. Add all the ingredients to a 16-ounce mason jar or other container.  Shake or stir to combine.  Make sure the honey and chia seeds become incorporated and don’t stick to the side.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.Strawberry Coconut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale Yellow
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Berry Swirl Bread

berry swirl bread | Pale YellowI wanted to call this hot mess bread because I left the dough to rise on the stove and it got a little cooked and super fluffy.  So when I tried to roll it out, it was practically melting under the rolling pin.  I slapped the filling inside, breaded, and put in the pan.  I had serious doubts the bread would turn out and seriously considered this a baking fail.berry swirl bread | Pale YellowBut I pulled it out of the oven, let it cool and wouldn’t you know it – delicious!  The bread was soft and tender and super flavorful.  The berries, chocolate, and cinnamon added interest and moisture.  This was a great treat for breakfast while my mom and aunts were town.  It was super easy to keep wrapped up and everyone could help themselves at breakfast.  It also made a delicious late night snack!

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Berry Swirl Bread
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Yield – 8-12 servings

Bread
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup whole milk, lukewarm
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
olive oil to grease the bowl

Filling
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups fresh berries (I used strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 egg

  1. Bread – Stir together the yeast and the sugar.  Warm the milk and melt the butter to a lukewarm temperature.  Mix in the egg yolk.  Stir into the yeast and sugar.  Set aside to become frothy and foamy.  Allow to rest for about 5 minutes
  2. Stir in the flour and salt until the dough pulls away from the bowl.  The dough will be sticky.
  3. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for ten minutes.  Grease the bowl with olive oil and place the dough inside.  Cover and allow to double in size, about one hour.
  4. Filling – Preheat the oven to 375˚F.  Grease and flour a cast iron pan or 10-inch spring form pan.
  5. Mix together the butter, sugar, and cinnamon.  Clean and chop the berries, set aside.
  6. On a floured surface roll the dough into a 12×18” rectangle.  Spread the cinnamon-butter mixture evenly over the dough.
  7. Sprinkle the berries and chocolate chips over the filling.
  8. Along the long end of the dough, roll up into a cylinder.  Make sure the seam side is one the bottom.  With a sharp knife, cut the dough in half, leaving 1-inch connected at the top.
  9. Cross the two halves over one another making sure the cut end is facing the top.  Twist the bread into a circle and tuck the cut ends under.
  10. Carefully add the bread to the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until set.
  11. Let cool on a wire rack and dust with powdered sugar.berry swirl bread | Pale Yellow

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Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal

Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale YellowI wish they gave out awards for procrastination.  That way I could win an award.  I spent all Sunday, ALL DAY writing a six page paper.  I need to get faster.  I also took a 2 hour nap and made cocktails in the middle of the day…
Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale YellowOr I need to stop taking classes in the summer.  Seriously, who starts graduate school in the summer?  It’s seems all the work is due right around holiday weekends like Fourth of July.  I’m just not in the mood to read or write or research.  It’s beach time, it’s calling my name!

Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale YellowIn other procrastination news I took another nap after work today, a seven hour work day of researching animals and playing with baby chickens.  Tough life.

Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale YellowNo matter how tough my life life, I always manage to throw together something for breakfast.  My new favorite food to the rescue!  I can add all the ingredients to a jar, shake it up and I’m done.  Breakfast ready to go!  And not just any breakfast, a healthy and delicious one.  I have one more overnight oatmeal for you and then I’ll be done, maybe!Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale Yellow

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Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal
Adapted from Lemon Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal
Yield – 1 serving, 16 ounces

1/2 cup old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon honey
splash of vanilla extract
1 banana sliced
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoons chopped almonds (or nut of your choice)

  1. Add all the ingredients to a 16-ounce mason jar or other container.  Shake or stir to combine.  Make sure the honey and chia seeds become incorporated and don’t stick to the side.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale Yellow

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Blueberry Glazed Baked Doughnuts

blueberry glazed baked doughnuts | pale yellowToday is the first day of a clean eating challenge and my jaw hurts from all the chewing.  Seriously, my snack was carrots and my mouth is sore from eating.  For lunch I ate the biggest salad and couldn’t even finish all the delicious asparagus, eggs, and arugula.  It’s amazing when you start eating healthy, you get to eat so much more.

blueberry glazed baked doughnuts | pale yellowI’m doing this cleanse because July is going to be a bender of drinking, eating, and traveling.  My thought is I’ll create a health surplus that I’ll destroy later.  Totally logical.  I like this cleanse because it’s about eating real food and there are zero chemicals.  It’s a lot veggies, fruit, and lean protein.  There is even a little bit of dairy, lots of almond butter and dark chocolate!

blueberry glazed baked doughnuts | pale yellowYou know what there is not?  Doughnuts!  As I write this post I want some doughnuts or cookies real bad.  That’s the problem, however, I always want cookies and doughnuts and ice cream.  I can be strong for two weeks though!

blueberry glazed baked doughnuts | pale yellowThese doughnuts were inspired by the back on the King Arthur Flour catalog.  They had doughnuts with bright blue frosting and sprinkles.  My goal was to create a version without food dyes, so I made a blueberry glaze instead.  The doughnuts are tender and moist.  Best of all they are not overly sweet.  The blueberry glaze adds flavor and a nice touch on top.  Baked doughnuts are the best, all of the fun and flavor and none of the guilt!blueberry glazed baked doughnuts | pale yellow

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Blueberry Glazed Baked Doughnuts
Adapted from Baked Doughnuts with a Chocolate Glaze
Yield – 12 mini doughnuts

Doughnuts
1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk (juice from half a lemon + enough milk to equal 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze
6 ounces fresh blueberries
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup powdered sugar
sprinkles

  1. Doughnuts – Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and generously spray your doughnut pan with Baker’s Joy.
  2. Whisk together the flour, powder, soda, salt, and sugar.
  3. In a small saucepan melt and brown the butter.  Remove from the heat as soon as the butter changes from a yellow color to a brown color.
  4. Beat together the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla.  Mix in the browned butter.
  5. Add the wet to the dry and mix until just combined.
  6. To make things easy, add the batter to a new, disposable piping bag or just use a baggie.  Clip the end and pipe the batter into the doughnut pan, minimal mess!  Only fill about 1/2 way.
  7. Bake for about 8 minutes or until the doughnuts are set.
  8. Remove from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack before glazing.
  9. Glaze – Add the blueberries, sugar, and water to a small saucepan.  Reuse the one from making the browned butter.
  10. Heat and cook until the blueberries are smashed and the mixture reduces slightly.
  11. Strain the mixture into a clean bowl and whisk together the blueberry sauce and powdered sugar until thickened and smooth.
  12. Dip each doughnut into the glaze.  After all the doughnuts have been glazed, repeat with a second dip.
  13. Immediately after the second dip, sprinkle with sprinkles.
  14. Best enjoyed the day they are made.blueberry glazed baked doughnuts | pale yellow

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Vegan Irish Cream

vegan irish cream | pale yellowWhat I’m going to say next is going to make me sound like an alcoholic; I’m not an alcoholic.  Mom?  Are you listening to me?  I enjoy a boozy beverage every now and again as we all know, and it’s not a problem.  I only drink in safe places and at safe times.  There are appropriate times to drink and I try to be appropriate.

vegan irish cream | pale yellowBuuuuttttttt, I keep a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream in my fridge next to my coffee creamer and every morning before work I’m tempted to add a splash to my coffee.  I don’t, I just think it.  Then, the weekend comes and it would be appropriate to add a splash of Bailey’s to my coffee, but I don’t, because it has dairy in it.

vegan irish cream | pale yellowSo what’s a dairy-free girl (or at least wannabe dairy-free girl) to do?  Make a vegan version with coconut milk, obviously!  It was all easy enough and now I have two cups, well actually a little less than two cups, of Irish Cream in my fridge for whenever an appropriately timed craving hits.

vegan irish cream | pale yellowVegan Irish Cream tastes just like the original with a coconut twist; it is creamy and sweet with hints of coffee and whiskey.  The Irish Cream does separate during storage, but just shake it up!  Craving satisfied.

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Vegan Irish Cream
Adapted from Oh She Glows
Yield – 2 cups

1 can coconut milk
1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons strongly brewed coffee
pinch of salt

  1. Heat the coconut milk and whisk in the brown sugar.  Whisk and cook for 7-8 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly.
  2. Remove from the heat and whisk in the whiskey, coffee, and salt.
  3. Portion into jars and let cool, seal and store in the fridge.vegan irish cream | pale yellow

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Breakfast Cupcakes

breakfast cupcakes | pale yellowMy original vision had a perfect sunny-side-up egg in a basket of crisp hash browns.  But then I remembered two things: hash browns burn and I can’t cook eggs.  It’s true, I almost always eat scrabbled eggs because that’s just how things turn out.

breakfast cupcakes | pale yellowSo then my second vision was to make hash brown casserole.  You know, the ones with the cream-of-something soup and lots of cheese.  The ones every mid-westerner grew up with.  I’m not going to lie, that’s some good casserole and I wouldn’t mind a scoop or two; it’s been years since I’ve had any, but  I try not cook like that at home.  Throw cream-of-something soups in with boxed mixes and fried foods – just not for me in my kitchen.

breakfast cupcakes | pale yellowThrough extensive Pinterest searching, I came across this recipe and it was exactly what I was looking for!  Crispy hash browns, cheesy goodness, lovely eggs, and easiness.  I only added bacon to half because a vegetarian was present, but feel free to up the bacon for your more carnivorous friends.

breakfast cupcakes | pale yellowDon’t skip the onions, caramelized onions add sweetness and depth of flavor.  Also, don’t skip the initial browning of the hash browns.  Also, also, use LOTS of baking spray in the cupcake tin, you’ll thank me!  I think that’s all of my tips.  This recipe shows how you can have cupcakes for breakfast in an appropriate manner!  These can be served warm, room temperature, or even cold; plus they heat up nicely for later.  I think breakfast cupcakes would make a marvelous addition to your Easter party, or any brunch!

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Breakfast Cupcakes
Adapted from Tablespoon
Yield – 24 cupcakes

40 ounces frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
olive oil
1 yellow onion, finely sliced
salt + pepper
4 pieces bacon, optional (8 slices in you’re adding to all the cupcakes)
14 eggs
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon milk
1 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt + pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 ˚F and liberally spray 24 muffin tins with olive oil.
  2. Mix the thawed hash browns with oil, salt, and pepper.  Place a heaping 1/4-cup of hash browns in each muffin cup.  Press the hash browns down.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the hash browns are brown and crispy.
  4. While the hash browns bake, saute the onion slices in olive oil in a small saute pan.  Sprinkle in salt and freshly ground pepper.  Cook until the onions are soft and translucent.
  5. Transfer the onions to a bowl to cool completely.  Cook the bacon in the same pan until crispy.  Let cool and then crumble.  Set aside.
  6. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and milk.  Add a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper.  Stir in the cheese and the onions.
  7. Use a 1/4 cup to smash down each hash brown.  Add a 1/4 cup of the egg mixture on top of each hash brown patty.
  8. Sprinkle bacon on each cupcake if desired.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until the eggs are set.  Let cool slightly and then remove with a small spatula.breakfast cupcakes | pale yellow

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Caramelized Onion, Bacon, and Smoked Gouda Biscuits

caramilized onions, bacon, and smoked gouda biscuits | pale yellowSo I don’t know what happened last week, I guess exhaustion finally got the best of me.  The strange thing – I took Monday off work and was still beyond tired all week.  Life finally caught up with me.  In more pleasing news I’m finally healthy again!  Cough and cold are gone.

caramilized onions, bacon, and smoked gouda biscuits | pale yellowOr maybe last week happened because of my excessive amount of time spent in front of the TV.  Between watching the first 5 seasons of Sons of Anarchy, the last 2 seasons of Dexter (BTW – WTF with the ending?  Lumberjack?  Deb?  All weird.), and now the Olympics, I’ve been out of commission.  Next on the to-watch list – Oscar movies; life is hard; there is so much tv to watch it never ends.

caramilized onions, bacon, and smoked gouda biscuits | pale yellowDespite my overall laziness/exhaustion, there are hundreds of recipe ideas in my head I’m just itching to make.  First up, these biscuits.  I’ve been thinking about the biscuits for months now, scooping out ingredients and swapping ideas in my mind’s ese.  The right ideas were used and the combination of ingredients were perfect.

caramilized onions, bacon, and smoked gouda biscuits | pale yellowThe biscuits were flaky and tender, soft and moist.  The bacon adds smokiness and a little crispy crunch.  Let’s talk about the melty bites of wonder from the smokey Gouda – delightful!  Throw in the some sweet, slow-roasted caramelized onions and the biscuits are complete.  Now you have yourself a fantastic savory breakfast treat sure to make all your friends happy!caramilized onions, bacon, and smoked gouda biscuits | pale yellow

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Caramelized Onion, Bacon, and Smoked Gouda Biscuits
Adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook (Cheddar, Chive, Jalapeno Biscuits, page 46-47)
Yield – 13 biscuits

4 pieces thick cut bacon
1/2 large yellow onion
3/4 cup grated smoked gouda
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk + more for topping
1 egg
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold
coarse sea salt

  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces; cook the bacon in a small saute pan until crispy.  Drain on paper towel.
  2. Slice the onions into small half-moons.  Saute in the bacon grease until golden brown; this takes about 30 minutes.  Drain on a paper towel and let cool completely.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 ˚F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt.
  5. Whisk together the buttermilk and egg with a fork in a measuring cup.
  6. Grate the butter into the flour mixture and toss gently with your fingers.  Press gently to combine.  Toss the cooled onions, bacon, and cheese into the flour mixture.
  7. Make a well and pour in the buttermilk mixture; use a fork to mix the two together.  Turn out on a floured surface and knead together until the dough comes together in a circle that stands 1 1/2 inches tall.
  8. Use a cutter to cut the dough into circles.  Push the dough together to cut more circles.  Place on the parchment lined cookie sheets.
  9. Brush the tops with the extra buttermilk and then sprinkle with the coarse sea salt.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.  Enjoy immediately!caramilized onions, bacon, and smoked gouda biscuits | pale yellow

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Caramel Apple Crumb Muffins

Caramel Apple Crumb Muffins | Pale YellowThe first recipe to come out of my new kitchen!  Since I have tried to cut back sweets in January, I’ve been hankering to make muffins.  Muffins don’t count as sweets, they are a breakfast items.  I can justify anything if I put my mind to it; sort of like the mini M & M’s I ate for dinner last night.

Caramel Apple Crumb Muffins | Pale YellowSo I thought I discovered a short cut in the new kitchen by softening cold butter on the hot radiator.  Cut to 10 minutes later when there is butter all over the floor.  A whole box of butter in the garbage.  On a positive note, I’ve invented a new Olympic sport – butter skating!  Trying to walk on a greasy floor is an adventure for sure.

Caramel Apple Crumb Muffins | Pale YellowI’ve been thinking about these muffins for awhile now.  A nice muffin with a thick crumble sounded super tempting and tasty.  Mixed with caramel bits and apple chunks you have a delightful breakfast treat.   The muffins are moist and not overly sweet.  The little bits of caramel add extra sweetness. There is a thick crumb topping full of cinnamon and crunch.   Whether you’re eating sweets or not, this is a great muffin to make!Caramel Apple Crumb Muffins | Pale YellowPrint the Recipe!

Caramel Apple Crumb Muffins
Adapted from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Yield – 8 muffins

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted & divided
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup + 5 tablespoons flour, divided
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
1/4 teaspoon + a pinch of salt, divided
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup diced apples
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup caramel bits

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and liberally spray your muffin tins with Baker’s Joy.
  2. Crumb topping – Melt the butter and let cool slightly.  Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the brown sugar, 5 tablespoons flour, oats, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Mix in 3 tablespoons of melted butter until the mixture is moist.  Set aside.
  5. Muffins – Whisk together 1 cup flour, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and baking powder.  Toss in the apples.
  6. In a liquid measuring cup mix together the almond milk, vanilla, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and the egg yolk.  Stir into the dry ingredients until just combined.  Stir in the caramel bits.
  7. Spoon into the muffin tins until about half full.  Fill the rest of the tin with the crumb mixture.  Really press the crumbs into the top.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the tops are brown and the middle is set.  Let cool completely on a wire rack before removing from the muffin tin.
  9. Store in an airtight container.Caramel Apple Crumb Muffins | Pale Yellow

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Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale YellowWould you believe me if  I told you I was virtually unpacked?  Well I am!  Thanks to great movers, Michelle’s task master ways, and Jackie’s kitchen stacking skills, all the boxes were unpacked, the cardboard smashed and taken downstairs.  There is no way I could have done it with out them!

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale YellowYesterday I got up and rearranged my bedroom furniture because the bed felt like it was in a weird location; now it feels right!  The kitchen needed a little rearranging and Dean came over to help set up my internet/TV.  Decorations are not up, but with time and inspiration they will be up soon.  As things start to look cute and lovely I’ll try to post pictures to the What I Learned series.

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale YellowThe strangest thing  about moving so far has been adjusting to a new grocery store.  I knew Key Foods like the back of my hand and it’s frustrating wandering the aisles.  Plus, Waldbaums doesn’t seem to carry Kind bars – my breakfast staple.

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale YellowI made these scones right after Thanksgiving as a little snack for myself.  They were a lovely snack on my flight back to New York after my Michigan weekend.  These scones are not dry at all and are filled with goodies.  There is plenty of banana flavor and lots of chocolate and walnut goodness.  Sometimes scones can be not-so-good; I promise you, these are not those!

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Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones
Adapted from How Sweet it is
Yield – 8 scones

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar, loosely packed
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1/3 cup buttermilk (or squirt of lemon juice + enough milk to make 1/3 cup, let sit 2 minutes)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ripe banana
scant 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
scant 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons milk
splash vanilla
extra walnuts & chocolate chips to sprinkle on top, optional

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 ˚F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, soda, powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  3. Cut the butter into pieces and add to the flour mixture.  Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  4. Use your fingers to massage the butter into the flour.  Keep mixing until the flour and butter are combined in coarse crumbs.
  5. Mash the banana into the buttermilk and stir in the vanilla.  Make a well in the flour mixture and pour the banana/buttermilk mixture in the middle. Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  6. Use a fork to combine the ingredients.  Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
  7. Turn the mixture onto a floured surface and knead together lightly.  Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  8. Push the mixture into a 6” circle and cut into 8 pieces.Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  9. Place the pieces on the baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until the scones just begin to brown.
  10. Let cool completely on a wire rack before glazing.Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  11. Make the glaze by stirring together the milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth.  If you like a lot of glaze, double the amounts.Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  12. Spoon the glaze over each scone and sprinkle with walnuts and chocolate chips.Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow

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Apple Cider Doughnuts

apple cider doughnuts | pale yellowHere is a literal apple cider doughnut.  I tend to call all doughnuts from a cider mill or apple orchard “apple cider doughnuts,” but I don’t really know what that means.  This doughnut is called an apple cider doughnut because it has apple cider inside and out.  Simple.  Makes sense.

apple cider doughnuts | pale yellowI need things that make sense right about now, life seems a little topsy-turvy.  I’ve been working all day Saturdays and have basically been too exhausted on Sundays to do anything. I’m super excited for the Thanksgiving mini-break coming up soon, I need a mini break!

apple cider doughnuts | pale yellowI made these doughnuts Veteran’s Day weekend, yay for a Monday off!  Baked doughnuts are a perfect lazy weekend treat; they are quick to come together, contain ingredients in your cupboards, and are spectacular!

apple cider doughnuts | pale yellowOut of all the baked doughnuts I have made since buying a doughnut pan, these may be my favorite!  They stayed fresh for several days and did not become gummy.  The doughnut was tender and sweet; the glaze was flavorful, yet not overly sweet.  This is a perfect doughnut for breakfast on a lazy weekend or a busy one.

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Apple Cider Doughnuts
Adapted from Buns in my Oven
Yield – 16 mini doughnuts

Doughnuts
1 cup sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of cloves
1/3 cup apple cider
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar
pinch of salt
2-3 tablespoons apple cider

  1. Preheat the oven 325 ˚F and spray a doughnut pan with Baker’s Joy.
  2. In the bowl of stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until pale yellow, about 3 minutes.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Meanwhile sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves onto parchment paper.  Set aside.
  4. Mix together the apple cider and vanilla, also set aside.
  5. Turn the mixer on low and scrape the bowl.  Add the dry ingredients in three increments with the liquid in between.  Mix until just combined.
  6. Add the batter to a large plastic baggie and snip the end.  Pipe the batter into each doughnut well until they are filled about half-way.
  7. Bake 11-12 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown.  Remove from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack before glazing.
  8. To make the glaze add the butter to a small saucepan.  Let melt and brown slightly while stirring.  Whisk in the powdered sugar and salt.  Whisk in enough cider to make the glaze smooth and pourable, but not too thick.
  9. Spoon onto each doughnut and allow to harden.apple cider doughnuts | pale yellow

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