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Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bread

Here’s your homework for the day.  Go into your recipe collections and find all the pumpkin spice cake recipes that you have.  Gather them together and throw them the F away…because this Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bread is a legit game changer.

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Soft and delicious, this pumpkin bread is great for breakfast or dessert.  You can add a sweet cream cheese glaze on top for added richness, or just serve it as is because it’s just that good.

Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bread

Ingredients:

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup canned pureed pumpkin
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa or hot cocoa mix (either one will work! It’s mostly for color)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat a 9 in. loaf pan with non-stick spray.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Mix together and set aside.

In another large bowl, combine butter and sugar.  Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  If your butter is room temp, you can also beat with a whisk by hand, which is what I prefer…but to each his own!  Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla, beating well until combined.

Alternate adding flour mixture and milk, starting and ending with flour, and mixing until everything is just combined.  Fold in the pumpkin.

Divide batter in half.  Add melted chocolate and cocoa powder to one portion.  Mix to combine.

Alternate adding pumpkin and chocolate batter to prepared pan.  Using a knife, swirl batters together.

Bake 55 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.  Let cool completely, then remove from pan.

Your kitchen will smell amazing and your stomach will thank me.  And you’re welcome.

If you want to make a cream cheese glaze, you can combine 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese with ½ cup confectioners’ sugar and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract.  Add 1 teaspoon milk, and continue adding milk little by little until you achieve the right consistency.

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20 Next Level Baking HACKS!

Up your cake decorating game with this collection of 20 Next Level Baking HACKS!  Whether you want your boxed cake to taste like it was professionally made or you need a replacement for sugar or butter, this assortment of tips, printables, charts and more will help your cakes, cookies, brownies, and cupcakes look (and taste) better!

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20 Next Level Baking HACKS!

Want to make a boxed cake taste better?  Add one more egg than listed on the box, replace oil with melted butter and double the amount, replace water with an equal amount of milk, then mix and bake according to package instructions.  If that’s too much work, just combine all the listed ingredients and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

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Keep this list of baking swaps handy for last-minute changes.

Simple Baking Swaps

Use toothpicks to attach bread to a sliced cake to keep every piece nice and fresh.

Keep cut cake fresh with sliced bread. Learn more + cake recipe at TidyMom.net

You can also use a slice of bread to keep your freshly baked cookies nice and soft.

1. Dip cookie cutters in flour first before cutting dough to help cookies retain their shape.

When using a hand mixer, use a paper plate to prevent batter from splattering your kitchen.

Brilliant Baking Hack | Avoid Batter Splatter: Poke the ends of your mixer's beaters through the middle of a paper plate before attaching them to the mixer to act as a shield.

Are you terrified to write on a cake?  I AM!  To limit the stress, use a toothpick to outline your lettering or design before piping.

Edible Obsession: The Easiest Cake Lettering Tutorial Ever | LaurenConrad.com

Keep chocolate chips suspended in your cookies by rolling them in flour first.  You can also keep berries suspended in cakes or blueberries suspended in muffins by rolling them in flour as well.

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Use unflavored dental floss to evenly slice a cake in half.  I LOVE this hack and use it all the time!  Just place toothpicks evenly around the cake to help guide and line up the floss.

How to Cut a Cake Layer in Half with dental floss: Goodbye, Fear of layer cakes! This was so flipping easy, even I could do it!

Flip a muffin tin over to make edible chocolate chip cookie bowls.

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Create the ultimate non-stick release by combining flour, shortening, and vegetable oil.  Find the exact recipe at ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com.

Never worry about broken cakes again. This magic cake pan release leaves no crumb behind and you can store it at room temperature for up to three months. | www.ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com

Use a piece of masking tape to help level off cocoa powder.

Here’s a helpful chart with conversions on how to change metric to standard.

Get room temp butter lickety split by pouring boiling hot water into a glass.  Dump out the water and flip it over your stick of butter.  Let it sit for a few minutes and your butter will be softened in no time.

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Here’s a helpful chart for replacing sugar with honey in your baked recipes.

Use this helpful guide to create a perfect circle of parchment paper for your round cakes.

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One cup sifted all-purpose flour does NOT mean the same as on cup all-purpose flour, sifted.  One cup sifted all-purpose flour means you sift the flour BEFORE you measure it.  One cup all-purpose flour, sifted means you sift the flour AFTER you measure it.

Speaking of flour, the perfect cake and cookie comes from measuring your flour correctly.  Avoid scooping flour out of the bag with your measuring cup.  This often results in getting more flour than you need.  Instead spoon the flour into the measuring up, then level off with a knife.

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Spray your measuring cups with non-stick spray before measuring out sticky substances, like honey, syrup, and molasses.

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Here are some great cookie substitutions.  Replace 1 egg with 1 banana or 1 cup butter with 1 cup apple sauce.  You can also replace 1 cup butter with 1 avocado for chocolate cookies, or 1 cup butter with 1 cup Greek yogurt.

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Here’s a list of temperature conversions if you need to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit or visa versa.

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9 Ways to Bake with Liquor

Whether you’re cooking up a batch of tomato sauce or making some rich brownies for dessert, there’s no denying that alcohol makes everything better. Add a little red wine to your sauce…pour some whisky in the brownie batter…a little taste of your favorite libation can boost the flavor and richness of almost any dish.

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One of my favorite ways to use liquors is in baked goods. I’ve added whisky to chocolate cake and tequila to strawberry ice box pie. It’s a fun way to create delicious cocktail-inspired sweets that even the young ones can enjoy! So forgo the shots…enjoy a taste of your favorite booze with these 9 tasty alcohol-inspired dessert recipes.

9 Ways to Bake with Liquor

Absinthe Jellies

Bourbon Salted Caramel Candy

Brandy Alexander Pie

Buttered Rum Shortbread Cookies

Gin and Tonic Cupcakes

Nutella Vodka Shots

Scotch Whiskey Cake

Tequila Lime Cheesecake Bars

Whiskey Bacon Brownies

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Honey and Peanut Butter Energy Bars

I always seem to be on the move…and though I often fail, I try to pack my purse with healthy snacks.  Energy bars, fruit, or cheese sticks are my go-to’s…but those energy bars and power bars are often packed with tons of sugar and carbs and may not be as healthy as they seem…

So I’ve decided to start making my own!

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Packed with protein and natural sugars for a burst of energy, these Honey and Peanut Butter Energy Bars actually taste delicious and are super filling.  The addition of dates helps give these bars a great chewy texture, and they’ll last a good 2 weeks in the fridge.

One batch will make about 8 large bars or 10-12 smaller bars.  I go smaller with these because they are filling, but they are great for breakfast on the go or a snack before a workout.

Honey and Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 10 dates, pitted
  • 1 cup peanut butter (the drippy kind works best)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions:

Prep an 8 in. or 9 in. square pan with parchment paper, letting excess paper hang over edges.  If you don’t have parchment paper, you can also spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Place rolled oats in food processor and process on high for about 1 minute, or until oats have been turned into oat flour.  Remove and set aside.

Combine the dates, peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, protein powder, salt, and walnuts in food processor and pulse a few times to chop up the dates.  Add the oat flour and process until well combined.  Pour into prepared pan and press into cake pan.  Top with chocolate chips, if desired.

Place in freezer for 30 to 60 minutes to set.  Remove and cut into bars.  Store in fridge in plastic bags for up to 2 weeks.

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8 Apple and Honey Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

It should come as no surprise that Jewish people love food.  We have holidays that celebrate the fall harvest, we eat doughnuts and other foods cooked in oil to celebrate Hanukkah, the Passover story is TOLD with food, and we even deny ourselves our one great pleasure (eating) on Yom Kippur when we have to repent our sins.  Needless to say, there are going to be a lot of HANGRY Jews roaming the streets come September 30th…

But one of my favorite culinary traditions in the Jewish culture is eating apples and honey to celebrate the new year.  The Jewish calendar is lunar for reasons I still don’t understand…but that means we celebrate our new year in September or October rather than December and January.  This year Rosh Hashanah, or head/beginning of the year, is September 21st…and what better way to welcome in a sweet new year than with these tasty apple and honey recipes!

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The tradition of eating apples and honey goes back several years and is meant to fill the new year with sweetness.  The reasoning behind the apple is most likely because it’s associated with the Garden of Eden and the honey is not only sweet, but could be symbolic of Israel.  Whatever the TRUE reason, I love the tradition and, honestly, these two flavors go so well together that reasoning shouldn’t matter…it’s just delicious!

So here are 8 tasty apple and honey recipes that you can enjoy to welcome in the new Jewish new year…or just to eat because these are all amazing!

 Apple and Honey Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

Honey-Glazed Apple Crumb Muffins

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Apple and Pear Spinach Salad

apple salad

Apple and Honey Baklava

apple bakalava

Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes

apple and cinnamon pancakes

Honey-Baked Cinnamon Apples

cinnamon apples

Yogurt Bowls with Apples and Honey

yogurt bowl

Apple and Honey Crostini

apple crostini

Apple and Honey Bimuelos

apple bimuelos

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12 Decadent Dessert Recipes (with BEER!)

Tis the season for sweaters, pumpkins, scarves, and boots…which means it’s also time for hot apple cider, strong coffee, and tasty stouts and porters.

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OOOOOOH YEAH.

I could easily drink stout year-round, but I love it even more in the fall.  Often flavored with chocolate or coffee, stouts are the perfect ingredient to add to chocolate cakes and pies for added depth and flavor.

I’ve used Guinness in my baking before (check out my recipe for Guinness cupcakes!), but there are so many other (and BETTER) stouts and porters to use in your fall and winter baking…

So crack open some cold ones (for baking) and pour some whisky (for drinking) and enjoy these 12 chocolatey, decadent desserts all made with beer.

12 Decadent Dessert Recipes Made with Beer

Bacon and Beer Cookie Bars

Rich Beer Brownies

Beer Mousse

Beeramasu

Beer Cheesecake

Beer Cherry Pie

Guinness Chocolate Sauce

Coffee Stout Cookies

Rich Stout Fudge

Guinness Brownies

Vanilla Stout Pecan Pie

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10 Stunning Blackberry Recipes

Sometimes I feel that the blackberry gets a bad rap.  The seeds get stuck in your teeth, they have an edible pit that makes them somewhat tough to bake with, and they can be pricy at times…but, you guys…they’re so delicious!

Packed with vitamin C and fiber, blackberries are super healthy for you and low in calories (win-win!).  They can be eaten raw, cooked into jams and sauces, or baked into cakes and breads.  They add amazing flavors to sweet and savory dishes and can also be used to color your batter or cake icing blue or purple.

As we wrap up the end of the summer, you might find blackberries on sale at your local market.  If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to put these little power foods to good use, here are 10 Stunning Blackberry Recipes that will have you drooling in no time!

10 Stunning Blackberry Recipes

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  1. Blackberry Honey Clafoutis
  2. Blackberry Chocolate Tart
  3. Blackberry Lime Bars
  4. Blackberry and Sweet Basil Galette
  5. Blackberry French Beignets
  6. Blackberry Cucumber Gin and Tonic
  7. Blackberry Cheesecake Popsicles
  8. Blackberry and Rosemary Pork Tenderloin
  9. Triple Berry Couscous Salad
  10. Blackberry Buttermilk Pancakes

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