Pumpkin French Toast

Fall is perfect for indulging in pumpkin everything! Pumpkin spice and everything nice is what this recipe is made of. This Fall season has me craving and wanting to try everything pumpkin…from my coffee to my breakfast..and everything sweet in-between. Pumpkin has quite a few perks as well such as its potassium and vitamin K content. It is also heart healthy, an immune booster and is full of fiber–so there is a reason to indulge! This pumpkin french toast is sweet with a hint of spice and makes a great Fall breakfast. It is easy to make and it will make your kitchen smell delicious as well, enjoy!
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Pumpkin French Toast

Serving Size: 2 servings

Pumpkin French Toast

Try this fall inspired breakfast with a pumpkin twist-- Sliced bread dipped in a pumpkin coating then cooked in butter and topped with maple syrup!

Ingredients

1-2 Tbsp butter

4 slices of whole wheat bread (or white bread)

2 whole eggs

1/4 cup whole milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)

Instructions

  1. Melt 1 Tbsp of butter on frying pan over medium heat.
  2. In the meantime, whisk eggs, milk, vanilla extract, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice together in bowl. Soak one slice of bread at a time in the pumpkin egg mixture, then place in the prepared buttered frying pan. Repeat with the remaining slices of bread. Make sure to keep buttering the frying pan (this will make it get golden brown).
  3. Cook the bread on each side until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Top with butter, maple syrup or whipped cream. Enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/10/pumpkin-french-toast/

 

Cupcake Muddy Buddies

I loooooove Muddy Buddies and I love cupcakes, so why not combine the two? Muddy Buddies have always been a favorite of mine because its so easy to make, it’s delicious, and it reminds me of being in college when I wanted a sweet snack. It doesn’t get much easier by basically just throwing all of the ingredients in a large plastic bag, shake, and that’s it! These crispy bites resemble a sweet sprinkled vanilla cupcake and they are extremely addicting so beware!

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Cupcake Muddy Buddies

Cupcake Muddy Buddies

If you love sprinkled cupcakes just as much as I do, you will love these crunchy bites of sweetness!

Ingredients

6 cups of Rice Chex cereal

12 ounces of white chocolate candy melts

1 tsp butter extract

1 cup of french vanilla cake mix

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup of sprinkles; use as much as desired 🙂

Instructions

  1. Pour cereal into a large gallon zip-lock bag. In a microwavable bag, melt chocolate and butter extract for 1 minute, then stir until melted.
  2. Pour melted chocolate into bag and shake until cereal is covered in chocolate mixture. Add sprinkles and shake.
  3. Add in cake mix and powdered sugar and shake until completely coated. Add more sprinkles if you would like! In my option, you can never have too many sprinkles in/on anything.
  4. Transfer covered muddy buddies into cookie sheet and discard the excess powder. *An easier way to discard powder is to place a cooling rack on the cookie sheet before placing muddy buddies on them. Enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/05/cupcake-muddy-buddies/

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Fluffy Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

Pancakes are the definition of a hearty breakfast. They can be transformed into so many different ways…I had a ton of lemons in fridge and I wanted pancakes so I came up with this tasty treat. It’s hard to make pancakes during the week-day mornings so I suggest making extra and freezing these. In the morning just pop theses into a toaster and waahhh-laa! You get a perfect tasty pancake.

These are a bit different because they are not like your traditional buttermilk pancakes..they have a hint of lemon with a touch of poppy seeds. They almost resemble a moist buttery lemon poppy seed muffin….so good! The melted butter that’s added to the batter really gives these cakes an extra hint of deliciousness, so be sure not to skip out on that part. Top with fresh fruit, I found that raspberries compliment this perfectly. These are best when stacked high just how I like them so enjoy!
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Lemon Poppy Seed Fluffy Pancakes

Yield: about 2 dozen small pancakes

Lemon Poppy Seed Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy, lemon-yyyyyy, and light is what makes these pancakes extra special.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

2 Tbsp fresh lemon zest

2 cups milk (I used low-fat milk)

2 large whole eggs

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

4 Tbsp butter (unsalted), melted

2 Tbsp poppy seeds

butter or cooking spray for frying pan

Maple syrup

Fresh Raspberries

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  2. Whisk in the sugar, lemon zest, milk, eggs, and lemon juice until smooth.
  3. Melt butter and pour into batter while whisking at the same time. Also, add in poppy seeds and mix until batter is completely smooth and does not have any lumps.
  4. Heat a griddle, or a nonstick pan over medium heat and add about a 1/2 tablespoon of butter or spray cooking spray when heated.
  5. For small pancakes pour 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake and for larger pancakes, pour about 1/4 cup of batter.
  6. Cook until golden brown on the bottom and and bubbling on top. Flip once and cook until golden brown on each side. Top with warm maple syrup and sprinkle with fresh fruit (I used raspberries)
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/05/fluffy-lemon-poppy-seed-pancakes/

 

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Killer Artichoke Cheese Bread

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If you love artichoke dip, you will for sure looooove this bread! It’s the perfect combination of garlic bread, cheese bread, and cheesy artichoke dip. There is something ever so perfect about bread when it comes straight from the oven. The crunchy-ness of the outer crust–and then the warm and fluffy soft middle. This is such a favorite because how could you go wrong with this amazing combination!? You can’t!

Ingredients:
1 ciabatta loaf
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1 can of artichoke hearts; drained and chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 cloves of garlic; finely chopped
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup monterey jack jack cheese
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
Chives; finely chopped to sprinkle on top

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice bread in half and lay out on baking sheet lined with foil.

2. Melt butter for 30 seconds in microwave. In a medium sized bowl, add butter, sour cream, artichoke hearts, salt, pepper, garlic, and cheeses until well combined. Spread evenly on each half of bread and bake for 15 minutes until melted. Switch oven to broil and broil bread for 3 minutes until bubbly. Let cool for 5 minutes, slice, sprinkle chives, and enjoy!

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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

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You can’t beat a warm slightly soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie…I came across this amazing recipe by a fellow food blogger that I follow. This recipe really hits the spot when you are craving the perfect cookie!

Yield: 18 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspooon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1-1/2 cups chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips

Steps:
1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Continue to cook, swirling the pan frequently, until the butter is a golden brown..about 3-5 minutes. The butter will start to bubble and foam and then subside as the water evaporates and the milk solids start to turn a light brown color. Just as it starts to turn light brown, remove it from the heat and pour into a bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

2. Place the egg, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until mixture is pale yellow and starts to thicken, about 3 minutes.

3. Once the browned butter has cooled for 15 minutes, whisk the brown sugar into it. Add the butter mixture to the egg mixture in the bowl of the electric mixer. Whisk on medium speed for about a minute.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the wet ingredients in the mixer and mix on low speed until just barely combined. Add the chocolate and mix on low speed until dough comes together and chocolate is mixed throughout.

6. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop 2 tablespoon-sized portions of dough about an inch apart on the lined baking sheets. Lightly press down on the top of each one with the palm of your hand. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

7. Position baking rack on the very top shelf of your oven. Preheat oven to 325°F. Remove one cookie sheet from the refrigerator and bake on the top rack for 15-18 minutes, rotating after 10 minutes. Cookies should be crisp around the edges with some craggle and visible chew on top. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Remove the other cookie sheet from the refrigerator and bake the same way.

*You can skip the refrigeration step and the cookies will still taste great, but the refrigeration enhances the flavor and texture of the cookie so if you have the time, I would recommend it!

Recipe adopted from: The Baker Mama

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