lychee fruit
Cooking Healthy Food, Exotic Flavors, Fruit for Dessert, Just Desserts, Microwave Baking, Super Sides

Lychee Nutrition Facts and Recipe

My family and I love to go to the local Chinese buffet. It’s a Sunday afternoon, after-church tradition now. We’ve been doing it for over seven years! You’d think we’d get tired of the same old, same old, but this particular restaurant switches up their menu just enough to keep things interesting. Our favorite things (the sushi, the coconut shrimp, the fried dumplings, etc.) are almost always there, but every once in a while they introduce something new to the spread.

Like yesterday, when they had these strange-looking little round things sitting out at the dessert table. I figured it much be some sort of fruit, but I didn’t have a clue what it was. Still, I’m an adventurous type, especially when it comes to food, so I thought I would try it. Our server came by the table before I’d taken a bite, and I asked her what they were.

“Lychee,” she said, pronouncing it “lee-chee,” or at least that was the way it sounded to me. She smiled at me like she didn’t really believe she was having to tell me what it was. What could I say? I was a lychee virgin.

I’d heard of the fruit before, but I’d never seen it in person, so I’d certainly never tasted it.

I speared one little fruit with my fork and cautiously stuck it in my mouth. Immediately, I tasted the ginger, and I wondered it if that was part of the fruit’s natural taste, but some later research online told me that probably wasn’t the case. They’d probably added ginger to it when they baked it.

My first overall impression? It was quite different from anything I’d ever had before, although the texture was somewhat reminiscent of baked pears, I thought. And it was spicy! But that was okay by me because I happen to like spicy food.

When I got home, I hit the Internet looking for more information about lychees. Turns out, by not knowing anything about this fruit I was really missing out! Lychees are amazingly nutritious!lychee fruit

For example, they:

  • Offer a great source of Vitamin B-complex, Vitamin C, and phytonutrients like carotenoids, flavonoids, indoles, isoflavones, lignans, and polyphenols
  • Provide high amounts of folate, iron, magnesium, and manganese, which are all required for the formation of red blood cells

Please note, however, that lychees are really high in sugar, which may prove problematic for some diabetics, so consume with caution – and ALWAYS in moderation.

During my Internet search, I even found a yummy baked lychee recipe to try at home. So, I made my husband go out and find some lychees (which was no easy feat in Louisville, KY), tweaked the recipe by adding some things, and baked my lychees in the microwave (like I bake everything else).

Baked Lychees
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 lb lychee fruit, peeled & seeded
Instructions
  1. Spray a Pyrex baking pan with Pam cooking spray.
  2. In a small microwaveable bowl, melt the butter.
  3. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger to the butter, and stir together thoroughly.
  4. Roll each lychee in the sugar mixture, and set on the baking dish.
  5. Pour remaining sugar mixture over the lychees.
  6. Put the dish in the microwave and cook on medium power for about three to five minutes, until sugar is caramelized.
  7. Serve immediately, and refrigerate any leftovers.

If you haven’t yet tried lychees, I highly suggest giving them a try. They’re a really different taste sensation at first, but in a delicious way – especially baked. Try this out, and see for yourself!

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.  

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!  

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.   

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?  

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page

 

pear crumble
Cooking Healthy Food, Fruit for Dessert, Just Desserts, Microwave Baking

Autumn Pear Crumble

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There’s no doubt fall is the season of the apple. And October is the month when bobbing for apples becomes a popular pasttime. But pears are popular at this time of year, as well, and October 25 is National Pear Day. Truth be told, I sometimes prefer pears to apples anyway, and since my family enjoyed my Applesauce Brown Betty recipe so much, I thought I would try something similar with pears. This Autumn Pear Crumble is a wonderful way to end a meal, whether it’s your traditional Thanksgiving feast or just a cozy weeknight dinner.

Autumn Pear Crumble
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 medium pears, peeled and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Honey-Nut Cheerios
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • Pam cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
Instructions
  1. Put the first 9 ingredients together in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend on high power for about 30-45 seconds.
  3. Spray Pam into a 7 X 11 Pyrex baking dish.
  4. Pour out the pear mixture and spread evenly into the baking dish.
  5. Top with the wheat germ.
  6. Put the baking dish in the microwave and heat on high (Power Level 10) for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove and cover with wax paper.
  8. Put back in the microwave and cook on medium (Power Level 5) for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from microwave and serve immediately with a dollop of Greek yogurt or whipped cream on top.
  10. Refrigerate the leftovers.

I really love that I can use my very favorite kitchen tool, the Ninja Master Prep to make this dish even easier and faster. I used another one of my favorite things in this recipe, as well – coconut oil. I’ve been using coconut oil almost daily for about a year now, and I was fortunate enough to get contacted by the people at Island Fresh, who asked if I would write a review in exchange for a FREE 54-ounce container of their Organic, Virgin, Cold-Pressed, Unrefined Coconut Oil. Of course, I immediately jumped at the chance. I’ve been using this in EVERYTHING now – even my smoothies. It’s got a wonderfully light coconut taste that’s hardly noticeable in most recipes, as long as you stick with one tablespoon or less. It’s truly amazing stuff, and I love substituting it for butter in baking with crumbly things because it seems to help hold things together so much better. I’ve tried a few brands of coconut oil over the past year, and I can honestly say this one is the best, by far. I think it really made this recipe all that much more delicious, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Give it a try yourself!

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page.

brown betty
Cooking Healthy Food, Fruit for Dessert, Just Desserts, Microwave Baking, Old Family Recipes

Applesauce Brown Betty

 

applesauce brown betty

Today is National Apple Brown Betty Day! Nobody really knows how the brown Betty got its name. It’s said that it was named for the African-American slave who invented it hundreds of years ago. A recipe for the now-famous concoction was first published in Yale Literary Magazine in 1864. The original recipe used whole, fresh apples as its base, but a variation printed in the 1870s used crackers and applesauce, and this I found particularly intriguing. So I took the idea and ran with it and came up with something amazing that the whole family enjoys!

Applesauce Brown Betty
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 8 servings
This brown Betty variation was based on an 1870s version using applesauce and crackers. My whole family enjoyed it so much, they’re now asking to have it every night. Definite winner!
Ingredients
  • Pam cooking spray
  • 3 slices whole wheat bread
  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups saltine cracker crumbs (about 1/2 a sleeve)
  • 1/4 cup nuts
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. Grease a 7 X 11 Pyrex baking dish.
  2. Put the bread in a chopper (I used my Ninja Master Prep) and chop into fine crumbs.
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave, for about 45 seconds.
  4. Layer the breadcrumbs along the bottom of the baking dish, and pour the melted butter on top.
  5. Stir the butter and crumbs together and press down into a thin crust.
  6. Sprinkle the nutmeg over the crust.
  7. Layer the applesauce over the crust and spread evenly.
  8. In the chopper or a blender (again, I used my Master Prep), combine the cinnamon, crackers, nuts, brown sugar, and wheat germ.
  9. Process until everything is well blended into fine crumbs (about two minutes).
  10. Pour out into a bowl and stir in the maple syrup and water until all the crumbs are moistened.
  11. Spoon out on top of the applesauce and spread evenly.
  12. Put the baking dish in the microwave and heat on high (Power Level 10) for 5 minutes.
  13. Remove and cover with wax paper.
  14. Put back in the microwave and cook on medium (Power Level 5) for 5 minutes.
  15. Remove from microwave and serve immediately with a dollop of Greek yogurt or whipped cream on top.
brown betty

The thing I really love about this is (as I discovered later) it tastes just as amazing cold as it does warm. You really can’t miss with this one! I’m glad Betty (whoever she was) made this and shared it with the rest of us.

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.  

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!  

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.   

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?  

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page

veev
Cooking Healthy Food, Drinks, Fruit for Dessert

Vive le Veev!

vive le veev

Today is National Vodka Day! Admittedly, it’s not one I enjoy much. I used to drink screwdrivers back in the ’90s with Absolut and Smirnoff, but they never did very good things to my body. I could drink any other type of alcohol – and sometimes a LOT of it – and I was always a happy drunk. I was the “designated drunk” among my friends because I was so darn happy… except when it came to vodka. If I drank even a little vodka (but enough to get drunk, obviously), I’d turn into a manic-depressive, sometimes violent, psychopath. No one wanted to be around me then. I didn’t even want to be around myself. So, I quit drinking vodka. Actually, I haven’t had any sort of alcohol at all since before I conceived my oldest daughter – more than 7 years ago now.  And I don’t miss it. Not at all. Cigarettes? That’s another story. I miss them like crazy, but I’m completely okay with being a teetotaler.

But I signed up for this grocery shopping rewards program not long ago, ibotta, and I noticed that one of the rebate deals featured any restaurant where this Veev vodka was served. I’d never heard of this vodka before, so I thought I would do some research and find out more about it.

Unlike my old grain-based vodka nemeses, Veev is made from acai berries (although it does contain some winter wheat, as well). I like their assertion, “We are not ordinary, nor do we want to be.” I love the idea of a vodka that’s out of the ordinary.aronia berries

It’s a 70-proof liquor that’s completely carbon neutral, which means there is no net carbon release owing to its manufacturing process. It’s eco-friendly and relatively healthy. Acai berries are full of antioxidants, fiber, and heart-healthy fats.

Is that enough to make me run right out and try some? Not exactly. Like I said, I’m not a really big fan of alcohol (certainly not when there are two little girls running all over the place that I have to keep up with every day). The $1 rebate from ibotta wasn’t even enough to entice me out to buy it.

However, I am intrigued by this new type of vodka featuring the delicious and wonderfully healthy acai berries. So, if I ever do decide to drink alcohol again, this is going to be a first on the list that I want to try. Perhaps my body will react better to the fruit-based vodka than it does the grain-based vodkas. Of course (unfortunately), I won’t know that until I try.

So, what about you? Have you tried Veev? Do you love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments.

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.  

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!  

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.   

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?  

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page

cherries jubilee
Breakfast, Fruit for Dessert, Just Desserts

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Cherries Jubilee Syrup

 

pancakes with cherries jubilee syrup

It’s National Cherries Jubilee Day…and it’s also National Breakfast Month. I thought it would be fun to combine the two in a cherries jubilee pancake recipe. So, when I ran across this one, I had to try it out and share. This is a little more difficult to make than the usual old-fashioned pancake recipe I love, but it is so worth it. The next time you have brunch guests, you might want to give this a try to truly impress them!

Cream Cheese Pancakes with Cherries Jubilee Syrup
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 12 pancakes
An awesome variation on two old favorites – pancakes and cherries jubilee.
Ingredients
  • Pam cooking spray (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 10-ounce jar of maraschino cherries + juice and half the cherries in another jar
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract + half a cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
Instructions
  1. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, eggs, milk, vinegar, cream cheese, butter, orange juice, and vanilla.
  3. Stir vigorously for two to three minutes until pancake batter is well mixed. There may be lumps.
  4. Spoon out into heated skillet and cook over medium high heat for about 30-60 seconds per side.
  5. Transfer cooked pancake to a serving plate and top with the cherries jubilee syrup.
  6. To make the syrup: Heat the cherries and cherry juice, rum extract, lemon extract and water, sugar, and butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  7. Cook, stirring, for about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  9. Spoon over the pancakes as soon as they are done.
cherries jubilee

I love this recipe, and I really love the fact that I can enjoy the cherries jubilee taste without all the alcohol or the potential for fire. I’m kind of a klutz in the kitchen, so I’m sure trying to set anything on fire on purpose would go really badly.

I’m glad to say, however, that this one was pure delight from start to finish…especially when it came time to eat the pancakes for our after-dinner treat. And there was plenty more batter left over for tomorrow’s breakfast. I can hardly wait!

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.  

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!  

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.   

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?  

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page

blueberry muffins
Breads, Breakfast, Fruit for Dessert, Microwave Baking

White Chocolate Blueberry Muffins

 

white chocolate blueberry muffins

There’s not much I like better than a good blueberry muffin, and I make some of the best (if I do say so myself). So, when I heard that this is National White Chocolate Day, I thought: What could be better than combining white chocolate chips with my favorite blueberry muffin recipe? And, of course, I had to try out baking these in the microwave. I’m becoming very fond of baking with a microwave. Turns out, these muffins were amazing! Here’s how to make them:

White Chocolate Blueberry Muffins
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Total time: 18 mins
Serves: 12-24
White chocolate gives my favorite blueberry muffin recipe an extra special touch. Make these any time you want to wow brunch guests!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Sprite
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Spray a microwave-safe muffin pan (I use a silicone mini muffin pan) with Pam cooking spray.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, butter, yogurt, egg, and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. The batter will be slightly thick.
  5. Fold in the white chocolate chips and blueberries and stir gently.
  6. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups (6 regular-sized muffins or 12 mini muffins).
  7. Microwave on Power Level 7 for 2-4 minutes. Muffins are done when a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool completely before removing from the pan.
  9. Repeat for process of greasing the muffin pan, pouring the batter, and microwaving on Power Level 7 for 2-4 minutes to bake the remaining batter.
blueberry muffins


My mother-in-law first introduced me to the joys of the silicone muffin pan, and I’m so glad she did. This versatile pan can be used in the regular oven, as well as the microwave oven, so it’s perfect for all kinds of recipes. If you use it in the regular oven, though, you might have to put a metal cookie sheet or something under it for added stability. Happy baking!

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.  

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!  

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.   

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?  

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page

Breads, Breakfast, Fruit for Dessert, Just Desserts, Microwave Baking

Fast Elvis: Microwave Peanut Butter Banana Bread

 

fast elvis

We eat a lot of bananas around here – a lot. We can’t really keep them in the house (I’m surprised I had enough around long enough to make this recipe). And one of my favorite ways to eat bananas (besides banana bread) is to slather peanut butter all over the top of them. I don’t usually turn it into a sandwich, like Elvis did. I just serve the sliced bananas topped with peanut butter on a plate.

One day, I got the bright idea to put them together in a microwave quick bread recipe to see how they would turn out. Oh my goodness! I never thought this bread would be as yummy as it is, but yay for food experiments that turn out to be some of the best food you’ve ever eaten in your life. Here’s how I made this super yummy peanut butter banana bread that I’ve affectionately termed “Fast Elvis.” 🙂

Fast Elvis: Microwave Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 8-9 slices
Here’s a microwave quick bread recipe inspired by an Elvis favorite – peanut butter and banana.
Ingredients
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 6 tbspns butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup milk
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mash up the the bananas thoroughly with a metal spoon or fork.
  2. Fold in the margarine or butter and combine well.
  3. Add in sugar, egg, and vanilla, and beat together until you get a light, slightly fluffy mixture.
  4. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and milk.
  5. Mix together for about 30-60 seconds, until thoroughly combined (batter may still be lumpy, depending on how much you mashed the bananas).
  6. Lightly grease a microwave-safe loaf pan.
  7. Pour batter evenly into the pan.
  8. Cover with wax paper.
  9. Microwave on Medium High (Power Level 5) for 6 minutes. Rotate the pan once halfway through, if your microwave doesn’t have a turntable.
  10. Then, microwave on High for 4-6 minutes. Bread will spring back when touched, and the top will look slightly dry.
  11. Remove from the microwave and keep covered with the wax paper for about 15 minutes.
  12. Slice and serve.
Peanut butter banana bread

 

I dare you to try this bread recipe and not fall in love with it! It’s probably the best banana bread I’ve ever had.

 

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page.

Breakfast, Cooking Healthy Food, Fruit for Dessert, Just Desserts

Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple-Cinnamon

I’ve mentioned before how my family loves pancakes. Well, this Saturday morning my husband woke up and asked for pancakes for breakfast. I didn’t have milk, but I knew I had half and half in the fridge, so I thought maybe I could substitute that. I didn’t realize, however, that I didn’t have much half and half, and what I did have (about a cup) was thicker than regular milk, so the pancake batter from my original old-fashioned pancake recipe wasn’t thin enough.

I also forgot to add the baking powder from that original recipe, and I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the original recipe. It still (of course) wasn’t thin enough.

I had some yogurt in the fridge, so I added that in (about half a cup)…but then I realized it was Greek yogurt. I hadn’t done a thing but add protein and thickness!

Fortunately, I still had some applesauce in the fridge. And, since I’d already added a bit of cinnamon, I decided to put in a bit more (another teaspoon), along with a cup of applesauce, and call them “apple cinnamon pancakes.”

My family ate them just as well (or better) than the regular, old-fashioned ones, so I’d say my accident was a happy one. Breakfast success!

Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 8 pancakes
Applesauce and cinnamon give this old-fashioned pancake recipe a delicious twist. Serve with maple syrup, if desired.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsps cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsps butter (melted)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Dig a well in the center of the dry mixture.
  3. Pour in the half and half, egg, vanilla, yogurt, applesauce, and melted butter.
  4. Stir together until smooth.
  5. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Spoon the batter into the frying pan, one “pancake” at a time.
  7. Brown on both sides (about 30-60 seconds per side).
  8. Serve hot, with maple syrup (if desired).
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Breakfast, Fruit for Dessert, Old Family Recipes, Super Sides

Kentucky Apple Butter

Years ago, I got my first taste of apple butter (at Joe Huber’s restaurant in Starlight, Indiana, so it was not “Kentucky” apple butter), and I was hooked. Fortunately for me, my grandmother started making apple butter herself soon after that. Hers tasted a bit different than Joe Huber’s, and it was only later that I realized there are regional (and, possibly, even state to state) differences in the way apple butter is made.

Still, no matter where it comes from, apple butter is a delicious treat to have at breakfast or any other time of the day. Here’s a fabulous Kentucky apple butter recipe, which is very similar to the one my grandmother used to make.

kentucky apple butter on bread

Kentucky Apple Butter
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 2 hours 5 mins
Total time: 2 hours 20 mins
Serves: 45 servings
There are many apple butter variations. This one is a traditional Kentucky apple butter like my grandmother used to make.
Ingredients
  • 5 pounds chopped McIntosh apples
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tbspn ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 (1-pint) canning jars with lids and rings, as needed
Instructions
  1. Place apples in a large pot and cover them with water.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples are softened (5 to 10 minutes).
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  5. Press apples through a food mill to separate seeds, cores, and skin from apple pulp.
  6. Transfer pulp to a bowl.
  7. Stir together white and brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg into the apple pulp.
  8. Pour the apple mixture into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  9. Bake for 2 to 4 hours, stirring and scraping the sides of the pan every 20 to 30 minutes, until the apple butter is red and thickened.
  10. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes.
  11. Fill the hot, sterilized jars with the apple butter, to within 1/4 inch of the top.
  12. Run a knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles.
  13. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue.
  14. Put the lids on the jars and screw on the rings.
  15. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water.
  16. Bring to a boil and lower the jars into the boiling water, using a holder.
  17. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars.
  18. Pour in more boiling water, if necessary, to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars.
  19. Bring to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 30 minutes.
  20. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place them, several inches apart, onto a cloth-covered or wood surface until cool.
  21. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down).
  22. Store in a cool, dark area.

Now, admittedly, this isn’t an easy recipe, but it’s worth every minute and every ounce of effort. If you try it, I’d love to know what you think about it, so be sure to leave a comment!

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