Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Muffins

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In case anyone is keeping track, this is my third pumpkin recipe in a row. I might need to change the name of this blog to Cate’s Pumpkin Obsession.  It is really becoming an issue. I can’t stay away from pumpkin recipes! Luckily, TheBetterHalf is a big fan of pumpkin too. This is a new development in our life. Pumpkin (like peaches ) is one of those foods that he thought he didn’t like. I successfully convinced him otherwise (I mean if you like cinnamon, how can you not like pumpkin baked goods?!), and now he can’t get enough either. Continue reading

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Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Pecan Brown Butter Icing

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I have been dreaming about pumpkin doughnuts ever since I made these.  They were SO good. But I always like to try out new recipes (and then share them with you!), so I went on the hunt for a different pumpkin doughnut recipe.  It didn’t take me long to find one.  Pumpkin recipes have really exploded in the past month. Everywhere I look, there is pumpkin – Pinterest, food blogs, Instagram pix.  But I am not complaining, I am also pumpkin obsessed!  There is just something about the color and flavor that screams fall.   Continue reading

Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Icing

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It’s official: I am doughnut obsessed. Ever since I bought my doughnut pan and made these beauties, I am hooked.  I can’t stop looking up doughnut recipes.  There are so many amazing ones out there! But I am pretty sure this one from Joy the Baker might be the most amazing.  A brown butter doughnut with chocolate glaze. And sprinkles. OMG yes please!  Continue reading

Baked Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts

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I can’t even tell you how excited I am to post this recipe.  I have seen so many delicious doughnut recipes on Pinterest lately, and I just had to get involved.  So I bought two of these doughnut pans the other weekend and literally could not wait to put them to use!  And what better recipe to start with than a pumpkin doughnut!  I am happy to report they did not disappoint.  Thebetterhalf, a doughnut connoisseur, was skeptical about the concept of a baked doughnut, and he LOVED these.

The texture is remarkably similar to a cake doughnut, but a bit lighter.  The pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices give the most delicious flavor and the cinnamon sugar coating ties the whole thing together.  I snuck a few bites plain and these doughnuts are fantastic even without the cinnamon sugar.

This recipe makes enough for 15 doughnuts, and the pans only make 6 each. Luckily in my doughnut pan buying binge, I also picked up this adorable pan.  So I used my extra batter to make some pumpkin doughnut holes!  You could just bake the doughnuts in a second batch though. I see many more baked doughnut recipes in my future … these are on the menu for Saturday.  How incredible do they look??  These new doughnut pans are going to be trouble!   Continue reading

Peach Yogurt Bread with Cinnamon

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I love peaches. They are my absolute favorite fruit (strawberries are a close second) and I really can’t get enough of them in the summer when they are so sweet and juicy.  Growing up in St. Louis I was always so excited when the Eckert’s (a local farm with all kinds of fresh fruit) peaches were in season.   I actually brought a bag of them back with me from St. Louis last week!  Now that is dedication. Or obsession…  Continue reading

Gooey Butter Cake

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I spent this past weekend visiting my family in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.  I always like to bake something when I am there (more people to eat my food!) so I decided to make a St. Louis original  – Gooey Butter Cake!  This cake is usually eaten as a breakfast coffee cake, and as the name indicates, it is rich!!  The legend of the Gooey Butter Cake is that it was first made in the 1930s by accident.  A German American baker in South St. Louis reversed the proportions of sugar and flour while trying to make regular cake batter, and the rest is history. (Read more about it here).  There are several different recipes out there for this cake. The version that I grew up eating has a thin layer of dense, moist cake on the bottom and then is topped with a gooey, buttery filling.  Yes, it is made with cake mix which some people might think is cheating.  But I say why not take a little help when you can get it!  This recipe came from my mom’s cousin, although it is very similar to Paula Dean’s recipe    Continue reading

Peachberry Buckle (Peach Blueberry Coffee Cake)

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My absolute favorite fruit to eat in the summertime is a ripe peach (or nectarine – to me they are interchangeable!).  They are so sweet and juicy – I just can’t get enough of them.  And berries are a close second, so when I saw a recipe for a peachberry buckle on King Arthur Flour, I just knew I had to make it!  They made up a word that fuses together my two favorite fruits, how could I not try it?!  If you are wondering what the heck a buckle is, it is just a coffee cake made with fresh fruit.  This version has a very light and fluffy cake layered with sweet peaches and berries and topped with a delicious cinnamon crumb topping. It is heavenly!  The fruit keeps the cake moist and gives it an amazing flavor. You can use any kind of berry that you want.  I used blueberries in mine and it turned out really well.  The crumb topping has a splash of almond extract – you can omit this if you aren’t a fan of that flavor. This buckle / coffee cake is a perfect way to highlight summer’s delicious fruits!   Continue reading

Raspberry Cream Cheese Muffins

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Sorry for the lack of posts this past week. TheBetterHalf and I were on vacation in Italy!  If you follow me on Instagram, you can see some pictures from the trip. I can’t wait to share more details from the trip with you, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, I have a delicious breakfast recipe for you – Raspberry Cream Cheese Muffins. I had a block of cream cheese to use up before we left , so I decided to make this recipe from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook. The book calls them breakfast buns, but they are really more like a muffin so I changed the name! My mom bought this cookbook for me after our first trip to the bakery 8 years ago!   Continue reading

Overnight Oats

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Today I have a healthier recipe for you. Because as much as I wish every breakfast could be coffee cake and pancakes, most mornings it is an english muffin and berries or some oatmeal. I love steel cut oats in the winter, but in the summer it is just too hot for that! That’s why this recipe is perfect for summer – oatmeal that you don’t need to cook, and that you eat cold! It sounds strange, but it is so good. There are so many variations on this dish and you can customize it for your preferences. Continue reading

Easy Cinnamon Bread

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When I made this cinnamon bread for breakfast last Saturday morning, TheBetterHalf said, “Can you make this every weekend?”  That’s how I know I have a good recipe!  And as a bonus, it could not be easier to make.  It is a hybrid between a yeast bread and a baking powder bread, but there is absolutely no kneading required!  Just mix up the ingredients, let it sit for an hour, and then bake it!  It is so simple, and so delicious.  We are both cinnamon lovers, and this bread is full of warm, sweet cinnamon flavor!  It reminds me of coffee cake.  The aroma when it is baking is unreal!  The bread is great plain, and even better toasted.  Don’t let the top part of the bread fall in your toaster though – I may or may not have started a mini fire in our toaster oven…  I used cinnamon chips from King Arthur Flour, and have also used Hershey’s cinnamon chips.  They can be tricky to find, so I like to order them online.  I have made this recipe several times, and will definitely be making it again!   Continue reading