It is December 1 – let the Christmas recipes begin! I have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit until Thanksgiving and my birthday have passed. But once they are over, I start to get so excited about Christmas. TheBetterHalf and I just got back from an amazing trip to Paris and Brussels (more to come about our trip in a future post) and both cities were all decked out for Christmas. It was gorgeous, and got me in such a festive mood!
So when I woke up at 5:00am this morning because of jetlag, naturally my thoughts immediately went to Christmas baking. And since it is a weekend morning, I focused on doughnuts, one of our favorite weekend breakfasts since I bought my doughnut pan. And so gingerbread doughnuts were born! Continue reading →
Happy birthday to me! Today we are celebrating at Chez CateyLou, because it is my birthday! And what better way to celebrate than with chocolate. I bake all the time (could you tell?) but I wanted to make something special for my birthday. So since it is my birthday and all about me, I decided to make myself Ina Garten’s Brownie Pudding.
I saw this on her show ages ago and made a mental note to try this recipe. However I kept putting it off because I knew it would be dangerous for me. All baked goods are dangerous, but at least cookies have some built in portion control. You can freeze some, give some away, and you know that once you’ve had three, you should probably stop. But a whole pan of molten chocolate brownie cake pudding? Well I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to stop eating it. So that’s why I decided to wait to make it until it was my birthday. Because no one can judge you if you eat an entire dessert if it is your birthday.
Sometimes, you just need a quick and easy dessert recipe. Maybe you forgot about your friend’s birthday. Maybe you forgot to make something for your kid’s bake sale. Maybe you just need a cookie ASAP. Maybe you kind of feel like baking but are mostly feeling lazy. Whatever the reason, I have the perfect recipe for you today! Easy cake mix cookies. Continue reading →
What is it about sprinkles that make them so celebratory? They are just so cute and colorful, and always remind me of a party! So today is the perfect day to write about these amazing cake batter chocolate chip cookies (chock full of sprinkles!). It is our second wedding anniversary! Continue reading →
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 →
This weekend, I managed to bake something that TheBetterHalf liked more than I did! Now don’t get me wrong, I loved this coffee cake – as long as butter and sugar are the two main ingredients in a recipe, I am a fan – but TheBetterHalf is a little more discerning. So when he started raving about this cake, I knew it must be good! I had some leftover buttermilk to use (this seems to be a theme in my kitchen, always using up leftover buttermilk like here and here) so I decided to whip up a coffee cake for breakfast on Saturday morning. In just about an hour, I had this delicious cake ready for us to devour! It was so good – very moist, and studded with so many fresh blueberries! The glaze is optional on this cake. I thought the cake was sweet enough without it. TheBetterHalf really liked the addition of the glaze. So if you are in a glaze mood, go for it! And if not, this cake would be delicious on its own. You could top it with a dusting of powdered sugar for a little decoration. Continue reading →