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Cheesy Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Cheesy Cornbread Muffins

Cheesy Cornbread Muffins are easy, cheesy buttermilk cornbread muffins that take minutes to prepare and pair perfectly with a bowl of soup! Thank you to Idahoan® for sponsoring this post.

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I have never seen a batch of muffins disappear as quickly as these Cheesy Cornbread Muffins. My kids wanted them for breakfast, lunch and dinner…and I don’t blame them. I managed to sample a portion of one of these tasty muffin morsels. They are cheesy good and have the delicious taste of cornbread with a hint of sweetness. It was one of those moments that brought my mind to a familiar place…a favorite local steakhouse! …

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Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles | alidaskitchen.com

Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles #SundaySupper

An easy recipe for Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles made with whole wheat flour, buttermilk, brown sugar and bursting with fresh blueberries throughout. 

Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles | alidaskitchen.com

With blueberry season upon us, everything is coming up blueberries! From these Blueberry Crumb Bars to this Blueberry Balsamic Salad, nothing beats the delicious taste of our favorite blueberry recipes made with fresh, juicy, perfectly in-season blueberries. With this Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles recipe, we have a new blueberry recipe to add to our list of favorites!…

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Carrot Cake Waffles | alidaskitchen.com

Carrot Cake Waffles #SundaySupper

An easy recipe for Carrot Cake Waffles studded with fresh carrots, warm cinnamon and raisins throughout and topped with a lighter cream cheese drizzle. Waffles with a carrot cake twist are an instant family favorite!

Carrot Cake Waffles | alidaskitchen.com

Carrot Cake Waffles are everything wonderful about carrot cake made into a delicious (and socially acceptable) breakfast. Don’t get me wrong – I have been known to have cake for breakfast (shh…don’t tell my kids!!) But we have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not start with something super tasty made a little healthier, like these Carrot Cake Waffles….

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Cinnamon Buttermilk Baked Doughnuts | alidaskitchen.com

Cinnamon Buttermilk Baked Doughnuts

Tracking PixelThis easy recipe for Cinnamon Buttermilk Baked Doughnuts transforms a family favorite cinnamon sugar dusted buttermilk doughnut into a healthier version baked in the oven. Insight for this post was provided by GE CaféSeries.

Cinnamon Buttermilk Baked Doughnuts | alidaskitchen.com

Cinnamon Buttermilk Baked Doughnuts have become a regular feature for our entertaining menus for the holidays or any time. They remind me of a childhood favorite doughnut my grandma used to make, but made easier and without frying. These doughnuts take minutes to prepare and bake in less than 10 minutes. Perfect timing for the kids’ short attention spans (or maybe just their eager tummies!)

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Apple Buttermilk Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com

Apple Buttermilk Pancakes

Apple Buttermilk Pancakes are a traditional, fluffy buttermilk pancake recipe with the addition of fresh apples, applesauce and cinnamon for a delicious breakfast. Thank you to the FoodSaver® Brand for sponsoring this post.

Apple Buttermilk Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com

One of the best things about fall, besides pumpkin everything of course,…is apple season!  We visited the local pumpkin patch over the weekend and were greeted by huge bags of apples. The kids get excited for apples to go with their lunches, and I get excited for apple recipes….

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An easy recipe for Fig Buttermilk Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Fig Buttermilk Muffins


Fig Buttermilk Muffins are an easy recipe for whole wheat muffins made delicious with buttermilk, figs and a touch of honey using honey granules, and topped with a buttery, oatmeal streusel. So good!

An easy recipe for Fig Buttermilk Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

I can’t remember the last time I baked anything that disappeared as quickly as these Fig Buttermilk Muffins. My entire family adored them, and really…what’s not to love! Fig Buttermilk Muffins are studded with soft, dried figs that have that signature slight crunch that only figs have.  …

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Peach Buttermilk Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com

Peach Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Peach Buttermilk Bundt Cake has a delicious cinnamon swirl running through the middle of a cream cheese, buttermilk cake studded with peaches throughout.  Thank you to CansGetYouCooking.com through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring this post.

Peach Buttermilk Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com

This peaches and cream-inspired Peach Buttermilk Bundt Cake recipe is made by combining my favorite elements from two cake recipes – this Blueberry Buttermilk cake and this Poppy Seed cake.  Nothing beats buttermilk in baked goods, which becomes even more delicious when it is combined with cream cheese and vanilla. The cinnamon sugar swirl makes any cake absolutely irresistible, especially when combined with diced peaches.

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Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crystal Farms Cheese for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins are a lighter buttermilk cornbread muffin made delicious with the additions of cheddar cheese and garlic. Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

When in doubt, add cheese.  This so true when it comes to many recipes, like baked chicken, quinoa bites, even scrambled eggs.  We always keep of plenty of cheese on hand.  No matter the variety, cheese just makes everything extra delicious!  So when my family was craving cornbread (Rosemary Cornbread to be specific) and our rosemary plant happens to be currently buried under snow outside on the deck,…it was time to come up with something new.  After using the Rosemary Cornbread recipe as a starting point, and of course adding cheese and other tasty goodness, I present to you an easy recipe for Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins!…

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Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins

An easy recipe for Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins made with buttermilk, brown sugar, cinnamon and crushed pineapple.

Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Mornings just got more tasty thanks to these Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins!  This is a simple muffin recipe featuring oats and buttermilk, which are always sure to make baked goods delicious. Made with real chunks of pineapple and pineapple juice, these muffins have a wonderful, light pineapple flavor.  Combine pineapple with brown sugar and cinnamon, and the result is a wonderful breakfast treat.  Even better, these muffins take about 10 minutes to mix together and then bake to tasty breakfast perfection!

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Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake #SundaySupper

This easy recipe for Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake makes a delicious lemony cake that can be enjoyed for breakfast or served with ice cream for a light dessert.

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com

The theme for Sunday Supper this week is Hometown Foods, hosted by Coleen of The Redhead Baker. As I was coming up with my hometown recipe, I had visions of recipes for Juicy Lucys, wild rice or a healthier tater tot casserole dancing in my head.  But as I was doing this recipe during my morning commute, I drove past a large sign that inspired me……

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Skinny Fried Chicken | alidaskitchen.com

Skinny Fried Chicken

An easy recipe for Skinny Fried Chicken that is baked, not fried.  The result is a flavorful, moist and crispy chicken that will have your family running back around the table!

Skinny Fried Chicken | alidaskitchen.com

Baked chicken dishes are one of my favorite recipes to make because they are typically quick and easy, healthier and perfect for a weeknight.  So when I received a copy of Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook from QVC’s Resident Foodie David Venable, his recipe for Skinny Fried Chicken recipe was right up my alley.  This Skinny Fried Chicken is baked, not fried, is easy to make and tastes incredible!…

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Gingerbread Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com

Gingerbread Pancakes

Enjoy a holiday favorite flavor made healthier with these Gingerbread Pancakes!  They are a simple buttermilk pancake recipe with a gingerbread twist.  Thank you to Mahdava Sweeteners for sponsoring this post.

Gingerbread Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com

Gingerbread is one of quintessential flavors of the holidays.  The warmth and spiciness illicit fond memories of gingerbread houses, cut out cookies, cake and more.  With the abundance of treats around this time of year, I like to find healthier ways to enjoy my favorite holiday flavors, such as these Gingerbread Pancakes.    …

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Oatmeal Raisin Muffins | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins are a wholesome snack, or breakfast on-the-go, made delicious with raisins, oats, buttermilk and brown sugar.   

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

The other day after school, while Greta was napping, Adam presented me with a cookbook.  A cookbook that was all about muffins. That’s my kind of cookbook!  He proceeded to point out several recipes that we should make…now!  I was inspired by an Oatmeal Breakfast Muffin, but needed to switch up the ingredients to use up what we had on hand (no way am I waking the baby to go to the store!)   After a quick peek in the pantry, I found oatmeal, brown sugar, buttermilk and California Raisins.  Sounds like the makings of a tasty Oatmeal Raisin Muffin!…

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Oreo Cookies and Cream Scones | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #scones

Cookies and Cream Scones

Cookies and Cream Scones are light, buttermilk scones studded with chunks of cream-filled chocolate cookies! 
Oreo Cookies and Cream Scones | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #scones
Pastries, muffins, doughnuts and scones are often enjoyed as a delicious breakfast treat. However sometimes I find there is a grey area as to whether or not those treats actually qualify as breakfast.  They may not quite be dessert either, but perhaps more suitable for an afternoon treat, such as an old-fashioned afternoon tea.  At least that is what I envisioned while putting a modern twist on a traditional scone recipe for these Cookies and Cream Scones!

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Lemonade Cake | An easy cake made with real lemonade and topped with a lemonade marshmallow buttercream frosting!

Lemonade Cake

Celebrate the taste of summer with this extra special Lemonade Cake topped with a lemonade marshmallow buttercream frosting!  

One of my favorite sayings is ‘A party is not a party unless there is cake!’   I actually don’t know if that is a real saying or if I just made it up, but they seem like good words to live by.  Who doesn’t love a good party and cake!

Low Fat Chocolate Cake | chocolaty fudgy cake made with coconut oil

Low Fat Chocolate Cake

This Low Fat Chocolate Cake is fudgy sheet cake is topped with a fudgy frosting and easy to make.  It is moist, chocolaty and delicious!

Low Fat Chocolate Cake | chocolaty fudgy cake made with coconut oil

I just looked at the calender and realized that Monday was my 3 year blogiversary.  And a celebration isn’t a celebration without cake…and sprinkles!  So I am sharing this simple, tasty Low Fat Chocolate Cake in honor of YOU, in honor of the blog, and just because who doesn’t like a delicious cake made on the lighter side!

Low Fat Chocolate Cake | chocolaty fudgy cake made with coconut oil

I’m not always a fan of going low fat just for the sake of low fat. But in an effort to save calories with something that is simple, chocolaty and delicious, I’m all for it. This Low Fat Chocolate Cake is made using coconut oil, both in the cake and frosting. I love using coconut oil in baked goods. This was also my first time using coconut oil in frosting, which turned out great!

Low Fat Chocolate Cake
 
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Yields: 18 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Cooking spray
Frosting:
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk (I used skim)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Prepare cake: In a small bowl, combine cocoa and water and let cool Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate large bowl, add sugar, coconut oil and vanilla and beat with a mixer on medium until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in cocoa mixture. Alternate beating in flour and buttermilk to cocoa, ending with flour - beat well after each addition. Pour cake into prepared baking pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack completely before frosting.
  3. Prepare frosting: In a large bowl, add sugar, cocoa powder, coconut oil and vanilla and beat with a mixer until combined. Add milk until desired consistency is achieved. Spread over cooled cake and decorate as desired.

Low Fat Chocolate Cake | chocolaty fudgy cake made with coconut oil

Rosemary Cornbread from Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Rosemary Cornbread #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Cornbread made with buttermilk is given a sophisticated twist with fresh rosemary in this Rosemary CornbreadThis recipe is lightened up and always a favorite!

Rosemary Cornbread from Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

A couple weeks ago, my family paid a visit to the local nursery to pick up some herbs to plant in a container garden on our deck.  The deck is just off the kitchen, and walking out the patio door to pick fresh herbs for my recipes is one of the many things I look forward to each spring.  I’m not the only one who looks forward to ‘herb season.’  Adam not only loves the recipes, but he loves to care for the herbs too!  Ever since he could walk, he has helped watering. Now with a few years of experience under his 4 year old belt, he has taken over (most) responsibility and really does a great job!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com #BakeWithGhirardelli #CleverGirls #spon

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes are a hearty oatmeal buttermilk pancake studded with chocolate chips!  

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes | alidaskitchen.com Every Valentine’s Day, I like to make something special for my family, whether it’s a breakfast treat or a special dessert.  These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes combine the two – they taste like a chewy, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie in pancake form.  This recipe is adapted from my Oatmeal Raisin Pancake recipe, so they are a bit healthier, with a little decadence from the chocolate chips.  For the ultimate indulgence, I used Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips (60% Cacao).  The smooth, rich bites of chocolate studded throughout the oatmeal buttermilk pancakes really made them delicious!  In fact, I used these same baking chips in my Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding recipe, and they really add such a deep, wonderful chocolate flavor.  …

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Almond Butter Waffles | alidaskitchen.com

Almond Butter Waffles

ICBINB disclosure ICBINB disclosure Almond Butter Waffles are a light, buttery, buttermilk waffle made with almond butter for a delicious and healthy breakfast! 

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We recently discovered the wonders of almond butter (or rather, got the OK from the doctor to try it).  As a mom, I am so happy to cross almonds off the list of potential allergens.  As a food blogger, I am so excited – a new ingredient to play with in the kitchen!  My list of recipes to make got long, but at the top of the list was Adam’s favorite – either waffles or pancakes.  I decided to experiment with my Sunbutter Waffle recipe, which is a solid buttermilk waffle recipe that we enjoy often.  However, this time, not only did I swap out the sunbutter for almond butter, but I also decided to use melted I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter ® Deliciously Simple ™  spread in place of the oil.  

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Poppy Seed Cake from Alida's Kitchen

Poppy Seed Cake

Poppy Seed Cake from Alida's Kitchen

This Poppy Seed Cake is a classic buttermilk coffee cake studded with poppy seeds and a cinnamon swirl in the middle.  It is perfect for a dessert, brunch, or even a special breakfast treat.

This Poppy Seed Cake recipe is from my mom.  It is one of my favorite treats that she makes for special occasions.  She got this recipe many years ago (we’re talking decades) from the hostess of a ladies luncheon.  She said everybody at the party was asking for the recipe.  That’s always a good sign!

I made a last minute decision to whip up this cake, and as a result had to make a few changes from the original recipe based on what I had on hand.  I used vanilla extract since I was out of almond extract.  I also used oil in place of butter because I had one stick of butter left that I was planning to use to make cookies!  Feel free to use almond and/or butter in place of what is noted below.  Either way works great!…

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Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts

Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts

Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts #CMcantwaitCGC

Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts are healthier doughnuts, baked (not fried) made with whole wheat flour and topped with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Icing.

Clearly we all know what I love best about Fall…pumpkin recipes!   We have gone pumpkin crazy over here this year, with pumpkin cake, muffins, pasta, cake again, and now doughnuts.   After finally acquiring a couple doughnut pans, naturally my first go-to recipe is for Pumpkin Baked Doughnuts….

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake is a rich, moist chocolate cake made with pumpkin and a hint of spice. Pumpkin replaces much of the fat in the cake that is made on the lighter side!

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake is a rich, moist chocolate cake made with pumpkin and a hint of spice.  Pumpkin replaces much of the fat in the cake that is made on the lighter side!

Lately I have been enjoying making chocolate desserts a bit healthier using various fruits and vegetables.  The results have been fantastic, with each recipe far exceeding my expectations.   This Chocolate Pumpkin Cake is no exception!  This cake kind of reminds me of a chocolate covered pumpkin truffle, only in cake form…and a little healthier….

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Bring on Fall with this easy recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!  They are light and moist, made with buttermilk, pumpkin and chocolate chips.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Fall is my favorite baking season.  I love all the fun apple recipes and pumpkin recipes, making old favorites and trying new recipes.  These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are a wonderful, easy recipe to kick off pumpkin season!  When I came up with this recipe, I wanted something simple, similar to my Banana Buttermilk Muffins.  These recipes use common pantry ingredients, so they’re easy to make any time….

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Chocolate Banana Whole Wheat Waffles

Chocolate Banana Whole Wheat Waffles

Chocolate Banana Whole Wheat Waffles

Chocolate Banana Whole Wheat Waffles are made with buttermilk, whole wheat flour and sweetened with mashed bananas.  They are a delicious and healthy way to enjoy chocolate for breakfast!

While usually a pancake house, we recently branched out into the world of waffles with Sunbutter Wafffles.  I was excited to find these Chocolate Banana Whole Wheat Waffles because the flavor is similar to my everyday oatmeal – cocoa powder and naturally sweetened with banana.   The chocolate and banana are subtle, yet together with the buttermilk, produce a wonderful breakfast treat.  These waffles are delicious and are a welcome addition to our breakfast rotation!…

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Biscoff Buttermilk Pancakes {Alida's Kitchen}

Biscoff Buttermilk Pancakes #BiscoffSpreadsLove

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Biscoff Buttermilk Pancakes are light and fluffy, whole wheat, buttermilk pancakes made using Biscoff Spread.  

I am excited to tell you about something that I recently discovered.  It’s made with all natural ingredients, is preservative-free, vegan, and nut free.  It’s Biscoff Spread, and it’s fabulous!  This sweet, creamy, decadent spread is perfect over toast, with apples slices, or simply grab a spoon and dig in!…

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healthy whole wheat banana buttermilk muffins

Banana Buttermilk Muffins

Banana Buttermilk Muffins are healthy muffin recipe that is not only delicious, but takes 10 minutes to prepare. These are sure to become a household favorite!

a healthy banana buttermilk muffin recipe

While I thought it was safe to assume that Pumpkin Banana Muffins are Adam’s favorite muffin, these Banana Buttermilk Muffins  may quickly take the top spot, if they haven’t already.  Within the first week of making the first batch, I had to make another…and another!  It seemed that Adam and Mike (and I too!) were devouring these faster than I could make them.  Fortunately, they are super quick and easy to make!  The hands on time takes about 10 minutes, and for some reason, these just seem easier to make than other muffins….

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sunflower seed butter buttermilk waffles

Sunbutter Waffles

Sunbutter Waffles are whole wheat, buttermilk waffles made with sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter (or other nut butter), making them a nut-free alternative.  While perfect just as-is, we also enjoy them topped with additional sunbutter, berries or maple syrup.

We have had a waffles iron for years, but for whatever reason it hasn’t been used much…well, until recently.  If you’re a regular reader, you know how much my Adam loves pancakes.  At least once per week, I make his favorite kind(s) of pancakes to load up the freezer and/or just to have on hand.  Sometimes I would end up making a double (or triple!) batch.  On my small little griddle, this exercise could take hours.  A labor of love I guess.  These days, with a newborn in the house, it’s a bit tricky to devote that much time to cooking or baking anything.  On a whim, I decided to try my hand at waffles.  Due to Adam’s peanut allergy, I opted to transform my beloved peanut butter waffles into sunbutter waffles.  I was pleased to discover cooking waffles is much quicker than flipping pancakes.  And Adam had 5 waffles for breakfast that day.   Operation waffle was a success!

 

For another recipe using sunbutter, try these Cocoa Crispy Sunbutter Bars.  They make a great snack!

Sunbutter Waffles
 
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 6 tablespoons sunflower seed butter
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, with a hand mixer, beat oil and sunflower seed butter until smooth. Add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla and stir until incorporated.
  3. Add buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until combined. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat waffle iron. Cook waffles according to the manufacturer directions for your waffle iron.
Notes
Note: Store leftovers in the refrigerator and toast to reheat. These also freeze well.

Adapted from Everyday Food

 

lighter lemon cake

Lighter Lemon Cake

Right now,  I am listening to the sounds of our snowplow service plowing our driveway. Again.  We got 5 inches of snow yesterday and are projected to get at least another inch today.  It’s mid-late April.  Yikes!  So while I had a different recipe to share with you today, I thought we all could use a little sunshine, well…for a variety of reasons these days. Nothing says sunshine quite like a lemon dessert, and this Lighter Lemon Cake will definitely brighten any day.

Back in February, I shared Adam’s Baseball Birthday cake, and the flavor of that cake was this Lighter Lemon Cake.  Lighter Lemon Cake has become my ‘go-to’ lemon cake.  It has a generous amount of lemon zest and juice, yielding a vibrant lemon flavor, and the buttermilk helps yield a nice, moist crumb.  The lemon zest and juice in the frosting gives an extra lemon boost, which is bright and delicious.  If you like lemon, you’ll love this cake!

This cake is made on the lighter side, which means less frosting than a typical cake, or a typical layer cake anyway.  While I stretched it to cover the sides of a layer cake for purposes of making a last minute baseball cake, I recommend just spreading frosting between the layers and on top of the cake, leaving the sides exposed OR make 1 1/2 times the frosting amount to have enough to fully cover the cake.

And while we are all a little snowed out after this winter, I can tell you one little boy who is elated.  Here is a picture of Adam after the snowstorm we had last week.  He’s loving every minute of it,…which is a different kind of sunshine that is sure to brighten any day.

Lighter Lemon Cake
 
Yields: 12-16 servings
Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons finely granted lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Icing:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ¼/ cup fresh lemon juice, add as needed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 9-inch (or 8-inch) cake pans with cooking spray, line the bottoms with waxed paper and coat the waxed paper with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter at medium speed with a hand (or stand) mixer until well-blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk, beating on low after each addition until just combined. Last, beat in the lemon zest, juice and vanilla.
  4. Pour equal amounts of batter in prepared pans and sharply tap on counter to remove any bubbles.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then remove from pans to cool completely. Remove waxed paper.
  6. To make icing: In a large bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter, lemon zest and juice until combined and smooth. Frost cake as desired.


Source: Cooking Light, May 2008

lemon buttermilk cake

Lemon Buttermilk Cake


We had a special surprise arrive last Friday ~ our baby decided to arrive a little early!  Naturally, when there is a birthday, there must be a birthday cake.  This Lemon Buttermilk Cake is quick and easy enough for a sleepy mama to whip together in minutes.  It’s not only simple to make, but the lemon cake is perfectly lemon-y, refreshing and delicious.  To dress it up, I added a simple lemon buttermilk glaze to drizzle over the loaf, with some extra to drizzle on the slices.  This cake is so good as-is, but the glaze adds a little something that makes it feel extra special.  Adam could not get enough of the baby’s birthday cake, and I discovered that despite not being a frosting person, he loves glaze.  Who can blame him!

Now to the baby details!  We had a baby girl named Greta Rose.  She is an easy baby so far and super sweet.  Seems fitting I guess, because the same could be said about Lemon Buttermilk Cake! 🙂




Lemon Buttermilk Cake
 
Yields: 8 to 10 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup buttermilk, well-shaken
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (finely grated, approx 2 lemons)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (approx 1½ lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon(s) buttermilk, well-shaken
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8"x4" loaf pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the sugar, oil, buttermilk, eggs, zest, juice and vanilla and whisk to combine.
  4. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and whisk to combine. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To prepare glaze, in a small bowl, whisk the powdered sugar, lemon juice and buttermilk until well-blended. Drizzle over cooled cake, as desired.

Sources: Real Simple for the cake, Cooking Light for the glaze
cranberry cornbread from Alida's Kitchen

Cranberry Cornbread

Cranberry Cornbread puts a fun, fall/wintery twist on traditional cornbread.  We have been making chili almost weekly these days, and of course what goes better with chili than cornbread.  I used a cornbread muffin recipe from Cooking Light for the base, making a few adjustments to accommodate the cranberries.  Fresh cranberries add just the right amount of tartness which is balanced nicely with brown sugar.  Buttermilk lends a moist crumb, and the result is a delicious tart-sweet cornbread.  Cranberry Cornbread would make a nice side dish for Thanksgiving, or any holiday, and of course pairs very well with a spicy chili!

Speaking of chili, I am working on a fabulous new chili recipe to share with you soon.  In the meantime, this Three Bean Vegetarian Chili can be made in less than 30 minutes and is our current chili of choice.

Cranberry Cornbread
 
Yields: 16 servings
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, halved
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 8" square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl (or in a liquid measuring cup) combine buttermilk, oil and egg.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, folding until just combined. Gently fold in cranberries.
  5. Pour mixture in prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with sugar. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

Adapted from Cooking Light, September, 2012

cranberry cornbread