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Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet

Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet

Rise and shine! Our mouth-watering Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet is a great way to start the day. I’m talking a good old fashioned down home country breakfast with a whole lotta substance. Right from the start I knew this hearty skillet would quickly become a […]

Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

If you’re in need of a little comfort right now, grab a whisk and whip up a batch of Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins. Now you can enjoy light and fluffy, bakery-style muffins at home. These delicious muffins are lightly flavored with lemon, chock-full of sweet […]

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake combines three of my favorite things from New Orleans, brunch, booze and dessert! Mardi Gras season is here and it’s leaving me with some major NOLA daydreams. We spent 5 days in the Big Easy last Spring and like any first time visitor I quickly fell in love with the city, it’s culture, and of course the cuisine. This mouth watering creation transforms the iconic, NOLA born dessert, Bananas Foster, into an indulgent, sticky sweet breakfast bake. You can find similar versions on the brunch menu at Stanley or Surrey’s and now in your own kitchen. The flavors will exceed all of your expectations. But what I love most about this recipe is that it’s make ahead and insanely easy. Serve it up on Fat Tuesday or a Mardi Gras inspired brunch…and don’t forget the beads!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, cinnamon, allspice, pecans, bananas, challah bread, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and rum extract.

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake ingredients list. #bananasfosterfrenchtoast #neworleansfood #neworleansrecipes #frenchtoast #brunchrecipes #brunchcasserole

Place the butter in a microwave safe dish. Heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals until the butter is melted. Add the brown sugar, cream, cinnamon, allspice and pecans. Stir to combine. If you’re looking to lighten up this dish, you can most definitely substitute half and half for the heavy cream. The recipe as it’s written is a totally splurge-worthy but absolutely worth it!

Melted butter, brown sugar, cream, cinnamon, allspice and pecans mixed together in a microwave safe bowl. #frenchtoastbake #bananasfosterfrenchtoast #mardigrasbreakfast #neworleansrecipes #nolafood

Next cut the bananas into 1/4-inch slices. Fresh bananas work best in this recipe since it sits overnight in the refrigerator. The fresher the better. Save those overripe nanners for our Best Ever Frosted Banana Bars!

Bananas cut into 1/4-inch slices on a cutting board. #neworleansfood #neworleanscuisine #frenchtoastbake #breakfastbake #frenchtoastcasserole #bananasfosterfrechtoast

Add the banana slices to the brown sugar mixture and gently toss to coat.

Banana slices are gently tossed in the brown sugar mixture to coat. #banansfosterfrenchtoast #breakfastrecipes #neworleansrecipes #neworleansfood #frenchtoastbake #brunchrecipes #brunchforacrowd #holidaybreakfast

This casserole is fun to make because it’s assembled upside down style. Spray a 13X9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour the banana mixture into the casserole dish. Top with bread slices. You can cut the bread to fit if necessary. Challah bread is ideal for Bananas Foster French Toast Bake because it’s a little spongy, a bit crusty, and infused with a slight sweetness. It comes in a braided loaf which makes it feel a little bit fancy and special too. If you can’t get your hands on a good challah, a great substitute is Texas Toast or French bread.

The banana mixture is added to a 13X9-inch casserole dish and then topped with Challah bread slices. #bananasfosterfrenchtoast #bananasfosterrecipes #breaskfastrecipes #neworleansrecipes #frenchtoastcasserole #fattuesdaybreakfast

Place the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and rum extracts in a blender and process until blended. Of course if you want to get physical you can whisk this up by hand as well. Pour the egg mixture over the bread slices. Cover the casserole with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and rum extracts processed in a blender. #bananasfosterfrenchtoast #breakfastrecipes #makeaheadbreakfast #breakfastcasserole #neworleansfood #mardigrasfood #nolafood

When you’re ready to bake pre heat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the casserole dish from the fridge while the oven heats. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake hot out of the oven. #bananasfosterfrenchtoast #frenchtoastbake #neworleansfood #neworleansrecipes #makeaheadbrunchrecipe #brunchfood #frenchtoast

Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. When ready to serve, run a knife around the edges of the casserole and invert the dish on a cutting board or serving platter. Slice into six pieces and enjoy! Bananas Foster French Toast Bake is perfect for me as is but if you need a little something for dipping try a caramel syrup or rum sauce.

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Bananas Foster French Toast Bake

February 23, 2020
: 6 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 large bananas, sliced
  • 6-8 slices egg bread or challah
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
Directions
  • Step 1 Place the butter in a microwave safe dish. Heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals until the butter is melted. Add the brown sugar, cream, cinnamon, allspice and pecans. Stir to combine.
  • Step 2 Cut the bananas into 1/4-inch slices. Add the banana slices to the brown sugar mixture and gently toss to coat.
  • Step 3 Spray a 13X9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour the banana mixture into the casserole dish. Top with bread slices. Trim the bread to fit if necessary.
  • Step 4 Place the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and rum extracts in a blender and process until blended. Pour the egg mixture over the bread slices. Cover the casserole with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Step 5 When ready to bake pre heat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the casserole dish from the fridge while the oven heats. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Step 6 Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the casserole and invert the dish on a cutting board or platter to serve. Slice into six pieces and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Scones

We are smack dab in the middle of Fall and I am absolutely loving it. Give me all the Fall things!!! I want the leaves, and the weather, and the sweaters, and the baking of all things pumpkin of course. Our Pumpkin Scones will give […]

Puff Pastry Eggs Benedict

Puff Pastry Eggs Benedict

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. My hubby’s a morning person but me…eh….not so much. I’m more of a brunch gal. But I’ll tell you what! You can drag me out of bed any day of the week for this […]

Snowflake Bread

Snowflake Bread

I’m taking a different approach to winter this year. Instead of dreading it, I’m going to celebrate it. And I’ll start by making this gorgeous Snowflake Bread! This spectacular star shaped bread looks tricky but I think you ALL can handle it. It’s basically a pull apart bread but with a major upgrade! Layers of filling are twisted together to create the most stunning and indulgent sweet bread. Snowflake Bread makes a wonderful addition to breakfast or brunch. And it’s also great for gifting too! Who wouldn’t love to receive this masterpiece?!? Plus winter baking helps to keep the house warm. If you need me, I’ll be hanging around the oven…until about March.

Here’s all you’ll need: yeast, warm water, milk, an egg, butter, sugar, salt, flour, jam, and confectioners’ sugar. Snowflake Bread ingredients listFirst dissolve the yeast in warm water until nice and foamy. Slowly sprinkle the yeast across the surface of the water to prevent it from clumping. Set aside.

Yeast dissolving in warm water.

Next in a large bowl, combine the milk, egg, 1/4 cup melted butter, sugar, and salt. Then add in the yeast mixture. Gradually beat in 3 cups of flour (or as much as you can) to form a soft dough. It helps to mix in the flour about a half a cup at a time. Knead in the remaining flour by hand.

Milk, egg, 1/4 cup melted butter, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl.

Turn the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 6-8 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Gather the dough in a ball and roll it around in the flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Press down and outwards with the heels of your hands until the dough is springy. Fold the dough in half, press down with the heels of your hands to press it flat. Repeat for 6-8 minutes. You’ll know you’re done kneading when the dough is smooth and shiny and holds its shape. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for about an hour. The dough will double in size.

Of course if you are lucky enough to have a bread machine on hand, you can add all the ingredients to the pan and mix on the dough cycle to save yourself a couple of steps.

Bread dough after its been kneaded.

Punch the dough down and divide it into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and slightly flatten. Using a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a twelve inch circle. Wanna know an easy way to get all of your circles the exact same size? Use a dinner plate as a cutting guide! Sometimes you’ve gotta improvise with what you’ve got.

Dinner plate used as a cutting guide for dough.

Voila! A pizza cutter or a knife works best for cutting dough. Repeat with all four portions.

Bread dough rolled out into 12 inch circle.

Next place one of your circles on a 14-inch pizza pan lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray. Spread 1/3 of your jam all over the dough, leaving about 1/2″ around the edges. I got a little crazy with the jam! You might wanna go a little less than the picture.

Or try some of these Snowflake Bread variations. Swap out the jam for cinnamon and sugar or even Nutella! Oh. My. Yum!!! Repeat this process twice. So you want to add another layer of dough, then another layer of jam (two more times) and then finish with your last layer of dough on top.

Bread dough circle placed in the center of pizza pan. Jelly spread over the top with a basting brush.

Place a 2-1/2″ round cookie cutter (or a small round dish) directly in the center of your dough. Do not press down, we’re just going to use it as a cutting guide. Using a sharp knife (or a pizza cutter), cut 16 evenly spaced cuts from the round cutter to the edge of the dough to form a starburst. I find it easiest to start with 4 cuts, top, bottom, left, and right. Then add another cut in the middle of those four cuts (now you’ll have 8 cuts total). And then one last time, cut in between each of those 8 cuts and you end up with 16 evenly spaced cuts. I’ll do the math, you do the cutting.

2-1/2 inch bowl placed in the middle of layered dough circles and used as a cutting guide.

Ok hopefully you didn’t get scared off yet and you’re sticking with us! Cause this next part can be a little…tricky-ish. But you can do this! I promise you it’s literally so simple once you get the hang of it. Grab two strips of dough, one in your right hand and one in your left hand. Twist outwards. Twice! Practice makes perfect so don’t give up on this one.

Or think about it this way. Place your index finger on top of the strip and your thumb on the bottom. Now twist your hands outwards so that your thumb is now on top and your index finger is now on the bottom. Repeat the process to form two complete twists. Pinch together the edges of the two strips to seal. Repeat with the remaining strips. Stop overthinking it and just do it! For real, when I tried to picture it in my head it totally kept messing me up. You really just have to go for it on this one. And remember, just like real snowflakes, every Snowflake Bread is beautiful and unique!

Two strips of the dough twisted outwards to form the star shape.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  You’ll really want to keep an eye on it for those last 5 minutes. Snowflake bread dough on a pizza pan ready to go into the oven.

Remove the bread from the baking pan, brush with 2 tablespoons of melted butter, and lightly dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Snowflake bread dough brushed with melted butter.

YOU DID IT!!! I’m so proud of your culinary creation! If we’re talking Snowflake Bread, then I’ll take a blizzard any day! We’ve got a whole winter wonderland of snowy treats. Try our Snowman Pancakes or Polar Bear Marshmallows next!

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Snowflake Bread

January 11, 2019
: 16
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup seedless strawberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting
Directions
  • Step 1 Dissolve the yeast in warm water until nice and foamy. Set aside.
  • Step 2 In a large bowl, combine the milk, egg, 1/4 cup melted butter, sugar, and salt. Then add in the yeast mixture. Gradually beat in 3 cups of flour (or as much as you can) to form a soft dough. Knead in the remaining flour by hand.
  • Step 3 Turn the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 6-8 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for about an hour. The dough will double in size.
  • Step 4 Punch the dough down and divide it into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and slightly flatten. Using a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a twelve inch circle.
  • Step 5 Place one of your circles on a 14-inch pizza pan lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray. Spread 1/3 of your jam all over the dough, leaving about 1/2″ around the edges. Repeat this process twice. So you want to add another layer of dough, then another layer of jam (two more times) and then finish with your last layer of dough on top.
  • Step 6 Place a 2-1/2″ round cookie cutter (or a small round dish) directly in the center of your dough. Do not press down. Using a sharp knife (or a pizza cutter), cut 16 evenly spaced cuts from the round cutter to the edge of the dough to form a starburst.
  • Step 7 Grab two strips of dough, one in your right hand and one in your left hand. Twist outwards twice. Pinch together the edges of the two strips to seal. Repeat with the remaining strips.
  • Step 8 Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Step 9 Remove the bread from the baking pan, brush with 2 tablespoons of melted butter, and lightly dust with confectioners’ sugar. Enjoy!

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Light & Flaky Biscuits

Light & Flaky Biscuits

If you love to hit the bread basket during dinner then this recipe is for you! Our Light & Flaky Biscuits bake up soft and buttery in a matter of minutes! A few simple ingredients (that you probably already have on hand) are all that’s […]

Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins

Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins

Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins are a fun spinoff on a classic breakfast staple. These simple homemade muffins can’t be beat! The cinnamon-sugary streusel topping is an absolute must!! It totally makes this recipe by adding the perfect amount of sweetness. These delicious homemade muffins are […]

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Amish Cinnamon Bread is sure to be a hit! You’re gonna fall in love with this easy, no knead, quick bread. This sweet bread is tender and moist, loaded with cinnamon swirls and then topped with even more cinnamon and sugar. Soft in texture and dare I say, cake-like even, this delicately spiced bread is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or just about any time in our house! Our easy to follow instructions will have you cutting off a thick slab in no time.

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, sugar, egg, buttermilk, flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.

Amish Cinnamon Bread ingredients list

Let’s start by creaming the butter, 1 cup of sugar, and egg. In a large bowl blend with a hand mixer on medium low speed. I nuked my butter in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften. This girl never has the time to soften her butter! Maybe someday when I’m retired I’ll just sit around all day waiting for butter to soften.

Cream together the butter, sugar, and egg.

Next mix in the baking soda, buttermilk, and flour. I added the milk first and then mixed in the flour 1/2 a cup at a time. The batter will be thick! If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can use this handy trick. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Voila! You now have a buttermilk substitute. And I promise you won’t taste the lemon juice or the vinegar. Really!

Next mix in the baking soda, milk, and flour.

Now pour half of the batter into a greased loaf pan. This one’s an 8″ X 4″ size. You can use a 9″ X 5″ as well and adjust the baking time. Spread the batter so it’s nice and even.

Pour half the batter into a greased loaf pan.

Meanwhile combine the cinnamon and 1/3 cup of sugar in a small bowl. Mix it all up! Sprinkle about 3/4 of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the batter. Save the remainder of it.  We used to sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on our toast at my Grandma’s house as kids. We loved it so much that she even gave us our own little cinnamon sugar shaker to use!

Combine the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle 3/4 of the mixture on top of the batter.

Top with the remaining batter. Spread with a spatula to smooth. You can easily double this recipe and make two loaves of Amish Cinnamon Bread. One to keep and one to share! Or both to keep…I’m not here to judge!

Top with the remaining batter. Spread with a spatula to smooth. 

Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture. Then very carefully swirl with a knife. Place the knife all the way into the batter. Don’t forget we’re swirling that middle layer too! I dragged my knife across short ways and long ways a bunch of times to get this little swirl pattern that I have going here. But you can get all twisty and silly if you want. March to the beat of your own drum! Don’t worry too much about how it looks. It will all blend together while baking.

Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture. Swirl with a knife.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 8″ X 4″ pans will be more towards the 55 minute mark. If you’re using a bigger loaf pan like a 9″ X 5″ you’ll be more on the 45 minute end. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Serve warm or cold. Slather with butter or eat it plain. Amish Cinnamon Bread is pretty fabulous any way you slice it!

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Amish Cinnamon Bread

April 7, 2018
: 16 (makes one loaf)
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • Cinnamon/sugar mixture:
  • 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, cream butter, 1 cup of sugar and the egg.Mix in the baking soda, buttermilk, and flour.
  • Step 2 Pour half of the batter into a greased 8″ X 4″ loaf pan.
  • Step 3 Combine the cinnamon and 1/3 cup of sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle 3/4 of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the batter.
  • Step 4 Top with the remaining batter. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar mixture. Gently swirl with a knife.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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Light and Fluffy Pancakes

Light and Fluffy Pancakes

Nothing screams Saturday morning louder than a big ole stack of pancakes! These light and fluffy pancakes are a weekend staple in our house. The ingredients consist of a few classic pantry items so I ALWAYS have them on hand, which means I can whip […]