Cannoli Cream {Filled} Strawberry Bites

Cannoli Strawberries
With each passing year I’m finding reasons to love strawberries more and more. They were never my favorite berry, blueberries hold that spot but thanks to these beauties they’re getting a little competition.

The centers of fresh strawberries are cut out and filled with cannoli cream then garnished with chopped pistachios, chocolate chips and/or sprinkles.

They’re easy to make and a luscious treat to bring to potlucks, picnics, parties and showers too!… 

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Pina Colada Banana Bread

Pina Colada Banana Bread

A delectable banana bread teeming with bits of pineapple, toasted coconut, macadamia nuts and a touch of rum extract that you can trade out for the real thing. The bread is rich, dense and moist with a sweet glaze to top it off. It’s the next best thing to a pina colada.

Banana bread is one of those old-fashioned, timeless classics that never goes out of style. Just ask Google for a banana bread recipe and you’ll get 28 million of them. It’s constantly being reinvented and everyone seems to love it, even banana haters, like my Dad. … 

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Strawberry Yogurt Cake

Strawberry Yogurt Cake

A single layer cake topped with fresh strawberries and sprinkled with sugar. The sugar forms a crunchy coating over the top of the cake that is delectable with the tartness of the berries.

The cake itself is buttery and moist with a dense crumb that is perfect paired with a cup of tea or coffee. It’s the yogurt that keeps it from drying out and adds great flavor.

Don’t hold back on the berries!… 

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Maple Walnut Cake

Maple Walnut Cake

This buttery, single-layer cake is infused with maple syrup inside and out. The cake is almost completely sweetened with maple syrup, including the rich frosting that is crusted with oodles of chopped walnuts. It’s moist, dense and tender with a nutty crunch. A cake that’s easy to love.

The cake itself is subtly sweet and the frosting even sweeter from both maple syrup and confectioners’ sugar. That’s where the savory walnuts come in to offset some of that cloying sweetness in the frosting so be generous with them.

Like a lot of baked goods this tastes better the day after baking. I don’t know the exact science behind it, or if there is one, but I think the flavors have time to settle in and develop. Like fine wine.

Maple syrup is usually associated with fall and winter but it’s harvested from the end of February to the beginning of April. Native Americans call march “maple syrup month”. It takes a whopping 35 – 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup. That’s why it’s expensive.

Maple syrup is all about spring. . . so break it out and bake it up.

This cake is calling your name.

Maple Cake

Maple Walnut Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 (9-inch) cake

Maple Walnut Cake

This buttery, single-layer cake is infused with maple syrup inside and out. The cake is almost completely sweetened with maple syrup, including the rich frosting that is crusted with oodles of chopped walnuts. It's moist, dense and tender with a nutty crunch.

Ingredients:

1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
2 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup pure maple syrup (preferably grade B)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
For the frosting:
1/4 cup pure maple syrup, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted, plus more if needed
1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment, lightly butter and dust with flour. Tap out excess.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl on medium speed beat the butter, maple syrup and sugar together until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, it might look a little curdled, that's ok.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time then the vanilla.
  5. On low speed beat in the flour in three additions, alternating with the sour cream; beat just until combined. Spoon or pour the batter into the pan and spread out evenly.
  6. Bake about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from center. Cool in pan on wire rack. Once cooled carefully lift out using the parchment.
  7. Make the frosting:
  8. In a large bowl stir the maple syrup and butter together. On low speed beat in the confectioners' one cup at a time. Continue beating on medium speed 5 minutes until fluffy. If it seems too thin add a little more confectioners' sugar.
  9. Refrigerate the frosting 10 - 15 minutes to make for easier frosting. Frost the top of the cake and sprinkle with the nuts pressing them down gently to help them stick.
  10. Store well covered in a cool place up to 5 days.

Notes:

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/maple-walnut-cake/

Walnut Maple Cake

Double Crumb Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Double Crumb Streusel Coffee Cake

A sour cream coffee cake topped with a double layer of cinnamon streusel crumbs and a drizzle of sweet glaze. There’s a ribbon of cinnamon, brown sugar and nuts running through the center and the batter is full of sour cream making for a soft, fluffy and tender crumb.

If you’re a fan of New York style crumb cake then you will love this. It has the same thick layer of crumbs that crumb cake is known and loved for plus so much more with the crunchy filling and glaze to help keep it moist.

A coffee cake is just that, a cake to eat while you sip a cup of steaming-hot, freshly-brewed coffee (or tea or milk, if you’re not of coffee-drinking age). It’s not exactly the moistest of cake. It’s kind of like a peanut butter sandwich, you need something to help wash it down.

It’s the perfect cake for serving to company. Company cake. It’s great for breakfast or brunch too – picture a weekend morning where you laze around and read the paper, snacking on this cake. Maybe even in bed. Oh, cripes, who am I fooling?

This is a cake for anytime. Day or night. Weekend, weekday.

There’s no time like the present.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Double Crumb Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 1 9-inch cake

Double Crumb Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

For the Crumb Topping and Filling:
1 + 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light-brown sugar, divided
1 + 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
coarse salt
1 + 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 + 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans, divided
For the Cake:
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 + 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
coarse salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 + 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
For the Glaze:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk

Instructions:

    Make the Topping:
  1. In a large mixing bowl stir together the flour, 3/4 cup of the brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, two knives used scissor fashion or rub it into the flour with your fingers until small to medium clumps form. Mix in 1/2 cup pecans. Refrigerate.
  2. Make the Filling:
  3. Mix together the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 cup pecans.
  4. Make the Cake:
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch tube pan with a removable bottom or a 9-inch spring form pan with a small, tall, round oven-safe ramekin in the center (grease it well).
  6. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  7. In a separate large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter and sugar together on medium speed until pale and fluffy 2 – 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, then the vanilla.
  8. Beat in the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the sour cream and beginning and ending with the flour. Continue to beat until well combined.
  9. Spoon half the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the filling evenly over the batter. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining batter over the top and gently spread them evenly over the filling.
  10. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over batter.
  11. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Remove the cake from the pan and place on a cake dish or platter.
  13. Make the Glaze:
  14. Mix together the confectioners’ sugar and milk. Drizzle it all over the cake letting it drip down the sides. Let it set 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

Notes:

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Copyright ©2014 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/double-crumb-cinnamon-streusel-coffee-cake/

Streusel Coffee Cake

Chocolate Babka Muffins

Chocolate Babka Glazed Muffins

Ribbons of buttery chocolate are nestled into swirl upon swirl of sweet yeast dough with a sticky glaze topping. The dough has a slight crustiness to it that gives way to soft, tender middles.

The process is just like making cinnamon rolls except rather than baking them side by side these are baked in a muffin pan for stand-alone mini babka cakes. You have the option of topping them in the more traditional way, with streusel crumbs, if you like, or you can even leave them plain and have them still be delicious…. 

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Cinnamon Roll Puff Pastry Knots with Cream Cheese Glaze

Cinnamon Roll Puff Pastry Knots

Puff pastry knots stuffed with a buttery cinnamon filling, baked to a golden brown and dusted with a blizzard of cinnamon sugar. It doesn’t end there.

Cream cheese glaze. {There’s that too.}

Tangy and lightly sweetened, for dipping and dunking the warm knots that melt in your mouth into or drizzling over. Whatever your cinnamon-loving heart feels like doing. Drizzle and dip. Double-dip. See if I care.

I’ll be doing the same.

You see, these aren’t your regular, run-of-the-mill cinnamon knots. These are cinnamon knots dressed to the nines. Every bite overflows with sweet, distinct cinnamon flavor.

Cinnamon times two.

Cinnamon Roll Knots with Cream Cheese Glaze

I’m puff pastry crazy. I am. My freezer can’t be without it or I feel deprived. Not only is it convenient and versatile for making sweet and savory recipes but it’s totally irresistible with it’s light, buttery crispiness and tender, flaky layers that nothing else quite compares to. Making cinnamon knots with it was a natural.

They’re easy and fairly quick to make but do require a short wait time. They go in the freezer for thirty minutes to an hour before baking so the filling chills up and doesn’t entirely escape out onto the baking sheet. A little bit of leakage is normal so don’t despair if you see that happening.

The truth is you can eat these without the glaze and be perfectly happy. They’re fine on their own – especially warm – the glaze makes them seem more like a cinnamon roll. That’s what I was after. A cinnamon roll.

Wrapped up in puff pastry.

Goal achieved.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Knots

Cinnamon Roll Puff Pastry Knots with Cream Cheese Glaze

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 20 knots

Cinnamon Roll Puff Pastry Knots with Cream Cheese Glaze

Puff pastry knots are stuffed with a buttery cinnamon filling and coated with cinnamon sugar then baked to a golden brown. There's a tangy, sweet cream cheese glaze for dipping and dunking the warm knots into or drizzling over top.

Ingredients:

Filling:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Knots:
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
all-purpose flour, for dusting the work surface
1 puff pastry sheet, thawed (like Pepperidge Farm )
Coating:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Glaze:
4 ounces cream cheese (regular or light)
a dash of vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3 - 4 tablespoons milk

Instructions:

    Make the filling:
  1. In a small bowl combine the butter, sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Make the knots:
  3. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork.
  4. Sprinkle a work surface with flour and unfold the puff pastry, roll it out to a 10-inch square. Brush the bottom half of the pastry generously with the beaten egg.
  5. Spoon the filling over it and spread from edge to edge over the egg. Brush the top half with egg and fold it over the filling. Roll the rolling pin lightly over it to help it stick together.
  6. Cut the pastry into 20 (about 1/2-inch-wide) strips. Tie each strip into a "knot". Put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the knots on a silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet (if using parchment lightly spray with non-stick spray) an inch apart.
  8. Bake 18 - 20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown - some of the cinnamon may leak out - that's normal.
  9. Make the Coating:
  10. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl whisk the sugar and cinnamon together for the coating.
  11. When the knots are cooked, scoop them up hot and place them in the bowl, use a spoon to gently toss them in the cinnamon sugar. Remove to a wire rack or platter to cool.
  12. Make the glaze:
  13. Meanwhile melt the cream cheese in the microwave until it's soft and creamy about 20 - 30 seconds. Whisk in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla then enough milk to make a glaze. You can make it as thick or as thin as you like. If you make it too thin by mistake just mix in a little more sugar.
  14. Serve the knots warm or at room temperature with the glaze for dipping or you can drizzle it over them.

Notes:

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/cinnamon-roll-puff-pastry-knots-cream-cheese-glaze-dip/

Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Knots

Italian Apple Cake

Italian Apple Cake

Apples play a starring role in this lemon and vanilla infused cake. They’re in the batter and on top for a pretty presentation, filling every bite with their tart, sweet flavor.

This is a single layer cake cooked in a springform pan. It’s buttery and moist with soft, tender apples that melt in your mouth. It’s perfect with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar but can also be dressed up with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

It comes together easily once you get the most time-consuming task done, the slicing of the apples. Now, I know, it’s not apple season, but apples are one of those fruits I eat all year-long.

When I see a piece of fruit the first thing I usually think of is what can I bake with it? I can always find beautiful organic ones and aside from eating them with a little lot of cinnamon sprinkled over them I love a good apple cake. One that makes you want to put the teapot on to boil.

Like, every time you pass the kitchen.

Apple Cake

Italian Apple Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: PT60 - 70M

Yield: 1 (8 or 9-inch) cake

Italian Apple Cake

Apples play a starring role in this lemon and vanilla infused cake. They're in the batter and on top for a pretty presentation, filling every bite with their tart, sweet flavor.

Ingredients:

5 - 6 medium organic golden delicious or gala apples
1 lemon, zested and juiced
8 tablespoons butter, divided
1/3 cup milk
1 + 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling on top
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
confectioners' sugar to sprinkle on top
whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving, optional

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper and butter and flour the sides.
  2. Peel, core and cut the apples into 1/4-1/3-inch slices. Place in a large bowl and toss them with the lemon juice to prevent browning.
  3. In a small saucepan set over low heat melt 7 tablespoons of the butter. Remove from heat and add the milk.
  4. In a small bowl sift the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon together.
  5. In a separate large bowl on low speed beat the eggs and sugar together until yellow and creamy 2 - 3 minutes. Beat in the zest and vanilla.
  6. Beat in the flour slowly, 1/3 at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the butter/milk mixture just until a smooth batter forms; don't over beat.
  7. Gently fold in half the apple slices. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and shake the pan gently to level it.
  8. Arrange the remaining apples slices over the top in a circular pattern with the edges slightly overlapping. Sprinkle them with about 2 tablespoons of sugar and dot with the remaining tablespoon butter.
  9. Bake 60 to 70 minutes until the cake starts to pull away from the center of the pan and the top is golden - a toothpick from the center should come out with crumbs but no wet batter.
  10. Cool on wire rack for 25 - 30 minutes then remove the sides from the springform pan and cool completely.
  11. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if desired.

Notes:

Adapted from Live Well Network

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/italian-apple-cake/

Italian Cake with Apples