Sunday, May 19, 2019

Amish Cinnamon Bread

After making the Buttermilk Waffles, I had some leftover buttermilk. I didn't want to just throw it out but I also couldn't figure out what to do with it. So when my mom said we were going to have brunch at their house to celebrate Mother's Day, I figured I'd use it for that. After not fully liking what I had for hardcopy recipes, I went through Pinterest. While there were quite a few options for cake, two caught my eye that seemed a bit more appropriate for brunch: cinnamon coffee cake and amish cinnamon bread.

You remember the amish cinnamon bread, right? You get a starter batter and over the course of about 10 days, you knead the bag to get everything mixed and to activate the yeast. About halfway through add a few ingredients before kneading. Eventually, you divide the batter to give your friends their own starter batter and you use the rest for the bread itself (if you want to make your own starter, I found a good recipe on a website called Friendship Bread Kitchen, which has a ton of recipes that use the starter after the 10-day process).

For the sake of nostalgia, I decided to make the amish bread, completely forgetting about the 10-day mashing process. Turns out, that wasn't a problem: the recipe I found is a quick alternative recipe. No kneading, not waiting 10 days. Just combine the ingredients and bake like a normal recipe. The recipe comes from Redfly Creations.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Buttermilk Waffles

When I was a senior in high school I was FINALLY able to do what I had wanted to do for several years: take electives. Between band and the required ASL, science, and PE, I didn't have time in my schedule for any class that wasn't a basic requirement (English, math, social studies/history). But since science and PE were only required for a certain number of years and not enough students signed up for 3rd Year ASL, I had room for two classes each semester that could be WHATEVER I WANTED. (Apparently this ended up being step 1 to my current state of independence.)

One such class was creative cooking. It covered 5 courses: Breakfast, Appetizers, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, and Desserts (I'll give you one guess which one was my favorite 😏). For most units/courses we were given two recipes and each group picked the recipe we would make. As the class went on, we compiled all the recipes in a binder for future use (and, obviously, our final grade). In the 14 years since I've probably only made one recipe from it: Buttermilk Waffles. These things basically taste like the Eggo© Cinnamon Toast Waffles in the grocery store freezer section. They're a bit time-consuming to make but so worth it! After making it several times for Sunday morning breakfast since moving into my apartment, I figured I should share the recipe.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Easy Strawberry Cake and Frosting

I feel like there are some flavors that are universal in my family. As in, just about everyone likes them. Other than chocolate (because, duh), peanut butter is the main one that comes to mind: with the exception of Carly and Stefan, I think everyone in my family likes peanut butter (just don't put it into frosting 🤦‍♀️).

There's also strawberry. Other than my dad, I'm not sure if there's anyone in my family who doesn't like strawberries (if there is, they're not as vocal about it 😏). So since he wasn't going to be here for Easter, I decided to make something with strawberries in it. After looking at both hard copies and digital copies, I decided on a cake and frosting recipe from The Spruce Eats.


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