Ingredient Spotlight: Baking Spices

Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger…  Don’t they just taste like the holidays?

I love bundling up some of these spices in cheesecloth and letting it steep in hot apple cider.  It makes the house smell so good and tastes warm and festive too.

Here are a few other recipes that use these spices:  [Read more…]

Apple Butter in the Slow Cooker – Homemade Christmas Gift Alert!

One of you brilliant readers left this recipe in the comments section.  I can’t remember which post now, so I can’t find out who it was.  If you’re the wonderful person who shared this recipe, please let me know so I can thank you!

If you’re looking for easy, homemade Christmas gift ideas you’ll want to consider this apple butter.  It makes a lot, which is good, because you’ll want to keep some for yourself too.

It starts with a couple jars of store-bought applesauce and a slow cooker.  The result is fragrant deliciousness that’s heavenly spread on a warm biscuit.  It will even perk up a plain old piece of toast. [Read more…]

Apple Pecan Sticky Rolls

apple pecan sticky rolls done close

Oh, how I wish I could pull this out of the computer screen.  I made them last night, ate two and I’ve been craving more ever since.  I’d had a bag of frozen roll dough tucked in my freezer for a while now, waiting for the perfect inspiration.  It was worth the wait.

I found a recipe for Apple Pull Apart Rolls and tweaked it. I swapped out brown sugar for white, increased the sweet gooey stuff, added pecans and spiced it up a bit.  Oh my!  These are fit for Christmas morning.  But they’re easy enough for a plain old Tuesday night. [Read more…]

Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce

 

gingerbread with lemon sauce

This easy dessert is perfect for this time of year.  Serve it warm with the lemon sauce or with whipped cream.  The molasses and spices go well with either topping.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Gingerbread Waffles with Vanilla Cream Sauce

gingerbread waffles done

Scrumptious!  Gingerbread Waffles are a spiced up version of classic waffles with a touch of molasses.  The vanilla cream sauce compliments the waffles perfectly, although they’re also good with maple syrup.  We drank apple cider with these and it made for a very Octoberish meal. [Read more…]

Spicy Pumpkin Pie

pumpkin pie done

I love pumpkin pie. I will eat many pieces of it, even having it for breakfast. Pumpkin is a vegetable, right? I do like my pie spicy though and this one takes care of that.

What you’ll need:

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2 eggs
1 can pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 2/3 cup milk (or 12 oz can evaporated milk)
1 unbaked pie shell

Beat the eggs with a whisk. Add the sugar and then pumpkin, mixing well. Add the spices and mix until the spices are well distributed. Add the milk and mix. (I used 2/3 cup of half and half and 1 cup of milk) Pour the great smelling mixture into an unbaked pie shell. Sometime I’ll share how to make a very easy homemade crust, but I was too lazy for that this time so I used a Pillsbury refrigerated crust.

Bake the pie at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Turn the heat down to 350 degrees and bake another 45-50 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Try not to eat it all yourself.

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