Ahh, this is the kind of coffee cake I’ve always dreamed about eating! Light and moist, not too sweet, and with some texture on the top. It is marvelous!
I should also mention that I make this cake with sourdough starter discard! YES! no more throwing away your starter discard. If you don’t have sourdough starter “discard” then by all means, sour cream or yogurt would work heavenly here as well! However, I highly recommend the starter discard because I firmly believe that funky, fruity, smelly starter really helped achieve that UMPH in this lovely cake 🙂
About sourdough starter/ starter discard:
If you’re not sure what sourdough starter is- allow me to explain (even though I’m no professional he he). Sourdough starter is simply a combination of warm water, and flour. It is mixed together, then placed in a large enough jar to ferment in the course of about a week. Everyday that week, the starter rises overnight (ferments) and requires “feeding” which means you “throw away” about half of what has risen and then feed it with more warm water and flour. Now, I HATE throwing away food…it hurts…so when I found out there’s actually a way to use that “discard” I was very pleased! And let me tell ya, it’s GOLD :). You can actually use that “discard” to make a lot of delicious baked treats! Pancakes, waffles, pizza, heck…even bread! I used this sourdough starter recipe in case you’re interested in making some of this gold too!
1 packet instant apple cinnamon oatmeal (can sub for 1/3 cup rolled oats or an extra 1/3 cup nuts)
1/3 cup pecans or nuts of choice
For the coffee cake:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cups white granulated sugar
1 cup starter discard (or sour cream/ yogurt)
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons canola oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease your round pan (I used a springform pan but a 9×9 works) with butter and dust with flour (to prevent cake from sticking).
Melt the butter in a small saucepan then add brown sugar, maple syrup, instant oatmeal, and salt. Pour the caramel to the bottom of the buttered pan then sprinkle with nuts. Set it aside while working on the cake batter.
In a medium sized bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Add the rest of the ingredients – sugar, starter, egg, melted butter (cooled), and oil. Mix until everything is just combined. The batter will be slightly sticky and thick.
Spoon the batter by spoonfuls on top of the caramel until you’ve spooned it all then spread it evenly with a spatula or the back of a spoon.
Bake it in the oven for 20 -25 minutes until it has set and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let it sit on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
Loosen edges of cake with a knife and invert a large platter over the cake. Using hot pads, grasp edges of cake pan and flip over. Remove pan and spoon any topping in pan back onto cake.
Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving. It’s best eaten the day of but can be left in the fridge for a couple days or the fridge for a couple weeks. Simply pop it in the microwave and heat up 10 seconds or so.
Juice of 1/2 grapefruit + zest (optional but extra yummy!)
1/2 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, and egg white one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in yogurt, poppy seeds, grapefruit zest and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
Transfer to a small greased loaf pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix grapefruit juice and powdered sugar to make the glaze.
Remove bread from oven. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Drizzle grapefruit glaze over bread and slice or chill in the refrigerator.
*Note: this bread can keep well in the fridge for 5-6 days. If you want a thicker glaze, you can add more powdered sugar, or extra juice or water to thin it out.
I love me a good stack of fluffy pancakes, and since it is berry season I thought i’d share my current favorite!
Maple syrup is optional but provides that perfect hint of sweetness. I love them a little less sweet so I can smoother them with all the maple syrup and nut butter I want! So good. Besides blueberries are super sweet and delicious (I mean it is blueberry season). Let them shine, let them shine, let them shine.
These pancakes also pack a healthy punch of fats, fiber, and protein! Winner winner pancake brinner. 🙂
I have gone bananas for this delicious sweet bread! It’s perfectly moist, flavorful from all the spices and the ripe bananas. Every bite is truly delightful. This makes an excellent to-go breakfast or snack all week long. Just pair it up with your favorite cup of tea or coffee. 😉
Careful not to eat it all while you store it! It’s dangerously delicious, and without the guilt!
1 scoop whey protein (I used Hammer’s vanilla flavor- it’s the best)
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond milk
1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Large Egg
2 Mashed Bananas
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
2 Tbsp Chocolate Chips for Topping
2 Tbsp Nuts of Choice for Topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a loaf pan ( I used a small one) with parchment paper or simply spray with non-stick spray so the bread doesn’t stick.
In a medium bowl mix all of the dry ingredients.
Next, throw the wet ingredients into a blender ( yogurt, milk, vinegar, egg, bananas, peanut butter), or just mash them separately then incorporate them into the dry ingredients.
Mix gently until it just combines. Do not over mix 🙂
Pour the batter into the loaf pan, and sprinkle the chocolate chips, nuts, and maybe some extra oats! The approach is yours 😉
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean and the edges are slightly golden.
Let the bread cool completely then gently take it out of the loaf pan (this should be easy with the parchment paper). If you don’t have it lined with parchment paper, you can run a knife around the edges then flip over once it completely cools! Careful because the chocolate chips might stick to the surface of your hands if not cooled completely.
Spread some nut butter on these, some greek yogurt, or just enjoy them as they are!
*These store well in the fridge for about a week or in the freezer for about two months. Wrap each slice individually in plastic wrap then defrost the night before you want to eat these! Such an easy and quick to-go breakfast or snack.
*You can also add the chocolate chips to the batter itself, but I absolutely love the goodness on top!
I love me a good frittata for so many reasons. It packs a punch of healthy nutrients and you can eat it for pretty much any meal. It transports really well for picnics or work lunches too! I love making these ahead for the week to make it an easy grab and go meal. It also pairs beautifully with a side of toast smothered in peanut butter, a muffin, or fruit! The possibilities are endless.
I hope you enjoy this healthy and delicious dish as much as I do!
Start by drizzling an oven safe pan, and adding the kale. Cook for about a minute then drizzle a little bit of water to allow it to steam and wilt. Cover it with a lid, and add the rest of the veggies until they’re partially cooked through.
Meanwhile whisk the egg whites (or eggs), and the milk.
Add the wisked egg whites into the pan with the cooked veggies and with a wooden spoon move it around a little bit.
Add in the salt, pepper, cheese evenly then put it in the oven.
I usually bake for about 8-10 minutes until the top is bubbly and set. Then I cool it completely and slice it with a pizza cutter into 4 slices!
It keeps well in the fridge in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
Use any veggies you want here, or add some chicken or sausage for an extra punch of protein!
You can substitute eggs for egg whites, or any kind of cheese or milk in a pinch. (I’ve made it with feta cheese as well- so tasty!)
This is such a wonderful bread – it smells like the holidays there’s no doubt about that but it’s special all year round. I am sitting here on a cozy, rainy, spring morning sipping on my coffee and enjoying the perfect slice as we speak. It makes you happy, it tastes nostalgic, it’s delightful. Go ahead make this delicacy for your perfect cozy morning, afternoon treat, or just because ;).
A brunch staple at our house is a decadent Eggs Benedict. It’s the perfect treat! This is my version of a simple yet delicious Eggs Benedict your guests will absolutely love! I paired these with my crispy cast iron potatoes that are also a hit.
1) Make the Hollandaise: Melt the butter in a small sauce pan in medium heat until it’s foamy but not yet beginning to brown. It takes about 3-4 minutes.
Place egg yolks and two tablespoons of water in a blender. Start blending, and very slowly, incorporate the melted butter in increments until it’s all incorporated. If the sauce is too thick to blend, add about 1/2 teaspoon of extra water. Once it’s done blending, add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and mix until just combined.
Transfer the hollandaise into a small bowl, and cover it with plastic wrap (so the skin doesn’t form at the top) and set it aside while you prep the rest.
2) Poach the Eggs: Fill a medium pot with inches of water, add vinegar, season with salt, and bring it to medium heat (look for a few bubbles) then turn it to simmer so that it’s not boiling. Crack one egg individually to each small ramekin (so you can easily put it inside of the simmering water). Now begin to swirl your water and drop one egg at a time (very carefully) – then leave it alone for 4 minutes :).
Now that the eggs are poached, carefully lift it out of the water and onto a paper towel (or clean kitchen towels) and sprinkle each with just a hint of salt. Now, set it aside.
3) Cook the Bacon: In a medium skillet place your slices of bacon over medium-high heat until each side is nice and crispy (about 6 minutes total) then transfer the slices into a cutting board and slice each in half. Place the sliced muffins into the bacon grease to let them toast for a couple of minutes then transfer them into a plate.
4) Assemble the Eggs Benedict: Smoother each english muffin slice with butter, Place 2 half slices of the bacon on top of each muffin, then carefully place the poached egg on top, and then spoon each with your hollandaise sauce. At the end you can top it off with a little bit of coarsely ground black pepper, chopped chives, or dill if you desire.
To make this an incredible meal, make my crispy potatoes to soak up all of that eggy goodness! This will be one of your favorite meals- I guarantee!