Sticky Crumble Sourdough Coffee Cake

Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes, snacks

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!

Sticky Crumble Sourdough Coffee Cake

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 6 slices

INGREDIENTS:

For the sticky crumble:

  • 5 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 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)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

DIRECTIONS:

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.

Enjoy!

Hilda

Grapefruit Poppy Seed Loaf

Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes, Sweet Bread

This is bread is just delicious. It has such a nice flavorful zing from the grapefruit but it isn’t bitter. It’s summer in one bite- a delightful summer that is!

The glaze is a must! It’s perfect on it’s own but the glaze kicks it up a notch. Give this one a go! My husband loves it so much he asked for more after the loaf was finished. Ha!

Grapefruit Poppy Seed Loaf

  • Servings: 5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 6 slices

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon grated grapefruit zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 1 1/2 grapefruit

For the glaze

  • Juice of 1/2 grapefruit + zest (optional but extra yummy!)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  • 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 hope you enjoy this lovely summer recipe!

Cheers ❤

Hilda

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Blueberry Pancakes

Breakfast, Pancakes, Recipes

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. 🙂

Yields 2 Servings or 6 Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Oat Flour (Rolled Oats Blended Into Flour)
  • 2 Tablespoons Flaxseed Meal
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Maple Syrup *Optional
  • 1/4 Cup Blueberries
  • Toppings of choice- Maple Syrup, Banana, Nut Butter, Ghee

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients- almond flour, oat flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  • In a separate small bowl mix the almond milk, apple cider vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes for the ultimate fluff!
  • Next add the eggs, coconut oil, and maple syrup.
  • Pour the blended wet ingredients into the dry mix and with a spatula fold until it’s just combined (do not over mix).
  • Heat the pancake griddle to medium heat and then pour the mix to the griddle and top with blueberries. Cook them for about 1 ½ minutes on each side or until they’re golden on each side
  • Transfer them to a plate and top them off with your favorite toppings! Maple syrup, bananas, nut butter, or more blueberries.

Enjoy!

❤ Hilda

Healthy Banana Bread

Breakfast, Recipes, snacks, Sweet Bread

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!

Healthy Banana Bread

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 6 Slices

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Cups Oat Flour (rolled oats blended into flour)
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 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

DIRECTIONS:

  • 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!

NOTES:

*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!

Hilda ❤

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Kale Frittata

Breakfast, Egg Dishes, Recipes

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!

Kale Frittata

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 4 Slices

INGREDIENTS:

  • Olive Oil or Cooking Spray
  • 1/4 Cup White Onion
  • 1/2 Shredded Zucchini 
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Mushrooms (Optional)
  • 1/4 Cup Bell Pepper Strips
  • 1 Garlic Clove Minced
  • 5 oz or 2 Cups Chopped Raw Kale
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk or Milk of Choice
  •  20 Egg Whites or 10 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Chili Flakes (Optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven at 425 F.
  • 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!

NOTES

  • 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!)

Enjoy!

Hilda ❤

Gingerbread Loaf

Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes, Sweet Bread

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 ;).

Gingerbread Loaf

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipe: Yields 1 loaf (8 Slices)

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Cup of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • ¾ Teaspoon Ground  Nutmeg
  • ¼ Cup of Sugar
  • ½ Cup of Molasses
  • 1 Cup of Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs
  • ⅓ Cup of Melted Butter (Cooled)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Powdered Sugar For Dusting

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, and grease your loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray or butter (I used a 3×9 which is smaller than your standard pan).
  • In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients ( Flour, BP, BS, Salt, Ginger, Nutmeg).
  • In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients (Sugar, Molasses, Buttermilk, Eggs, Butter, Vanilla).
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix it with a spatula until it is just combined (do not over mix – the dough will be lumpy). 
  • Pour the mixture into your loaf pan.
  • Bake it for 46 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean
  • Let it cool for about 20 minutes, then you’re ready to take it off the pan! Run a knife around the edges then turn it into a plate.
  • Let it cool completely, then dust it with powdered sugar.

Enjoy! 🙂

-Hilda

Bacon Eggs Benedict

Breakfast, Egg Dishes, Recipes

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.

Bacon Eggs Benedict

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Recipe: Yields 2 Servings

Ingredients:

For the Hollandaise:

  • 5 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • Juice of Half/One Lemon to Taste
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

For the Poached Eggs:

  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Distilled Vinegar
  • Kosher Salt
  • 4 Large Eggs

For the Benedict and Assembly:

  • 2 English Muffins, Split
  • 4 Slices of Thick Cut Bacon
  • 1 Tablespoon of Butter
  • Flakey Sea Salt
  • Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

Directions:

  • 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!

-Hilda

Crispy Potatoes

Breakfast, Dinner, Recipes

Yum! These potatoes are so amazing paired with steak, grilled chicken, or my favorite- Eggs Benedict!

Crispy Potatoes

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipe: Yields 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Russet Potatoes (if on the smaller side do two)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder (Optional)
  • Oil for Frying

Directions:

  • 1) Boil the Water: fill a medium pot with 3 inches of water and sprinkle generously with salt, and bring it to a boil.
  • On a cutting board start slicing your potatoes, then cutting them into medium sized squares. Pour the potatoes into the boiling water. Boil the potatoes for about 6 minutes, then drain them.
  • 2) Cook the Potatoes: In a medium sized skillet ( I use a cast iron) put enough oil to coat the pan. Heat the pan to medium-high. Once the pan is nice and hot, carefully add the boiled potatoes.
  • Cook the potatoes for about 6 minutes or until they are crispy, and golden on the outside. Add salt, chili flakes, chili powder, and black pepper at the end.
  • 3) Transfer your potatoes onto your plate and voila!

You’ve got yourself a delicious plate of perfectly crispy and soft potatoes!

-Hilda