Category: Breads

Peach Turnovers

Peach turnovers with vanilla glaze are delicious, and so quick and easy to make using peach pie filling and puff pastry sheets! Sure to be a family favorite!Peach turnovers with vanilla glaze are delicious, and so quick and easy to make using peach pie filling and puff pastry sheets! Sure to be a family favorite!

Well, I’m finally coming up for air again after having houseguests for nearly 3 of the past 5 weeks, AND having tweaked my back big-time. How about I just say that the month of JULY 2015 was a memorable one, and leave it at that! Seriously, though… it’s time to get back to the old blog , since I can now sit down at my desk without wincing (ouch!). Today I am sharing a quick recipe for peach turnovers!

After I saw a doctor and was able to move again without as much pain, I canned 9 quarts of Peach Pie Filling after going out and picking peaches at a local U-Pick Farm (I had to make up for lost time!). I had just a little bit of pie filling left over, so I tried to figure out what I could make with it. Voila!

I remembered I had one sheet of Puff Pastry left in my freezer, and decided to make some quick Peach Turnovers… and off to the kitchen I went! The recipe uses two pastry sheets to make 8 turnovers, but I only made half a recipe, which is why you only see 4 turnovers in my pictures. (The printable recipe shown is the amount necessary to make 8 turnovers). Got it? Good.

First I got out the frozen puff pastry and let it thaw on the counter for about half an hour. The thawing out time was the hardest/longest part of the whole recipe. Go figure!

Puff pastry sheets are used to make peach turnovers.
Once thawed, carefully unroll the entire pastry sheet, and seal the perforated fold lines in the pastry together (using fingers) to form one whole sheet of puff pastry. You can see the fold lines in the photo below.

Puff pastry is rolled out and perforated lines in dough are sealed.
Cut the pastry into 4 equal sized squares, using a knife.

Peach turnover dough is cut into 4 equal squares.
Place a heaping Tablespoonful of peach pie filling into the middle of each square, trying not to put too much onto each square (if using canned pie filling, you will not use the entire can!).

Brush all the edges of each square with a beaten egg white and water mixture, then fold one side of each square (over the pie filling) to the opposite side, to form a triangle.

Once each triangle is made, crimp the edges of each triangle using the tines of a fork to seal the two sides of the dough together. (sorry, forgot to take photo of the crimping part). You can also just pinch the two pieces of dough together to completely seal the edges of the peach turnovers.

Peach pie filling is added to puff pastry squares, then dough is folded over.
Carefully place the triangles onto a cookie sheet which has been sprayed with a non-stick spray, then bake turnovers for 20-25 minutes until light golden brown (mine took 23 minutes).

Peach Turnovers are baked, then cooled on wire rack.
Once done, remove the peach turnovers to a wire rack to cool slightly. I placed aluminum foil under the rack to catch any drips that might occur while glazing the turnovers. Mix up a quick glaze while the hand pies are cooling, and drizzle each of them with it.

Peach Turnovers are drizzled with glaze once cooled.
The glaze firmed up in a few minutes, then these delicious Peach Turnovers were ready to eat.  The recipe makes 8 peach turnovers (using 2 sheets of puff pastry), and I think they would be fantastic hand pies with cherry or apple pie filling, as well.

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Sure hope you will give these delicious peach turnovers a try. Hope you have a great week! Make the most of every minute you are given… and go out and make a difference to all you happen to interact with today!

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: http://thedomesticrebel.com/2015/07/13/the-easiest-peach-turnovers/

Peach Turnovers
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
23 mins
Total Time
38 mins
 

Peach turnovers with vanilla glaze are delicious, and so quick and easy to make using peach pie filling and puff pastry sheets! Sure to be a family favorite!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peach turnovers
Servings: 8 turnovers
Calories Per Serving: 514 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the Turnovers:
  • 1 box puff pastry (2 sheets total), thawed
  • 21 ounces (1 can) peach pie filling (or use your own homemade peach pie filling)
  • 1 egg white , beaten with 1 teaspoon water
For the Glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Prepare 2 cookie sheets by spraying with non-stick spray (or line with parchment paper). Set prepared sheets aside. You will put 4 turnovers on each baking sheet.
  3. Thaw the puff pastry sheets per instructions on box (approx. 30 min). Carefully unroll the puff pastry sheets, then gently press any of the perfprated fold lines together so that they are completely sealed.
  4. Cut the pastry sheets into four equal square pieces, using a sharp knife.
  5. Place a large Tablespoonful of peach pie filling into the middle of each puff pastry square.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the egg white and the water. Make one turnover at a time. Use a pastry brush to brush the edges of the pastry square with egg white mixture. After brushing edges with egg white mixture, gently take one corner of the puff pastry and bring it over the pie filling to the opposite corner. Use the tines of a fork to crimp the 2 edges shut, which will seal the dough.
  7. Brush the top of each turnover with the egg white/water mixture. Repeat this process with each of the turnovers.
  8. Gently place turnovers onto prepared baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for about. 20-25 minutes. The turnovers should be a light golden brown when done. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  9. While the turnovers are cooling down, whisk the glaze ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. You want the glaze to be smooth, and pourable. Add a bit more milk if necessary to thin glaze out a bit. Drizzle the glaze decoratively over the tops of the turnovers. When glaze has firmed up a bit, the turnovers are ready to serve and enjoy!
  10. These turnovers are great warm... OR at room temperature, and are best eaten on the day you make them. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

30 minutes needed to thaw out the frozen puff pastry is not included in the Prep Time. Perhaps thaw the pastry earlier in the day and keep refrigerated until ready to use. Once pastry is thawed, these can be put together and baked in no time at all!

Nutrition Facts
Peach Turnovers
Amount Per Serving (1 turnover)
Calories 514
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Pecan Sticky Rolls

If you like Cinnamon Rolls, then you’ll love these scrumptious homemade Pecan Sticky Rolls! Raised yeast rolls, dripping with a caramel-pecan topping.If you like Cinnamon Rolls, then you'll love these scrumptious homemade Pecan Sticky Rolls! Raised yeast rolls, dripping with a caramel-pecan topping.
Oh my goodness… these pecan sticky rolls are so delicious! They are a wonderful treat to enjoy (occasionally) over a cup of morning coffee or tea! I found this easy recipe in the user manual for my bread machine years ago. After making them ONCE, I decided this was a “keeper” recipe, and have enjoyed making these rolls many times since then.

The method used for making pecan sticky rolls is very similar to making cinnamon rolls (with only a couple changes).

Make The Dough In A Bread Machine OR By Hand

I made the dough in my bread machine. It’s possible to make these even without a machine , and I’ve included directions in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post. Make the dough on the DOUGH cycle of your bread machine, or follow instructions to make by hand.

When the dough is done, roll it out to a 15×10 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface.

The dough is rolled out into a large rectangle.
Spray a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan with non-stick spray. In a small bowl, mix the topping ingredients (melted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and pecan halves). Spread this mixture all over the bottom of the baking pan.

The rolls are baked on top of this sticky butter pecan mixture, and then flipped over, which lets all the gooey topping drip down and coat the sweet rolls.

Prepare The Pecan Sticky Rolls

Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Spread 2 teaspoons of softened butter over the surface of the dough, then sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Roll up the dough tightly (starting at the LONG side), and seal the edges when done.

Cut the pecan sticky rolls into 1 inch slices, then arrange them in the baking pan on top of the caramel-pecan mixture.

Let The Dough For The Pecan Sticky Rolls Rise

Cover the pan with a dish towel and let the dough rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size. Shhh… here’s a secret – I actually put them outside on top of our jacuzzi to rise, because it was a really hot day!

Pecan sticky rolls in pan rising in a warm place!The dough for the sweet rolls has risen, and is now ready to bake.

Bake Then Invert The Pecan Sticky Rolls!

Once the rolls have risen, bake them (uncovered) in a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes, until golden brown.

As soon as they are done, remove the pan from the oven and immediately INVERT the pan onto a heat proof serving platter. Let the pan stay inverted (upside down) for a minute, so that yummy caramel-pecan topping can drizzle all over the hot rolls. Now you can see why they are called pecan sticky rolls!

Remove the pan from the inverted rolls, and spoon any excess topping onto the tops of the rolls. Let the pecan sticky rolls cool just a bit before serving them! The recipe makes 14-15 rolls… and they are wonderful. Sweet, full of cinnamon, and sticky… just the way we like ’em.

Sure hope you will give this recipe a try! If you enjoy this, be sure to check out my recipes for homemade cinnamon rolls or cinnamon roll crescents. Yum!

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: Oster Deluxe Bread & Dough Maker User Handbook, published 1994, Sunbeam-Oster Household Products, page 55

Pecan Sticky Rolls
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 55 mins
 

If you like Cinnamon Rolls, then you'll love these scrumptious homemade Pecan Sticky Rolls! Raised yeast rolls, dripping with a caramel-pecan topping.

Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pecan sticky rolls
Servings: 14
Calories Per Serving: 294 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Dough:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , softened
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons reg. active dry yeast OR 3 teaspoons bread machine yeast OR quick acting yeast
For Spreadable Filling (to spread on rolled out dough)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , softened (to spread on rolled out dough)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (to spread on rolled dough)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (to spread on rolled out dough)
For Caramel-Pecan Topping:
  • 1/3 cup butter , melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Place all dough ingredients ( into bread machine and select DOUGH cycle. (If making by hand, see NOTES section for directions).
  2. Spray a 13x9x2 inch baking pan with non-stick spray
  3. In a medium bowl, combine 1/3 cup melted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and pecan halves. Mix well. Spread this in the bottom of the baking pan.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the spreadable filling (1/2 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon). Set aside.
  5. When dough is ready, roll it out to a 15x10 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Spread the 2 Tablespoons of softened butter over the surface of the dough, all the way to the edges. Sprinkle the buttered dough with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, all the way to the edges.
  6. Roll up the dough very tightly, beginning at the long (15 inch) side of the dough. Tuck in the ends and pinch the dough into the roll to seal. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough roll into 14-15 one inch slices. Arrange the cut slices on top of the pecan mixture in baking pan. Cover with a dish towel, and let rise in a warm place for about an hour (or until dough has doubled in size).
  7. Once dough has risen, place the uncovered pan in a preheated 375 degree oven. Bake rolls for 22-27 minutes (mine took 25), or until they turn golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately invert (flip over) the entire pan onto a heat proof serving platter (or tray). Don't remove the pan for about a minute or so, because you want all that sticky caramel-pecan topping to drip onto the rolls. Remove the pan after a minute or so, and spoon any remaining topping over the top of the rolls. Let cool slightly, then serve!
Recipe Notes

If you are NOT using a bread machine: In a LARGE mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast into 1 cup warm water (not hot). Let sit for about 5 minutes to make sure it bubbles (meaning the yeast is good). Add/mix in the egg, and the softened butter. Stir in the flour, sugar and salt. Mix ingredients very well. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface (for about 10 minutes) into a large ball, using lightly flour-dusted hands. Spray a LARGE bowl with non-stick spray. Place dough ball in bowl. Flip the dough over, to coat it with the spray from the bowl. Cover dough with dish towel. Let rise in a warm place for about an hour (or until doubled in size). Once dough has doubled in size, continue with recipe, as directed.

Nutrition Facts
Pecan Sticky Rolls
Amount Per Serving (1 roll)
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 242mg11%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Homemade Hamburger Buns

Learn how to make homemade hamburger buns from scratch! The recipe makes 15 buns, which are perfect for burgers and other sandwiches!Learn how to make homemade hamburger buns from scratch! The recipe makes 15 buns, which are perfect for burgers and other sandwiches!
To be truthful, my first thought when I saw a recipe for making homemade hamburger buns was WHY? Why would anyone want to go to all the trouble to make their own, when you can just run to the store and buy them fairly cheaply?

Then I realized the answer. Because we want to learn how, and simply because we can. That’s it… why not learn something NEW?  So, I tried my hand at making them.

For me I realized that I simply wanted to try making my own (for the very first time), and that alone was enough reason. I did it JUST BECAUSE I WANTED TO LEARN. I’m glad I learned how to make them. These hamburger buns were really good!

Make The Dough For Homemade Hamburger Buns

Start by mixing up the dough in a stand mixer. It’s easy. You can also mix the dough by hand, if you don’t have access to a stand mixer. Really. It’s not that hard.

Homemade Hamburger Buns / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Once a dough ball has been formed, cover the dough and let it sit in a warm place for half an hour.

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After half an hour, the homemade hamburger buns dough has risen, and should look similar to this:

Homemade Hamburger Buns / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Pull off pieces of dough (15 total), and then shape each piece into a ball in your hands. Stretch the seams of the dough under, to the bottom of the ball.

Homemade Hamburger Buns / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Place the dough balls onto a couple of large cookie sheets, leaving some space in between each one.

Covered the dough balls with parchment paper or aluminum foil (I used foil). Once they are covered, put another cookie sheet on top of the foil. This will help the buns not to rise too much.

Homemade Hamburger Buns / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Press down a bit on the top cookie sheet, which helps to flatten out the dough balls. Let the dough balls rise (with the foil still on top) for another 45 minutes.

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After the homemade hamburger buns (dough) have risen again, cut an X onto the top of each bun with a very sharp knife. You will only cut slightly through the top of the dough and  NOT cut all the way through.

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Brush the tops of the dough balls with an egg wash (egg and milk). By the way, I hope you appreciate my “very much USED, GNARLY cookie sheets” (victims of too many recipes).

After the hamburger buns are brushed with egg wash, sprinkle them with sesame seeds.

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Bake The Homemade Hamburger Buns

Bake the hamburger buns in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes, until they are light brown in color. Aren’t they CUTE?

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This is what they look like on the inside, after being sliced and on the outside. They look pretty good, don’t they?

Homemade Hamburger Buns / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The only thing left to do is grill some burgers, and enjoy these homemade hamburger buns! They are wonderful (the buns AND the burgers)!!!

If you need a couple side dishes to go with the burgers, may I suggest serving some delicious potato salad, crispy homemade french fries or onion rings? YUM!

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Maybe you like to try new recipes, too (like me!). If you do, I hope you will give this recipe a try! I think you will enjoy these hamburger buns. Here’s to a summer full of good BBQ’s!

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Homemade Hamburger Buns / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/2010/08/hamburger-and-hot-dog-buns.html

Homemade Hamburger Buns
Prep Time
1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 55 mins
 
Learn how to make homemade hamburger buns from scratch! The recipe makes 15 buns, which are perfect for burgers and other sandwiches!
Category: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade hamburger buns
Servings: 15 buns
Calories Per Serving: 164 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons instant yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups multigrain flour
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups hot tap water
  • 2 cups white all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg + 2 Tablespoons milk (beaten lightly - to brush on top of buns prior to baking)
  • Sesame seeds (optional), for sprinkling on top of buns prior to baking)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl (or bowl of an electric stand mixer), combine the instant yeast and multigrain flour.
  2. Add vegetable oil granulated sugar, and salt.
  3. Stir in the white flour and the hot tap water. If using mixer, mix until dough forms ball that pulls away from sides of bowl (several minutes). (If using your hands, mix ingredients together to work everything together. Knead dough lightly to form ball).
  4. Once dough ball has been formed, cover bowl, set aside and let dough rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into equal sized pieces, by squeezing off portions. (the number of buns is dependent on how large or small you make them. If making small (slider size) buns, you should get close to 2 dozen. If making larger buns, expect to get around 15 or so. Shape the dough into balls, stretching the dough so most of the "seams" are on the bottom of the ball.
  6. Place dough balls onto two cookie sheets. Leave a couple inches between each one. Place a layer of parchment paper or aluminum foil on top, to cover. Place a cookie sheet on top of paper or foil. Press down with the top cookie sheet to help flatten out the dough balls. Remove top cookie sheet, but leave paper or foil on. Let the dough rise for about 45 minutes.
  7. Remove foil after dough has risen. Bake in a preheated 400 F degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until the buns are golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven; let cool a bit, then serve!
Recipe Notes

I made the buns larger than slider size, so this recipe yielded 15 buns.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Hamburger Buns
Amount Per Serving (1 bun)
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 315mg14%
Potassium 49mg1%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cranberry-Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones, with a sweet citrus glaze, are a perfect breakfast treat or snack! They’re delicious, and the easy recipe makes 8 scones!Cranberry Orange Scones, with a sweet citrus glaze, are a perfect breakfast treat or snack! They're delicious, and the easy recipe makes 8 scones!
One of my flavor combinations is that of oranges and cranberries. That flavor combo has been a favorite of mine for years, which is why I LOVE these cranberry orange scones!

That same flavor combo enhances these amazing, absolutely yummy Cranberry-Orange Scones! I’ve been making these for years and years, and absolutely LOVE them!

Making Scones From Scratch Will Save You Money

I love making scones, because they are a wonderful breakfast treat or afternoon snack, especially with a good cup of coffee or tea. Scones are made often in our home, because they are so delicious, quick, and easy to prepare.

By making cranberry orange scones at home, I can save lots of money by NOT buying them at a coffee house. Have you seen how much ONE scone costs nowadays?

This recipe makes 8 scones, and is budget friendly. The cranberry orange scones freeze well, so you can have one any time you want, for a fraction of the cost of BUYING 8 scones!

By making them at home from scratch, I also can know exactly what is in them! THAT is another winning combination, in my humble opinion!

Other Scone Recipes On This Blog

If you enjoy a good scone, you might be interested in some of my other scone recipes. These scone recipes include:

Apple Cinnamon, Cinnamon Chip, White Chocolate Raspberry, Blackberry, Banana Nut, Chocolate Chip Orange, Lemon Cream, and Gingerbread.

These, and additional scone recipes can be found in the Recipe Index at the top of the page.

Collage of scones on this blog, including this one for cranberry orange scones.

Process For Making Scones

If you would like to see pictures of the “process” of how to make scones, I would invite you to view my post for Chocolate Chip Orange Scones, which I posted last year, for pictures of the “how-to’s”.

It is very detailed and will show you how simple it is to make scones, step by step! Follow the pictures for the process, and you’ll be a master scone baker, making these delicious cranberry orange scones in NO time!

This recipe for Cranberry-Orange Scones is very similar, and follows the same process. I simply didn’t take any pictures (except the finished product) while making this particular scone.

The finished cranberry orange scones, with a mint leaf garnish, ready to eat!

All that said, these Cranberry-Orange Scones are DELICIOUS, and I sure hope you will give them a try! You’re gonna LOVE them!

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Cranberry-Orange Scones
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
These delicious Cranberry-Orange Scones are perfect for a breakfast treat, or an afternoon snack! Yum!
Category: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange scones
Servings: 8 scones
Calories Per Serving: 395 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Scones:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 cube) unsalted butter, very cold
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel (finely grated; I use a micro-plane zester)
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 egg white + 1/2 tsp. water
For Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (can always add more if you need extra)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract (I use it for enhanced flavor, but optional)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 3-4 teaspoons orange juice (to make glaze painting consistency)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a food processor (or cut in by hand with a pastry blender in a large bowl), mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and chilled butter together until well combined.

  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, orange juice, vanilla, and grated orange peel. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture; combine till fully blended. Stir in dried cranberries until fully incorporated into dough.

  3. Pour the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough with floured hands until the dough comes together...(continue to sprinkle the dough and surface with additional flour as needed, as dough is usually fairly "sticky"-I usually do this 3-4 times).

  4. Shape dough into an 8" circle with your hands. Using a pizza cutter or very sharp knife, cut the scones into 8 equal-sized wedges.  Mix the egg white and water together in small bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the scones with this mixture.

  5. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place wedges on baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes (mine are usually ready at the 20 minute mark), or until golden brown on top. When done, remove scones from oven to a wire rack, with foil or parchment paper underneath.

  6. When scones have cooled, "paint" the glaze on with a pastry brush (glaze is made by mixing up the ingredients listed, in a small bowl). Completely cover the tops of the scones with the glaze. Let scones cool until glaze has hardened. ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry-Orange Scones
Amount Per Serving (1 scone)
Calories 395 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 171mg7%
Potassium 181mg5%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 430IU9%
Vitamin C 5.7mg7%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maple Twists

Maple Twists are delicious, made from scratch, maple-glazed pastry rings! The recipe makes 3 pastries (24 servings), so there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy!
Maple Twists are delicious, made from scratch, maple-glazed pastry rings! The recipe makes 3 pastries (24 servings), so there's plenty for everyone to enjoy!
I recently stumbled upon a recipe on the internet for Maple Twists that really intrigued me. I love the flavor of maple, so how could I go wrong with a maple glazed pull-apart breakfast pastry ring, especially one as cute as this?

As an added bonus, this recipe makes 3 pastry rings! (I froze two of them for another time, and one was eaten… quite quickly, I might add). Because the recipe makes 3, it is a perfect item to make for a large family, a brunch or to take to a potluck!).

This is a great “pull-apart” pastry ring, so you can grab one or two twists and enjoy them with a cup of good coffee or tea! Seriously good, AND they were actually kind of FUN to make.

How To Make Maple Twists

First, I made the streusel (easy!) and set it aside while I made the dough.

Streusel topping is made for maple twists.
Next I made the dough, and let it rise for 45 minutes. Here it is before rising.

Dough for maple twists sits to let it rise before making pastries.
After dough had risen, I divided it into 3 equal pieces, and formed each piece into a ball. Then I rolled each dough ball out into a 12 inch circle.

The dough was then placed it on a sprayed baking sheet (or on lightly sprayed parchment paper on a baking sheet).

Dough for maple twists is divided into 3 pieces, and rolled into circle.
When I took these next couple of pictures, I took them while dough was still on my cutting board… oops! PLEASE put the dough circles on baking sheet BEFORE doing the next steps (trust me-much easier!)

Spread each of the dough circles with the streusel mixture. Spread it out as thinly as you can.

Streusel mixture is spread onto each of the maple twist dough circles.
Take something that is 2 inches across (I cut off the bottom of a small dixie cup), center it on top of the dough circle and press down slightly. Leave an indentation in the dough (without going all the way through).

Paper cup is used to make a two inch circle indentation in center of maple twists.
Using scissors or a pizza cutter, cut the dough circles into 16 equal sized wedges. Cut from the outside edge of the circle in. Stop at the indentation you made in the dough previously.

Each pastry is cut into 16 pieces.
If you look closely you can see where the slices stopped at the middle circle indentation.

Maple Twists are sliced into 16 wedges, but center of dough is not cut.
Twist And Turn The Maple Twists!

Now comes the FUN part! Carefully lift up each wedge, and twirl it 5 TIMES and then flatten the end down a bit so each wedge stays twisted.

I literally counted every single twist. 1..2..3..4..5! It’s a tiny bit messy, but kinda fun!

Do this for each of the pastry rings! I used both hands, but for this picture, I had to snap the pic, so you get one freakishly pink set of fingers only!

Each wedge of maple twist dough is twisted several times.Time To Bake!

Once all are twisted, cover rings with plastic wrap and let them rise again for about an hour, then bake in a 375 degree oven for 18-22 minutes (mine took about 20). This is what the maple twists look like prior to baking…

Maple twists are ready to go into oven.Make The Maple Glaze

While they are baking, mix up the maple glaze (Easy!) The ingredients are simply mixed together to form a nice topping!

Maple glaze is mixed to brush onto the baked maple twists once done.
This is what the maple twists will look like once removed from oven. Let them cool down for about 5 minutes BEFORE you put the glaze on them.

Maple twists, fresh from the oven, before glazing.Glaze The Baked Maple Twists

Put aluminum foil UNDER the baking rack (to catch drips. After they have cooled for 5 minutes, drizzle the maple glaze over the top of each of the twists.

Use a pastry brush to help spread the glaze out, on each of the warm maple twists. Re-use any glaze that has dripped onto the foil. You want to get it all on top of these pastries.  Don’t they look good enough to eat? YUM.

Maple glaze has been brushed onto the pastry twists.
That’s it. Delicious, and full of maple flavor! Remember to wrap the maple twists really good after they have cooled completely, if you wish to freeze them.

It was fun for me learning how to make these wonderful Maple Twists. Sure hope you will give them a try!

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: http://fakeginger.com/2009/10/05/maple-twists/

Maple Twists
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 48 mins
 
Maple Twists are delicious, made from scratch, maple-glazed pastry rings! The recipe makes 3 pastries (24 servings), so there's plenty for everyone to enjoy!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple twists
Servings: 24 (total of 3 pastry rings)
Calories Per Serving: 155 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Dough:
  • 2 .75 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Maple extract (or Mapleine imitation extract)
  • 1 egg
For Streusel:
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Maple extract (or Mapleine imitation extract)
For Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk (I used 2)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Maple extract (or Mapleine imitation extract)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Make the streusel: Combine streusel ingredients in small bowl; set aside.
  2. Make the dough: In a small saucepan, heat the milk and butter on low until very warm (but not too hot or boiling!).
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer using a dough hook, place the warm milk/butter mixture. Add 1 cup of flour, granulated sugar, salt, yeast, egg, and the maple extract. Beat on low for a couple of minutes, then add the rest of the flour, in 1/2 cup increments, until dough is completely mixed together. Knead this in mixer for 5 minutes. Remove mixer bowl; cover with plastic wrap, and let dough rise in a warm place for 45 minutes (until it doubles in size).
  4. Once dough rises, remove it to a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 3 equal-sized pieces. Roll into a ball. Roll each dough ball into a 12 inch wide circle. Put each dough circle onto prepared baking pan (sprayed with non-stick spray or covered with parchment paper that has been lightly sprayed). Evenly distribute streusel topping over each circle, spreading it as thin as you can to the edges.
  5. Use a 2" sized cup (or other instrument); press gently down; make a circle indentation in center of each circle. Do not cut all the way through.
  6. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife; cut each circle into 16 equal sized wedges. Cut from outside of circle to the indentation mark.
  7. Carefully lift each "wedge" or section. Twist it 5 times, then press end down, so dough stays twisted. Twirl each section the same direction, using same process. Once done, cover each pastry circle with plastic wrap; let dough rise again for an hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Uncover pastry rings, and bake in a 375 degree oven for 18-22 minutes. (oven times vary, so check it at 18 minutes. Mine took 20 minutes). The pastry should be golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Let cool for 5 minutes before glazing.
  9. While pastry is cooling down, whisk together glaze ingredients. Place aluminum foil under wire rack (to catch drips); after twists have cooled for 5 minutes, drizzle the glaze over the top of each pastry. I also used a pastry brush to brush the glaze across the top. Serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Most of the prep time is "inactive" time, waiting for dough to rise.

Nutrition Facts
Maple Twists
Amount Per Serving (2 strips)
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Homemade “Everything” Bagels

Enjoy some delicious homemade everything bagels (New York style) that are made from scratch, boiled, and then baked until chewy and golden brown!Enjoy some delicious homemade everything bagels (New York style) that are made from scratch, boiled, and then baked until chewy and golden brown!

Last week I decided to try another homemade bagel recipe I found on Pinterest. This time I decided to make Homemade Everything Bagels… chewy, boiled-then-baked bagels. These bagels are topped with a mixture of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, minced garlic and dried onion on top.

The original recipe I found only used sesame and poppy seeds, but I added dried minced garlic and dried minced onions for a true “everything” bagel taste. YUM!!!  This recipe makes 8 delicious bagels! Believe it or not, chewy New York style bagels are actually fairly easy to make. Most of the prep time is spent hanging around, waiting for the dough to rise.

I decided about a year and a half ago to make my own bagels, to learn HOW to make bagels, and save some bucks by making my own. I’ve ended up making quite a few varieties of bagels since then.

How To Make Homemade Everything Bagels

Here’s what you do to make these homemade everything bagels:  First you make the dough. It didn’t take long at all in my good ol’ stand mixer.

Dough for the bagels is made using a stand mixer.
Mix the dough up, cover it, and then let it rise in a warm spot for about an hour. So far pretty easy, right?

Once dough is mixed together, it is removed and covered while it rises.
After an hour, you can see that the dough has risen to nearly double it’s original size.

Bagel dough has risen to double it's original size.
Now dough is deflated with a good punch. It is flattened to remove air bubbles and then rests for 10 minutes.

The dough is punched to deflate it after rising, and placed on flour covered work surface.
Shape The Homemade Everything Bagels

Dough is divided into 8 equal pieces, then each piece is formed into a ball. Using fingers, a hole is opened up in the middle of each dough ball. Dough rests for another 10 minutes.

Homemade everything bagel dough is shaped into 8 portions.
Make The Everything Seasoning To Top The Bagels

While the bagel dough is “resting”, make the “everything” topping by combining sesame seeds, poppy seeds, minced garlic, and dried onion in a small bowl. Once mixed together, set the mix aside.

Everything toppings are mixed together for the bagels.
Boil the Bagels

Before boiling the bagels, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Once the dough has finished “resting”, place bagels, two at a time, into a large pan of lightly boiling water. Boil for 1 minute, then flip and cook the other side for 1 minute.

Bagels are boiled for a couple minutes before baking.
TIP FOR TURNING BAGELS: Use two chopsticks to flip the bagels. One on the outside, one in the middle. Works like a charm!

Chopsticks were used to flip bagels during the boiling process.
Top The Boiled Bagels With “Everything” Mixture

Once bagels have been removed from water, place them on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle the top of the wet bagel with the spice mixture, lightly pressing the mixture into the dough to adhere.

Finish boiling the remaining bagels using the same process, until all are done and topped with spice mixture, and ready to bake. They will look like this:

Boiled bagels are topped with everything mix before baking.Time To Bake The Homemade Everything Bagels

Bake the bagels in 425 degree oven for 22-26 minutes (or until golden brown). Remove the cooked bagels to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve, and enjoy! They taste wonderful with butter and/or cream cheese.

The finished, baked homemade everything bagels are ready to eat.Time to eat these delicious bagels.

If you want to slice and toast the bagels after cooking, be sure to do this under an oven broiler, and not in a standard toaster (because of all the toppings!).

Hope you enjoy these bagels. If you enjoy homemade bagels, be sure to check out my recipes for NY Style blueberry bagels, cranberry orange, and jalapeno cheddar bagels. Other bagel recipes can be found in my Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. Have a great day!

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Recipe Source: http://deliciouslyyum.com/two-hour-bagels/

Homemade "Everything" Bagels
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
1 hr 52 mins
 

Enjoy some delicious homemade everything bagels (New York style) that are made from scratch, boiled, and then baked until chewy and golden brown!

Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade everything bagels
Servings: 8 bagels
Calories Per Serving: 241 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour (plus additional for kneading the dough)
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water (110 degrees)
  • 2 Tablespoons Poppy seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced dried garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried minced onion
Instructions
  1. Place a dough hook onto a stand mixer. Into the bowl of the mixer, add yeast, sugar, flour and salt (in that order). Pour the warm (110 degree) water slowly into the bowl, with machine on low and mix on low for 3-4 minutes to fully incorporate the ingredients together. Once fully combined, increase the speed on the mixer to Medium. Continue kneading the dough on Medium speed for 10 minutes.
  2. Lightly flour a large work surface. Punch down the dough to deflate it, and remove it from the mixer bowl to the floured surface. Cover dough with dish towel; let it rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Dive the dough into 8 equal sized pieces. Using your fingers, flatten each dough ball (to help get rid of air bubbles). Roll each piece into a ball, working the seams toward the underside of each ball with your fingers. Press your finger through the middle of each dough ball, Stretch the hole out a bit, as you form the bagel shape. Place each formed bagel onto parchment paper (or lined baking sheet). Let them rest for another 10 minutes (it's HARD work being bagel dough!)
  4. While the dough is "resting", mix the topping ingredients together into a small bowl. Add more, as desired. Set topping aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bring a large pan of water to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to a simmer/low boil.
  6. Carefully put two bagels at a time into the lightly boiling water. Cook for 1 minute. Flip the bagels over; cook for another minute. Remove to baking sheet. While bagels are wet, sprinkle the top with spice mixture, pressing lightly to adhere spices to bagel.
  7. Repeat process with remaining bagels until all are done, and ready to bake.
  8. Bake bagels at 425 degrees for 22-26 minutes (my oven took the full 26 minutes). Bagels should be light golden brown when done. Remove bagels to wire rack to cool slightly, then serve.
  9. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Homemade "Everything" Bagels
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 513mg22%
Potassium 133mg4%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Jumbo Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Make 6 jumbo chocolate chip banana muffins (or 12 standard sized)! You’ll enjoy these yummy muffins, topped with chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs & vanilla glaze.Make 6 jumbo chocolate chip banana muffins (or 12 standard sized)! Yummy muffins, topped with chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs & vanilla glaze.
Spring is on the way… it’s wonderful seeing changes in the landscape around our neighborhood. Leaves are beginning to unfurl on the trees, daffodils and crocuses are blooming everywhere, and the weather has been truly amazing. What a blessing!

We’ve enjoyed a bit warmer Winter here in northwest Oregon than we’re used to. As a result, nature is “springing to life” a bit earlier than normal. It’s amazing what other parts of our country have been dealing with, weather-wise this Winter.

I made these Jumbo Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins last week for breakfast. A delicious muffin AND a couple cups of strong coffee and, you guessed it – we were “springing to life”.

Making Jumbo Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I used a basic recipe for the muffins from a Banana Crumb Muffin recipe I posted last September. Some tweaks of the recipe were made, by adding chocolate chips to the batter, and graham cracker crumbs to the top, along with a few more chocolate chips! After baking, the muffins are drizzled with a simple glaze.

To make them LARGE in size, the muffins are baked in a jumbo sized muffin pan (only holds 6 muffins). However, the recipe can be easily adapted to make in a standard (12 servings) muffin tin. The muffins are easy to make, and the finished chocolate chip banana muffins are truly delicious!

Prepare The Batter

It’s quite easy to make the batter. Mix the flour, baking soda, powder and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Beat the bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter in a separate bowl.

The two bowls of ingredients are then combined to make the muffin batter, and the chocolate chips are stirred in.

The batter is ready to put into muffin cups for baking.

Fill The Muffin Tins

Spoon the batter for the chocolate chip banana muffins into a lightly sprayed muffin tin. Add enough batter until the muffin cups are slightly over 1/2 full.

Muffin cups are filled with the batter.
Sprinkle the top of each muffin with crushed graham cracker crumbs, followed by a few more chocolate chips.

Chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs are placed on top of the batter before baking.

Time To Bake The Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins!

Now the muffins are ready to bake! Bake six jumbo sized muffins for about 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Remove muffins to wire rack to cool.

If you are making twelve standard sized muffins, remember to reduce the cooking time to between 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Remove muffins to a wire rack to cool.

After baking, the chocolate chip banana muffins cool on a wire rack before glazing.

Make The Glaze For The Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Mix up the powdered sugar/vanilla/lemon glaze in a small bowl. Once the chocolate chip banana muffins have cooled, drizzle the glaze over the tops of the muffins. Let the icing firm up before serving.

TIP: Place a piece of wax paper UNDER the wire rack before glazing the muffins. This will make your cleanup much easier!

Muffins are drizzled with vanilla glaze after baking.Once the icing has firmed up, you can enjoy one of these muffins! Hope you enjoy making and eating these jumbo chocolate chip banana muffins. We sure did!

A chocolate chip banana muffin, sliced in half, on a plate.

Hope you enjoy these delicious muffins for breakfast or a quick snack! If you’re looking for more muffin recipes, be sure to check out my Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. Have a GREAT day!

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Jumbo Chocolate Chip-Banana Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Make 6 jumbo chocolate chip banana muffins (or 12 standard sized)! Yummy muffins, topped with chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs & vanilla glaze.

Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip banana muffins
Servings: 6 large or 12 regular
Calories Per Serving: 614 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the muffins:
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas , mashed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg , slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter , melted
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
  • 1/3 cup finely crushed graham crackers
For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • few drops of fresh lemon juice (plus more, if necessary to thin glaze)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray muffin tin with non-stick spray OR line muffin tin with paper muffin wrappers.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter together until smooth. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture. Stir to combine only until batter is well combined and moist. Gently stir in chocolate chips. Be careful not to over-mix. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin cups. Fill slightly over 1/2 full.
  4. Finely crush the graham crackers in a plastic zip-loc bag. I use a rolling pin to do this. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with the crumbs. Add a few more chocolate chips to the top of the muffins, and slightly press them down into the batter.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 30-35 minutes (oven temps vary). You will know they are done when a toothpick inserted into middle of muffin comes out dry. Remove muffins to a wire rack to cool.
  6. Mix up the glaze while the muffins are cooling. Stir well. If mixture is too thick, add additional drops of lemon juice (or water) to thin it out. You want the glaze to not be runny, but thick enough to drizzle. If you get it too thin, just add additional powdered sugar. Once the muffins have cooled off, drizzle the glaze over the tops of the muffins. Let them sit for a few more minutes so the glaze can firm up, then serve. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If making these in a regular (12 serving) muffin tin, remember to reduce the cooking time! About 18-20 minutes should be about the right cooking time for smaller muffins.

Caloric calculation made based on a LARGE muffin.

Nutrition Facts
Jumbo Chocolate Chip-Banana Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 LARGE muffin)
Calories 614 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 532mg23%
Potassium 330mg9%
Carbohydrates 107g36%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 71g79%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 460IU9%
Vitamin C 5.5mg7%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Fruit and Cheese Danish Pastry

Fruit and Cheese Danish Pastry is an easy to make treat using puff pastry dough, topped with cream cheese filling, assorted fruit jams, and icing.Fruit and Cheese Danish Pastry / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I tried a new recipe for Fruit and Cheese Danish Pastry recently. The recipe was found on Pinterest after clicking through different websites looking for a great breakfast pastry recipe.  This recipe I landed on is absolutely delicious and easy to prepare.

I happened to have a box of Puff Pastry sitting in my freezer patiently waiting (for a few months) it’s turn to be transformed into something wonderful. Well… this recipe for fruit and cheese danish was a great way to utilize it!

The pastries were perfect for an “out of the ordinary” breakfast for my husband and myself. Honestly, munching on one of these and sipping a large cup of strong, HOT coffee was a nice way to start the day. This pastry recipe is pretty straightforward, doesn’t require a degree in rocket science to make, and they are delicious! Hope you’ll give these fruit and cheese danish pastries a try!

How To Make Fruit and Cheese Danish Pastry

Here’s what you do:  First, remove one sheet of puff pastry from box and let it thaw slightly before unfolding it.

Puff pastry rests before unfolding it to make pastries.

While the puff pastry dough is thawing, prepare the cream cheese filling… easy!

The cream cheese filling for the pastry is mixed together until creamy.
Cut The Pastry Dough In Steps

The next step is to unroll the dough. Press together the fold lines, and then cut the dough in half. I used my pizza cutter to make the cuts.

Cutting the pastry dough with a pizza cutter.Now you need to cut the dough in half again. You should now have 4 equal sized squares of puff pastry.

The pastry dough is cut in half again.Cut each of the 4 puff pastry squares in half. You should now have 8 rectangle sized pieces of pastry dough.

The last cut leaves 8 rectangular sized pieces of puff pastry.

Forming and Filling The Fruit and Cheese Danish

Place 4 pieces of the dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place the remaining 4 pieces of  pastry dough onto another lined sheet, making sure to leave lots of space in between each piece.

Using a sharp knife, cut a border all around the edge (but don’t cut all the way through the pastry dough!). The outside part will rise up nice and puffy. The inside pastry will also rise, but not as much, due to the weight of the fruit and cheese.

Each pastry dough piece is scored with a knife around the edges.Now spoon some of the cream cheese filling onto each piece of dough like this, as shown below.

Spoonfuls for cream cheese filling are placed onto middle of dough.Carefully spread the cream cheese filling out, almost to the border. This is where you need to stay within the lines!

Cream cheese filling is spread out in inner rectangle of the dough.

Add The Fruit Toppings

Now place a small dollop of your favorite jam on top of the cream cheese and swirl it around a bit to blend (I used a toothpick). Use any flavor jam you prefer.

I used my homemade jams: orange marmalade, strawberry, raspberry, and boysenberry and made a couple pastries of each flavor. It should look kind of like this shown below:

Jam is added to each fruit and cheese danish before baking.Bake The Fruit And Cheese Danish

Brush the outside border of each pastry with an egg yolk mixture, then sprinkle the border with turbinado sugar. Place pans into the oven, and bake for 13-14 minutes (or until golden brown).

Egg yolk is brushed around edges, and sugar is sprinkled on before baking. The fruit and cheese danish pastries will look like this when you remove them from oven. Don’t they look colorful and good enough to eat?

Eight Fruit and Cheese Danish Pastries cool on a wire rack after baking. Here’s an “up close and personal” look at a boysenberry fruit and cheese danish. YUM.

An up close look at a boysenberry fruit and cheese danish.
Once the pastries have cooled, they are drizzled with a simple powdered sugar/lemon glaze. When the glaze has firmed up, they are ready to eat!

A vanilla glaze is drizzled over the baked fruit and cheese pastries before serving.
Dig in… and enjoy! We thought the fruit and cheese danish pastries were wonderful, and I really hope you do, too! If you enjoy this pastry, be sure and check out my recipe for Orange Cheese Danish Pastry (my very first recipe posted on the blog).

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Original recipe source: https://sites.google.com/site/oakcottagerecipes/easy-fruit-and-cheese-danish

Fruit and Cheese Danish Pastry
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
38 mins
 

Fruit and Cheese Danish Pastry is an easy to make treat using puff pastry dough, topped with cream cheese filling, assorted fruit jams, and icing.

Category: Pastry
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit and cheese danish
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 308 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the pastry:
  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
  • 4 ounces cream cheese , room temp.
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream (or half n' half)
  • 2 Tablespoons jam (of your choice)
  • 1 egg yolk , beaten with 1 teaspoon water
  • Turbinado sugar (to sprinkle on pastries before baking)
For the drizzle on the baked pastries:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. While oven is pre-heating, remove one sheet of puff pastry from freezer. Let it slightly thaw before unfolding dough (15 minutes or so).
  3. While dough is slightly thawing, prepare the cream cheese "filling". In a medium sized bowl, beat the cream cheese, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and whipping cream together, using an electric mixer. Mix for several minutes until mixture is smooth and spreadable. Set mixture aside.
  4. Unroll the puff pastry carefully, and try to press dough together where the fold lines were. Cut dough into 8 rectangles (dough is cut in half, then in half again, then each of the 4 squares is cut in half once more).
  5. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place 4 dough rectangles on each baking sheet, leaving ample space in between each piece. Take a sharp knife, and score a border all the way around the dough. Make sure to NOT cut all the way through to the bottom! (by cutting a border, the edges will rise up and hold the filling in better!-don't leave this step out!)
  6. Evenly distribute the cream cheese filling onto the middle of each dough rectangle. Use a knife or spatula to spread it out over the top of the pastry dough, but stay inside the cut border!
  7. Place a very small dollop of your favorite jam onto the cream cheese mixture. Use a toothpick and gently swirl the jam across the top of the pastry.
  8. Mix the egg yolk and water in a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush the egg yolk mixture around the outer border of each pastry. While the dough is still "wet", sprinkle the border lightly with turbinado sugar.
  9. Put the baking sheets into the oven and bake at 400 degrees F. for 13-14 minutes. The pastries should be golden around the edges. The dough should have also risen a bit. Take the pans from the oven and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once the pastries are cool, mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. (if too thick to drizzle, just add a bit more lemon juice!). Use a spoon, and drizzle the glaze over the cooled pastries (I went side to side). Let the glaze firm up, then pastries are ready to be served.
  11. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Fruit and Cheese Danish Pastry
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 308 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 146mg6%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Pumpkin Bread

Make three mini-loaves of this traditional, and delicious pumpkin bread, flavored with the warm Fall spices of of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger! EASY!Make three mini-loaves of this traditional, and delicious pumpkin bread, flavored with the warm Fall spices of of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger! EASY!
The taste and smell of freshly baked Pumpkin Bread is one I always enjoy! There is something so absolutely delicious about the spices (it SMELLS and TASTES like FALL) in this bread… that’s probably the reason I love it so much!  I’m really glad I don’t have to wait for the Fall season just to prepare this delicious pumpkin bread.

In the Fall, I buy “pie pumpkins” (the cute small ones) and make my own pumpkin puree when the season is over. I love having extra pumpkin in the freezer, just patiently waiting to be used in various recipes (like this pumpkin bread) throughout the year!

You Can Use Store Bought Canned Pumpkin or Make Your Own

If you’re interested, you can check out my blog post on How To Make Pumpkin Puree. I freeze bags of pumpkin puree from our fresh pie pumpkins in the Fall. It’s really convenient to pull a bag out of our freezer with just the right amount of pumpkin in it to make these mini bread loaves!

Pumpkin puree is used to make this pumpkin bread (homemade or store bought)

Most people tend to think of pumpkin bread as something that is most often served in the FALL. It’s the time when pumpkins seem to be sprouting on every street corner. With the convenience of modern grocery stores, it’s easy to make this tasty bread any time of the year.

How I Got This Recipe

I have used this recipe for many, many years. A friend named Catherine, (from one of the churches my husband served on staff at) gave me a loaf of this bread over 30 years ago. She also gave me her recipe which I still use, to this day.

The recipe yields 3 mini-loaves, so there’s a loaf or two to share with friends. At Christmas time, I like to double the recipe, and that way I have plenty of “food gifts” for our friends and neighbors!

How To Make Pumpkin Bread (it’s easy!)

The recipe is easy! Basically, you just mix all the ingredients together and bake. How hard is that? Hope you will give this one a try. It is a delicious, flavorful and moist pumpkin bread (and it freezes very well!)

If you bake the pumpkin bread in disposable aluminum loaf pans, it is very convenient for gift-giving!

Once of the finished loaves of pumpkin bread.

Hope you enjoy making and eating this delicious pumpkin bread! Have a great day!

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Pumpkin Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Make three mini-loaves of this traditional, and delicious pumpkin bread, flavored with the warm Fall spices of of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger! EASY!

Category: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin bread
Servings: 18 slices (3 mini loaves)
Calories Per Serving: 137 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 3 mini-loaf pans with a non-stick spray.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with an electric mixer until ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Divide batter evenly between 3 mini-loaf pans.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out dry.
  6. Remove loaf pans to wire rack and cool thoroughly, before removing bread from pans.
  7. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 2130IU43%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Ken’s Garlic Bread

Ken’s Garlic Bread is an easy, crunchy, side dish for salads, soup or main courses. Broiled baguette has Parmesan, garlic, butter, paprika & parsley!Ken's Garlic Bread is an easy, crunchy, tasty side dish for salads, soup or main courses. Broiled baguette has Parmesan, garlic, butter, paprika and parsley!
I named this “recipe” after my husband, Ken… a total bread-lover, who ALWAYS enjoys this garlic bread with a meal. Seriously… the guy can put away the garlic bread. Therefore I named it “Ken’s Garlic Bread”. Amen.

I felt rather foolish thinking I could put this garlic bread “recipe” (if you can call it that) on my blog, but then I realized there’s people who suffer in silence, somberly eating a plain, ordinary, buttered slice of bread, while our family scarfs down completely delicious, crispy, flavor-filled garlic bread! Yeah… if you believe that, I’ve got some swampland down in Florida for ya!

Family Traditions… Even For Garlic Bread!

I finally decided… why NOT put our tried and true Ken’s garlic bread “recipe” out there?  (Hey… it IS my blog, right?)  I get it… most people have “their way” of making garlic bread, and that’s awesome. Well, this is our family’s way. Maybe you will like it as much as we do. Maybe one of our grown sons has been laying awake wondering HOW does Mom make that good garlic bread we always used to have for dinner?

That is why I posted this recipe for my dear sweet husband Ken’s garlic bread. And believe it or not… there really is no “recipe”. Just some pictures that will show you what we do. Nine times out of 10 we start with sourdough bread, but French bread is a good runner up.

Use pre-sliced bread, or slice an entire loaf or a small baguette in half horizontally (lengthwise)… whatever you want! You can use virtually any kind of bread, and chances are, you’re gonna like it!  Follow these easy directions, then cook the bread on a rack under your oven broiler. That’s it!!

How To Make Ken’s Garlic Bread

Here’s how: Slice the loaf or baguette in half length-wise with a serrated knife, and do the following:

Yep, that’s right… I used the kind of parmesan cheese that comes in the green can for this version. Both “shaker can parmesan” and fresh grated Parmesan cheese are perfect for this bread. I keep both around my home, but wrote this recipe using the type of Parmesan cheese that most people commonly have in their home. Guess you’ll have to choose which kind to use.

Bread is buttered, then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Lightly sprinkle with garlic powder. Don’t be too heavy handed, folks! We don’t need to chase away any vampires today!

Bread is then sprinkled lightly with garlic powder.

Now lightly sprinkle Ken’s garlic bread with paprika…

Garlic bread is sprinkled lightly with paprika.

Lightly sprinkle with dried parsley. Now put Ken’s garlic bread on a rack under the broiler. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn… You want it to look nice and golden brown…

Garlic bread is sprinkled with dried parsley flakes.

Time To Eat Ken’s Garlic Bread!

And there ya have it! Congratulations. You made my hubby Ken’s favorite garlic bread. Aren’t you proud? Now insert bread into your mouth and enjoy!

Ken's garlic bread is golden and toasty after broiling in the oven!

Hope you will give this a try… It’s DEFINITELY not rocket science, and it works like a charm every time. Absolutely delicious! ENJOY!

Looking For More BREAD Recipes?

You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few of our favorite bread recipes, (perfect for accompanying a variety of dishes) include:

Interested In More Recipes?

Thank you for visiting this website. I appreciate you using some of your valuable time to do soIf you’re interested, I publish a newsletter 2 times per month (1st and 15th) with all the latest recipes, and other fun info. I would be honored to have you join our growing list of subscribers, so you never miss a great recipe! 

There is a Newsletter subscription box on the top right side (or bottom) of each blog post, depending on the device you use, where you can easily submit your e-mail address (only) to be included in my mailing list.

You Can Also Find Me On Social Media:

Facebook page: The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Pinterest:
The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Instagram:
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Have a GREAT day!

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Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Ken's Garlic Bread is an easy, crunchy, tasty side dish for salads, soup or main courses. Broiled baguette has Parmesan, garlic, butter, paprika and parsley!

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