Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is a delicious, easy-to make treat. The recipe yields two 9×5 loaves, perfect for gift-giving or snacking.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is a delicious, easy-to make treat. The recipe yields two 9x5 loaves, perfect for gift-giving or snacking.

Do you enjoy banana bread? We sure do! Years ago I made some simple tweaks to my mom’s recipe for banana nut bread, and started making golden brown loaves of moist, chocolate chip banana bread (filled with chocolate chips and without the nuts). How can you go wrong by adding chocolate to just about anything? Not sure it’s possible.

Anyways, this simple recipe was born from her recipe. The recipe makes two big loaves of this delicious, moist bread. It hardly takes any time at all to whip up the batter, and then all that is left to do is pop ’em in the oven, and wait for them to be done. Easy Peasy! Here’s how to make this yummy bread, which can be a snack or a breakfast treat. We like to eat our slices warm, with a dab of soft butter on them. YUM. Here’s how to make this bread:

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Make The Batter

Making the batter is simple. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and granulated sugar into a large bowl. Stir in the chocolate chips, reserving some (1/4 cup) to add to the top of the loaves before baking. These are the “dry ingredients”.

Dry ingredients are sifted, together then chocolate chips are added.

In a separate bowl, whisk or stir together eggs, oil, lemon juice, and mashed (very ripe) bananas. You will want to use bananas that have brown spots all over the peels (very ripe), because they will be the sweetest, which is perfect for this bread. These are your “wet ingredients”.

Once combined, pour the “wet ingredients” into the bowl with the “dry ingredients”, and stir well, only until all the ingredients are combined. Do not over-mix the batter.

Mashed bananas, eggs, oil, and lemon juice are combined in bowl.The wet ingredients are poured into the bowl of dry ingredients.The banana bread batter is stirred only until ingredients are combined.

Bake The Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 

Now it’s time to bake the chocolate chip banana bread. Spray two 9×5″ loaf pans with non-stick baking spray (bottom and sides). Evenly divide the batter between the two pans. Sprinkle the reserved 1/4 cup of chocolate chips over the top of the bread batter.

Place the loaves on the middle rack in a preheated 350°F oven. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the top comes out clean. I recommend checking the bread at 50 minutes, then again, until done. The chocolate chip banana bread should be golden brown on top. Let the loaves cool for 10-15 minutes (in the pan) on a wire rack, before attempting to remove them from the pans.

Chocolate chip banana bread batter is divided into two loaf pans for baking.Two loaves of chocolate chip banana bread cool on wire racks after baking.

Time To Eat!

Once the loaves have cooled, run a butter knife around the edges of the pan. Place a platter on top of a loaf, and holding both the platter and the loaf pan… invert the loaf upside down. It should come out of the pan easily (if you greased your pan well!).

Slice and serve. Each loaf should give you about 8 slices of this delicious bread. It is delicious slightly warmed, with butter, too! YUM.
NOTE: This bread also freezes very well, if wrapped well, in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

A view of the inside of the bread, once sliced. Lots of chocolate chips.A slice of the chocolate chip banana bread, sliced and ready to eat.

I hope you enjoy this yummy chocolate chip banana bread. It has been a favorite in our home for many, many years! Thank you for stopping by, and I sincerely hope you will come back soon. Have a wonderful day.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is a delicious, easy-to make treat. The recipe yields two 9x5 loaves, perfect for gift-giving or snacking.

Category: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip banana bread
Servings: 16 (2 loaves)
Calories Per Serving: 386 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips , divided
  • 2 large eggs , slightly beaten
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups mashed VERY RIPE bananas (approx. 4 med. bananas)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (fresh)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray two 9x5 loaf pans with non-stick baking spray.

  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and granulated sugar into a large bowl. Stir in chocolate chips (reserving 1/4 cup) to add to the top of loaves before baking.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk or stir together eggs, oil, lemon juice, and mashed (very ripe) bananas. Once combined, pour it into bowl with the "dry ingredients". Stir well, only until all ingredients are incorporated. Don't over-mix batter.

  4. Evenly divide batter between pans. Sprinkle reserved 1/4 cup chocolate chips over the top. Place loaves on the middle rack of oven. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the top comes out clean. I recommend checking bread at 50 minutes, then again, until done/golden brown on top. Let loaves cool 10-15 minutes (in the pan) on a wire rack, before attempting to remove from pans.

  5. Once cooled, run a butter knife around edges of pan. Place a platter on top of a loaf, and holding both the platter and the pan, invert the loaf upside down. It should come out of the pan easily (if you greased your pan well!). Slice and serve. Each loaf should yield 8 slices. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If making mini-loaves, you will probably get 5-6 mini-loaves. These should be baked between 30-35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 299mg13%
Potassium 371mg11%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 63IU1%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is a delicious, easy-to make treat. The recipe yields two 9x5 loaves, perfect for gift-giving or snacking.

Air Fryer Glazed Butternut Squash

Air Fryer Glazed Butternut Squash is an easy veggie dish, with air fried squash cubes covered in a butter, maple syrup and cinnamon glaze.
Air Fryer Glazed Butternut Squash is an easy veggie dish, with air fried squash cubes covered in a butter, maple syrup and cinnamon glaze.

If you have an air fryer and are looking for a great veggie side dish, I would love to recommend this air fryer glazed butternut squash to you. It’s been fun trying so many recipes using the air fryer I got last year.

For this recipe I tweaked one of my recipes for BAKING maple cinnamon butternut squash, and adapted it (through trial and error) for use in an air fryer. This recipe is the result of my experiments. And boy… is it GOOD! Slightly caramelized on the outside, and creamy soft on the inside, this is a delicious, slightly sweet, butternut squash side dish. Here’s how to make it:

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Prepare The Butternut Squash

Use a vegetable peeler or a sharp knife, and peel the butternut squash. Cut off a slice of both ends, and discard. Slice the squash lengthwise, and then scoop out all the seeds (discard).

Slice each half squash into 1″ thick crescent-shaped slices, and then cut each slice into bite-sized cubes (about 1½” square). Place all the squash cubes into a large mixing bowl.

A vegetable peeler is used to peel the butternut squash.A butternut squash is sliced in half lengthwise, then seeds are removed.Crescent-shaped slices of the butternut squash are then cut into cubes.

Drizzle extra virgin olive oil on the squash cubes, and then sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Stir well, to fully coat the squash with the oil and cinnamon.

Cinnamon and olive oil are sprinkled onto the squash, then stirred in to coat.

Cooking Air Fryer Glazed Butternut Squash

Now it’s time to cook the butternut squash! Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. This will take a couple minutes. When ready, place the squash cubes in the basket of the air fryer, spreading them out in a single layer as much as possible. 

The air frying process is fairly simple. Basically you will cook, shake the basket, cook, shake the basket, cook, shake the basket and then cook until soft. Got that? The occasional “shaking” allows the squash to get browned on all sides from all that “bumping” around.

Once done, the squash will have reduced in size as it cooked, will be slightly caramelized on the outside, and soft on the inside. You can give one a taste test to make sure it is cooked through.

Air fryer basket with cubes of butternut squash, ready to cook.When done, the squash has reduced in size, and is caramelized on the outside.

Time To Glaze And Serve!

Immediately pour the hot butternut squash into a large bowl. Add melted butter, pure maple syrup and a pinch or two more of ground cinnamon. Stir well, to ensure all the squash gets coated with this glaze.

Transfer to a serving plate or bowl, and serve the air fryer glazed butternut squash while HOT! The buttery cinnamon maple flavors give the squash just a bit of delicious sweetness that kids and adults will love! Serve alongside your favorite chicken, pork or beef dish, and enjoy!

Air fryer glazed butternut squash, served in white bowl.

Thank you for stopping by, and trust you will come back for a visit again soon. I hope you have the opportunity to try this air fryer glazed butternut squash. It’s really good, and I’m confident you and those you love will really enjoy it. Have a GREAT day, and may God bless you.

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Air Fryer Glazed Butternut Squash
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Air Fryer Glazed Butternut Squash is an easy veggie dish, with air fried squash cubes covered in a butter, maple syrup and cinnamon glaze.

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer glazed butternut squash
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 134 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons butter melted
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Use a vegetable peeler or sharp knife to peel butternut squash. Cut off a slice at both ends, and ends. Slice squash lengthwise; scoop out seeds (discard). Slice each half into 1½" thick crescent-shaped slices, then cut each slice into bite-sized cubes (about 1½" square).

  2. Place squash into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, and then sprinkle with cinnamon. Stir well, to fully coat squash with oil and cinnamon.

  3. Preheat air fryer to 400°F. When ready, place squash cubes in the basket of the air fryer, spreading them in a single layer as much as possible. 

  4. Cook 5 minutes. Shake the basket to move the squash around. Cook 5 minutes. Shake again. Cook 5 minutes. Shake again. Cook for 3-5 more minutes until the squash is caramelized on the outside and is soft to the bite on the inside (taste test). When done, remove basket from air fryer.

  5. Immediately pour squash into a large bowl. Add melted butter, maple syrup and 1-2 pinches of ground cinnamon. Stir well, to ensure squash gets coated with glaze. Transfer to a serving plate or bowl, and serve HOT! Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Glazed Butternut Squash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 26mg1%
Potassium 671mg19%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 19994IU400%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Air Fryer Glazed Butternut Squash is an easy veggie dish, with air fried squash cubes covered in a butter, maple syrup and cinnamon glaze.

Crunchy Caramel Corn

Learn how to make yummy, crunchy caramel corn at home! This delicious, easy treat is made with only a few ingredients and will be a big hit!Learn how to make yummy, crunchy caramel corn at home! This delicious, easy treat is made with only a few ingredients and will be a big hit!

Do you enjoy caramel corn? I sure do! I’ve been making it for over 30 years with the same recipe I drag out of my old and tattered recipe box! It is super easy to make, is NOT sticky, and stays crunchy when stored in an airtight container! I am finally getting around to photographing and sharing the process for making it on the ol’ blog today.

The recipe as written makes approximately 24 cups of crunchy caramel corn when all is said and done, and did I mention just how absolutely DELICIOUS it is? Uh huh… addictively YUMMY. I have NO CLUE where the original recipe came from all those years ago. It was handwritten on an old 3×5 card with no source noted. Here’s how to make crunchy caramel corn:

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The Ingredients Needed

The ingredients you will need include popping corn, brown sugar, butter, light corn syrup, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Cream of tartar can be found in grocery stores in the Spices and Seasonings section.

A photo of the ingredients needed to make this recipe for caramel corn.

Pop the Popcorn!

The first thing you will need to do is pop the popcorn! You will need 3/4 cup of UNPOPPED plain popcorn kernels to end up with 6 quarts  of popped corn (approx. 24 cups) , which is necessary for this recipe.

Make the popcorn (in batches) using an air popper, or your own favorite popping method (stovetop/microwave, etc.). Once it is all popped, make sure to remove and discard any uncooked kernels from the batch. Set the popcorn aside in a very LARGE bowl while you make the caramel sauce. NOTE: It’s important to have the popcorn ready, so as soon as the hot caramel sauce is done, it can be added immediately!

Plain popcorn is popped and ready to turn into caramel corn.

Make The Caramel Sauce

Now it’s time to make the yummy caramel sauce for the popcorn. It’s EASY, and no candy thermometer is needed! Melt butter in a large saucepan. Once it’s melted, add brown sugar, light corn syrup, and salt. Stir well, to fully combine ingredients.

Bring the sauce to a boil on medium heat. Once it begins to boil, continue boiling for exactly 5 minutes, stirring the caramel sauce often.

The ingredients for caramel sauce are added to saucepan.Caramel sauce ingredients are cooked in large saucepan.

The sauce for the crunchy caramel corn will get pretty “foamy” as it continues to boil, and will rise a bit in the pan (which is why you start with a large saucepan!). Just keep on stirring! As it gets close to the 5 minute mark, it will darken in color, as well.

Once you’ve boiled it for 5 minutes, remove the pan from the heat. Immediately stir in the baking soda, and a pinch of the cream of tartar. The cream of tartar and the baking soda add air to the sauce, which is what helps create the crunchy texture on the popcorn!

Crunchy caramel corn sauce is boiling in pan.Baking soda is added to the finished caramel sauce.

Pour And MIX, MIX, MIX!

Immediately pour the hot caramel mixture over the popcorn. Use a large spoon and stir and stir, until all the popcorn is well coated in caramel sauce. Just keep stirring! A word of warning: The sauce is VERY HOT, so be careful. This would NOT be a job for the kids!

Pouring the hot caramel sauce over the popcorn in large bowl.Popcorn is stirred until coated with the sauce.

Time To Bake The Crunchy Caramel Corn

Once the popcorn is well-coated with the caramel sauce, spread it out on two large rimmed cookie sheets. Try to keep the popcorn in a single layer, and separate pieces with your fingers, if necessary, to break up any large “globs”.

Bake the caramel corn in a preheated 200°F oven for 90 minutes (1½ hours). Stir the caramel corn every 20 minutes during the baking time.  Stirring it that much is important, because it keeps the pieces moved around and broken up (for even heat distribution). This will also help the caramel to crisp up nice and crunchy, just the way it should be. Here’s what I do: Put on a great movie, set a timer, then just get up to give the caramel corn a stir every 20 minutes. It’s a WIN-WIN!

Once done, remove the pans from the oven, and let the crunchy caramel corn cool to room temperature before serving. Break up any large pieces, once cool. Store the crunchy caramel corn in an airtight container to keep it crunchy and fresh for weeks!

Crunchy caramel corn is baked until very crispy, turning at times during baking.

Crunchy Caramel Corn Is A Yummy Homemade Christmas Gift

Crunchy caramel corn also makes a fantastic food gift to give to those you love during the holidays! I like to buy inexpensive little Christmas goodie bags at the store, and fill them up with this crispy sweet snack!

Good luck staying out of the entire bowl of crunchy caramel corn… it is so incredibly good! It will be hard to stop eating, once you bite into it and get a taste!

Christmas goodie bags, filled with crunchy caramel corn are a fun homemade treat!

Thanks for stopping by! I truly hope you have the opportunity to make some yummy, crunchy caramel corn for yourself or those you love. It’s such a great recipe, and is so easy to make. Come back soon for another visit, and have a great day.

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Crunchy Caramel Corn
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins
 

Learn how to make yummy, crunchy caramel corn at home! This delicious, easy treat is made with only a few ingredients and will be a big hit!

Category: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crunchy caramel corn
Servings: 24 approx.
Calories Per Serving: 177 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup popcorn kernels (UNPOPPED) (to make 6 quarts popped)
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks or 16 Tablespoons)
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch cream of tartar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200°F.

  2. Make popcorn using an air popper, or a favorite popping method (stovetop/microwave, etc.). Once popped, remove/discard any uncooked kernels. Put popcorn in a LARGE bowl; set aside. NOTE: It's important to have popcorn ready before cooking caramel sauce!

  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir to combine. Bring sauce to a boil on medium heat. Once boiling, continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring often. Sauce will get "foamy" as it cooks, and will rise in the pan (which is why you use a large saucepan). Keep on stirring! Near the 5 minute mark, it will darken in color, as well. Once it's boiled 5 minutes, remove pan from heat. Stir in baking soda and a pinch of cream of tartar (this helps create crunchy texture-don't skip this).

  4. Immediately pour hot caramel over popcorn. Use a large spoon and stir, until all popcorn is well coated in caramel sauce. Just keep stirring! TIP: Sauce is VERY HOT, so be careful.

  5. Spread coated popcorn onto 2 large cookie sheets. Try to keep popcorn in a single layer, separating pieces with your fingers to break up large "globs". Bake at 200°F for 90 minutes (1½ hours), stirring every 20 minutes, to keep pieces moved around and broken up (for even heat distribution). Once done, remove from oven; let caramel corn cool completely. Break up any large pieces before serving. Store in airtight container to keep it crunchy for weeks! Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Crunchy Caramel Corn
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 124mg5%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 236IU5%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Learn how to make yummy, crunchy caramel corn at home! This delicious, easy treat is made with only a few ingredients and will be a big hit!

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is perfect for dinners or holiday feasts! A honey, brown sugar, OJ and spice glaze coats the ham (boneless or bone-in).Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is perfect for dinners or holiday feasts! A honey, brown sugar, OJ and spice glaze coats the ham (boneless or bone-in).

My husband LOVES ham! We don’t have it that much during the year, but wow, does he ever love it at Christmas time and at Easter. In the past we’ve bought pre-glazed hams (at Honey-Baked using gift certificates). We’ve also bought hams at the grocery that come with the cute little glaze package attached (where all you add is water).

Those are all wonderful options, but truthfully, it is sooo easy to make your own homemade brown sugar glazed ham. Today I will show you how you can make your own sauce to baste your holiday ham. The “recipe” is incredibly simple, and the ham tastes wonderful after being fully glazed at 3 different points during the baking time.

The recipe as written is for a six pound ham, but can be easily adapted for a much larger one, too! Here’s how easy it is to make this delicious glazed ham:

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Make The Brown Sugar Glaze

Simple, simple, simple. The sweet glaze is super easy to make! Basically it involves placing the ingredients in a pan and cooking for a couple minutes. That’s it!

Place brown sugar, orange juice, honey, white vinegar, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Whisk the ingredients together. Once combined, bring the sauce to a simmer on medium-low heat. Let it cook for about 2 minutes (stirring occasionally) or until the sauce has slightly thickened, then remove the pan from the heat source.

Brown sugar, OJ, honey & spices are combined in saucepan to cook the glaze.The brown sugar glaze is cooked for 1-2 minutes until it thickens slightly.

Time To Glaze The Ham – Glaze #1

TIP: Take the ham out of the refrigerator about an hour before beginning, so some of the “chill” can be take off the meat. *It will cook more evenly if you do this.

Lay two large pieces of aluminum foil on counter (overlapping slightly in middle). Place your ham right in the middle of the foil. Use 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze to cover the entire outside surface of the ham. If you are using a spiral sliced ham, let some of the glaze drizzle down between slices, if desired.

Wrap up the ham tightly with the aluminum foil, until it is well sealed. Place the ham in a large baking dish, flat side of the ham facing down in the dish, then place the dish into a preheated 325°F oven (on a middle rack).

A ham is place on aluminum foil, then coated with brown sugar glaze.Aluminum foil tightly seals the brown sugar glazed ham for baking.

Baking The Brown Sugar Glazed Ham – Glaze #2

Bake the brown sugar glazed ham at 325°F for 15 minutes for every pound of meat you are cooking, OR until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 100-110°F. For example, this 6 pound ham was cooked for 90 minutes. As the weight of your ham may vary, it is important to follow these guidelines to ensure a juicy ham!

Remove the ham from the oven, but TURN up the oven temperature to 400°F, as you remove it. Carefully open the foil wrap, and brush the ham with another 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze all over. Place the ham STILL UNCOVERED back into the now 400°F oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes more. Keeping it uncovered will help the sugar to slightly caramelize on the ham.

Glaze # 3- The Final Glaze

Remove the ham from the oven after 15-20 minutes OR when the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Brush the remaining glaze over the surface of the ham, then tightly seal the foil back up, and let the ham rest for 10 minutes (covered), before slicing.

The ham’s internal juices will redistribute throughout the meat during this 10 minute “resting” time. This will help it to stay juicy when serving. Once “rested”, the ham is ready to slice and eat.

After baking, another coating of glaze is applied to the ham, then cooked longer.Final glaze is applied to ham after baking, then it rests to redistribute internal juices.

Ready To Eat

Slice the ham and serve to your hungry family or guests. This boneless brown sugar glazed ham sliced easily, the meat was fully cooked and juicy, and the glaze added extra flavor!

Boneless brown sugar glazed ham is sliced for serving.

You can also use this glaze for your spiral-sliced bone-in hams, too. The simple, but sweet glaze adds a wonderful layer of extra flavor to any ham.

A spiral-sliced ham can also be used for this recipe.

We enjoyed our delicious ham slices with French-style green beans and maple cinnamon sweet potatoes. It was a simple, but absolutely delicious meal. The ham leftovers were pretty incredible too, and were used to make ham and cheese scrambled eggs, ham sandwiches, and more. YUM.

Green beans and a sweet potato are served with a brown sugar glazed ham slice.

I hope you will consider trying this simple brown sugar glazed ham. I’m confident you will enjoy it on your favorite variety of ham. Thank you so much for visiting this blog. May God bless and keep you, and make His face shine upon you. Have a GREAT day, friends.

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Recipe adapted from: Melissa, at: https://www.blessthismessplease.com/brown-sugar-glazed-ham/

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
 

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is perfect for dinners or holiday feasts! A honey, brown sugar, OJ and spice glaze coats the ham (boneless or bone-in).

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar glazed ham
Servings: 12
Calories Per Serving: 598 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 pound ham (bone-in or boneless) pre-cooked (intact or spiral cut)
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • Tablespoons honey
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Remove ham from fridge 1 hour before beginning, to take chill off. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  2. Place remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan. Whisk together, to combine, and bring to a simmer on medium-low heat. Cook for 2 minutes (stirring occasionally) or until sauce has slightly thickened. Remove pan from heat source.

  3. Lay two large pieces of aluminum foil on counter (overlapping slightly in middle). Place ham in middle of the foil. Brush 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze on, to cover surface of ham. If using spiral sliced ham, let glaze drizzle down between slices. Wrap ham with foil, until well sealed. Place ham in a large baking dish, flat side down. Place dish on middle rack in 325°F oven.

  4. Bake at 325°F for 15 minutes for every pound of meat you are cooking, OR until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 100-110°F. As ham weights vary, it is important to follow these guidelines to ensure juicy ham! Remove ham from oven, and TURN up oven temperature to 400°F. Carefully open foil, and pull it slightly away from the meat (but leave it in pan); brush ham with another 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze. 

  5. Place ham (STILL UNCOVERED) back into 400°F oven. Cook 15-20 minutes more. Remove ham after 15-20 minutes OR when the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Brush ham with remaining 1/3 glaze; seal the foil back up, and let ham rest for 10 minutes (covered), before slicing to allow juices to redistribute through meat. Once "rested", it's ready to slice and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Amount Per Serving (1 (8 ounce slice))
Calories 598 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 141mg47%
Sodium 2709mg118%
Potassium 671mg19%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is perfect for dinners or holiday feasts! A honey, brown sugar, OJ and spice glaze coats the ham (boneless or bone-in).

Crispy Homemade Hash Browns

It’s easy to make crispy homemade hash browns to serve with a favorite breakfast. Crunchy on the outside, & soft inside, they’re DELICIOUS!
It's easy to make crispy homemade hash browns to serve with a favorite breakfast. Crunchy on the outside, & soft inside, they're DELICIOUS!

Anyone want hash browns with their breakfast? Me, me, me! My husband and I love crispy hash browns, especially with a good egg breakfast, but don’t have them too often. Most weekday mornings we grab coffee and an English muffin or have granola. HOWEVER… there is nothing like a big hearty breakfast on the weekends!

These crispy homemade hash browns are a wonderful accompaniment to a “full-on” breakfast, and they are very easy to make! They don’t take too much time or effort to make, either. I’ve been making them this way for years, and finally took photos so I could share the recipe with you on my blog!

Golden brown, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, these buttery, shredded potatoes taste amazing! Here’s how to make them:

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Prepare The Potatoes

When I make hash browns, I like to use medium-sized Yukon gold or red potatoes. I had a few German butterball potatoes left from our garden (very similar to Yukons), so I used them for the photos. It’s certainly okay to use russets, but I personally like the color and flavor of the other varieties best. If using russets, use one really large or two medium sized potatoes to make two servings (as written in the recipe card)

Peel the potatoes, and then use a box grater to shred them immediately. Be sure to grate the potatoes immediately before cooking, so they don’t turn brown from exposure to air! I always shred them onto several thicknesses of paper towels, to help absorb moisture. Cover the shredded potatoes with several more paper towels, and press firmly to remove as much moisture from the potatoes as possible.

Removing as much moisture as possible will help create CRISPY hash browns. The potatoes will turn crispy while cooking instead of steaming in the additional moisture that was not removed. Trust me.

Potatoes are peeled, then grated onto paper towels.Paper towels are used to press into the grated potatoes to absorb excess moisture.

Time To Cook Crispy Homemade Hash Browns!

Okay… the potatoes are grated, and the excess moisture has been absorbed. Now it’s time to cook some crispy homemade hash browns! Add vegetable oil and butter to a large heavy skillet. TIP: If you have a cast iron skillet, use it! Cook on medium-high heat, stirring until the butter melts, and the skillet is really hot, but not smoking.

Carefully add the shredded potatoes to the hot skillet, evenly distributing them on the bottom of the skillet in a shallow layer. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Once you have the layer of potatoes spread out, do not disturb or move them.

Butter is melted into vegetable oil in large skillet.The hash browns are placed in hot skillet and seasoned.

Flip And Continue Cooking

Cook the crispy homemade hash browns for 3-4 minutes without disturbing them. When you begin to see the bottom edges begin to get golden brown and crispy, carefully turn the hash browns over in one piece, if possible.

Continue cooking an additional 3-4 minutes, occasionally pressing down firmly on the top of the hash browns with the back of a spatula. Flip the hash browns back over to the original side and cook 1-2 more minutes until they are crispy on the outside and lightly browned all over.

The crispy homemade hash browns are cooked, then flipped to cook other side.Seasoned crispy hash browns are fully cooked and ready to serve.

Time To EAT!

Evenly divide the crispy homemade hash browns into two portions and place on plates, keeping each portion intact, if possible.  Serve immediately, adding additional salt and pepper, if desired, to suit your own personal taste.

We enjoyed these hash browns served with a ham and cheese egg scramble and a slice of toast with my homemade strawberry jam. They were crispy, buttery, and absolutely DELICIOUS!

Crispy homemade hash browns, served with scrambled eggs, ham, and toast.

Sure do hope you have a chance to try these delicious crispy homemade hash browns. I’m sure you and those you love will enjoy them, too! Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon… and have a GREAT day!

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Crispy Homemade Hash Browns
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
13 mins
 

It's easy to make crispy homemade hash browns to serve with a favorite breakfast. Crunchy on the outside, & soft inside, they're DELICIOUS!

Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crispy homemade hash browns
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 367 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes (or red) , peeled and grated
  • ½ teaspoon salt/pepper (each) plus more, to taste if desired
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Peel potatoes, and use a box grater to shred them immediately onto several thicknesses of paper towels to absorb moisture. Grate potatoes immediately before cooking, so they don't turn brown from exposure to air! Cover shredded potatoes with more paper towels, and press firmly to remove as much moisture as possible, which helps to create CRISPY hash browns.

  2. Add vegetable oil and butter to a large skillet. TIP: If you have a cast iron skillet, use it! Cook on medium-high heat, stirring until butter melts, and skillet is really hot, but not smoking. Carefully add potatoes to skillet, evenly distributing them in skillet in a shallow layer. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Once you have potatoes spread out, do not disturb or move them.

  3. Cook 3-4 minutes without disturbing. When you see bottom edges turn golden brown and crispy, carefully turn the hash browns over in one piece, if possible. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, occasionally pressing down firmly on the top of the hash browns with the back of a spatula. Flip the hash browns back over to the original side and cook 1-2 more minutes until they are crispy on the outside and lightly browned all over.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Homemade Hash Browns
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 647mg28%
Potassium 1074mg31%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 50mg61%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!It's easy to make crispy homemade hash browns to serve with a favorite breakfast. Crunchy on the outside, & soft inside, they're DELICIOUS!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Brittle

Delicious Chocolate Chip Pecan Brittle is a very “brittle” slab of chocolate chip coconut pecan cookie broken in chunky pieces. EASY & YUMMY!
Delicious Chocolate Chip Pecan Brittle is a very "brittle" slab of chocolate chip coconut pecan cookie broken in chunky pieces. EASY & YUMMY!

If you enjoy chocolate chip cookies, then I can practically guarantee you will LOVE this crispy, crunchy chocolate chip pecan brittle. There is also toasted coconut in this treat, which is a wonderful flavor addition. My husband and I love this simple, but decadent crunchy dessert. I originally found the recipe in one of the Christmas cookbooks I have in my collection. IT’S SO GOOD!

The dough is made, then pressed FIRMLY into a 13×9″ baking pan, then cooked until hard and crunchy. Once done baking, the entire slab of cookie brittle is removed from the pan IN ONE PIECE. It is then broken into irregular shaped pieces for serving. Oh. My. Goodness. This chocolate chip pecan brittle is addictively TASTY! It would also be perfect for gift-giving. Here’s how to make it:

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Toast The Coconut And Pecans

First Things First… preheat your oven to 350°F. You will need to lightly “toast” the coconut and pecans before making the dough for the “cookie brittle”. It’s EASY. Simply spread the pecans and coconut out on a large baking sheet.

Bake them at 350°F for 7-8 minutes without disturbing, until the coconut is golden brown. Once done, remove pan from the oven, and set these two ingredients aside to cool for a few minutes before adding to the dough. TIP: While the pecans and coconut are cooling, you can begin making the dough, to save time.

Coconut and pecans are toasted on a baking sheet in the oven.

Make The Dough

In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside. In a SEPARATE large bowl, stir together melted (and cooled) butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.

Add the flour mixture to the bowl with the butter mixture, and stir well, combining the ingredients into a soft dough.

Dry ingredients are added to buttery wet ingredients to form a soft dough.

Add the chocolate chips and the cooled, toasted pecans and coconut to the dough mixture. Stir well, until all ingredients are incorporated. The chocolate chip pecan brittle dough will appear to be a bit crumbly, once combined.
Chocolate chips, toasted pecans and coconut are added to the dough.

Pack The Dough Firmly Into The Baking Pan

Lightly spray a 13″x9″ baking sheet with rimmed edges with non-stick baking spray. Using clean hands, firmly press the dough evenly in the pan until it is compacted and tightly packed down. This will ensure a crispy slab of chocolate chip pecan brittle once baked! Press the dough all the way to the edges. 

Chocolate chip pecan brittle dough is pressed firmly into a 13x9" baking pan.

Bake The Chocolate Chip Pecan Brittle

Once dough is firmly compacted in the pan, I take the back of a spatula and go around the edges of the pan, to create a tiny space between the dough and the pan. It helps to shore up the edges of the chocolate chip pecan brittle for a solid slab later.

Pop the tray onto the middle rack of a preheated 350°F oven. Bake for 19-21 minutes. When done, the “brittle” should be golden browned and firmly crisp. You don’t want soft spots, so you might have to cook it a minute or two longer, as oven temperatures can vary. When done, remove baking sheet from the oven to let the slab of brittle cool. Leave the brittle in the pan until it has cooled COMPLETELY.

Dough is separated from sides of pan, then baked until crispy and golden brown.

Time To Bust Out The Chocolate Chip Pecan Brittle!

Once the brittle has completely cooled, it’s time to bust it out of the pan. Remove the entire slab from the pan, and transfer it to a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper. It should be easy to remove in one piece, by lifting one edge, and literally lifting the whole thing out of the pan in a solid slab (as shown below)!

Using your hands, break the slab into individual portions. Yes, the pieces will be non-uniform in size as you break it up, but you should easily be able to get 24 pieces from this recipe.

Baked chocolate chip pecan brittle is so firm it can be removed from pan in one piece.Irregular shaped pieces are broken off of the slab before serving.

Time To Eat!

Once the chocolate chip pecan brittle is broken up into serving size portions, it’s ready to eat. YUMMO. These delicious treats are so good, and it was all we could do to stay out of it! The brittle can also be placed into cute little cannisters or gift boxes to share some love with friends or family for the holidays or a special occasion!

These treats are really crunchy and are amazingly delicious! IF you have any leftovers… be sure to store them in an airtight container to ensure maximum crunchiness for several days!

A white platter full of pieces of chocolate chip pecan brittle.There are many sizes and shapes of chocolate chip pecan brittle on the plate.

I am positive you will really enjoy these decadent treats as much as we do! Hopefully you will have the opportunity and time to make them for those you love.  Thanks for stopping by today. I truly hope you will come back soon. Have a GREAT day.

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Original recipe source: “Christmas With Southern Living 2007” Cookbook, published 2007 by Oxmoor House, page 158

Chocolate Chip Pecan Brittle
Prep Time
17 mins
Cook Time
19 mins
Total Time
36 mins
 

Delicious Chocolate Chip Pecan Brittle is a very "brittle" slab of chocolate chip coconut pecan cookie broken in chunky pieces. EASY & YUMMY!

Category: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip pecan brittle
Servings: 24
Calories Per Serving: 204 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup butter melted & cooled slightly
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (miniature)
  • 1 cup pecan pieces toasted
  • ½ cup sweetened, flaked coconut toasted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray or grease a 13"x9" rimmed baking sheet; set aside.

  2. Spread pecans and coconut out on a large baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 7-8 minutes undisturbed, until coconut is golden brown. Remove pan from oven, let ingredients cool before adding to dough.

  3. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside. In a SEPARATE large bowl, stir together melted (cooled) butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; stir well, combining ingredients into a soft dough. Add chocolate chips and cooled pecans and coconut to dough. Stir well, until all ingredients are incorporated (dough will be a bit crumbly).

  4. Firmly press dough evenly in greased pan until it is compacted and tightly packed down. This will ensure a crispy slab of chocolate chip pecan brittle once baked! Press dough all the way to the edges. Using the back of a spatula, go around edges, creating a tiny space between dough and pan. It helps to shore up the edges of the chocolate chip pecan brittle for a solid slab later.

  5. Place baking sheet on the middle rack of 350°F oven. Bake for 19-21 minutes. When done, "brittle" should be golden brown and very crisp. You don't want soft spots, so you might have to cook it a minute or two longer, as oven temperatures can vary. When done, remove baking sheet from oven. Leave the brittle in the pan until it has cooled COMPLETELY.

  6. Once completely cooled, remove entire slab from the pan. It should be easy to remove in one piece, by lifting up one edge, then lifting the whole thing out of the pan in a solid slab. Break the slab into individual portions. The pieces will be non-uniform in size as you break it up, but you should easily get 24 pieces. Serve, and enjoy! Store leftovers in airtight container.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Pecan Brittle
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 94mg4%
Potassium 112mg3%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Delicious Chocolate Chip Pecan Brittle is a very "brittle" slab of chocolate chip coconut pecan cookie broken in chunky pieces. EASY & YUMMY!

Rum Raisin Muffins

Rum Raisin Muffins are an easy to prepare breakfast treat! Brown sugar muffins filled with rum-soaked raisins! Recipe yields 1 dozen.
Rum Raisin Muffins are an easy to prepare breakfast treat! Brown sugar muffins filled with rum-soaked raisins! Recipe yields 1 dozen.

I originally found this recipe for rum raisin muffins in one of the many cookbooks I have collected over the years. This recipe has a very basic brown sugar batter, and has lots of rum-marinated raisins inside. It sounded intriguing, so I made them the first time for my husband and I.

We really liked them! They are not overly sweet, and honestly don’t taste too “rum-like” (in case you’re wondering), but are a moist, yummy muffin. They’re perfect for a quick breakfast or snack, and are very easy to make! Here’s how:

Do You REALLY Soak The Raisins In Rum?

Yes. For this recipe, the raisins are soaked in a very small amount of rum. The alcohol will cook out as the muffins bake, leaving a small bit of flavor behind. You can use light rum, dark rum, or coconut rum, whatever type you have access to.

The raisins will take an hour to soak, so plan ahead! Truly, this is the only thing about the entire recipe that will take time. Place the raisins in a small bowl, and stir in the rum, until the raisins are coated. Let them sit for one hour, stirring occasionally, to allow the rum to lightly infuse the raisins with extra flavor. Do NOT drain, once done.

Raisins are soaked in rum before adding to muffin batter.

Prepare The Muffin Batter

Before beginning, preheat your oven to 400°F, and grease or line with paper liners a 12 cup muffin pan. Now let’s make the batter! It’s a cinch. Sift all purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the brown sugar, and stir well, to combine the dry ingredients.

Brown sugar is stirred into sifted flour, baking powder and salt.

Place two eggs in a separate bowl, and whisk them lightly. Add the oil and milk, and whisk these wet ingredients together until fully combined.

Milk is added to beaten eggs and oil in large bowl.Wet ingredients are whisked together before adding to dry ingredients.

Finish The Batter

Hollow out a “well” in the middle of the bowl of dry ingredients, and pour in the wet ingredients. Now add the rum-soaked raisins (and any leftover liquid from their bowl) to the mix.

Stir all the batter ingredients together gently until everything is combined. Be careful to not overmix the batter… only stir until all ingredients have been incorporated into a slightly thick batter.

Wet ingredients and rum-soaked raisins are added to dry ingredients.The batter for the rum raisin muffins is ready to use.

Bake The Rum Raisin Muffins

Carefully pour or spoon the batter into the 12 prepared muffin cups, evenly dividing the batter between them. The batter will fill each cup to between 1/2 and 2/3 full.

Bake the rum raisin muffins at 400°F for 18-20 minutes. Test to see if they are done around the 18 minutes mark, by inserting a toothpick into the top of a muffin. If it comes out clean, they are done. The finished muffins will have risen considerably, and be nicely browned.

Remove pan from oven. Let muffins cool (still in the pan) for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Paper-lined muffin cups are filled with the muffin batter.After baking, the rum raisin muffins are nicely browned on top.

Time To Eat!

The rum raisin muffins are delicious, served warm, with a dab of softened butter. They are also yummy, when eaten at room temperature, just as they are. They are filled with plump, chewy raisins, and taste wonderful. I really hope you enjoy them.

Each of the rum raisin muffins is full of rum-soaked raisins!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have the opportunity to try this recipe for rum raisin muffins. They freeze well, so if you can’t possibly finish them all in one sitting, pop a few into re-sealable freezer bags and toss ’em in the freezer to enjoy at a later date.

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Adapted from: The book “1 Mix, 100 Muffins”, by Susanna Tee, published by Parragon Books, 2008, page 28 (Caribbean Rum & Raisin Muffins)

Rum Raisin Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Marinating Time For Raisins (inactive)
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 28 mins
 

Rum Raisin Muffins are an easy to prepare breakfast treat! Brown sugar muffins filled with rum-soaked raisins! Recipe yields 1 dozen.

Category: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rum raisin muffins
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories Per Serving: 255 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • cups raisins
  • 3 Tablespoons rum white, dark or coconut
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar* * a HEAPING, packed ½ cup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk* * a SCANT cup of milk
  • 6 Tablespoons vegetable or sunflower oil can sub. melted/cooled butter
Instructions
  1. Place raisins in small bowl; stir in rum. Let raisins sit for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Do NOT drain, once done.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°F, Grease or insert paper muffin liners into a 12 cup muffin tin.

  3. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add brown sugar; stir well, to combine these dry ingredients. Set aside.

  4. Place two eggs in separate bowl; whisk lightly. Add oil and milk; whisk until these "wet ingredients" are combined. Hollow out a "well" in the middle of the bowl of dry ingredients; pour in these wet ingredients. Add rum-soaked raisins (and any liquid from their bowl). Stir gently until all ingredients are combined. Be careful to not overmix the batter... only stir until ingredients have been incorporated into a slightly thick batter.

  5. Evenly divide batter into 12 prepared muffin cups. Fill each cup between 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake at 400°F for 18-20 minutes. Test to see if done at the 18 minute mark, by inserting a toothpick into the top of a muffin. If it comes out clean, they're done. They will have risen considerably, and be nicely browned. Remove pan from oven. Let muffins cool (still in pan) for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation made utilizing vegetable oil in recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Rum Raisin Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 54mg2%
Potassium 326mg9%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 84IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Rum Raisin Muffins are an easy to prepare breakfast treat! Brown sugar muffins filled with rum-soaked raisins! Recipe yields 1 dozen.

Creamy Avgolemono Soup

Creamy Avgolemono Soup is a classic Greek dish (with rice) that is delicious, rich and lemony, and very easy to make in under 30 minutes.Creamy Avgolemono Soup is a classic Greek dish (with rice) that is delicious, rich and lemony, and very easy to make in under 30 minutes.

For many years I have read about, looked at recipes, and wondered about Avgolemono soup. It sounded quite unusual. I was tempted many times to give it a try, but never did, until last month. Whoa! I LOVED this soup! Who knew that a lemon-flavored creamy rice soup could taste so incredibly GOOD?

Creamy avgolemono soup is a classic Greek beloved soup, one of their signature dishes, to be sure. Avgolemono” comes from the Greek language. “AVGO” means egg, and “LEMONO” means lemon. This light and creamy simple soup only uses a few ingredients, is EASY to make, and tastes wonderfully bright and fresh! I hope you will give it a try… it will surprise you, most likely. Here’s how to make it:

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How To Make Creamy Avgolemono Soup

Heat six cups of chicken broth in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring it to a boil, and then pour in a half cup of uncooked long grain rice. Stir well, to combine.

Cook the broth and rice, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes on medium-high heat, until the rice becomes tender. Stir the rice occasionally while it is cooking, to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Uncooked rice is added to boiling chicken broth to cook.

Temper The Egg Mixture Before Adding To Hot Soup

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk four egg yolks lightly, and then add fresh lemon juice and finely grated lemon zest, whisking to combine. Now it’s time to “temper” the egg mixture. This is a VERY important step!

*Tempering the eggs means slowly adding in hot broth VERY SLOWLY. This raises the temperature of the eggs, so that when they’re added to very hot soup, they won’t become “scrambled eggs”. Here’s how to temper the egg mixture:

Slowly drizzle 1 cup of the hot broth into the egg mixture, whisking constantly as you add it. Continue whisking until all the cup of broth has been added. Turn the heat down to medium-low under the broth in the pan , and then slowly add the warmed egg mixture back into the hot broth in the pot, whisking as you add it. 

Egg yolks, lemon juice and zest are whisked together until combined.Hot broth is slowly drizzled/whisked into egg mixture to temper the eggs.

Finish Cooking The Soup

Let the soup continue to cook on medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. DO NOT LET THE SOUP COME TO A BOIL!

The creamy avgolemono soup will thicken up a little bit as it continues to cook. Once it has fully heated through (about 3-4 minutes), remove the pan from the heat. Season lightly (to suit your taste) with salt and pepper.

Avgolemono soup is cooked 3-4 minutes after adding tempered egg mixture.The soup is lemony, rich, thick and creamy after heating through.

Ready For A Bowl Of Creamy Avgolemono Soup!

Once heated through, the creamy avgolemono soup is ready to eat! Ladle the hot soup into serving bowls, and garnish each serving with chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (and strips of lemon peel, if desired).

The parsley and lemon peel add a “pop” of color, and another layer of flavor, but are not absolutely essential if you don’t have them handy! The soup is thick and creamy, bursting with lemon flavor, and the rice is very tender (and filling). We enjoy this soup with crusty slices of garlic bread on the side. YUM!

A bowl of Creamy Avgolemono Soup, garnished with chopped parsley and lemon peel.Garlic bread served on the rim of a bowl of creamy avgolemono soup.

I truly hope you will give this creamy avgolemono soup a try- it’s quite delicious! The leftovers were microwaved for lunch the next day, and were wonderful, as well! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon. Take care.

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Original recipe source: The cookbook: “Williams-Sonoma Soup Of The Day”, by Kate McMillan, published by Weldon Owen, Inc. 2011, page 15

Creamy Avgolemono Soup
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Creamy Avgolemono Soup is a classic Greek dish (with rice) that is delicious, rich and lemony, and very easy to make in under 30 minutes.

Category: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: creamy avgolemono soup
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 200 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup long grain white rice , uncooked
  • 4 large egg yolks , slightly beaten
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (finely grated lemon peel)
  • salt/pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (flat leaf) , chopped for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat broth in large saucepan on medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; add uncooked rice. Cook uncovered, 15-20 minutes on medium-high heat, until rice is tender. .Stir occasionally while it cooks, to prevent rice from sticking to bottom of pan.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks lightly. Add lemon juice and zest, whisking to combine. "Temper" the egg mixture. *Tempering eggs means slowly adding in hot broth VERY SLOWLY. This raises the temperature of the eggs, so that when added to hot soup, they won't scramble. Here's how: Measure out, then slowly drizzle 1 cup of the hot broth into the egg mixture, whisking constantly as you add it. Continue whisking until the entire cup of broth is added.

  3. Turn the heat down to medium-low under the broth in pan; slowly add the warmed egg mixture back into the broth in pan, constantly whisking as you add it back in. Let the soup continue cooking on medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. DO NOT LET THE SOUP COME TO A BOIL! Soup will thicken up a bit as it cooks. Once hot (3-4 minutes), remove pan from the heat.

  4. Season lightly (to suit your taste) with salt and pepper. Ladle hot soup into bowls, and garnish each serving with chopped parsley (and strips of lemon peel, if desired). Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Avgolemono Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 184mg61%
Sodium 117mg5%
Potassium 376mg11%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 414IU8%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Creamy Avgolemono Soup is a classic Greek dish (with rice) that is delicious, rich and lemony, and very easy to make in under 30 minutes.

Cranberry Orange Bread

Make a large, delicious loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread! You’ll love this EASY recipe which is perfect for snacking, holidays, or gift-giving!Make a large, delicious loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread! You'll love this EASY recipe which is perfect for snacking, holidays, or gift-giving!

Do you like the flavor combination of cranberries and oranges? I sure do! In the past I’ve posted recipes here using cranberry-orange flavor palettes for cake, scones, and muffins. I’ve even used the cranberry-orange combo for saladsIsraeli couscous, bagels, sauce and cookies, but realized I’ve never posted my tried and true recipe for simple, easy cranberry orange BREAD. No glazes, icings, etc. to complicate it… just sweet, delicious cranberry orange bread. YUMMO.

This recipe is SO EASY to make! The prep time is very minimal, and then into a hot oven a pan full of batter goes, only to re-appear as a golden loaf of amazing tasting bread! Cranberry Orange Bread is a yummy treat you will enjoy for breakfast, snacking, OR giving lovingly to a dear friend or family member over the holidays! Here’s how easy it is to make:

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Prepare The  Batter

Before beginning, preheat your oven to 350°F. Whisk (or stir) together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl, until combined. Add one egg (lightly beaten), orange juice, orange zest, and vegetable shortening to the flour mixture. 

The dry ingredients are whisked together in a large bowl until combined.Egg, orange juice, orange zest and shortening are added to dry ingredients.

Use an electric mixer to fully combine these ingredients together, then remove beaters. Once mixed, STIR in finely chopped cranberries and nuts (walnuts or pecans). Stir only until all ingredients have been incorporated into the batter.

Wet and dry ingredients are mixed together to form batter for the bread.Finely chopped cranberries and pecans are added to the bread batter.After stirring, the cranberry orange bread batter is ready for a baking pan.

Bake The Cranberry Orange Bread

Now that the batter for the cranberry orange bread is ready, it’s time to bake! Grease or spray the bottom only of a 9×5 inch bread pan. Transfer the batter into the prepared bread pan, evenly distributing the batter. Place the pan on the middle rack of a preheated oven.

Time to bake the cranberry orange bread.

Bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the top of the loaf comes out clean. Oven temperatures tend to vary quite a bit, so I recommend checking the bread at the 50 minute mark, just to make sure you don’t over-cook it.

Removing The Bread From The Pan

When done, the top should be beautiful and golden brown, and a toothpick will come out CLEAN. Transfer the pan to a wire rack, and let cool for about 10 minutes, before attempting to remove it from the pan. After it cools, gently slide a butter knife around the edges of the bread to loosen it from the pan.

Place a platter on top of the bread pan. Quickly turn the loaf upside down, and tap on the bottom of the pan until the bread releases. If it doesn’t immediately release, turn it back over, re-do the sides with the butter knife, and let it cool a few more minutes. Carefully place the loaf back onto a wire rack to finish cooling after removing it from the pan.

When done, the cranberry orange bread is golden brown on top.A side view of the finished loaf of bread while cooling on wire rack.

Cool, Slice, And Eat!

Let the cranberry orange bread cool for awhile before slicing. This will ensure a nicely cut slice! You can eat the bread warm with a dab of butter if desired. We tend to enjoy this bread the most when served at room temperature, but it’s most certainly YOUR choice.

However you choose to eat it, either still warm or at room temperature… it really is delicious! The cranberry orange flavor is wonderful, and I am confident you will like it! The bread also freezes well, if wrapped very well!

Two slices of cranberry orange bread and remaining loaf on a white plate.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I am grateful you took some of your precious time to spend here. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to try this delicious bread for yourself, or can make a loaf for someone you love. Have a great day, and may God bless you.

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Author's signatureOriginal recipe source: unknown (written on an index card I’ve had for over 30 years)

Cranberry Orange Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Make a large, delicious loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread! You'll love this EASY recipe which is perfect for snacking, holidays, or gift-giving!

Category: Bread/Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange bread
Servings: 9
Calories Per Serving: 278 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest , finely grated orange peel
  • 1 cup cranberries , finely chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts or pecans , finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray the bottom only of a 9x5 inch bread pan.

  2. Whisk (or stir) flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl, until combined. Add egg (lightly beaten), orange juice, orange zest, and vegetable shortening to flour mixture. Use an electric mixer to mix ingredients together. STIR in cranberries and nuts. Stir only until all ingredients have been incorporated into batter. Transfer batter into prepared pan, evenly distributing batter. Place pan on middle rack in preheated oven.

  3. Bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the top of loaf comes out clean. I recommend checking the bread at 50 minutes, to make sure you don't over-cook it.

  4. When done, the top should be golden brown, and a toothpick has come out CLEAN. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cool for 10 minutes, before attempting to remove bread from pan. After it cools, slide a butter knife around edges of the bread to loosen it from pan. Place a platter on top of the bread pan. Holding both platter and bread pan carefully turn loaf upside down; tap on bottom of pan until bread releases. If it doesn't immediately release, turn it back over, re-do sides with butter knife, and let cool 3-4 more minutes. Carefully place loaf on wire rack to finish cooling after removing it from pan. Let cool, slice and enjoy warm, or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation made using pecans.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 278 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 329mg14%
Potassium 184mg5%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 78IU2%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make a large, delicious loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread! You'll love this EASY recipe which is perfect for snacking, holidays, or gift-giving!

 

 

Baked Praline Acorn Squash

Baked Praline Acorn Squash is a delicious side dish! Crescent-shaped slices, topped w/ caramelized brown sugar, pecans, maple syrup & spices!
Baked Praline Acorn Squash is a delicious side dish! Crescent-shaped slices, topped w/ caramelized brown sugar, pecans, maple syrup & spices!

If you are searching for a delicious way to prepare acorn squash, may I suggest this recipe? Baked praline acorn squash is an absolutely delicious use of this delicious, hearty “Winter” vegetable, and I am confident you will love it as much as we do!

The basics of this easy recipe are this: Slice squash, brush with a glaze, sprinkle with a praline-type mixture, and then bake. It truly is an easy recipe to follow, and the end result is an amazing tasting side dish you will be proud to serve at any family dinner or feast! Here’s how to make it, step by step:

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How To Prepare The Acorn Squash

Before beginning, preheat your oven to 400°F. Okay… now here we go! Behold… the humble acorn squash (seen below), commonly found in most grocery stores. The first thing you will need to do is cut each squash in half horizontally (NOT from stem to bottom). The skin is fairly thick, so use extreme caution when cutting the squash.

Once cut, remove the seeds (and attached pith), using a large spoon to scoop it out. When the seeds have been removed, cut each half in half again. You will have 4 pieces from each squash (8 pieces total, if preparing recipe as written).

A whole acorn squash, before de-seeding and slicing.After slicing the squash in half, the seeds need to be removed.Each of the acorn squash halves are then cut in half, making 4 quarters per squash.

Carefully cut the acorn squash into approximately 1″ slices. This cutting will result in those unique crescent-shaped slices of squash.

Each of the pieces of squash are sliced into crescent-shaped slices.See the crescent-shaped acorn squash slices?

Prep The Slices For Baking

Cover two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil. Give each a light coating of non-stick baking spray. Arrange the squash slices in a single layer on each baking sheet. Stir olive oil and maple syrup together in a small bowl until combined.

Brush each slice of squash with HALF of this glaze (top surface only), reserving the other half of the glaze for later.

Raw slices of squash are brushed with an olive oil/maple syrup mixture.

Place the pecan halves and brown sugar in a food processor (or hand-held food chopper). Pulse/process the nuts and brown sugar until the pecans become finely ground. Add salt, black pepper, and the cayenne pepper, and give it a quick pulse to incorporate these ingredients.

Sprinkle HALF of the pecan mixture over the surface of the acorn squash slices, reserving the other half for later.

Pecans, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper are finely ground in a food processor.

Ready To Bake!

Once the slices have been covered with maple glaze AND the pecan praline mixture, they’re ready to pop in the oven! Bake at 400°F for 5 minutes, then remove the pans from the oven.

Carefully turn each slice over (use a fork, fingers, or tongs), and repeat process the same as before. Brush the slices with maple glaze, then sprinkle with remaining praline mixture. Place them back into the oven, and continue baking for 20 more minutes.

The baked praline acorn squash should be easily pierced with a fork when done. Some caramelization of the brown sugar/pecan mixture should have occurred, as well. Remove the squash from the oven, and transfer slices (carefully) to a serving platter.

Pecan/brown sugar mixture is sprinkled onto squash slices before baking.Baked Praline Acorn Squash slices are flipped after 5 minutes in oven.

Time To Eat The Baked Praline Acorn Squash

Now it’s time to enjoy the baked praline acorn squash. TIP: Please take note that you do NOT eat the peel on acorn squash. Your family or friends will need to simply run a butter knife around the edge and remove the peel before consuming this veggie dish. It’s EASY to do, because the squash is so tender!

The acorn squash has wonderful flavor, especially due to the addition of the brown sugar/pecan mixture on each slice. Slightly sweet, and slightly nutty, with only a tiny little bit of heat from the cayenne, this veggie dish tastes GREAT!

A serving plate full of baked praline acorn squash, baked and ready to eat.The brown sugar/pecan mix has caramelized onto the squash while baking.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for baked praline acorn squash. We love it, and the (covered) leftovers will keep in the fridge for several days. Simply reheat any leftovers in the microwave, and you’re good to go for a second round. Yay for leftovers!

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Original recipe source: Erin Clarke, at: wellplated.com/praline-caramelized-squash/

Baked Praline Acorn Squash
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Baked Praline Acorn Squash is a delicious side dish! Crescent-shaped slices, topped w/ caramelized brown sugar, pecans, maple syrup & spices!

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked praline acorn squash
Calories Per Serving: 275 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 acorn squash , approx. 1½ pounds each
  • cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup pecan halves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place aluminum foil on two rimmed baking sheets. Lightly spray foil with non-stick baking spray.

  2. Cut each squash in half horizontally (NOT from stem to bottom). Skin is thick; use caution when cutting. Remove seeds and pith. Cut each half in half again, resulting in 4 pieces per squash. Cut squash into approx. 1" thick crescent-shaped slices. Arrange slices in a single layer on prepared baking sheets.

  3. Stir olive oil and maple syrup in a small bowl until combined. Brush each slice of squash with HALF of this glaze (top surface only), reserving other half for later.

  4. Place pecans and brown sugar in a food processor (or hand held food chopper). Pulse/process until the pecans become finely ground. Add salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; pulse or chop just enough to incorporate these ingredients. Sprinkle HALF of pecan mixture over top surface of squash slices, reserving other half for later.

  5. Bake at 400°F for 5 minutes; remove pans from oven. Carefully turn slices over (use fork, spatula, fingers, or tongs). Repeat process, brushing slices with remaining glaze, then sprinkling remaining pecan mixture. Place into oven; bake for 20 more minutes. Squash can be easily pierced with a fork when done (fork-tender), and pecan/brown sugar mix should be slightly caramelized. Remove from oven; transfer slices to serving platter. Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation made based on 6 servings. Depending on the size squash used, it's possible to get 8 servings from the recipe, as written.
TIP: Please take note that you do NOT eat the peel on acorn squash. Simply run a butter knife around the outer edge and remove the peel (discard) before eating.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Praline Acorn Squash
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 786mg34%
Potassium 852mg24%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 850IU17%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Calcium 98mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Baked Praline Acorn Squash is a delicious side dish! Crescent-shaped slices, topped w/ caramelized brown sugar, pecans, maple syrup & spices!