Classic Bread Stuffing Recipe

Classic Bread Stuffing Recipe

This savory classic stuffing recipe will be the perfect compliment to your Thanksgiving Turkey.  The combination of just a few seasonings creates a flavorful, easy to prepare bread stuffing recipe. Full disclosure here:  I have not always been the biggest fan of stuffing at Thanksgiving.  It’s a staple though.  Stuffing must accompany turkey at Thanksgiving.  It’s a tradition! SO after several years of experimenting with stuffing, I discovered I like mine a little more crispy rather than moist and soft.  In order to create more of a crunchy texture, I bake my stuffing instead of stuffing the turkey with my bread stuffing.  Also, it’s pretty simple to adjust the texture of this recipe by adjusting how long you bake the stuffing uncovered.  For softer more moist stuffing, bake uncovered for a shorter amount of time.  For more crisp, crunchy stuffing, bake uncovered for a little longer time.  No worries… I provide exact times and instructions in the recipe. When I was hunting for fresh bread crumbs, I asked one of the bakery employees at my local grocery store for help with my search.  She was so kind to walk me directly over to the bakery and instruct the lady behind the counter to slice a fresh loaf of bread two ways!  I had my choice of whole wheat, white, sour dough, and asiago loaves.  The kind lady grabbed my whole wheat loaf, sliced that baby two ways, and made my fresh bread cubes!  I’m excited to try the sour dough and asiago bread next. Most traditional stuffing recipes instruct you to use stale bread or to dry or lightly...
Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

These pumpkin banana muffins are light, fluffy, and perfect for the Fall.  They are meant for breakfast, but don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to eat them for every single meal throughout the day.  I made a batch this morning and my three year old wanted them for every meal AND snack!  He’s now in bed with a stomach full of these deliciously fulfilling healthy pumpkin banana muffins. This is my VERY most favorite time of the year.  It’s right before the holiday season kicks off with Halloween, the weather is starting to cool, leaves are changing, AND it’s prime time for comfort food.  I’m already a huge fan of quick breads and have a special weakness for banana pumpkin recipes.  I created these Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins a couple years ago and have not looked back since.  If there’s a potential recipe where I can continue to combine banana and pumpkin, create I will. I know I repeat myself, however I love sneaking healthy ingredients in recipes without anyone knowing.  Fabulously healthy grains like chia seeds and flaxseed are easy to add into muffins such as these.  Also, I have tried several different whole wheat flours and now only use Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour.  It keeps your baked good light, fluffy, and healthy.  Trust me.  It’s a must try.   SO if you’re wanting to keep this pumpkin banana muffin healthy, you can spread coconut oil instead of butter over fresh-out-of-the-oven muffins and drizzle pure honey on top.  You can thank me later.  Now hurry and go bake these addicting banana pumpkin muffins. Print Pumpkin Banana Muffins...
Brazilian Gluten Free Cheese Bread or Pão de Queijo

Brazilian Gluten Free Cheese Bread or Pão de Queijo

Pão de queijo is very traditional in Brazil, where I come from. It’s a gluten free cheese bread. Pão means bread and queijo means cheese. We eat it for breakfast, as a snack during the day or with our afternoon coffee. It’s everywhere. At every bakery, supermarket, coffee shop, at the table at your grandma’s house. There’s even a fast-food chain dedicated to it. Hot and freshly baked is how you want to enjoy these babies. They can be eaten a few hours after baking as well, but they start to lose quality as they sit. If you’re eating a day old pão-de-queijo you should probably toast it first but honestly, you will hardly ever have that problem as your leftovers will probably be nonexistent. I’ve been living in America for over 5 years and pão-de-queijo is still one of the things I miss the most about Brazil, right after my family. It goes: 1)my family 2) pão-de-queijo 3) my friends (sorry, guys!). I can still have pão-de-queijo here in the US, I make it all the time, since I can’t just walk into any establishment and buy it. I make a big batch and freeze them so anytime I want some, or have company coming over, I throw some in the oven for a quick and delicious snack. It’s gluten free because it’s made with manioc flour- sour or sweet, though I prefer the sour. Sometimes I buy the manioc flour on amazon, we call it polvilho azedo and amazon sells a Brazilian brand. But in all reality, tapioca flour does the trick just fine and it’s easier...
Eggless Muffins

Eggless Muffins

Muffins! Do I have your attention, now? Yes, muffins got your attention! Because they are super delicious! One of men’s best creations. Muffins are best friends with coffee and pretty much the reason why I even bother getting out of bed some days. Here’s my proposal, do an experiment, make a batch of muffins and bring to work, or right before your spouse comes home. See how much love you are going to get for bringing muffins into people’s lives. I’ve been doing it for years. I am not ashamed of getting people’s affections through baked goods, specially muffins, since that’s the hot topic. Muffins are mini joy cakes. They are supposed to be fluffy and sweet, but not overly sweet. They are usually accompanying a cup of tea or coffee, or if you are my husband, milk. Loved by most, desired by all. Nobody has ever said no to a fresh baked muffin standing right in front of them.   Even your friends with egg allergies or on a diet. They can totally be a part of the love-sharing with these eggless, sugar free muffins. So my advice to you is to go ahead and bake some of these whole wheat muffins today! Or tomorrow! Fill your house with the smell of love and baked goods! It will be worth the 15 minutes you’ve spent making these! Seriously, only 15 minutes. Could be 10 minutes. This recipe calls for applesauce. If you use store-bought applesauce, it will be 10 minutes to put this together. I make my applesauce from scratch because it’s so dang easy and delicious. I...
Gluten-free Banana Bread Recipe

Gluten-free Banana Bread Recipe

Get ready for a moist, sweet, and crumbly gluten-free banana bread recipe! I must admit gluten-free recipes take me a few tries in order for me to find the perfect texture.  I didn’t think I would be able to create an easy gluten-free banana bread recipe since I had several failures.  It was either too gummy OR it had too much liquid and wouldn’t bake evenly leaving the middle completely undone and doughy.  SO frustrating! However, after several attempts, I think I perfected it!  Hallelujah! Have you adjusted to having kids back in school yet?  My husband and I are newbies will the whole school routine. My oldest daughter has successfully finished her first month of all-day kindergarten AND although tired when she gets home, she’s loving it.  One of her favorite parts is school lunch.  She’s always coming up with new suggestions and ‘surprise’ requests for her lunches. Well, this girl loves her bread and decided to add this banana bread and gluten-free option to her lunch.  It was a hit!  I didn’t have the heart to tell her that her little brother and I gobbled up pretty much the remaining loaf when the bread was hot out of the oven.  Can we all agree baked goods right out of the oven will ALWAYS be the best way to devour them?  Spread a little softened butter over the top and…. oooh eeeh!  I can’t stop eating. Oh… I forgot to share the best part!  This is gluten-free SUGAR FREE banana bread!  No sugar other than honey or maple syrup, my friends.  I’ve become a wimp with white refined...
Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Oooh… I love me some warm, fluffy, sweet, and light easy banana pancakes! I like to sneak in health to my recipes.  I don’t think it’s a secret at this point although I usually keep ingredients a secret from my innocent, hungry family.  Poor souls!  They never know how healthy they are actually eating. Muaaaahhhhh (my evil laugh… that’s my evil laugh). My favorite meal, breakfast, is my first opportunity to fill their tummies (I have little kids, okay? Don’t judge my word chose.) with some nutrients. I’m all about comfort foods and is there a better comfort food than whole wheat banana pancakes?  You may not be a fan of whole wheat, but that’s because you haven’t tried whole wheat pastry flour yet! It will change your world. I pretty much love anything with banana especially warm banana-bread-like baked goods.  Have you tried my banana muffins?  I make them probably once a week.  There a big hit here.  Well, I just transformed these delicious muffins into banana whole wheat pancakes. SO home recipes for banana pancakes can sometimes be tricky.  You have to pick the right temperature on your griddle and also know the signs when your pancakes are ready to flip.  You want to set your griddle to a little lower temperature (300 F to 325 F) and also look for when your pancake starts to slightly bubble.  Then flip that baby! Once you’ve flipped the pancake, you want to watch for the slight raise in the middle of your pancake.  Once you see the slight rise through the whole pancake, they’re ready to be devoured!  Can you see the...

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