Cranberry Walnut Bagels

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Since I was little, my mom and I would go and get bagels every weekend.  It was always so much fun and we looked forward to it all week! My favorite were blueberry bagels and hers were cranberry walnut.  I would always end up making a mess spreading on the cream cheese and would have to wash off my hands at the end with soap leaving my hands dry and cracked.

 

For Mother’s Day this year, I decided to change things up and make Cranberry Walnut Bagels right at home! I hadn’t made bagels for many years so it was a fun, new experience for us to try together!

 

We hopped in the car and went to our local Target to get ingredients for the bagels that we did not have such as the cranberries and walnuts along with some more soap since we knew we were going to make a complete mess. We picked up some SoftSoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™ Shea & Cocoa Butter and SoftSoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™ Orchid & Coconut Milk to use to wash all of the dough off of our hands while we were making the bagels and fell in love! It was super easy to find, right in the soap aisle by the other hand washes. There was also one other scent that sounded incredible, the SoftSoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™ Aloe Water & Lime.

I think I ended up washing my hands about 10-15 times during the process and came out with my hands actually feeling nicer than they did before I washed them! Plus Lotion is the only hand wash with a touch of lotion inside so your hands feel so soft and smooth, yet also not greasy! My favorite scent was the Shea & Cocoa Butter with it’s complex and indulgent scent! It was so lovely! It was really exciting to find a new, great product that we both love!

 

We were so happy with how these bagels ended up turning out (and of course, how soft our hands were after all of those washes!).  The bagels were delicious and much simpler than I expected!

It was the perfect Mother’s Day treat for my mother and it brought back so many good memories of our bagel trips together!

 

Cranberry Walnut Bagels

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet instant dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • ½ + ¾ cup warm water
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped raw walnuts

 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast, ½ water, and 1 tbsp sugar. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. While that is sitting, combine flour, salt, and remaining sugar in a large bowl or stand mixer. Stir to combine.
  3. Pour in yeast mixture and remaining water and mix until a dough is formed. Pour in walnuts and cranberries and continue to mix until fully combined.
  4. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover. Let rise for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and fill a large pot 2/3 of the way up with water and bring to a simmer, not a boil.
  7. Move dough back to lightly floured surface and punch down dough. Let sit for 20 more minutes.
  8. Split dough into 8 evenly sized pieces and roll into a ball. Poke a hole in the middle of each piece of dough with your finger and work on spreading the hole so it has a width of about 1 inch. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let rise 20 minutes.
  9. Transfer bagels to pot of water with a slotted spoon for 1-2 minutes (they should float). Do it in two batches, 4 at a time so they aren’t over crowded.
  10. Transfer bagels back to baking sheet and place in the oven. Cook for 18-20 minutes or until the top is slightly brown.

 

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Vanilla Latte Cinnamon Rolls

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I was so excited to find out about International Delight® One Touch Latte™ this week! I absolutely adore lattes but I don’t love is the price tag, I don’t want to pay $5 for one tiny drink! It’s a simple new way to make a latte at home! You can get 7 uses out of each can (which is a great deal!) and it is SO easy to make! It is the first ever frothing coffee creamer so it tastes like it came straight from a coffeehouse!

I popped over to my local Walmart to pick up a One Touch Latte™. They had all three of the flavors (vanilla, caramel, and mocha) right in the refrigerated section by the creamers. Very easy to find. I ended up grabbing the vanilla and caramel, both of which sounded right up my alley!

For Mother’s Day this year, we decided to do a big spread with my contribution being Vanilla Latte Cinnamon Rolls and some homemade lattes (using One Touch Latte™, of course) for everyone! They are quick and easy to make so you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen making brunch, instead, you can spend more time with your mom! Can I just say how delicious the frosting on the cinnamon rolls was? I used the Vanilla One Touch Latte™ in the frosting and wow! It added the perfect amount of flavor! They ended up the star of the show and disappeared within minutes! My mom absolutely loved them!

My mom ended up falling in love with the caramel but my favorite was the vanilla! I tried using it a cup of Traverse City cherry coffee and it was wonderful! All I had to do was shake, point, and press! No stirring, just an instant, frothy latte! This has been taking my coffee to a whole new level and makes me feel like a barista!

Vanilla Latte Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 can of pizza dough
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8 inch round pie dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  3. Spread out pizza dough on to a large cutting board or lightly floured surface.  Spread butter on pizza dough evenly and the sprinkle brown sugar mixture on the buttered pizza dough.
  4. Starting on one of the shorter ends of the pizza dough and roll.
  5. Cut into 6 pieces and place in pie dish.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and confectioners’ sugar.  Whip using a hand mixer and add in International Delight® Vanilla One Touch Latte™.  Continue mixing until well combined.
  7. Once the cinnamon rolls are baked, top with frosting.  Enjoy!

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins – Muffins jam-packed with freshly squeezed orange juice and cranberries.  Perfect for breakfast or as a midday snack!

 

Muffins are one of my favorite breakfasts! I decided to make these because I had some extra cranberries laying around and they turned out wonderful! I only made a small batch of them (6) this time as it was right before heading out on vacation but I doubled the recipe so it will make a dozen muffins.  This was my second time making them the past few weeks, after I made the Bakery-Style Lemon Crumb Muffins, I just wanted more muffins!

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Ingredients

Muffins

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen, not thawed)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Glaze (optional)

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine sugars and butter.  Mix with a hand-mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in eggs, yogurt, milk, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract.  Mix until combined with hand-mixer.
  4. In a large bowl, combined flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Pour the mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Whisk until combined.
  5. Fold cranberries into muffin batter.
  6. Scoop muffin batter into muffin pan and place in oven.
  7. Once muffins are in the oven, turn temperature down to 350°F and bake for 20-22 minutes or until baked through.
  8. To make the glaze, whisk orange juice and confectioners’ sugar together.  Drizzle over muffins when cooled.

 

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Bakery Style Lemon Crumb Muffins

Bakery Style Lemon Crumb Muffins – A wonderful fluffy lemon muffin topped with homemade streusel and a lemon honey drizzle.  Perfect for breakfast or brunch!

 

I am a huge fan of muffins.  They are one of my favorite things to make but sadly, I just don’t make them very often.  I think the only ones I’ve made this year where these and my Vegan Banana Muffins (which were significantly healthier).  I had gotten a massive bag of lemons back when I made the Sheet Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Veggies as I was not quite sure how many I would end up needing and since then have just been adding lemon to everything I can to use them up.  Finally down to just one more lemon! The same day I bought the huge bag of lemons, I also picked up a large bag of navel oranges which were mislabeled as blood oranges but sadly, I have yet to make quite as big of a dent in those…

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Bakery Style Lemon Crumb Muffins

Ingredients

Muffin

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup greek yogurt (original)
  • 2 large eggs (I used 3 because mine were very small)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Streusel

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • Pinch of salt

Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey (melted)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and fill muffin pan with liners or spray down with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and baking soda.  Mix.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat butter using a hand mixer.  Add in granulated sugar and continue beating until the mixture has a paste-like consistency.
  4. Add eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, and yogurt into the medium mixing bowl and beat with hand-mixer until well combined.
  5. Pour liquid mixture into the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients.  Stir with a spatula to combine.
  6. Pour muffin batter in the lined muffin pan.
  7. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the streusel and mix with a fork.  Once combined, the mixture should be crumbly.
  8. Sprinkle streusel on top of muffins before putting them in the oven.
  9. Once the muffins are in the oven, reduce heat to 350°F and bake for 22-25 minutes or until they are fully cooked (check with toothpick before taking out).
  10. While the muffins are baking, combine all ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl and whisk until it is well combined.
  11. Take muffins out and let cool before drizzling glaze on with a fork.

Adapted from No Spoon Necessary

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Blueberry Banana Bread

Blueberry Banana Bread – A simple bread with fresh blueberries and bananas.  Perfect for breakfast with a bit of butter on a slice!

Banana bread is seriously so good.  I always enjoy having it in various forms whether with walnuts in it, as muffins, or as a classic loaf.  After waiting quite a while for my bananas to finally become overripe, I finally could make this bread! I was so excited about it! It was such an awesome breakfast to have before class for a whole week! I really love blueberries and bananas together too, between this and my Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal, they just are perfect together!

I made this bread well over a month ago now, I kept pushing off posting it because I made the video and intended to edit it while I was at the airport going to Japan but then ended up getting a new game on my computer and then wasting so much time playing it that it got pushed off for three weeks! Now it’s finally going up which I’m happy about as I have two more videos to edit in the queue so it’ll be great to move on to those! Make sure to check this video out down below!

Blueberry Banana Bread

Ingredients

Bread:

  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 bananas (overripe)
  • 2 cups blueberries

Topping:

  • 1 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to combine butter and sugars.
  3. Add in milk, eggs, flour, baking powder, and baking soda, using a whisk to combine.
  4. Mash bananas and add into the batter, stirring until combined.
  5. Fold blueberries into the batter and then pour into loaf pan.
  6. Combine cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and then sprinkle over the bread.
  7. Bake for 65-70 minutes or until the top is golden-brown and it has baked all the way through.
  8. Let cool before slicing.

Adapted from The Baker Upstairs

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