Apple Cinnamon Granola

WIN_20150526_153601Making homemade granola is an all-around good idea. For starters, granola is delicious and versatile as both a breakfast and a snack food. Store-bought granola can be quite expensive, and can also contain questionable ingredients. The do-it-yourself approach can save a LOT of money, while giving you complete control over the quality of each ingredient. Enjoy!

WIN_20150526_143639Ingredients (Makes about 6 cups)

1 cup apple jelly

1 tablespoon real butter

3 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)

1 cup dried apple pieces

1 cup raisins

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1 teaspoon cinnamon

WIN_20150526_144914Directions

Step 1) Grease two baking sheets (the kind with shallow sides) and set aside.

Step 2) Combine apple jelly and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil steadily for two minutes, then remove from heat.

Step 3) Combine rolled oats, apple pieces, raisins, nuts, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Drizzle boiled jelly mixture over dry ingredients, stirring with a large spoon to evenly coat the ingredients.

Step 4) Spread granola mixture onto greased baking sheets and bake in a preheated 275 degree oven for 30 minutes. Stir once after 15 minutes.

Step 5) Allow granola to cool completely, and store in an airtight container.

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Coffee Cake

WIN_20150713_112917This recipe is perfect for tossing in the oven on a rainy weekend morning, reading a book while the cake bakes, and then enjoying a late breakfast in your jammies. What could be better than that?

WIN_20150713_101940Ingredients (Makes a 9″ x 13″ pan)

For the cake batter:

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup softened butter

2 eggs

WIN_20150713_1036251 cup sugar

1 cup milk

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

WIN_20150713_1033261/2 cup mini chocolate chips

For the crumb topping:

1/4 cup cold butter

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup sugar

WIN_20150713_1038521/2 cup flour

2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

1 tablespoon crushed peanuts

Directions

Step 1) Using two forks or a pastry cutter, combine 1/4 cup cold butter, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. This will be part of the topping; set it aside.

Step 2) In a separate bowl, cream together 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup softened butter, 2 eggs, and 1 cup sugar. Add flour/baking soda/baking powder mixture alternately with milk. Stir in mini chocolate chips.

Step 3) Pour batter from step 2 into a greased 9″ x 13″ baking pan. Sprinkle with crumb topping from step 1. Top with 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon crushed peanuts.

Step 4) Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Best served warm.

Rustic Apple Cake

WIN_20150601_195318Have you ever bought a boxed apple cake mix – the kind where you add an egg and a chopped apple to the mix, and the whole thing turns out pretty darn well? This is, essentially, that cake. Instead of taking 30 seconds to prepare, this will take you five whole minutes (gasp!). For five minutes of effort, you’ll save a few dollars and avoid a few preservatives.

Note: there’s no need to peel the apples for this recipe. I recommend using one red apple and one green apple, for a fun splash of color. A warm slice of this cake makes a lovely dessert, but also makes a pretty fancy breakfast with a big mug of coffee. Sigh. Now I’m hungry!

WIN_20150507_171955Ingredients (Makes a 9 inch round pan)

1 egg

1 1/4 cup sugar, divided (see directions below)

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

WIN_20150507_1726441 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

1/4 cup milk

2 medium apples, chopped

WIN_20150601_1620381/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Step 1) Cream together butter, 2/3 cup sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.

Step 2) Add flour, salt, and baking powder alternately with the milk (add half the dry ingredients, half the milk, the other half of the dry ingredients, and the other half of the milk).

Step 3) Spread batter into a greased, 9 inch round baking dish (a deep dish pie plate works well).

Step 4) Mix 1/4 cup sugar with the chopped apples, and sprinkle sugared apples over batter.

Step 5) Mix 1/3 cup sugar with the cinnamon, and sprinkle over the top of everything.

Step 6) Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the batter comes out clean.