Weekend Baking: Cornbread with Cinnamon-Sugar

Good morning everyone! Today's recipe is once again from Izy Hozzack's Top With Cinnamon cookbook. As you may already know, I am completely obsessed with this book; it has such beautiful photos and great recipes. Izy's Cornbread with Cinnamon-Sugar is so simple, but still delightful. It's a very different cornbread than I'm used to as it's very light and almost cake-like. 

For the cornbread, you will need: 

2 tbsp salted butter 

3 tbsp sugar

1 egg

1 cup of milk (I used almond milk)

1 cup, minus 1 tbsp of cornmeal 

1 cup, minus 1 tbsp of flour

1 tbsp, plus 2 tsp baking powder

For the cinnamon-sugar, you will need: 

2 tbsp of sugar

2 tsp of cinnamon

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8 inch pie dish.

Melt the butter, and add in the sugar, egg, milk, and cornmeal. 

Next you'll add in the flour and baking powder and combine. 

Pour the mixture in the prepared pie dish, and sprinkle the top with the cinnamon-sugar. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes, and once cooked through, serve with butter and jam! 

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This cornbread couldn't be easier, and it's surprisingly delicious with the cinnamon-sugar on top. If you make this for your family and friends, they will definitely enjoy it! 

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Sunday Brunch: Gluten Free Ginger Pear Almond Waffles

That's a long title. But with long titles, comes deliciousness. (That's not really true, but in this case it is) For christmas, I received a waffle maker! It has become the perfect addition to my little condo, and I've been really enjoying the delicious waffles it makes. Last Sunday I made easy gluten free waffles, and decided to jazz them up. The pear mixture I made to top the waffles is like a simplified version of a compote. It's easy, delicious, and really makes a Sunday (or any day for that matter) special. pears waffle

For the waffles you will need:

1 cup of gluten free flour

1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum

1 egg

1 cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy will do)

Butter or oil for cooking

For the pear mixture you will need:

1 pear, sliced

1 tablespoon of butter

1 tablespoon of sugar (I used coconut sugar, but any kind will do)

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A handful of almonds

To start, heat up your waffle maker and mix together the ingredients for the waffle batter. In a pan on medium heat, add the butter. Once the pan is hot, and the butter has melted add in the pears, sugar, and spices. Allow the pears to be coated in the butter mixture, and soften. This will take about 4-5 minutes, which is about the same time as the waffle will take. Add in the almonds and spoon your compote on top of your waffle. Add a little maple syrup if you're a fan, and enjoy. pearspears waffle1

You can make this with apples, walnuts, anything you have on hand. Add some cinnamon or icing sugar at the end, whip cream or even ice cream. Enjoy it with a cuppa or coffee!

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Twelve Days of Baking: Simple Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are perfect. They're crisp on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. Not to mention they're covered in cinnamon and sugar. Just yum. Yum yum yum. I've adapted a traditional snickerdoodle recipe to be easier and quicker, making them the ultimate christmas cookie! IMG_4308

You will need:

2 3/4 cup of flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 cup of softened butter

1 1/2 cup of sugar (+ 3 tablespoons)

2 eggs

tablespoon of cinnamon (+ 1 teaspoon)

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 cup of shortening

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In one bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients, except for the extra 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, butter, vanilla extract, and shortening. Slowly add the dry into the wet ingredients, and you have your dough! In a small bowl, add the rest of the sugar and cinnamon. Make little balls of your dough and toss them into the cinnamon sugar mixture.

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Once done, lay them on a baking sheet that's lined with parchment paper, and pop them in the oven for 12 minutes. Once they're out of the oven, place them on a cooling rack so they can stop cooking. Continue this until they're all done. You should get about 3 dozen cookies out of this recipe!

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These cookies had my family going nuts. They're so delicate and delicious, and not overly sweet! Enjoy them with a coffee, tea, or decadent hot chocolate. Give these cookies as a gift or bring them to someone's house, and you'll be sure to become popular; the compliments will be overwhelming!

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Check out days one through six of the twelve days of baking! More recipes to come!

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Twelve Days of Baking: Puff Pastry Cinnamon Buns

Get ready for the twelve days of baking! (Except I'm a little late as Christmas is 9 days away, but there will still be 12 recipes!) Every day there will be a new baking post that will be easy, delicious, and low on costs! The first recipe is for my Puff Pastry Cinnamon Buns. They're flaky, buttery, and sweet all in one little bundle. They're also super easy to make, and take less than 30 minutes from start to finish. IMG_3922

You will need:

Puff Pastry (Either homemade or bought). Note Bene: Store bought puff pastry is high quality, already rolled out for you and a cost-effective option.

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cinnamon

1/2 cup of butter, melted.

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and spray your muffin tins with a non-stick cooking spray. Lay your sheets of puff pastry out, and brush on a nice layer of melted butter on each sheet. Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon on top.IMG_3833

Next, tightly roll up the sheets into logs. Divide your logs in halves, then half the halves, and then once again. You'll end up with eight pieces per sheet.

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Add a little bit of melted butter to each muffin tin. Place the puff pastry pieces within the tins and add a little bit more butter and sugar on top of each piece.

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Pop them in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until they are flaky and golden brown. Once they're out of the oven and cooling, flip them over as the bottom is the part you want to showcase.

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These are great for a party you're hosting or a holiday dinner you're going to. They look fancy and taste even fancier, but are just so easy! You can drizzle on an icing to make them even more fancy.

For the easy icing, mix 1 cup of milk and 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar together. It should become a smooth thick consistency, which is perfect for glazes.

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Try them out this holiday season, and they will quickly become your go-to dessert! Stay tuned for tomorrow's day of baking!

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University Crunch Time: Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

If you've seen my last post on the energy balls of brain food, you'll know I'm in crunch time. As there's so many exams coming up, I need some substance to keep me through it. And when I say substance, I mean yummy snacks. Popcorn tends to be my go-to since its so low in calories, high in fibre, and its also scientifically proven that popcorn makes you happy! That sounds like the perfect snack to me. For my birthday I received a popper which makes popping popcorn super easy and pretty fun. This cinnamon sugar popcorn recipe is so easy and will also satisfy all your sweet and savoury cravings. Cinnamon is also a great addition to any meal for your health. It is known to help out your heart, carries anti-oxidants, and also help with brain function (among many other benefits), plus it tastes amazing.

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You will need:

Corn kernels (I used 4 tablespoons as that's what my popper requires)

1 teaspoon of Truvia (It's a calorie-less sugar alternative)

1.5 teaspoons of Cinnamon

A pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil (you can use butter, vegan butter, or anything of your preference)

To start, pop your corn kernels! While they're popping mix together the truvia, cinnamon and salt. Melt your butter or coconut oil. Once it's popped coat your popcorn with all of the ingredients. And you're done! IMG_3622IMG_3626IMG_3631

Enjoy this popcorn recipe! It's super easy, gluten free, and vegan. Plus its healthy! The possibilities are endless when it comes to popcorn so have some fun with it!

Happy Sunday!

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