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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Weekend Baking: Orange Scones

Good morning! Today I bring you my orange scones. This recipe is super easy and it makes the most delicious scones. You'll want to make them all the time after trying them once (trust me, I went through a scone phase). 

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For this recipe, you will need: 

2 cups of flour

1/3 cup of sugar (plus 2 tbsp for sprinkling)

1.5 tsp of baking powder

A pinch of salt

8 tbsp of butter

Zest and juice of one orange

1/2 cup of milk

1 egg

To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix together your milk and egg thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Grate the butter into the dry ingredients, and combine until it becomes like sand.

Add the zest and juice of one orange, and mix well. 

Stir in the milk mixture, and combine until a dough is formed.

On a floured surface, form the dough into one flat circle round, or two depending on the size of scone you prefer. I like a medium size which means I can get 16 scones out of two rounds. Cut into triangles, sprinkle a little sugar on the top, and pop in the oven for 15 minutes. The scones will be perfectly golden brown.

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These scones are rather easy to make, and turn out just so delicious. Make a double batch because they'll go fast! 

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Weekend Baking: Vegan & Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Banana Oat Cookies

Good morning! I feel like there was no way to come up with a shorter title so I do apologize for it! It is quite the mouth-full! These cookies are also quite the mouth-full because they are very filling, delicious, and also great for your body! If you like the sound of dark chocolate, bananas, and oats then this recipe is for you. 

You will need: 

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup of oats 

1/4 tsp of cinnamon

Pinch of salt

4 tbsp of dark chocolate (I used a bar of dark chocolate and broke it up into chunks but feel free to use what you have)

*If you like a little more sweetness to balance the bitterness of the dark chocolate, either substitute the dark chocolate for milk or add in a tsp of maple syrup. 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine all of your ingredients with a spatula or wooden spoon. Everything should come together quite easily. 

Portion out the batter into 1 inch balls and flatten a little when placed on the baking sheet. The cookies won't spread while cooking so you can put them rather close. 

Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies become golden brown. Let cool and enjoy! 

These cookies are delicious since they're soft and chewy. The outside gets a little crispy so altogether they form a great cookie. Enjoy them for breakfast, dessert or as a snack! And don't forget, they're vegan and gluten free so anyone can enjoy them! 

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Weekend Baking: Swedish Chocolate Cake

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! If you're not a father, I hope you're spending it with the father in your life. 

Today's Weekend Baking post is all about the Swedish Chocolate Cake. This is not my own recipe, but out of Izy Hozzack's Top With Cinnamon Cookbook. (which is a great book by the way) This cake is gooey, and chocolatey, and all sorts of wonderful. Plus, it's just so easy! If you have all the ingredients on hand, which you probably do, you need to make this straight away. Please make it, you will not regret it. 

For this cake,  you will need: (makes a 7" cake)

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp of unsalted butter

1 3/4 cup of sugar (I used 1 1/2 cup)

1/2 cup of cocoa powder

2 tsp of vanilla extract

3 eggs

1 cup of flour

A pinch of salt 

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium pot, melt the butter. In another bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. And in a separate small bowl, beat the eggs with the vanilla extract.

Once the butter has melted, take the pot off the heat and add in the dry ingredients. Add in the eggs afterwards, and mix thoroughly. The batter should look like chocolate fudge. 

Transfer the batter into the greased 7" cake pan, and bake for about 30-35 minutes. Once out of the oven, leave the cake to cool for 20 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a plate. Serve the cake warm with powdered sugar on top, and enjoy! (This cake will be demolished by anyone who tries it. It. is. so. good.) 

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Weekend Baking: Easy Scottish Shortbread

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Good morning everyone! I am a shortbread addict. During the holidays, my dad bought me a 4 lb tin of shortbread! We demolished it fairly quickly. Today's recipe is on the traditional Scottish shortbread. It is super easy, and will become a favourite amongst your family and friends.

For this recipe, you will need:

1 1/2 cups of flour

4 tbsp of sugar (and extra for topping)

1/2 cup of cold butter

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Add the butter and massage the dry ingredients and the butter with your thumb and index finger. The mixture should resemble coarse crumbs. Bring the dough into a ball and transfer to a lined baking sheet. Flatten or roll out the ball into a 1/3 inch thick round. Sprinkle some extra sugar over the round and pop in the oven for about 10-20 minutes. You want the shortbread to be lightly golden in colour. Once out of the oven, cut into triangles and let cool. Serve with coffee or tea and enjoy!

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Weekend Baking: Easy Apple Pie

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Good morning everyone and Happy Easter! For me, today will be a day full of yummy food. I hope yours is full of yumminess too! For this weekend's baking post, we have the easiest apple pie! This will impress your friends and family for sure, and they will have no idea how easy it is to make! For the crust, you will need:

2 cups of flour

2 tsps of salt

1 cup of butter

1 cup of water

*And a food processor

For the filling, you will need:

6-8 apples, cored and sliced (I used a mixture of gala, macintosh, pink lady, granny smith, and cortland)

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/2 cup of brown sugar

2 tsps of cinnamon

1 tsp of ginger

1/5 cup of flour

To start, place all of the crust's ingredients into a food processor and mix until it becomes a ball of dough. Knead it a couple of times then wrap in cling wrap and chill in the fridge for minimum 20 minutes. (You can make this dough up to 2 days in advance)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. For the apple filling, place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Leave the apple mixture for at least 10 minutes so the juice can be absorbed (this is key to the cooked gooey filling you'll want).

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Divide your dough into two pieces and roll each out to about a 1/4 inch thickness. Grease and line your pie pan with the crust, and add the apple filling. Add a couple pieces of butter on top of the filling for added yumminess.

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For the top piece of dough, you have a couple options. You can leave it as is and crimp the crust and cut a slit in the centre. You can make a lattice top. Or you can do what I did and make little apples. I bought little pastry cutters that imprint a shape, and I went to town with the apple cutter for this pie. I layered the top of the pie with several little apples, covered it with a light egg wash, and popped it in the oven.

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I first baked the pie for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Then I lowered the temperature to 350 degrees and let it bake for another 30-40 minutes. You want the inside to be more on the dry side and the top to be golden. applepie7applepie8apple pie

Enjoy the pie with family and friends and serve with either whip cream or ice cream! This will become a go-to for you, and then you can experiment with different fillings. Let me know what you think about this recipe in the comments!

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