French Lemon Yogurt Cake

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So, you have a giant tub of plain yogurt. It seemed like such a good idea at a time. Sure, you’ll eat plain yogurt with honey and granola for breakfast every day for a week. And definitely not a doughnut, again.

Oops.

The solution? Grab a couple lemons and make French Yogurt Cake. I’ve made it a few times before with different types of citrus. Orange yogurt cake with chocolate chips is amazing.

It’s easy yet impressive, and everyone will love it. Two mixing bowls, one loaf pan, a little saucepan, and voila. Wash the evidence and tell everyone you slaved over it for hours.

French Lemon Yogurt Cake

Slightly adapted from Barefoot Contessa

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 c. plain yogurt (preferably whole milk)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • zest of two lemons
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. flavorless oil, like vegetable or expeller-pressed coconut
  • Lemon Syrup
  • juice of two lemons
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Instructions

Grease a large loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper and spray with oil or nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350F.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a larger bowl, stir together yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla, and oil. Add in dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick placed in the center comes out clean.

Meanwhile, combine 1/3 cup sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low until all the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

Cool cake in pan 10 minutes, then flip out onto a wire cooling rack over a jelly roll pan. Pour syrup over it. Let cool. Slice and serve.

http://www.jessieweaver.net/2012/02/french-lemon-yogurt-cake-recipe/

Added to Things I Love Thursday, Ingredient Spotlight: Yogurt, and Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies

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SNV31080Remember how I said that I don’t like pumpkin spice lattes? These cookies have convinced me that I need to give them another chance. I still don’t like pumpkin-flavored brewed coffee, but maybe the extra milk and stuff makes it tolerable. Honestly, I’m not sure I’ve ever had one of the Starbucks PSLs; I just haven’t ever liked pumpkin and coffee together.

These cookies change everything!

I was baking some of my regular pumpkin cookies as a treat for my husband, who is having a crazy week at work. I started thinking about these coffee chocolate chip shortbreads I made for Bible study this weekend … and how I had some extra instant coffee hanging around … and how much people like those pumpkin spice lattes …

I couldn’t resist trying out a variation on my regular cookie, even though I knew it might make Mr. V hysterical. (I’ve mentioned his opposition to my changing anything about his mama’s meatloaf recipe, right?) I kept the cookie recipe the same but added some coffee pizzazz to the icing, along with a shot of heavy cream for that “latte” feel.

The result: delicious! Make some. Now. If you don’t have any instant coffee, just put some strong brewed coffee in there and see what happens. I bet it’s still delicious.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. butter (can sub shortening or use a mixture of the two)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Frosting
  • 3 T butter
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 T heavy cream

Instructions

Sift the first five ingredients together (flour through salt).

In a separate bowl, cream sugar and butter. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Beat well.

Add dry ingredients all at once and stir gently to form a smooth batter.

Drop by tablespoons on an ungreased cookie sheet. (I use a small cookie scoop.) Bake 12 to 14 minutes at 350.

Let rest on cookie sheets for a few minutes when they come out of the oven; then transfer to cooling racks and let cool.

Frosting

Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add milk, brown sugar, and coffee granules and bring to a bubble over medium heat. Once bubbling, cook two minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. (I transfer to a bowl and refrigerate.)

When cool, stir powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream into the sugar mixture. Spoon or drizzle over cooled cookies.

http://www.jessieweaver.net/2011/09/pumpkin-spice-latte-cookies/

Are you a pumpkin spice kinda person?

Added to Tasty Tuesday and Sweet Tooth Friday.

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Whole Wheat Orange-Banana Bread

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November 2010

Three ripe bananas on the counter
Black as black can be
Falling out of their bags
And into the bowl
For this citrus delicacy

(Libbie calls banana peels their bags. Like, “LEAVE THE NANA IN THE BAG FOR ME!!” Followed by wailing if I don’t. Same goes for anything in a wrapper.)

Looking for something a little different and something I had the ingredients on hand for, I came across a recipe for Orange Banana-Nut Bread in the 2004 Cooking Light compilation cookbook. I made a few swaps and turned out a delectable, citrus-infused loaf of moist breakfast bread.

It’s a great dish to make for a Mother’s Day breakfast-in-bed or if company’s coming over. But it’s taking me great restraint not to call it “Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana Bread.”

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Whole Wheat Orange-Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 c. whole wheat pastry or white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 c. white or turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted (half a stick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 T grated orange rind (I found that one medium-sized orange yields about 1 T of grated rind)
  • 3 T fresh orange juice (about one medium orange, juiced)

Instructions

Grease the inside of an 8.5?x4.5? loaf pan (probably your smaller one). Preheat oven to 350F.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

In a large bowl, stir together melted butter and sugars. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Add bananas, orange rind, and orange juice and mix until well combined.

Stir in dry ingredients just until everything is wet. Spoon into loaf pan.

Bake on middle rack 65 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan, remove and slice to serve.

http://www.jessieweaver.net/2011/05/whole-wheat-orange-banana-bread/

I only feel that this is missing some sort of sinful glaze. Any ideas? Chocolate? Powdered sugar spiked with orange liqueur? Tell me what you think!

Added to Food on Fridays at Designs By Gollum, Sweet Tooth Fridays at Alli-n-Son, Spotlight: Brown Sugar at Eat at Home Cooks, and Mouthwatering Mondays at A Southern Fairytale.

Stayed tuned … I’ll be back with a new “Why I” post tomorrow, so get yours ready

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Pineapple Casserole

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Pineapple Casserole

I try to remember to keep a can of crushed pineapple around so I can make this yummyness if the mood strikes. The rest of the ingredients I almost always have on hand—how basic can you get! This makes a delicious dessert or even breakfast. I think this recipe has a tad too much sugar, it is really sweet, so depending on how you like your sweets you may want to cut back a little bit.

I hope I’m not sharing a secret family recipe. This is from my mother-in-law. Which is why I can’t cut the amount of sugar, because then it will not taste right to Mr. V and he might not eat it at all. And that would mean I’d eat it all. Hmmm …

Pineapple Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 5 slices bread, cut or torn into small pieces
  • 20 oz. crushed pineapple

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a small casserole dish (1-2 qt). A medium-sized Corningware works well.

Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg whites and mix well. Stir in bread, then mix in pineapple. Pour into greased casserole and bake 1 hour on 350 F. Let cool slightly before digging in!

http://www.jessieweaver.net/2008/06/pineapple-casserole/

Check out more recipes and helpful tips at Works for Me Wednesday hosted by Rocks in My Dryer.