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Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Baked Donuts

Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Baked Donuts

Hi! And welcome to a quick edition of, “what’s for breakfast?” If you asked me that question this morning, I would say “same thing we had yesterday!” That’s because I made these Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Baked Donuts, and there was not one crumb left behind! All hands, big and small, were on deck. We’re making these on repeat, because they’re such a good Fall breakfast, super easy to throw together, and make snack-time a lot more exciting.

I really should be packing up the last few stragglers that are lying around before our big move next week, but first, let me share this recipe! But, did I mention to you guys that our little family of 5 is making a HUGE lifestyle change? We’re moving from our loft apartment in very urban Weehawken, NJ to the very green, lush, slower pace of the Poconos in PA. A lot of factors played into the decision: we outgrew our space, the kids need room to play and explore, and we very much need nature, a garden, and my horse nearby.

Before I was a baker, cook, girlfriend, wife, or mom, I was a horse crazy girl and competitive rider. The barn was the only place that I ever felt truly present, and not because I was trying to meditate or anything, it just was, organically. As a wife, mom of 3, Instagram/blogging hustler, I’ve never felt like I needed that “retreat/out” more in my life. Yes, I’m anxious about the transition, and unpacking boxes isn’t my idea of fun, but I think it will all be worth it to get a bit more nature and some quiet, mentally and physically.

Are you still there??? Do you still care about the donuts?! Ok, good. These are a one-bowl wonder, and the perfect little breakfast to make right now, as we’re kicking off the Fall season.

A note: I use a donut pan, made by Wilton, that you can find here. It is super nonstick, which is great. Just be sure to fill the donut cavities with only 2 tablespoons of batter. If you overfill them, the batter will puff up and cover the hole in the center (also, not the end of the world, still delicious).

Did you make this recipe? I love to hear your feedback, so be sure to comment below, and tag your photos on Instagram with #lionsbread so I can see what you’re making ๐Ÿ™‚

Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Baked Donuts

Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Baked Donuts

October 1, 2017
: 8-9
: 10 min
: 15 min
: 25 min
: Easy

Delicious baked donuts, filled with fresh Fall apples and warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg - irresistible breakfast treat!

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Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c plain yogurt
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c melted butter, cooled slightly
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c unbleached AP flour
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 1 apple, chopped fine - Gala or Honeycrisp
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350*F.
  • Step 2 In a medium bowl, combine the egg, yogurt, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk thoroughly to combine.
  • Step 3 Add the flour, salt, and baking soda to the bowl. Fold into the yogurt mixture using a rubber spatula. Add the chopped apples and fold in gently.
  • Step 4 Spray a donut pan (mine is made by Wilton) with nonstick cooking spray, and scoop 2 tablespoons of batter into each. Donโ€™t overfill, because theyโ€™ll rise up and cover up the donut hole ๐Ÿ˜Š. Bake for 14-15 minutes.
  • Step 5 Let cool on a baking rack for 5 mins then dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!
Honey Whiskey Cake

Honey Whiskey Cake

Fact: I love honey. Another fact: I love whiskey. Although I don’t usually add liquor to my baked goods, I make a big exception for this Honey Whiskey Cake. This recipe is adapted from the Queen B…no, not who may be thinking of, rather the Barefoot Contessa, aka Ina Garten. Now, Ina hardly needs an introduction, but she throws beautifully intimate dinner parties for friends, has impeccable style, and creates fool-proof, delicious, inspired recipes.ย 

Honey Whiskey Cake

So, I turned to Ina when my search began for the perfect Honey Cake for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana. Honey Cake has a reputation for being a little blah, neither here nor there. You eat it because it’s tradition, and the honey symbolizes the sweetness of the year to come, but it’s never that exciting. Until now. This Honey Whiskey Cake is full of warm spices, notes of citrus, fragrant honey, and mellow whiskey. It has a really tender crumb, and the flavors actually get better the day after it’s baked. On the off-chance you have leftovers, make that steaming cup of coffee the next morning, slice off a little piece, and thank me later. This is a must-bake for ALL of the holiday seasons.

Honey Whiskey Cake

I love to make this cake in a fancy bundt pan for the wow-factor!

PRO TIP:ย The trick to successfully removing the cake from the pan without sticking is to brush the pan with oil, then dust it with flour before pouring in the cake batter. After the cake is baked, let it cool completely, then turn it upside onto a serving plate.

What’s on your holiday menu?? Let me know in the comments below! I love to see what you’re making, so remember to tag your pics with #lionsbread

Happy New Year! – L

*Recipe loosely adapted from Ina Garten’s, inย Cooking for Jeffrey.

Honey Whiskey Cake

Honey Whiskey Cake

September 15, 2017
: 10-12
: 15 min
: 50 min
: 1 hr 10 min
: Medium

This Honey Whiskey Cake is full of warm spices, notes of citrus, fragrant honey, + mellow whisky | An absolute must-bake for ALL of the holiday seasons!

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 c avocado oil
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 3/4 c dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/3 c hot coffee
  • 1/4 c whiskey
  • Apple Cider Glaze:
  • 1 c confectioner's sugar
  • 1.5 T fresh apple cider
  • pinch of kosher salt
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350*F.
  • Step 2 Spray a large bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Then dust the pan liberally with flour. Donโ€™t skip the flour, it is essential to the cake releasing from the pan!
  • Step 3 In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the oil, honey, brown sugar, eggs, and orange zest. Mix for 1 minute on medium speed.
  • Step 4 In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves together. Be sure to remove any clumps.
  • Step 5 In a glass measuring cup, combine the hot coffee and the whiskey. With the mixer on low, alternately add the the dry and wet ingredients to the oil/honey mixture, in 3 additions. Be sure to scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula, so all of the ingredients are well combined. The batter will be very liquid, its ok!
  • Step 6 Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and firmly wrap the pan on the countertop to remove any air bubbles.
  • Step 7 Bake for 45-50 minutes, until very golden brown, and a skewer comes out clean.
  • Step 8 Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate or cake platter.
  • Step 9 Meanwhile, make the glaze, combine the confectionerโ€™s sugar, apple cider, and salt in a measuring cup, whisk to combine. Pour the glaze over the top of cake, as you wish. Enjoy!
The Best Homemade Granola

The Best Homemade Granola

Naturally sweet, super crunchy, and a touch of salt – each bite of my Homemade Granola is packed with slow roasted, wholesome deliciousness that will make you drop the store-bought stuff like a bad habit.

The Best Homemade Granola

I am a lot of things: creative-type, wife, mom, cook, baker, DIY’er, animal [horse]-lover. One thing you probably don’t know is that I am a total granola-snob and connoisseur! This may sound ridiculous, but once I started crafting my unique blend, I found the perfect ratio of oats to nuts, seeds, and fruit. I naturally sweeten my Homemade Granola with honey, maple syrup, add cinnamon and vanilla, then slowly bake it – FYI, just when you think it’s done, leave it in for another few minutes, because deeply golden brown granola is king.

The Best Homemade Granola

It all started when I moved to NYC after college. I eventually found an apartment on the Upper West Side that fit in my very limited budget. It was on the top floor of a five story walk-up building, which was cool because I was too broke to afford a gym membership. The thing was, there was a fresh fish market below, on the ground level. My roommates always knew when I was home, because the divine aroma of baking granola wafted under the door and all the way down the stairs to about the 3rd floor. I probably made 100 batches of granola, just so I wouldn’t smell like a fish market. Needless to say, this recipe has been tested, approved, and truly loved by all!

The Best Homemade Granola

So, what are my criteria for epic granola?

Crunchy: oats +nuts

Chewy: dried cherries + apricots, TONS of seeds

Sweet: honey + maple syrup

Salt: of the kosher variety

This granola is SO good, I love to snack on it, straight up. But of course, it is perfect with milk, atop greek yogurt, chia pudding, a Green Smoothie bowl, even ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚ I like to switch up the dried fruit a lot! Try dried blueberries, golden raisins, dried cranberries, goji berries…it’s alllll good.

Did you make the recipe?? Remember to tag your photos with #lionsbread so I can see what you’re making!

The Best Homemade Granola

The Best Homemade Granola

August 31, 2017
: 8 cups
: 10 min
: 55 min
: 1 hr
: Easy

Perfectly crunchy, wholesome, just sweet enough - the pinnacle of Granola Goodness, #notbasic in any way

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Ingredients
  • 6 c old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1/4 c real maple syrup
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 T kosher salt
  • 1 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted or raw sunflower seeds, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup millet
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • After baked:
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or blueberries
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat the oven to 325*F.
  • Step 2 In a large bowl, combine the oats, salt, almonds, pecans, sesame seeds, chia seeds, pepitas, millet, and ground flax, coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, and coconut. Mix to thoroughly comebine.
  • Step 3 Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray (I use coconut oil spray), and bake at 325*F for 50-60 minutes, or until very golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Step 4 Remove from oven and transfer to large bowl.
  • Step 5 Add 1 Tbs pure vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Then, add dried cherries and apricots.
  • Step 6 Allow the granola to COOL COMPLETELY to get nice and crunchy. Enjoy w/nut milk, over yogurt, chia pudding, even ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚
The Best Homemade Granola