Sunday, September 29, 2013

Weekly Finds: 9/29/13

Warning - I came across a new blog this week and went crazy pinning her recipes! Girl Versus Dough - I love your recipes!


Browned Butter Dutch Baby Pancakes with Vanilla Roasted Pears Dutch Babies are one of those things that look so crazy impressive, but are really incredibly simple to make. It doesn't hurt that they also taste amazing, and are the perfect thing to whip up for a weekend breakfast. This version was fancified with browned butter and roasted pears - the perfect variation for a fall morning.

Apple Cider Pancakes with Caramel Apple Syrup These pancakes are infused with apple cider, and then covered in a sweet and delicious caramel apple syrup for the perfect fall breakfast.

Banana Pancakes with Coconut Caramel Sauce Buttermilk pancakes, made with mashed banana, are topped with a delicious coconut caramel sauce made with coconut milk and brown sugar. 


Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins, Lightened Up I've made the pumpkin cream cheese muffins many many times from Annie's Eats. This version uses honey to sweeten the cream cheese filling, instead of powdered sugar. It also uses whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour, a bit less sugar, and some applesauce in place of the oil. This makes it a lot more acceptable to eat these for breakfast!

Honey Chai Roasted Almonds Roasted almonds with chai spices and honey to sweeten them up. No other explanation required.

Stovetop Spinach and Artichoke Dip This would be perfect for a weekend of watching football. If it saves time, you can cook it ahead of time and then reheat later. I love that it doesn't use mayonnaise, like a lot of similar recipes do.

Garlic Mushroom Queso Fundido I didn't even know what a fundido was when I came across this recipe, and let me tell you - I still don't really know what one is. But I don't care because this looks so ridiculously good. Melty cheese and garlicky mushrooms are my kind of food, no matter the name.

Savory Ricotta Scallion Scones Who says scones are just sweet? These savory scones are really like a slightly denser and fluffier version of a flaky biscuit, thanks to the addition of ricotta. These would be perfect as a snack, or as a side to soup.

Panettone Muffins Panettone is so good. I made a homemade version once myself. However, it's such a big giant thing, that you don't know what to do with the leftovers. It dries out really quickly. These little mini versions would be perfect, and would make a great holiday gift.

Vanilla Glazed Rhubarb Oatmeal Scones These buttery, flaky scones have the perfect combination of sweet (from the vanilla glaze) and tart (from the rhubarb). Make these with either fresh or frozen rhubarb.

Smoked Gouda, Sundried Tomato and Parsley Muffins From the author - these muffins are tart, creamy and light all at the same time, and the combination of wheat and white flours gives them added texture and depth of flavor. They taste unbelievable straight from the oven — the shredded gouda cheese pockets still warm and gooey and melty — but they also taste great after they’ve rested overnight and let their flavors meld and develop. 

Cheddar Squash Muffins Another savory muffin! These use mashed butternut squash, scallions, and cheddar cheese for loads of flavor.

Oatmeal Raisin Scones These are scones that are healthy enough to eat for breakfast every day. They are made with whole wheat flour and oats, and are very lightly sweetened.


Cinnamon Apple Pecan Bread This bread looks incredible. This rich bread is a modified brioche, so it has lots of butter, and it is filled with cinnamon, apple and pecans. You roll it up like a cinnamon roll, then cut it down the middle and give it a twist, so it ends up looking like babka in the end.

Cracked Wheat Bread This bread is pretty cool - in addition to normal bread flour, you take cracked wheat that you first soak in water. It adds a lot of cool texture to the bread, while of course making it healthy.

Strawberry Almond Bread While the name of this bread sounds like a quick bread, this is indeed a yeast bread that would be good for sandwiches. The strawberries just melt into the bread, and the almonds give a slight crunch.

Whole Wheat Pita Bread I made whole wheat pita bread once, and it didn't turn out well. They didn't get fluffy, and most of them didn't form a pocket on the inside. This recipe looks perfectly fluffy and thick, and sounds to be pretty easy to make.

Chevre, Onion and Spinach Stuffed Rolls These are almost like strombolis, in the sense that it's bread stuffed with cheese and veggies. But in this case, it's goat cheese and caramelized onions with spinach. Eat them as is, or dip in marinara sauce.

Lemon Sea Salt Focaccia This very simple focaccia is topped with sea salt, rosemary, and whole slices of lemon. It looks so beautiful!

Triple Chocolate Chip Challah Challah is the most beautiful bread in the world. This version is a dessert-style challah, with three kinds of chocolate chips. It would make fantastic french toast or bread pudding!

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Buttermilk Rolls Somehow potato breads always taste better than regular breads. These rolls use sweet potato, as well as browned butter, to really amp up the flavor. These would be perfect for a regular dinner, or for Thanksgiving.

Multi-Grain Focaccia with Herbs and Garlic This focaccia utilizes many grains - whole wheat flour, steel cut oats, ground flax, and oat flour. It is topped with garlic, cheese, and fresh thyme and rosemary. It takes a while to come together, since you make a poolish before making the dough, but the results are worth it. 


Spicy Honey Mustard Chicken Wings Oven baked chicken wings tossed in a spicy honey mustard sauce. A must for your game day spread!

Kale, Corn and Feta Cheese Galette This savory galette is filled with kale, corn, dill and feta cheese. This is a fun way to use kale.

Shrimp Corn and Pepper Quesadillas These quesadillas combine the elements of a fajita plate but jams them all into a crispy/cheesy quesadilla. Shrimp is cooked in a skillet, Peppers, onions and corn get a little char and garlic bite. They are all tucked into a pepper jack lined tortilla with Tabasco Green Jalapeno sauce.

Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce I love savory dishes that incorporate pumpkin as a fall flavor. People forget that pumpkin doesn't taste like pumpkin pie - it's just like any other squash. I would obviously make these without chicken (or only put chicken in Joey's half), but this sounds like a perfect dinner for fall. It makes a lot, so yay leftovers!

Creamy Lemon One Pot Pasta Everyone is making their own version of Martha Stewart's one pot pasta! I've seen a lot that use tomatoes and onions, but this is the first that I've seen with a creamy sauce. I'll have to give it a try!

Creamy Pesto Caprese Pasta Casserole This is definitely comfort food. It's pretty simple, with cooked pasta, tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, pesto, lots of cheese, and a hint of cream and balsamic vinegar.

Shortcut Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto Have you ever spent hours standing in front of the stove, patiently stirring a pot of risotto? In this recipe, you don't have to! You add all of the liquid at once, which not only saves time (and arm muscles), but also allows you to cook the squash at the same time.

Honey Roasted Vegetable + Smoked Gouda Baked Penne More baked pasta dishes! A ton of veggies are cooked with oil and honey, and then layered with cooked penne, tomato sauce, and cheese - lasagna style. This is a great way to use up lots of random veggies in your fridge, and to turn them into a meal that will give you leftovers for days!

Roasted Squash with Thai Curry Squash and Spinach Filling Small squash are roasted in the oven until tender, and filled with a Thai green curry, made with squash and spinach.

Deep Dish Spinach Tomato Pizza This deep dish pizza is cooked in a castiron skillet. The crust is topped with lots of provolone cheese, chopped spinach, tomatoes, and more cheese. You don't need to go to Chicago for good deep dish pizza!

Creamy Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Lasagna This lasagna is filled with mushrooms and caramelized onions! The creamy sauce uses evaporated milk and dried mushrooms for even more mushroom flavor. This is perfect for a cool night, and gives lots of leftovers. 


Tomato Cobbler with Gruyere Biscuits Use the last of your summer tomatoes for this recipe. Onions are caramelized, then tossed with cherry tomatoes and seasoned. The topping is a simple drop biscuit that's loaded with the best cheese ever - Gruyere. 

Zucchini Corn Pancakes Crunchy sweet corn is combined with soft fresh zucchini and tangy sharp cheddar cheese. They are mixed with flour, oil and eggs to form fritters, and are cooked in just a tiny bit of oil. They are great with salsa and sour cream. 


Apple Pie Cookies The best of apple pie, in cookie form. This recipe uses mostly ready-made items, like store-bought pie crust, apple pie filling, and caramel sauce, but I'm sure you could sub in homemade versions. You basically roll out your pie crust, pour on some caramel sauce and apple pie filling, cover with a lattice pie crust, and then cut out into cookie shapes. These sound like perfect portable mini pies.

Fresh Cinnamon Layer Cake This is a simple, rustic layer cake in appearance only. Instead of using pre-ground cinnamon, you make your own freshly grated cinnamon, which must boost the flavor to crazy levels. I'm a major cinnamon lover, so this sounds fantastic!

Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars These bars have three layers - an oatmeal cookie crumb layer, followed by a pumpkin pie layer, and then topped with more crumb. They definitely have more cookie than pumpkin, so you can play with the ratios if desired. They're said to be best slightly chilled, or eat them warm out of the oven with ice cream.

Pumpkin Magic Bars Everyone loves magic bars (also known as 7 layer bars)! These are a fall-inspired version with pumpkin. Instead of a classic graham cracker crust, gingersnap cookies are used. Pumpkin puree is mixed in with the condensed milk, and poured right over the top. I must try these!

Skillet Cranberry Vanilla Buckle A buckle is described as a cake that has fruit in it, and usually some more on top. This cake bakes up beautifully in a skillet - it is moist inside, but crunchy on top. The cranberries burst as they cook and give the cake so much flavor.

Browned Butter Pumpkin Blondies These are the typical dense, chewy blondie, but with the addition of browned butter, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice. They are delicious with or without the browned butter frosting that accompanies this recipe.

One Bowl Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies These very simple cookies can be whipped up and baked in 30 minutes! They use melted butter and light brown sugar, which helps keep them chewy.

Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls The classic cinnamon roll is given a holiday twist - molasses is added straight to the dough, ginger is added to the regular cinnamon filling, and more cinnamon is added to the glaze.

Orange Pecan Sticky Buns Like my favorite cinnamon rolls, these rise in the fridge overnight, making the prep time in the morning very minimal. The dough and filling are infused with orange zest, and the caramel topping is brightened with both zest and juice.

Braided Lemon Cream Cheese Bread This very intricate bread is actually very simple to make. The bread is rolled out, a cream cheese filling is spread on the center, topped with lemon curd. The two sides are cut into strips, which are overlapped onto the filling.

Spiced Pumpkin Baklava Baklava is one of those things that is on my list of recipes to try, but always seems like too much work. I think the addition of pumpkin to this recipe immediately jumps it to the top of my list!



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