Blueberry Muffins

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I love going to the market and seeing what produce is fresh. And now that spring is here, all the fruits and veggies are starting to look and taste so much better! This past week the blueberries looked amazing, so I decided to make blueberry muffins for breakfast. Muffins are such an easy breakfast to make – one hour and you have a delicious freshly baked meal!  There are so many great muffin recipes out there, I always have a hard time deciding which one to make.

I went with this King Arthur Flour recipe because the reviews were so amazing, and because I happened to have some White Whole Wheat flour in my pantry. I always like to sneak in some whole wheat when I can. I try to trick TheBetterHalf, but he can usually tell when wheat is involved – much too healthy for him! I think the white whole wheat flour works very well in this muffin though. The muffins were light and fluffy, with just a bit of wheat flavor. The almond extract really adds something special, although be careful not to put in more than 1/4 tsp – a little of that goes a long way! The original directions say that the cinnamon sugar on top is optional, but really, who wouldn’t want cinnamon sugar on top of their muffin?! So in my recipe, it is not optional :).

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English Muffin Bread

This English Muffin is full of nooks and crannies, making it perfect for toast. Plus, it is the easiest loaf of yeast bread I have ever made – no-kneading required!

English Muffin Bread | chezcateylou.com

When I made this recipe on Friday, I was so excited to share it with you.  The reason: I have found a bread recipe that is easier than no-knead! I started this bread at 5:30pm on Friday, and it was out of the oven by 7:30pm. Seriously, it is the easiest bread I have ever made and the results were great!

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Carrot Bread

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Today I have another no-knead recipe for you.  No-knead has really become my favorite way to make bread.  It is just so easy, and more importantly, it consistently turns out great.

The one tricky part about making no-knead bread is the timing.  Once the dough is made, you have to bake the bread 12-18 hours later – even if life gets in the way.  In fact the other day I said no to plans after work because I had to go home and bake this bread!  It is slightly pathetic to let my baking interfere with my social life, but what can I say, I’m committed to making great recipes for this blog!  And I really wanted to eat this bread all weekend :)  Plus look at that gorgeous orange dough – I couldn’t let it go to waste!

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Buttermilk Biscuits

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I always get excited when I see biscuits on a brunch menu.  Whether served alone with some jam or as part of a sandwich, I love the taste of biscuits.  But for some reason I never think to make them.  The other day, I was trying to figure out what to do with my leftover buttermilk.  It seems like every time I buy buttermilk for a recipe, I always have some leftover – which really isn’t a problem, because there are so many great baked goods to make that use buttermilk.  So as I ran through my old standbys – muffins, bread, pancakes -a new thought popped into my head.  Biscuits! We would be having warm, fluffy biscuits for breakfast.

TheBetterHalf was very impressed that I whipped up biscuits so quickly.  As much as I enjoy biscuits, he might like them even more.  I think all of his favorite brunches in New York involve biscuits.  Anyway, he assumed that because they are like bread, they would take hours to make.  I do want him to think that I slaved away for hours, but the truth is these took no time to make!  I’m so glad I re-discovered just how easy biscuits are to make – they are definitely going to become a more regular guest in our kitchen.

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New York Style Crumb Coffee Cake

Light and moist cake is topped with a thick layer of cinnamon crumbs. This New York style crumb coffee cake is the perfect addition to any brunch spread!

New York Style Crumb Coffee Cake | chezcateylou.com

Apparently cake is not appropriate breakfast food.  Or so I’ve been told.  But add the word coffee in front and it automatically becomes acceptable to eat cake for breakfast!   Now to be honest, this recipe for New York Style Crumb Cake is actually listed in the Cook’s Illustrated app under “dessert” rather than “breakfast.”   However I’m adding the word coffee and turning it into a breakfast recipe!Typically my breakfast is more whole grain and less whole stick of butter, so I decided this recipe would be the perfect thing to make for Easter brunch with my family.  I have always been a huge fan of crumb coffee cake.  What’s not to love about butter and sugar baked together on top of cake?!  And did I forget to mention Cinnamon??  The cake in this recipe is light and fluffy, the perfect complement to the rich, cinnamon crumbs.  Next time I will double the recipe because this was gone before the morning was over!