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Rainy Day Pumpkin Bread

Man is it a dreary day outside in my neck-of-the-woods. Bleah. Rainy and cold and just downright ugly. I decided to hole up inside and bake something that would make my house smell amazing. Pumpkin bread seemed just the ticket. This is a slightly changed recipe from the other pumpkin bread I’ve posted – and I have to say it’s probably the most moist loaf I’ve ever made. As I usually do, I used applesauce in my recipe, but if you want to – oil can be used in place of it. This bread is packed with pumpkin and spices that are just delicious. It’s pretty dense, so if a light airy sweet bread is your thing, you might want to try a different recipe.
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Bad Blueberry Muffins

Holy cow. It has been a long time since I baked something that turned out so badly. I’m posting this because I want you all to know that sometimes, even people who bake all the time with great success have total disasters. Messing up is no reason to stop trying! I’m sure this recipe is really great as it’s written – but I seriously goofed up by substituting  applesauce for the oil. That’s what I get for thinking  I could make a muffin that has lots of sour cream as an ingredient more healthy. [Read more…]

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins

Sometimes, you just want a doughnut. If you’re like me, you have trouble justifying the drive to a bakery just to buy one, so you get a dozen. And then eat them all. Not good. Here’s my take on a mini-muffin that tastes just like a delicious doughnut. Without the guilt. The original recipe for this used butter, I like to substitute applesauce wherever I can – and always have success when using it in muffins or bread. These are light and delicious. Bet you can’t eat just one! I’m glad I’m heading out of the house – otherwise there’s no way these would make it to the meeting I’m taking them to tonight!
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Applesauce Drop Doughnuts

I made these tonight for our annual family trick-or-treating extravaganza. They were crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. They were awesome! Next time, I’ll make some kind of dipping sauce (raspberry maybe, or possibly a vanilla bean custard) and try rolling them in powdered sugar. I think that would make them absolutely perfect. I also would like to try these substituting pumpkin for the applesauce and kicking up the spices a little. Mmmmm, I really do love pumpkin spice things.This recipe makes a TON of little doughnut holes. They disappear quickly though, this whole batch was gone before I knew it! Luckily, we had lots of other food, including Simple Caramel Apples, Wassail, Mom’s Tortellini Soup, and Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. 

Applesauce Doughnut Drops

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