Monday, February 26, 2018

Orange Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Orange Coffee Cake, Orange Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Orange Streusel Coffee Cake, Coffee Cake, Breakfast, Cake for BreakfastIn just seven more weeks, we will grow from a family of three to four!  It's all kind of surreal, how much life can change in such a short amount of time.  In the last four years, we got married, bought and partially renovated a house, had a baby boy, and are about to have another.  It's been so amazing to watch our first baby grow into an inquisitive and funny little boy, and I'm so excited to give him a best friend.  Who would ever have thought that I'd be the mom of two little boys?

On Saturday morning, I made this orange sour cream coffee cake, adapted from the eggnog coffee cake I made for Christmas, and this one might be even better.  The cake is beautifully light, soft and tender, infused with orange juice and tangy sour cream, moist and buttery, topped with crumbly streusel lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and drizzled with a sweet orange glaze...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Valentine's Shortbread Cookies

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The cookies are wonderful on their own, with a cup of strong hot coffee, or dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed nuts, toffee, or a bit of coarse sea salt...

Monday, February 12, 2018

A Valentines Berry Pie

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It snowed over the weekend, a quiet, lazy-day type of snow that made everything so beautiful.  And when it snows, I love to bake, so I made a little pre-Valentine's Day pie in one of my mini pie pans.  I had originally planned on this being just a cherry pie, but with it being February, I couldn't find any frozen cherries, so I chose a mixed bag of frozen cherries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.

A splash of lemon juice in the filling keeps it from being too sweet, and the simple, warm spices of cinnamon and cloves really enhance the flavor of the fruit.  The pie filling reminded me of a red Danish fruit sauce my mom makes at Christmas - sweet, tart, and complex with five or six different berries and red fruits - which my family would always spoon over ice cream or pound cake...