Monday, January 27, 2020

Buttermilk Muffins

Chocolate Almond Muffins, Chocolate Muffins, Buttermilk Muffins, High Altitude Muffin Recipes, Brunch IdeasI've made quite a few muffins over the years.  In fact, muffins (made from a box mix) were one of the first things I ever learned how to bake on my own when I was in middle school, and I've loved them for breakfast ever since.

A few months ago, I had an excess of buttermilk on hand, so I experimented with some buttermilk muffin recipes and just loved the results.  The buttermilk adds a lovely flavor to the muffins and makes them wonderfully soft and tender.  I have three new recipes for you in today's post.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Ginger Streusel Lemon Cake

Ginger Streusel Lemon Cake, Ginger Lemon Cake, Gingerbread Streusel Cake, High Altitude Cake Recipes, Cake Decorating Ideas, American Buttercream, Buttercream Cake, Lemon Cake, High Altitude Lemon CakeWhen I was a kid, I remember my mom making this gingerbread sheet cake; sometimes it was dark and spicy, and other times she made a lighter, less spicy version with a crumb topping that we called "Pennsylvania gingerbread cake".  Either way, it was great, but the best part was the sweetly tart lemon sauce she'd pour on the side, which was just instant lemon pudding served warm.  Together, they made something magical.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars, Blueberry Breakfast Bars, Blueberry Crumb Bars, Blueberry Pie BarsBlueberry oatmeal bars are a simple treat to make that look and taste so nostalgic.  When I remember going to church potlucks and other gatherings as a kid, my mom was sure to bring a big pan of oatmeal bars, filled with blueberry or cherry pie filling.  There was hardly a crumb left by the end of the day.

What's nice about these bars is that the dough serves as both the bottom crust and the crumble topping, making them so easy to mix up in a hurry.  The fruit filling thickens to a jam-like consistency while baking, and the layers of crust, blueberry filling and crumbly topping are so tempting.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Strawberry Rhubarb Cupcakes

Strawberry Rhubarb Cupcakes, Valentines Cupcakes, Strawberry Cupcakes, High Altitude Strawberry CupcakesIt may seem a bit early for a strawberry rhubarb recipe, but if you're lucky enough to be able to find frozen rhubarb in your grocery store, then these cupcakes can be made any time of year.  And although it's January, spring will be here before we know it.  We have a rhubarb plant in our back yard, and I love watching for it to start peeking through the dirt when the weather turns warmer, but thankfully, since I freeze rhubarb each summer, I don't have to wait until spring.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Red Velvet Cake with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Buttercream

Red Velvet Cake, Cream Cheese Buttercream, Vanilla Bean Buttercream, High Altitude Red Velvet Cake, High Altitude Cake RecipesRed velvet cake is one of those cakes that I didn't start eating until I was an adult.  Even though I grew up in the South, and red velvet cake tends to be a favorite down there, I don't remember my mom making it much, if ever.  And when I did finally taste it, it was not an instant love affair.  I wasn't sure what to think of the flavor, which struck me as rather bland, or the color, although I couldn't argue that the cream cheese frosting was delicious.  It took a few years and some recipe experimentation to learn that that first red velvet cake I tasted was not a very good one, but that when done right, red velvet cake is simply wonderful.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Key Lime Sour Cream Pie

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Key Lime Pie is as easy to make as it is delicious to eat, and if you aren't making key lime pies in the winter, you really should be.  Wintertime is the best season for citrus, although this is also a wonderful pie to make in the summer as well, with its light, creamy texture, quick bake time and cool, refreshing lime flavor.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake, Painted Buttercream Cake, Christmas Cake Decorating, Vintage Christmas Car, Christmas Decorations, Gift Wrapping, Christmas Tree CakeI hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  We spent the holiday at home, and it was a quiet week for us (at least, as quiet as things can be when you have 1 and 3 year old boys who are so excited to wake up and discover that Santa brought presents the night before).  We played outside, did a little more baking, watched Christmas movies, ate cookies, and just enjoyed time with our boys.  We had a simple Christmas dinner of prime rib with cabbage rolls and kale salad, and chocolate cream pie for dessert.  And, this Christmas Cake.

I just love everything about this cake design.  To me, this says "home for the holidays", with the vintage car piled with presents and a Christmas tree, traveling along snowy, tree-lined country roads, heading home to see family and friends, drinking hot chocolate by a warm fire while the snow drifts outside, and eating too much apple pie and ginger molasses cookies.