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Cream Cheese Glaze

Cream Cheese Glaze

Cream Cheese Glaze….more flavor than a plain glaze When you need just some light glaze over carrot cupcakes, pumpkin bread, muffins or even a quick bread….this is my favorite go to recipe.  This could be called cream cheese glaze frosting.  It has more flavor than just a plain powdered sugar glaze. Depending on what you are using this for you can use other extracts or even a liquor or brandy.     Just one of the many ways to use this glaze.   Print Cream Cheese Glaze More interesting than the usual sugar glaze on pastries, quick breads or muffins.  Any item where cream cheese is a natural flavor go to. Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword sweet glaze, glaze, cream cheese glaze, baking Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 25 minutes Author Janice Krako Ingredients 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract or other extra or liquor 3-4 Tablespoons milk adjust amount as needed Instructions Leave the cream cheese out to warm to room temperature.Beat room temperature cream cheese till very creamy.Fold in powdered sugar.Stir in vanilla or other flavoring with only 3 Tablespoons of milk to

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Simply Fabulous Pumpkin Bread

Simply Fabulous Pumpkin Bread

This is my famous, even though newly created recipe, for Simply Fabulous Pumpkin Bread.  Pumpkin recipes are perfect especially in the fall.  This is a very easy pumpkin bread recipe to make. My favorite time is fall with all the newly picked apples, fresh pumpkins, squashes and cranberries.  I could write a book on those ingredients with all the recipes I’ve made over the years. Pumpkin isn’t just for Jack O’ Lanterns, it’s actually a very useful and tasty fruit.  Yes tell you kids that, just like one of my other favorites tomatoes, they are a large fruit! These are made with this very healthy fruit….Pumpkin!   Nutritionally they are loaded with beta carotene which converts to vitamin A.  Eye health, your immune system, heart disease are all helped by eating low calorie beta carotene foods like pumpkin. Shhhh….we don’t have to mention how healthy this is to the kids!   I always had a house rule for my kids, you must try 1 bite and then decide to eat more or not.  They usually ate, unless it was green! It’s not easy being healthy green food….sigh. Print Simply Fabulous Pumpkin Bread This is my absolute favorite Pumpkin Bread recipe I’ve

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Cinnamon Sugar Blend

Cinnamon Sugar Blend

A very good thing to have ready to use is a nice Cinnamon Sugar Blend. I have been making this Cinnamon Sugar Blend for years to have as one of my favorite pantry staples. Some of my favorite dishes to use this on are  oatmeal, some buttered toast, rice pudding, in coffee, or on top of the foam on cappuccino.  Use it on anything you want to add a hint of sweetness to.     I alway keep this near my coffee pot for a quick flavor boost when I don’t want just plain coffee.For the record I haven’t sweetened my coffee with anything in many years but this cinnamon sugar blend I enjoy once in a while.     When I brew some cappuccino at home sometimes I do a light sprinkling of this on top of the foamed milk.     Cinnamon Sugar Blend Recipe 1/2 cup granulated white sugar 2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon Preparation In a bowl add sugar and ground cinnamon. Blend well.  Great to keep on hand. Store in an airtight container. For a shaker:  Save a spice bottle  that is finished, remove the label, thoroughly wash and dry before adding the cinnamon sugar mix.  Have

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Baking Bread 101….The Basics

Baking Bread 101….The Basics

Baking Bread 101…The Basics Whole Wheat bread, bread 101 When I was 10 years old when I taught myself how to bake bread. I’d already been cooking by that time for the family on a daily basis. Baking bread isn’t all that difficult at all! There are some basic steps and techniques to follow. Once you understand those basics, the rest is fun and so rewarding with the way the aroma drifts through the house. After the bread cools down to room temperature who could resist cutting into the loaf and slathering it with a favorite spread, butter or even an herbed butter or, maybe even some olive oil with infused herbs? This is one of my very favorite recipes that I’ve made for many years and the one my kids loved growing up.  A nice basic whole wheat bread that works well for sandwiches and for toasting too.  This will make 3 smaller loaves or 2 good sized loaves. The bread once fully cooled and after about 6 hours can be frozen very well wrapped and air tight in plastic bags such as these.  Use this trick….stick a straw into the bag and suck out the excess air to

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