Spray 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a small saucepan bring brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat. When the sugar is dissolved pour into the prepared pan.
Place six slices of bread on top of the caramel. You might need to squish the slices together to make them all fit.
In a small bowl mix the cinnamon and sugar together. Sprinkle half of the mixture over bread in the pan. Top with remaining six slices of bread.
In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. Stir in remaining half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture and stir until combined. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Take French Toast casserole out of the fridge and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350*. Uncover dish and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden. Remove from oven. Use a spatula to flip the bread slices over onto a plate so the caramel side is up. Top with powdered sugar, if desired, and serve immediately.
This picture stinks…will update the photo when we make again. This casserole is so good and feeds a crowd. We had it for dinner, both kiddos loved it, and then we had it for lunch today and it was just a good as leftovers.
Definitely making this again and especially when we have guests over.
We’ve tried a few baked oatmeal recipes, but this one is the keeper. It’s like dessert, but it’s breakfast. How can you go wrong with that? It tastes a lot like apple crisp, but there’s all this oatmeal in it, so it’s good for you, right? 😉
Steve loves crunch, so he asked me to double the topping next time. 🙂 The streusel topping below is the double recipe (but a single for the butter).
2 T. unsalted butter, melted (I used Country Crock Light)
3 c. skim milk
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
2 large eggs
1 c. brown sugar (if you like your oatmeal less sweet, then add 3/4 c. of brown sugar, or whatever you desire; we like sweet)
1 heaping T. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 20 oz. cans of sugar free apple pie filling, apples chopped
3 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. steel cut oats
2/3 c. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. old fashioned oats
2/3 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 T. unsalted (real) butter, at room temperature, cut into pea size pieces, (do not melt)
Spray a 10 x 10 (4 qt. or 10 x 13) baking dish with cooking spray (or larger pan if doubling the streusel topping).
In a large bowl, whisk together butter, milk, applesauce, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla. Chop the apples in the pie filling and stir in the apple pie filling; then add in the old fashioned oats and steel cut oats and combine. Transfer to prepared baking dish and spread oatmeal mixture evenly. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
In a medium bowl, use a fork to stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and baking powder. Cut in the butter with the same fork until there are large pea-sized crumbs. If you prepare this the streusel topping the night before, cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight, just don’t add it to the oatmeal mixture until you are ready to bake it in the morning.
Bake: Preheat oven to 375*.
Take the plastic wrap off the baking dish and top it with the prepared streusel. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until oatmeal is thoroughly hot and the streusel is golden brown. If you’d like a crisper streusel, set the oven to broil and let it crisp up to your liking.
Our good friend Courtney gave me this recipe. We had it a potluck breakfast/brunch. It is beyond good. Both kiddos loved it, so I knew I needed the recipe.
I adapted the recipe by replacing the goat cheese with feta, because at least 2 of the 4 of us don’t like goat cheese, and I also replaced the eggs with egg beaters to “lighten” the dish up a bit.
I made it for dinner and we got 2 dinners out of it, and the leftovers were just as good heated up as the dish was the first night.
This dish is sooooo good that you can proudly serve it to company!
1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained
1 onion, thinly sliced
½ bundle of asparagus, cut into bite size pieces
1 c. cottage cheese, drained
8 oz. goat cheese or 6 oz. crumbled feta (reduced fat)
14 eggs or large carton of egg beaters
Cavender’s Greek seasoning
Preheat oven to 350*.
Thaw spinach and squeeze it out in paper towels to get all water out.
Heat butter in a pan and caramelize the onion.
Heat water to boil, add some salt, and blanch asparagus until just tender.
Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and sprinkle with spinach through cheese; beat eggs with seasoning (or sprinkle with Cavender’s add the egg beaters and sprinkle with additional Cavender’s).Â Pour into dish and swirl contents a little with a knife.
Bake at 350* for about 30 minutes, or until just set.
When I make cinnamon rolls, I usually make my grandmother’s recipe, which is more like a sticky bun/cinnamon roll. This weekend I tried a new recipe…one with frosting. It was a hit. Everyone loved the frosting! How could you not love a cinnamon roll with frosting?!?!?!
I lightened the recipe up by using Country Crock Light spread in place of the butter for both the cinnamon rolls and frosting, and it worked very well.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs until frothy. Whisk in yeast, milk, and melted butter and let sit for 10 minutes.
Add the remaining Dough ingredients to the mixing bowl, and mix into a sticky dough. Transfer to a well-floured surface and knead, adding additional flour, just until no longer sticky. Return ball of dough to the mixing bowl, cover, and put in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
On a well-floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out dough, until it is a large, 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Spread the softened butter on the surface of the dough to start the filling. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over the buttered dough. Roll the rolling pin over the brown sugar and cinnamon to press all of the filling into the dough (and it makes it easier to roll).
Line two jelly roll sheets with parchment paper and spray the parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray.
Grab the short side of the dough, and roll entire length of dough into a pinwheel, pressing firmly as you go. Slice rolled pinwheel into 1 1/4 inch thick rounds and evenly spread about 9 (3 rows of 3) onto the jelly roll sheet. You may need to pinch the ends so the roll doesn’t unroll. One sheet may have fewer rolls, but that’s ok. Cover and let rise in a warm place for another 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400* and bake cinnamon rolls 18-22 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
Combine melted butter and powdered sugar to create the frosting. If frosting is hard, microwave 10-15 seconds to soften. Spoon frosting over cinnamon rolls while still hot, and serve.
The next day, microwave your rolls for 15-30 seconds, and it tastes like it’s right out of the oven.
Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling on muffins before baking, optional
3 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. maple extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Milk or heavy whipping cream
Preheat the oven to 350*F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners, spray with cooking spray, and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
Peel the bananas and mash with a fork. Place the mashed bananas in a large bowl. Add the brown sugar, coconut oil, egg, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
Fill muffin liners three-quarters full. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
For the frosting: whisk melted butter and powdered sugar. Add extracts, whisk until smooth. Add milk or heavy whipping cream (to desired consistency…start with just a small amount (1-2 tsp.) at a time and add more, if necessary), whisk until smooth. Immediately frost completely cooled muffins.
These muffins are healthy, delicious, and kid approved. Need I say more? I admit I was a bit skeptical given how little fat is in the muffins, but they turned out extremely moist and flavorful.
They freeze wonderfully. After they cool, I simply put them in a freezer bag, and then each night I pull 2 out (one for each kiddo), and put them in a sandwich bag for their school lunch the next day. Perfect!
1/2 c. grated apple (approximately 2 Granny Smiths)
1/2 c. grated zucchini, moisture slightly squeezed out
1 c. chopped peeled apple (approximately 1 Granny Smith)
For the Topping: use more if needed
4 TBSP crunchy sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Â Preheat oven to 375*F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and all-spice. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, applesauce, oil, egg, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until just combined. Do not over mix. Gently stir in the grated apple, zucchini, and chopped apples.
To make the topping, combine turbinado sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir well.
Fill the prepared muffin pan with muffin batter, filling each cup about 3/4 the way full. Sprinkle each muffin with cinnamon sugar topping. Bake for 20 minutes, or until muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let muffins cool to room temperature and serve.
These pull-apart rolls are so easy and so delicious. I’ve made it a number of times, both with the large round loaf (as pictured) and with individual rolls. Both equally delicious, but we tend to prefer the individual rolls, because there is more surface area for that crispy, yet sweet gooey goodness!
***Note: if you use individual rolls, you’ll need a muffin pan, and the directions differ slightly, but I’ve noted the changes below.
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or our personal favorite orange extract)
Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
Remove loaf of sweet bread from aluminum pan.
Using a serrated knife, make 5 vertical slices in loaf about 1 1/2 inches apart stopping about 1/2-inch from bottom crust. ***Note: If using individual rolls make 2 slices about 1 inch apart stopping about 1/2-inch from bottom crust.
In a small saucepan over medium/low heat, combine brown sugar, butter and honey. Stir constantly until everything is melted and combined (about 5 minutes.) Remove from heat then stir in cinnamon.
Open each slice that you made in the bread and spread on a couple of tablespoons of the glaze. Press the slices together to make sure glaze gets distributed on each side of the slices.
Then take your knife and make 4 more horizontal slices. Then fill in those slices with glaze. ***Note: If using individual rolls make 2 slices about 1 inch apart stopping about 1/2-inch from bottom crust.
Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray, push loaf back together and put it back into the aluminum pan. Â ***Note: If using individual rolls, spray a muffin pan with cooking spray and put 1 roll in each muffin slot.
Spread any remaining glaze over the bread and bake for about 8-10 minutes.
While bread is in the oven, start making the glaze. Whisk together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract (or orange, or whatever flavor you like).
Once bread is finished baking, you can remove it from the pan or serve it directly from the pan (be careful, it’s hot!) Spoon the glaze on the warm bread.
I introduced Ellie to orange rolls this week when we had a mother daughter lunch day, and just like me she is hooked. Orange rolls are like cinnamon rolls, but instead of the cinnamon there is the delicious sweet orange flavor.
When I came across this recipe I just knew it would be delicious and it was. They were inhaled.
12 frozen yeast dinner rolls (not the bake and serve in 5-10 minutes kind)
1 c. sugar
zest of one orange
1/2 c. butter
1/2 tsp. (I actually used 1 tsp.) Karo syrup
Sweet Orange Glaze (can omit, if desired):
1 c. powdered sugar
zest of one orange
1 TBSP butter, melted
2 TBSP orange juice
1 tsp. vanilla
Take out 12 frozen dinner rolls and allow them to thaw but still be cold. Cut each roll with a pizza cutter into about 4-6 smaller pieces each.
Mix the 1 c. of sugar and orange zest into a small bowl and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350*.
Melt the 1/2 c. butter and mix with karo syrup.
Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
Dip each small piece of the butter and roll in the sugar/orange zest mixture. (There will be quite a bit of butter and some sugar/orange zest mixture left over.) Put about 4-6 pieces into the muffin tin and fill them about 1/2 way with the small frozen dinner roll pieces. Let them double in size, about a couple of hours.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Let the rolls cool slightly and then use a knife to loosen them up. Remove each roll and place them upside down on a cooling rack as the bottoms will be sticky.
When ready to serve, make the sweet orange glaze: mix the powdered sugar, orange zest, 1 TBSP butter, 2 TBSP orange juice, and 1 tsp. vanilla together. Drizzle over the tops of each of the orange rolls. (If you don’t want the glaze you can omit).