Honey Apple Bundt Cake With Apple Caramel Sauce

THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS BEAT THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS IN THE NFC DIVISIONAL ROUND GAME LAST SUNDAY!!!  To celebrate that stunning victory, I developed this recipe for honey apple Bundt cake with apple caramel sauce using as many Minnesota products as possible.    Continue reading “Honey Apple Bundt Cake With Apple Caramel Sauce”

Walnut Topped Spicy Chai Bundt Cake

“A party without a cake is just a meeting”.   That’s the Julia Child quote on the napkins that I received as an add-0n Christmas gift from our youngest daughter; they’re the ones in the background of the photos below.  I love that saying and this chai Bundt cake with its topping of creamy icing and toasted walnuts is ready to party! Continue reading “Walnut Topped Spicy Chai Bundt Cake”

Absolute Best (And Cheapest) Bundt Pan Prep!

Three different cake pans that benefit from proper Bundt pan prep; Bundt Duet pan, Original 12-cup pan, and Bundtlette pan. | mjbakesalot.com
Bundt Duet pan (back left), Pro-Cast Original 12-cup pan (back right), and Bundtlette pan.

I love cakes baked in Bundt pans and I’m like a kid in a candy store when I’m at the Nordic Ware Outlet store  in Minneapolis.  They have a fabulous selection of their Bundt pans and other baking and cooking tools.  They also sell Bundt pan seconds there at phenomenal prices and, if we had the room to store them, I’d own one of each.  Continue reading “Absolute Best (And Cheapest) Bundt Pan Prep!”

Delicious Bite-Size German Christmas Stollen

Joe and I and our daughters have been enjoying a couple of Christmas traditions for over forty years.  The first tradition is that on the weekend following Thanksgiving we put up our Christmas tree and start to decorate our house inside and out, and the second tradition is that a week or so later I make German Christmas stollen.   Continue reading “Delicious Bite-Size German Christmas Stollen”

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies For Sharing

It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving, and I love Thanksgiving because not only do you get to enjoy great food with family and friends, but because it means that the next day I can start decorating for Christmas AND start baking cookies and German stollenContinue reading “Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies For Sharing”

Fluffy Soft and Buttery Make Ahead Dinner Rolls

Thanksgiving is this week and while the turkey usually gets all the attention, I think that no special occasion meal is complete without really good dinner rolls.  My recipe for fluffy soft and buttery make ahead dinner rolls produces incredibly flavorful ones that are also perfect for a casual dinner or for little slider sandwiches with leftover turkey or meatloaf or any other filling.    Continue reading “Fluffy Soft and Buttery Make Ahead Dinner Rolls”

Delicious 100% Whole Grain Corn Muffins

Whether you live in the Rust Belt or the Sun Belt, soups and stews appear a lot more frequently on our dinner tables after Labor Day, don’t they?  When you have enough time to make it, a yeast bread recipe like honey whole wheat bread is a great addition to a homemade soup meal.  But if it’s a weeknight, you need something you can throw together in a hurry.  When I was growing up, we always had either biscuits or cornbread with soup or stew because they were fast and easy to make and they’re real comfort food; so much better than dry crackers!   Continue reading “Delicious 100% Whole Grain Corn Muffins”

Wholegrain Cocktail Rye Bread

I love menu planning as much as I love baking and when I start thinking about what we should have for a particular meal, whether it’s a weeknight dinner for the two of us or a special party for twelve, early in the process I take inventory of ingredients I already have on hand and develop the menu using those ingredients to their best advantage. For instance, a few weeks ago we invited some friends over for dinner and as I began to consider various menu options, I immediately decided to use the smoked salmon that we purchased a couple of days earlier. Continue reading “Wholegrain Cocktail Rye Bread”

Rich and Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

In a few short weeks, we’ll be leaving home for the summer to escape the Florida heat, humidity, and hurricane season, so I was taking inventory of perishables in the refrigerator and pantry to use up before we leave.   The refrigerator cheese drawer held a pound and a half of cream cheese that provided the perfect excuse to make cheesecake, but in the Tampa/St Pete area we’ve already been having record-shattering temps in the high 90s, therefore I had no desire to turn on the oven.  I decided that making rich and easy no-bake chocolate cheesecake  Continue reading “Rich and Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake”

Luscious Chocolate Swirl Banana Cake

We love bananas at our house, but it seems like there are always one or two (or three) that are forgotten behind a loaf of bread or a bag of tortilla chips and they end up all brown and squishy.  When I found two large ones in that sad state I thought about making strawberry banana walnut bread, Continue reading “Luscious Chocolate Swirl Banana Cake”