Oct 25, 2015

Eggnog Butter Pecan Bread Pudding

This Eggnog Butter Pecan Bread Pudding is in the running for my top recipes of 2015. It is delicious and very rich recipe that was adapted from the wonderful Creole Contessa.

With our changes, a half heavy cream and half eggnog mixture was used, so it doesn't have an overwhelming eggnog flavor. The original recipe called for 2 cups of milk chocolate chips, which we added. I do feel as though these could be left out to cut down a bit on the sweetness.

While the original recipe uses day old glazed doughnuts, we went with a 27 oz. loaf of Cinnamon Challah from a local (and amazing!) bakery, On the Rise Bread Co. If you go this route, cut or tear your pieces into one inch pieces. I would say this came to about 10-12 cups using the 27 oz. loaf.

All in all, if I were to do this one over I would cut the glaze recipe in half, omit the chocolate chips, and consider reducing the amount of sugar by half. If you stick with the original recipe, have no fear, it is extremely delicious just the way it is. The wonderful thing about recipes in tailoring them to suit your tastes. Enjoy!

Oct 12, 2015

Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake

Occasionally when I think of coffee cake the thought that comes to mind is dry or tasteless. This Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake, recipe courtesy of Cozy Country Living, is the opposite of dry and tasteless. It is ultra moist and flavorful, packed with blueberries and topped with almonds and icing.

For a touch of extra flavor, I added Lorann Oils Sweet Butter Dough emulsion to my icing and it tasted phenomenal. Be sure to drop by Cozy Country Living for more delicious recipes from Shannon. Enjoy!

Oct 5, 2015

Cream Cheese Pear Coffee Cake

With the cooling weather and overcast days, it is that time of year when I get the urge to bake like crazy. One that we made recently was a cream cheese pear coffee cake. This substantial coffee cake is flavored with pears and cream cheese with a streusel sprinkled on top.

The original recipe from Yammie's Noshery used apples, but I substituted chopped pears instead. If you go with a good quality canned pear, be sure to drain the fruit very well and pat it dry with a paper towel. Enjoy!

Oct 3, 2015

Spiffy New Design & Recipe Index!

For all of the readers who subscribe by email and may not visit directly very often, I wanted to let you know that I have an adorable new design for Jam Hands, as well as a super organized recipe index. 

Emily from Designer Blogs did an amazing job -- from tweaking the layout, setting up the recipe index (which automatically updates - awesome!), to creating the custom graphic header. I love all of it and I highly recommend her and the Designer Blogs team. 

I hope you enjoy all the new changes. Enjoy!