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Blueberry Breakfast Cake

A soft, fluffy breakfast cake dotted with fresh blueberries will make every morning a good morning!

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And today is definitely a good morning! I’m finally feeling better after being sick for four weeks! I won’t go into that whole miserable ordeal today — I’ll leave that for another day. For now, I want to share with you this Blueberry Breakfast Cake that will turn your ho-hum morning into a great one!

Breakfast for me has always been hard to do. Why? Well, mostly because I either get up so early during the week that food is really not on my mind, or because I rushing around and there is no time to eat before I zoom to the office.

It would be great to eat breakfast as a family; can you just see us all sitting at the dining room table, eating, laughing, and bonding as a family? Nope! This idyllic situation is not a reality for my family.

You see, when my husband travels his business, he is not around to eat breakfast with us and my son gets up at the last-minute possible before he has to go to school, so breakfast for him is not even on his radar. Now for me, I would love to sit down with a nice hot cup of coffee and eat something scrumptious for breakfast at home, like this Blueberry Breakfast Cake, however there really is no time to do so during the work/school week.

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You see, when my husband is away on business, not only do I have to get myself ready, I have to constantly go back and forth from my room to my son’s room to get him up and drive him to school!

Here’s how our morning banter goes…

First I go into his room and, in my sweetest morning voice say, “Good morning. It’s time to get up. We have thirty minutes until we need to leave.” I briskly walk back to my room to put on my make-up.

Then I go back to his room and announce, “Twenty minutes until we need to leave.” Again, I walk back to my room to curl my hair.

Finally, if my son is still not up, I have to go back to his room and firmly state, “Ten minutes until we need to leave.” Yeah, he is finally up, and I am trying not to get stressed out before my morning starts at the office!

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After I am ready, I proceed downstairs, pull his clean baseball uniform out of the dryer and put it in his bag along with plenty of fluids to keep him hydrated during the day and throughout his practice or game.

Now you see, this is why there is really no time to prepare something to eat at home for breakfast!

However, if I make something like this Blueberry Breakfast Cake over the weekend, voila – I’ve got a yummy breakfast that I can slice into generous squares to bring with me to work for the entire week — and I’ll get to truly savor each and every bite in the comfort of my office!

This breakfast cake is not too sweet. It’s soft and the fresh blueberries give it a wonderful flavor — and the sprinkle of sugar on the top just before baking gives it a wonderful little crunch. A delightful fluffy and fantastic treat to eat for breakfast!

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BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST CAKE

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Blueberry Breakfast Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 (8 oz.) container Greek vanilla yogurt

Instructions:

Heat you oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an oval baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Also, wash and dry the blueberries add 1/4 cup of the flour and toss until all berries are coated — set aside until ready to use.

In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until well incorporated.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt. Then add the 1/3 of flour mixture and 1/3 of the yogurt to the batter, mix, then repeat twice. Fold in the blueberries and spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted to the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then scoop out with a spoon to serve.

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So, if you have no time in the mornings to eat breakfast at home like me, whip up this scrumptious Blueberry Breakfast Cake over the weekend and you’ll have a sweet and satisfying breakfast all week-long!

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from Alexandra’s Kitchen}


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Fluffy Crumb Cake

Freshly baked Fluffy Crumb Cake, warm from the oven is the perfect weekend breakfast!

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Oh, and did I mention the topping? Well, it’s literally the best part of this crumb cake — it’s the crumbs of course!

And who could not resist these buttery, delicate sweet crumbs on top of a moist and fluffy breakfast cake?

Not me.

Not my family.

And surely not you! Or so I hope!

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This is probably the best crumb cake I have ever made. Seriously. It’s true.

The cake is scented with vanilla and not too sweet. And the topping…To. Die. For! It’s sweet and crumbly and will literally will make your heart jump a beat!  It’s stunning to look at; it stands up tall and the golden crumbs glisten in the morning light. And it’s even better to eat!

It’s an ideal breakfast for me to make for my family. You see, during the week, I usually grab some type of health bar, heat up some oatmeal, or sometimes even pack a couple of these mini frittatas, and I’m out the door. My days are long and eating happens quickly.

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So really, over the weekend is usually the only time when I get to enjoy my meals. And I do. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day.

On Saturday and Sunday I still get up early (internal alarm clock!), which allows me to leisurely make something scrumptious. I whip up something quick, toss it in the oven, and wait for the amazing aroma to fill the house. Then, when my family wakes up, they immediately ascend to the kitchen to see what I have concocted.

It’s a dream to sit on the couch with my husband, indulge in the breakfast that I have baked, such as this Fluffy Crumb Cake, sip on a hot Cappuccino that he has generously made for me, and talk about our day or just life in general. It’s really the only time we do this — and I love each and every moment!

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FLUFFY CRUMB CAKE

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

Crumb Topping
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour

Cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8×8-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

To make the crumb topping:  To a small bowl add the sugars, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine. Add the melted butter and stir until combined. Then add the flour and using a fork, gently stir until the topping until it looks crumbly. Set aside until ready to use.

To make the cake: In a medium bowl add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined then set aside.

Into a large bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar and beat until fluffy — about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well incorporated. With the mixer on low-speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated then add 1/2 of the milk and mix until blended. Repeat ending with the last 1/3 of the flour mixture.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread to create an even layer. Sprinkle the reserved crumb topping over the batter in an even layer. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top begins to brown and a toothpick inserted to the top is clean. Cool slightly, then cut into squares. Serve warm or room temperature.

Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

I hope that you relax and savor weekend mornings with a big piece of this Fluffy Crumb Cake —  it’s a great way to start the day!

Sheila

 

{Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy}


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Baked Doughnuts

These Baked Doughnuts are the perfect weekend breakfast treat!

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Or if you are like my husband and son, doughnuts are good just about any day of the week!

And if you are tired of getting up early on the weekend to venture out to your local doughnut shop to spend your cold hard cash on some super sweet, so-so doughnuts, now is the time to surprise your family and whip up some delectable doughnuts in your own kitchen.

You see, I bought a doughnut pan several years ago, with the hopes of baking some scrumptious little treats for my family. Well, I finally decided it was time to give the pan a try! And since I would be baking these, I couldn’t help thinking that they might be a bit healthier than the store-bought brand.

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Yes, my family loves sweets. And soft baked gooey round dough, dipped and drenched in sugar, is one of their all-time favorite breakfast treats. Me, well, I’m not such a huge fan. Not sure why. Maybe too much sugar. I know, now that sounds strange coming from me. But it’s true.

Instead of rushing out to the store to satisfy their sweet cravings, I would rather bake something for them. Now, you know, my guys are super picky. But much to my surprise, my husband raved about them as he downed one with his coffee, and my teen, well, he liked them but stated that they needed a bit more flavor. Such the food critic! Not sure what he meant, but I think they turned out great — yep, I liked them too!

So if your family loves sweets for breakfast, tempt them with these scrumptious, fresh Baked Doughnuts. They are fluffy, have the flavor of doughnuts, and have just the right amount of sweetness.

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Baked Doughnuts

  • Servings: 16 doughnuts
  • Time: 1hr includes baking & glazing
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Pretty and delicious Baked Doughnuts | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

Doughnuts:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Glaze:
1/2 cup milk
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Red food coloring

Directions:
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a doughnut pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

To make the doughnuts: Into a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and granulated sugar and whisk until combined.

Then in a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, yogurt, and egg until fully combined. Add the melted butter and vanilla, and whisk until smooth. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir gently with a spoon until just combined. The batter will be very thick, do not over mix.

Using a large zip baggie, spoon batter into the bag, seal, cut corner off the bottom of one side, and pipe the batter into each doughnut opening. Fill to about 3/4 full. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and spring back when lightly pressed. Cool the doughnuts slightly on a wire rack, then repeat the baking process until you use all the batter. Note, this recipe yields 16 doughnuts.

To make the glaze: add the milk, confectioners sugar and vanilla into a medium saucepan over low heat. Whisk until the glaze is fully combined and smooth. Note, if it seems too thick add a bit more milk, or if too runny, add more confectioners’ sugar.

Remove glaze from heat and pour half into a small bowl. To the bowl of glaze, add a couple of drops of red food coloring to create a pink color. Then take the doughnuts and dip them into the warm icing one by one. Do half your doughnuts in the colored glaze and half in the white glaze.

Place glazed doughnuts onto a wire rack over waxed paper to catch the drippings. Repeat until you have all the doughnuts covered. Then, dip each doughnut again in their respective glaze for a doubly delicious treat! Then with the tines of a fork (or you can use a plastic squeeze bottle), drizzle the pink doughnuts with the white glaze and drizzle the white doughnuts with the pink glaze. Store in an airtight container.

{recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction}

Pretty and delicious Baked Doughnuts | Sweet Baked Life

Pretty and delicious Baked Doughnuts | Sweet Baked Life

I hope these Baked Doughnuts please the doughnut lovers in your life! Enjoy!!

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction}


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Snickerdoodle Apple Crumble

Warm up on a cold and rainy day with a big serving of this satisfyingly delicious Snickerdoodle Apple Crumble.

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Yeah…and this is much needed around here! You see, my family had been taking turns with being sick. First it was my son. Poor kiddo was sick right before his winter break and had to endure finals while feeling miserable. Then my husband got the crud about a week later. And me, well, it finally hit me after all of the holiday celebrations and I still have the darn lingering cough!

For almost four weeks our household has been sluggish and under-the-weather. What about you guys? Anyone else sick out there? It’s also been raining here off and on, at times with hard rain and strong wind — not that I really like storms, but we so need the rain in Northern California! And today is no exception; forecast is for heavy rain the entire day.

So, for me, there’s nothing better than having a warm and wonderful treat to enjoy and to take the chill off your cold and tired bones!

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That’s where this Snickerdoodle Apple Crumble comes into play. This recipe is pretty much an apple crumble, however I decided to replace my standard crumble topping with a snickerdoodle topping that is really out-of-this-world good!

Instead of the flour I normally use for my crumble topping, I added the contents of a boxed snickerdoodle cookie. And it worked. It brought that unique cinnamon/sugar flavor to a whole new level when combined with the tart apples.

Warm. Satisfying. Easy. Addicting!

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Snickerdoodle Apple Crumble

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Snickerdoodle Apple Crumble | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
1 box (17.5 oz.) Krusteaz Snickerdoodle Cookie mix plus the cinnamon/sugar topping included
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
4 Granny Smith apples, pealed, cored and rough chopped

Instructions:
Turn your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl add the cookie mix and cinnamon/sugar topping, oats and brown sugar and mix to combine. Pour the melted butter on top of the mixture and using a fork, lightly fluff until blended (until soft clumps form, do not over mix).

Put the chopped apples in the bottom of a 11×17-inch baking dish. Then evenly sprinkle the cookie mixture on top. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until hot and the apples are bubbling.

Cool slightly then scoop onto plate or bowl. Can be served warm or cold.

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So if you’re in need of a little sweet warmth to make you feel better, this Snickerdoodle Apple Crumble is the way to go!

Happy rainy day!

Sheila