the baker upstairs

3.22.2017

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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These lemon poppy seed muffins are light and tender, and such a delicious combination of flavors!

These lemon poppy seed muffins are light and tender, and such a delicious combination of flavors!

Is there anyone else out there who is as obsessed with grocery store pick up as I am? There are a few stores in my area that offer it, and it has totally changed my life! I love that I can choose everything I need online, submit my order to the store, drive up at my allotted time, and have everything loaded into the back of my car. For this girl who hates grocery shopping, it is a lifesaver! The only small hiccup I've run across so far is that sometimes it's hard to buy things sight unseen. For example, last week I ordered six lemons, thinking they would be just an average lemon size. When I picked up my order, though, I had a produce bag that was bursting with six gigantic lemons, each about the size of a grapefruit. I was skeptical that they were actually even lemons, since I had never seen any so big, but the store clerk assured me that they were indeed lemons. I had planned to use them to make this amazing lemon meringue pie, but was able to make the whole pie with the juice from just one lemon!

These lemon poppy seed muffins are light and tender, and such a delicious combination of flavors!

Since then, I've been adding lemon to just about everything, trying to use up my giant stash. These lemon poppy seed muffins have the perfect touch of lemon flavor, and are super light and tender. They're perfect for breakfast, lunch boxes, and snacks! My kids both loved them and were thrilled to take them to school for lunch. My favorite way to eat them is to warm them up just a little in the microwave or toaster oven, and then spread honey butter on top. Yum!

These lemon poppy seed muffins are light and tender, and such a delicious combination of flavors!
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

3/4 cup sugar
zest of one lemon
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt
1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Preheat the oven to 375. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or line with paper liners. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, rub the lemon zest into the sugar until fragrant. Add the butter and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, and yogurt, and mix until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix until just combined. Fold in the poppy seeds. Scoop into prepared muffin tin, filling 2/3 full. Bake 13-16 minutes, or until light golden brown on top.

adapted from Creme de la Crumb
These lemon poppy seed muffins are light and tender, and such a delicious combination of flavors!

3.20.2017

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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This sweet and delicious chocolate chip banana bread is loaded with chocolate flavor, and super easy to make!

This sweet and delicious chocolate chip banana bread is loaded with chocolate flavor, and super easy to make!

Yes, this is the third time I've posted a variation on this banana bread recipe, and I don't even care. I want to shout from the rooftops how delicious this banana bread is! Everything is even more fantastic when you add chocolate, though, so this variation is pretty much just perfection. The banana bread itself has a rich, buttery taste, and a tender crumb. The chocolate chips scattered throughout the loaf add a ton of flavor, and make it an extra indulgent treat! I had to send most of the loaf to work with my husband, for fear I would eat the whole thing by myself during his night shift. :) I recently invested in some nice bread pans (instead of continuing to use the $3 pans I got for my wedding 14 years ago), and this was the perfect recipe to try them out! My kids said this is the best banana bread they've ever had, and they couldn't get enough of it, so it's definitely one to make again. Yum!
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons milk
3 overripe bananas, mashed
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, milk, and mashed bananas, and mix until smooth. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, and pour into the prepared loaf pan. Bake 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

adapted slightly from Little Red Hen
This sweet and delicious chocolate chip banana bread is loaded with chocolate flavor, and super easy to make!

3.17.2017

Bird's Nest Cookies

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These colorful and delicious bird's nest cookies are perfect for celebrating spring!

These colorful and delicious bird's nest cookies are perfect for celebrating spring!

I am REALLY excited about spring this year. I think it's par for the course for me to be ready for warm weather around mid-February every year, but this year with the crazy weather in Portland and our kids missing ten days of school due to snow, I was ready for winter to be over in January. I'm glad things are finally warming up around here, and I'm excited to experience all the joys of a Portland spring! These bird's nest cookies are a cute and fun way to get ready for spring. They would be a perfect dessert for an Easter celebration, baby shower, or spring brunch, and they're so easy to make!

You start with a delicious, buttery shortbread cookie base, then roll the dough in toasted coconut, indent, and bake. After they’ve cooled, it’s time to add the cute eggs, and your nests are complete! They’re a perfect cookie to make with the kids. They can help with adding ingredients, rolling the dough in the coconut, and adding the cute eggs on top. We made these as a family activity, and the kids loved it!

These colorful and delicious bird's nest cookies are perfect for celebrating spring!
Bird's Nest Cookies

1 1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 bag M&M’s speckled eggs (I used coconut and highly recommend them)

Preheat the oven to 300. Spread the coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast, shuffling occasionally, until golden brown (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from oven and let cool. Increase the oven temperature to 350. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour and salt and mix to form a thick dough. Scoop rounded tablespoon-sized balls of dough and roll in toasted coconut, pressing the coconut into the dough. Place the balls of dough on a lightly greased baking sheet and press down in the center with your finger to make an indent. Bake 11-13 minutes or until lightly golden brown on the bottom. Let cool and top with M&M’s eggs.
These colorful and delicious bird's nest cookies are perfect for celebrating spring!

Originally published on Somewhat Simple
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