The Baker Upstairs

4.03.2020

Soft Homemade Flour Tortillas

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These soft homemade flour tortillas are perfect for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and more! They're so delicious and so easy to make!


Oh, wow, it has been a minute since I posted here last! Somehow the whole month of March just completely evaporated for me. My whole family had the flu for the first two weeks of the month, and then with all of the changes happening so fast through the rest of the month, I really just couldn't keep up with everything. I'm still trying to find a balance between working and having the kids home all day, and encouraging them with their distance learning at school. My husband is a front line healthcare worker, so we're doing everything we can to keep the germs out of our house and stay healthy and safe. So basically, March was a roller coaster for me, like I'm sure it was for many of you, and I'm still trying to catch my breath!

Now that everyone is having a little more time at home, I love seeing that you all are baking my bread recipes! I'm trying to limit my grocery trips to once every two weeks, which means a lot of improvising and making things from scratch at home. These soft homemade flour tortillas are one of my favorite recipes, and we've been making them at least a couple of times a week this month. They're perfect with this chicken tortilla soup, or for making tacos or burritos. They are perfectly soft and way more delicious than anything you can buy at the store. If you're looking for a quick and easy bread recipe that doesn't require yeast, these tortillas are a great choice!


Soft Homemade Flour Tortillas

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup warm water

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or two knives. Add the warm water and mix to form a thick dough. Shape the dough into a ball, cover with a damp towel, and let rest 10-15 minutes. Preheat a large skillet or a griddle over medium heat. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces for soft taco-sized tortillas, or 12 equal pieces for fajita-sized tortillas. Roll each piece of dough into a circle. Transfer each tortilla to the griddle and cook 2-3 minutes, until the tortilla puffs up and bubbles, then flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side. Place the cooked tortillas in a tortilla warmer or towel to keep them flexible and warm until ready to serve.

2.23.2020

26 Delightful Lemon Recipes

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26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!

This time of year, I am totally in love with all things lemon! When the weather is gloomy outside, that bright citrus flavor just cheers me up, and livens up whatever I'm cooking. I've posted quite a few lemon recipes on the blog over the years, so I thought it would be fun to round them all up for you, so you can find a new favorite recipe too!


These lemon poppy seed scones are so light and tender, with a totally delicious flavor combination!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These lemon and garlic tuna burgers are a fun twist on traditional burgers. They're ready in under 30 minutes, and so delicious!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These lemon and chocolate cupcakes are a fun and unique flavor combination!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These strawberry lemonade scones taste just like summer time! They're so delicious and easy to make.

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These greek lemon chicken skewers are an easy and delicious weeknight meal that's full of flavor!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These lemon blueberry cupcakes are topped with a luscious lemon cream cheese frosting, and loaded with juicy blueberries!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


Making your own homemade lemon curd is simple and easy, and totally delicious!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These lemon blueberry sweet rolls are a fun twist on traditional cinnamon rolls, and perfect for breakfast or brunch.

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These lemon sugar cookie bars have all the taste of sugar cookies, but without all the rolling and cutting!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


This delicious and flavorful lemon rice cooks in the Instant Pot, and couldn't be easier to make! 

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!

Lemon Garlic Drumsticks

These lemon garlic chicken drumsticks are an easy and flavorful main dish that's simple to prepare, and always a crowd pleaser!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!

Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

This lemon cream cheese coffee cake is so tender and flavorful, and perfect for breakfast, dessert, or entertaining!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These lemon poppy seed muffins are so light and tender, and easy to make!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


This lemon meringue pie has a deliciously tart and sweet lemon layer, topped with a cloud of fluffy and sweet meringue!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These lemon curd cupcakes are filled with fresh lemon curd, with a light and sweet lemon curd buttercream on top!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


This blackberry lemonade is made with fresh blackberry sauce, and so refreshing and sweet!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


This lemon and garlic chicken skillet is another easy and quick thirty minute meal, and full of flavor!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These lemon poppy seed cupcakes are topped with a heavenly light cream cheese frosting, and have the perfect tender crumb!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


This flavorful homemade chicken piccata is so easy to make, and tastes just as delicious as a dish from a fancy restaurant!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


This fresh strawberry lemonade is the perfect balance of tart and sweet, and so summery and delicious.

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


This watermelon lemonade is so fruity and refreshing, and so easy to make!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These strawberry lemonade muffins are so easy and delicious, and perfect for breakfast or snacking!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


This Irish lemon pudding is so decadent and delicious, and has just a handful of simple ingredients. It's wonderful with a dollop of whipped cream on top!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These strawberry lemonade bars are absolute perfection when they're served chilled, with the perfect tart and sweet flavor and a buttery crust.

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These glazed lemon sugar cookies are chewy and crisp around the edges, and soft in the middle, with a sweet lemon glaze drizzled over the top.

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!


These glazed lemon blueberry muffins have a classic flavor combination, with a sweet and delicious lemon glaze on top. They are so good!

26 delightful lemon recipes - from drinks and desserts to main dishes and sides!

2.20.2020

Instant Pot Lemon Rice

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This zesty and flavorful lemon rice is so quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot. It's the perfect side dish!

This zesty and flavorful lemon rice is so quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot. It's the perfect side dish!

Can you believe I've never actually made white rice in my Instant Pot? I use it almost daily, and it's my go-to for brown rice, but somehow I've never actually gotten around to cooking white rice in it. I used the rice function for the first time while I was making this lemon rice, and it turns out it's pretty simple and quick. I've never been great at cooking rice on the stovetop (somehow it just never turns out the way I want it to), but using the Instant Pot makes it so easy to do! This lemon rice has the perfect fluffy texture, and a delicious and bright lemon flavor. It's the perfect side dish for the greek chicken skewers I shared earlier this week, but it also works wonderfully as a side dish for grilled fish or seafood.

This zesty and flavorful lemon rice is so quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot. It's the perfect side dish!

I added a little turmeric to the rice to give it a prettier yellow color, but if you're not a fan, you can definitely choose to leave it out. This rice reheats really well, and also freezes well, so feel free to double or triple the recipe and save the rest for another day. This lemon rice is the perfect side dish!
Instant Pot Lemon Rice

1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon butter
zest and juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/2 cups long grain white rice

Add the chicken broth, butter, lemon, salt and turmeric to the Instant Pot. Cook the broth mixture on the sauté setting until the butter is melted and the broth is warm. Stir in the long grain rice, cover, and set the lid to seal. Cancel the sauté setting, and use the rice setting of the Instant Pot, or cook on manual for 12 minutes at low pressure. Let the pressure naturally release, then fluff the rice with a fork before serving.

This zesty and flavorful lemon rice is so quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot. It's the perfect side dish!