Lemon Blueberry Bread

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Makes 1 medium loaf

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Whether it's for Mother's Day or any occasion, this fresh-tasting quick bread is bursting with flavor.

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Lemon Glaze (optional)
  • LEMON GLAZE
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, and water; stir until smooth.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of an 8x4-inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, combine egg, milk, sugar, butter, and vanilla; whisk until well blended. Stir in lemon zest. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in blueberries. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Drizzle with Lemon Glaze, if desired. Cool completely. Makes 1 medium loaf.
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Maple Walnut Bars

Maple Walnut Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Make 24 bars

Maple Walnut Bars

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2
  • BOTTOM LAYER
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) package white cake mix
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • TOP LAYER
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the bottom layer, in a large bowl, combine cake mix, flour, butter, and egg; stir until mixture forms a thick dough. Press evenly into the bottom and 1/2-inch up the sides of a 9-inch x 13-inch baking pan. Bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, for the top layer, in a large bowl, combine maple syrup, butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla; whisk until well combined. Stir in walnuts. Pour over hot bottom layer; spread to cover the entire surface. Bake until top layer just starts to set, 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars.
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Coffee Cake Muffins

Coffee Cake Muffins

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Yield: Makes 12 muffins

Coffee Cake Muffins

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2
  • TOPPING
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces
  • CAKE
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper liners. For topping, in a medium bowl, combine the 1/4 cup flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, combine egg, milk, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Whisk until well blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Divide batter among muffin cups; sprinkle with topping. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 16 to 19 minutes. Cool in pans 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes 12 muffins.
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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Yield: Makes 12 muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2
  • LEMON POPPY SEED MUFFINS
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • Lemon Glaze (optional)
  • Here are the glaze ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, poppy seeds, and salt. In a medium bowl, combine egg, milk, sugar, and butter. Whisk until well blended. Stir in lemon zest. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 16 to 19 minutes. Cool in pans 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Serve warm, or drizzle with Lemon Glaze and cool completely. Makes 12 muffins.
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Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Makes 4 miniature loaves

Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2
  • Vegetable shortening, for pans
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottoms of four 5x3-inch loaf pans with shortening. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate, large bowl, combine sugar and butter. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla; beat until combined. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter among prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes 4 miniature loaves.
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White Russian Hot Chocolate

White Russian Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Yield: Makes 6 servings

White Russian Hot Chocolate

For more tasty tidbits, cozy concoctions, and easy diy ideas, pick up a copy of Cooking, Baking, and Making: 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons.

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2
  • 2 cups half-and-half or fat-free half-and-half
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 (4-serving size) package cook-and-serve chocolate pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1/2 cup coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • Fresh, lightly whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, whisk together half-and-half, milk, and pudding mix. Microwave on HIGH until hot and slightly thickened, 7 to 9 minutes; whisk in coffee liqueur and vodka until well blended. Ladle into mugs; top with lightly whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate shavings, if desired. Makes 6 servings.
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Christmas Almond Cookies

Christmas Almond Cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Almond Frosting
  • Holiday candy sprinkles
  • ALMOND FROSTING
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup milk
  • In a medium bowl, combine sugar, extract, and 1/4 cup milk. Mix until smooth, adding more milk as necessary to reach desired consistency.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar; beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Add egg, milk, and extract; beat until combined. Gradually beat in salt and as much flour as possible; stir in the rest. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls; place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake until set and bottoms are light golden, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. Dip tops of cookies into Almond Frosting. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles. Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies.
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Warm Spiced Cranberry Cocktails

Warm Spiced Cranberry Cocktails

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 8 servings

Warm Spiced Cranberry Cocktails

Add a splash of rum to each serving, if desired.

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Warm Spiced Cranberry Cocktails
  • 5 cups cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 (3- to 3 1/2-inches each) cinnamon stick, plus more for serving (optional)
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 star anise, plus more for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine cranberry juice, orange juice, water, brown sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, cloves, and star anise. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes; remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes. Pour cranberry juice mixture through a strainer; discard cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, cloves, and star anise. Serve with cinnamon sticks and float star anise, if desired. Makes 8 servings.
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Apple Pear Sauce

Apple Pear Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes about 2 cups

Apple Pear Sauce

If you like the idea of making simple hand-crafted items to complement your home, then pick up a copy of Cooking, Baking, and Making: 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons and learn how to make easy No-Sew Placemats like this one that will be the perfect addition to your fall table.

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Apple Pear Sauce
  • 3 medium cooking apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium pears, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 (3- to 3 1/2-inches each) cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine apples, pears, sugar, cranberry juice cocktail, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, partially covered, until apples and pears are tender, 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon sticks. Mash with a potato masher to desired texture. Serve warm or chilled. Makes about 2 cups.
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Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 12 servings

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

Yummy muffins with a texture similar to doughnuts are a seasonal delight. Look for this recipe and more seasonal recipes and easy DIY projects in The Harried Housewife's next book, Cooking, Baking, and Making: 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly coat muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, allspice, and ginger. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and softened butter. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Add egg and pumpkin; beat until combined. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine sugar and the remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dip warm muffin tops in melted butter, then in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Makes 12 servings.
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