Wow! This recipe will knock your socks off! I try not to eat everything we serve in the store on Saturdays or else I’d be as big as a horse. I was actually able to hold off on this gem for two days before I tasted a bit (thank goodness for left-overs). Man, what a treat. It was so good I was thankful there was only one little tiny 2×2 inch square–I could have eaten an entire pan full!
The slight crunchiness of the streusel layer, the brightness of the apples (a bit tart and not over-sweet), the cheesecake-like layer–all of this combined into a single dessert well worth every calorie-filled bite! Seriously…make this today!
Cream Cheese Apple Coffee Cake
Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8x8 inch pan. Combine the butter and sugars for the cake and mix until fluffy. Add the egg, oil, and vanilla and mix until combined.
Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and stir into the butter mixture, mixing until just combined. Stir in the chopped apples. Spread into the prepared pan.
Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla for the cream cheese layer and spread over the cake batter in the pan.
Combine the streusel ingredients using your hands or a pastry blender until well combined. Sprinkle over the cream cheese mixture.
Bake for about 45 minutes or until the topping is browned. Cool and serve.
Items needed for this recipe that can be found at The Kitchen Company:
- brown sugar
- stand mixer or hand mixer
- mixing bowls
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- 8x8 square baking pans
- silicone spatulas and spoons
- bowl scrapers
I’m not sure of the provenance of this recipe originally. If I can find out, I’ll give credit or a link back to the original. In the meantime, do warm-up your autumn tastebuds for a quintessential “pumpkin” recipe. You will find these so-called brownies to be moist and pumpkin-y but not so sweet as to make you gag like so much of the oft-overdone pumpkin spice goodies these days. That being said, it can be easy to over indulge if these little beauties are cut into bite-sized pieces. You just pop them in your mouth, one after the other, until the entire plate is empty. I’m not speaking from experience–wink wink!
Seriously, we served these last Saturday at the store and they were a big hit even for folks who are not necessarily pumpkin fans. We dolled ours up with some jimmies that you can purchase in the store. For an even jazzier presentation, we have sprinkle assortments featuring either Halloween themed sprinkles or autumn-themed sprinkles. In the meantime, here’s the recipe for you to try at home. Maybe you can share it with your co-workers, or take some to your bank, or send some to your child’s class, or just eat them all when no-one is looking…
Primo Pumpkin Brownies
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8" square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or grease the pan with butter.
Beat brown sugar, butter, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the egg; beat until fluffy. Add the flour, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt; beat at low speed just until blended. Stir in toffee bits. Spread batter evenly in the prepared pan.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan set upon a wire rack.
Prepare the frosting and spread over the cooled brownies.
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Heat 2 tbsp whipping cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling - remove from heat.
- Add 4 oz chopped white chocolate; stir until completely melted. Cool slightly.
- Beat 6 oz softened cream cheese and 1/3 cup powdered sugar (sifted) in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed for about 1 minute or until fluffy.
- Add white chocolate mixture; beat until smooth.
* A substitute for pumpkin pie spice:
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Buttermilk pancakes are pretty much the staple in home cooking as they are easy to prepare and delicious to consume. Whether you choose to eat them with sweet condiments or savory condiments, you’ll find that a good pancake recipe can be one of the most versatile for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We’ve chosen this recipe from Martha Stewart’s collection. It is a tried and true, never-fail buttermilk pancake recipe that will serve you well for many years. See the original post here.
Did you know that pancakes have been a part of the human diet for thousands of years? Apparently, Otzi the Iceman had remnants of ‘pancakes’ in his stomach when he was discovered in the Italian Alps about 5300 years after he died. You can read about him (and pancakes) here on the National Geographic website. At least when he died, he’d just enjoyed a hearty meal!
Apparently, buttermilk has a long history, too. And the buttermilk you buy in the store today doesn’t necessarily resemble the buttermilk (from actually churning sweet cream into butter) from yesteryear. The acidity in today’s “cultured” buttermilk works with the baking soda to give a lighter texture to your pancake (or any baked goods). You can read more about it here.
We hope you’ll try (and enjoy) this recipe, courtesy of Martha Stewart. Let us know in the comments below how you like your pancakes. Sweet? Savory? Fluffy? Thin? Tiny? Huge? The variations are unlimited.
NOTE: This recipe calls for salt. We have several varieties of salt at The Kitchen Company. We also have just the right pancake flipper, ladle, and measure cup or spoon. We even have pancake dispensers for those who really, REALLY like to have uniform pancakes! Come by and see – we’ll be waiting for you!
The key to light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes from scratch? Don't overmix the batter—it should have small to medium lumps. Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 1998
Heat griddle to 375 degrees f. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, and 4 tbsp melted butter; whisk to combine. Do not overmix. Batter should have small to medium lumps
Heat oven to 175 degrees f. Test griddle by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. If water bounces and spatters off the griddle, it is hot enough. Using a pastry brush, brush remaining 1/2 tsp butter onto the griddle. Wipe off excess with a paper towel.
Using a 4-ounce ladle (about 1/2 cup) pour pancake batter in pools two inches away from one another. When pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges (about 2 1/2 minutes) flip over. Cook until golden on the bottom, about 1-2 minutes.
Repeat with remaining batter, keeping finished pancakes on a heat-proof plate in the oven. Serve with your favorite condiments.
These pancakes are my go-to item when having guests for breakfast or brunch and they are always a hit. The recipe is tried and true. I found it in a book we used to carry in the store called The Cornbread Gospels by Crescent Dragonwagon. We are no longer able to get the book for the store but it is available through Amazon private sellers and at Barnes & Noble online. At the time of this writing, Powell’s Book Store in Portland was out of stock.
I hope you get as much enjoyment from this recipe as I have.
Orange-Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes
Combine the cornmeal, white and whole wheat flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl
In a smaller bowl, beat the egg then stir in the orange zest, orange juice, and buttermilk. Stir in the melted butter.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and whisk quickly to blend the ingredients thoroughly. Do not overbeat. Stir in the blueberries.
Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. If it is non-stick you will not need oil or butter. If not, melt some butter in the pan and coat. When the skillet is nice and hot, lower the heat slightly to medium and spoon the batter onto it using about 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake.
Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look cooked then flip once and cook until done.
Serve with your favorite tasty toppings - butter, pure maple syrup, coconut flakes, toasted pecans - the list goes on.
Who doesn’t love a delicious perfectly cooked pancake? Pancakes can be savory or sweet, breakfast or dinner, silver dollar sized or dinner plate sized. But no matter how you like your pancakes, you should
- start with a great batter made with the best ingredients you can get
- patiently cook your pancakes on a pan that heats evenly
- carefully flip your pancakes when ready
Below is our version of the perfect thick and fluffy pancake.
This is a perfect recipe for thick and fluffy pancakes.
In a large measuring cup, mix the eggs and milk well.
In an appropriate sized bowl that will accommodate all the ingredients, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
Add the melted butter to the egg/milk mixture then immediately pour it into the well in the dry ingredients.
Stir until just combined using a silicone spoon or spatula to draw the dry ingredients up from the bottom.
DO NOT OVER MIX
The batter should be lumpy and thick but decently incorporated.
Allow the batter to rest while you select your griddle or fry pan allowing time for it to heat to medium/medium high (you know your stove best).
When you flick a few droplets of water on your pan and they dance around, your pan is ready.
Add a little butter (or bacon grease) to the pan and coat it evenly.
Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to dip from your batter bowl and pour the mixture onto the waiting griddle/pan.
Do not flip the pancakes until bubbles appear and pop. If your pancakes are burning before they are bubbling then turn down your heat.
Once they have bubbled and popped, flip them and let the other side cook. When they're done, they should slide on the pan easily.
Serve immediately with your choice of "garnishes".