Bakers Table

Blueberry Crisp

Blueberry Crisp-- Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.comBlueberry Crisp-- Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.com Blueberry Crisp-- Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.comBlueberry Crisp-- Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.com Blueberry Crisp-- Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.comThe last year and a half this fruit filled crisp has made its way into our kitchen and bellies one bite at a time. Whether the base was peaches, strawberries, or the infamous blueberries (hence, the name), it’s versatility and balanced sweetness paired with a crispy topping creates a winning combo. Serve it with yogurt for breakfast or a snack, or with ice cream for dessert. It’s enticing for summer days or nights and warms your home with the frigid temps like we had last winter. However, I can’t take credit for this guilt free concoction. In the book, Bread and Wine, Shauna Niequist shared this recipe and I had to try it. She is now not only one of my favorite authors, but chefs as well. 😉 Enjoy!Blueberry Crisp-- Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.com Blueberry Crisp-- Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.com


Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups blueberries (or any fruit)

Crisp:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


What to do: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix crisp ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Pour the berries into an 8 x 8 pan, and top with the crisp mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and/or bubbly.


Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins stephanie-spring.comBanana Chocolate Chip Muffins stephanie-spring.comThe entire time Eric and I were dating, we lived two hours apart. The majority of the time, we would only see each other on the weekends and this easily became something I looked forward to wholeheartedly. Each time we drove to see each other, I got so excited every single time. It never failed. A short time after we started dating, I decided I wanted to bake muffins for him and the guys he lived with. (Very Suzy Homemaker of me, I know). One of my favorite muffins is banana chocolate chip. I mean…banana. chocolate. and muffin…all warmed up?! Please and thank you! I grew up in a household where chocolate chips were thrown into every baked good possible. My Mom’s love language is feeding people and I suppose chocolate chips were one of the ways she showed that love. Little did I know, Eric had never tried these before. I was dumbfounded, confused, and thought for sure that he was joking when I found this out.

He’s not picky but he’s definitely particular. After his first bite, I was reassured that he loved them when I saw his face. So whenever I put some music on and start mixing up the batter, I get nostalgic about how far our relationship has come. I love how just the simple thought of banana chocolate chip muffins can bring back a flood of memories and I hope this recipe creates the same for you!


Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins stephanie-spring.com


Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

What to do: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the oil, bananas, and eggs until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips. Line muffin pan with liners. Spoon into liners three quarters of the way full. Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean. So delicious!


 

Whole Wheat Biscuits

Whole Wheat Biscuits stephanie-spring.comWhole Wheat Biscuits stephanie-spring.comThere’s something about the house being decorated for Christmas, a chill in the morning air, Christmas music softly playing and knowing people are going to wake up one by one to the smell of whole wheat biscuits baking.

There’s something about slowly waking up, wrapping yourself in a blanket, grabbing coffee and awaiting these to be fresh out of the oven.


There’s something about knowing that whatever you top these circular masterpieces with…it will be amazing.

There’s something about trying one with butter and honey and then trying one with butter and jam.

There’s something about creating memories based upon smells, tastes, and family.

There’s something about these biscuits and I love it!

Christmas is so soon! xoxo

Whole Wheat Biscuits Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com


Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk, cold

What to do: 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl whisk flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles course meal. Add buttermilk to dry ingredients, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly 4 to 5 times. Roll or pat dough out to about 1-inch thickness.  Cut with a biscuit cutter and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes or until brown.

 

*Recipe courtesy of Food Network’s Daniel Boome.


 

Spinach Dip and Soda Bread

Spinach Dip and Soda Bread stephanie-spring.comI was 14 when I decided I really wanted to have something of my own to take to Christmas dinner. Before the days of pinterest, I decided to google “Christmas appetizers.” The recipe seemed easy enough to put together for a family gathering but the finished product appeared as though it took a lot of time and effort on my end. 😉  Soda bread and spinach dip it was!

It has been a staple at every single Christmas since then. It’s mouth watering, addicting, can’t-stop-eating, my go-to appetizer and is a HUGE hit! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. It is extremely easy and you’ll look like you slaved all day. 😉 It is the perfect holiday appetizer.


Spinach Dip and Soda Bread stephanie-spring.com


Spinach Dip ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (16 oz) container of sour cream
  • 1 (1.8 oz) package dry leek soup
  • 1 10 oz. package of frozen spinach (thawed and drained)

What to do: 

In a large bowl, stir all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Easy peasy.


 


Soda Bread ingredients: 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

What to do: 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease 9×5 inch loaf pan. Combine flour, baking powder,sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix egg and buttermilk together. Add the egg and buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Gradually add butter and mix until moistened. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it cool.