Best Ever Zucchini Walnut Bread

This is the BEST recipe for Zucchini Bread EVER! Studded with buttery walnuts, this perfectly spiced, moist & tender zucchini bread is packed with flavor and is SO EASY! Super moist, tender and full of flavor, this Best-Ever Zucchini Walnut Bread will soon become your favorite!

I apologize in advance, but I am ALL IN for fall.

I know some of you are clutching your bikinis in mock horror at the idea of pumpkins and cinnamon and boots in August, but you also probably live in a state where it’s a breezy 80 degrees every day. I live somewhere where the temps sometimes exceed 100 degrees and it’s no bueno.

So I’m slooooowly going to start transitioning my recipes to reflect the weather – but before I do, hear me out.

We bloggers kind of operate like magazines in that we have to produce content for holidays a month or two in advance in order for it to get traction on sites like Pinterest. If I posted Halloween recipes the day before Halloween, I wouldn’t be a successful blogger. Get it? Got it? Good. 🙂

But the good thing about this is that my fall-inspired recipes are ready when you are. And I’m going to kick it off with a fall-ish recipe. I say “fall-ish” because zucchini is primarily a summer ingredient, but the spices in this loaf are abundantly fall-inspired.

This Zucchini Walnut Bread is so moist, tender and soft and is bursting with amazing spiced flavor and crunchy bits of buttery walnuts. I loved toasting slices of this bread and slathering the warmed bread with gooey butter, but this is just as amazing straight-up.

This is the BEST recipe for Zucchini Bread EVER! Studded with buttery walnuts, this perfectly spiced, moist & tender zucchini bread is packed with flavor and is SO EASY! The best part is you can customize this loaf to suit your tastes. Want it a little spicier? Add more cinnamon and nutmeg. Don’t like walnuts? Substitute pecans, which would be equally delicious.

Now grab your coziest sweater and get ready for the influx of fall (and fall-ish) recipes!

This is the BEST recipe for Zucchini Bread EVER! Studded with buttery walnuts, this perfectly spiced, moist & tender zucchini bread is packed with flavor and is SO EASY!

 

Best Ever Zucchini Walnut Bread
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This Zucchini Walnut Bread is the BEST I've tried! Super moist, tender and soft with plenty of spice and crunchy walnuts in every bite!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 & ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 & ½ cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" loaf pan with cooking spray, or two smaller loaf pans as you do not want to overfill one pan with batter. Place the loaf pans on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any possible drips. Set aside briefly.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. In a separate large bowl, combine the oil, sugars, vanilla and eggs until blended. Gradually add the flour mixture until just barely combined - you should definitely still see patches of flour streaked throughout. Gently fold in the zucchini and walnuts and just barely mix in. You do NOT want to over-mix the batter as this will lead to tough bread or bread that's sunken in the middle after baking.
  3. Spoon the batter evenly among the pan(s). Bake for approx. 50-60 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist - not wet - crumbs. Cool completely before serving.

This is the BEST recipe for Zucchini Bread EVER! Studded with buttery walnuts, this perfectly spiced, moist & tender zucchini bread is packed with flavor and is SO EASY! I love the spice level in this fabulously moist zucchini bread, and the crunchy bits of walnuts swirled throughout are such a nice touch!

This is the BEST recipe for Zucchini Bread EVER! Studded with buttery walnuts, this perfectly spiced, moist & tender zucchini bread is packed with flavor and is SO EASY! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Peach & Pecan Crumb Cake with Homemade Bourbon Caramel

This Peach Pecan Crumb Cake with Bourbon Caramel is such a show-stopping dessert! A moist, fluffy vanilla cake studded with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a sky-high pecan and brown sugar streusel! But the homemade bourbon caramel sauce sends it OVER the top!

This scratch-made Peach & Pecan Crumb Cake is a moist and fluffy cake filled with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a sky-high layer of pecan streusel! But to make it even better, it’s drizzled with a Homemade Bourbon Caramel!

I know it’s only August 1st and I’ve clearly got my undies in a twist, but I am already thinking about fall. Don’t shoot me or sue me or cause me bodily harm because I promise when September comes around, you’ll be thanking my pumpkinhead for the recipes coming.

This recipe today reminds me of an entrance-into-fall-ish-weather-ish-recipe. AKA, a recipe that reminds me of back-to-school season, if back-to-school season also had a menu that corresponds with it. I’m not making sense am I? Blame the bourbon caramel.

What I’m trying to say is: it reminds me of a late summer recipe, and to me, August is getting to be late-summer. It’s still lazy and hot, but stores are putting out light jackets and boots, and there are far fewer children out during the day when I go shopping because they’re all back in school and not crowding the mall. #bitteroldlady

Plus, in California, peaches are good until late September, so it’s still peach season and therefore, this recipe fits perfectly for the new month of August.

If you’ve read my blog for a bit, you’d know peaches aren’t my favorite. Actually, most stone-fruits are not. I really dislike plums and apricots, and don’t get me started on hybrids like pluouts which just make me shiver involuntarily. I do like nectarines, which people say are like peaches without the fuzz, but I dislike peaches. I already know I’m weird; I can smell colors and I like nectarines but not peaches. Welcome to my life.

BUT! I have to say: I loved this cake. And if you love peaches already, you will flip over this cake. I promise! It’s a buttery, tender and moist cake base with fresh, juicy peach chunks swirled throughout and a little splash of bourbon in the batter. NOTE: this cake has far more crumb topping than cake, and that’s the way it should be according to law in all 50 states.

This Peach Pecan Crumb Cake with Bourbon Caramel is such a show-stopping dessert! A moist, fluffy vanilla cake studded with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a sky-high pecan and brown sugar streusel! But the homemade bourbon caramel sauce sends it OVER the top! The streusel consists of huge brown sugary crumbs mixed with some chopped pecans for flavor and crunch. The crumb does kind of weigh the cake down in the middle, and you’ll notice kind of a dip in the center of the cake when it’s cooling – this is okay, do not be alarmed. It will still taste delicious, obvi.

This Peach Pecan Crumb Cake with Bourbon Caramel is such a show-stopping dessert! A moist, fluffy vanilla cake studded with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a sky-high pecan and brown sugar streusel! But the homemade bourbon caramel sauce sends it OVER the top! But because I am so over-the-top and out-of-control, etc., I had to make something to complete this cake, and naturally, Homemade Bourbon Caramel seemed like the perfect addition. NOTE: you can really taste the bourbon flavor in the caramel. Don’t ask me if your kids can have it, as I am not a scientist and cannot say for certain if the bourbon cooks down enough that your kid won’t get trashed on caramel sauce. But there is bourbon in the caramel, and you can taste it. I doubt I’ll receive any complaints.

This Peach Pecan Crumb Cake with Bourbon Caramel is such a show-stopping dessert! A moist, fluffy vanilla cake studded with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a sky-high pecan and brown sugar streusel! But the homemade bourbon caramel sauce sends it OVER the top! This Peach Pecan Crumb Cake with Bourbon Caramel is such a show-stopping dessert! A moist, fluffy vanilla cake studded with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a sky-high pecan and brown sugar streusel! But the homemade bourbon caramel sauce sends it OVER the top! Lemme just say that caramel + bourbon + peaches + pecans belong together in one loving, delicious, polyamorous relationship from this point forward. One taste and you’ll agree!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get drunk off of the remaining bourbon caramel in my fridge. #winning

This Peach Pecan Crumb Cake with Bourbon Caramel is such a show-stopping dessert! A moist, fluffy vanilla cake studded with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a sky-high pecan and brown sugar streusel! But the homemade bourbon caramel sauce sends it OVER the top!

Peach & Pecan Crumb Cake with Homemade Bourbon Caramel
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Peach and Pecan Crumb Cake is a moist and fluffy cake swirled with fresh peach chunks and topped with a heavy hand of pecan streusel! But the bourbon caramel sauce MAKES the cake!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUMB:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened (if using salted butter, omit the salt from the recipe)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp bourbon
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream or full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups chopped and peeled peaches (about 2 medium-large peaches. You can use frozen, but thaw and pat dry first)
  • FOR THE CARAMEL:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp bourbon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease the bottom of a 9" round springform pan. Place a parchment round in the bottom of the pan, then liberally grease the parchment round and the sides of the pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. First, make your crumb: in a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, melted butter, and chopped pecans. Mixture will come together and be somewhat clumpy. Set aside.
  3. To make your cake batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until soft and pale, about 1 minute. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, followed by the vanilla extract and bourbon. Add in the sour cream, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg, then gradually add in the flour until a soft batter comes together. Stir in the chopped peaches. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Drop heaping handfuls of crumbs evenly over the cake. There is a LOT of crumb mixture, but use it all!
  4. Place the springform pan on a baking sheet to catch drips, and bake for approx. 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  5. While the cake bakes and/or cools, make your bourbon caramel. In a medium saucepan (make sure your saucepan is bigger than you think you'll need) over medium-high heat, add the granulated sugar, corn syrup and water and stir until sugar is dissolved. Stirring occasionally to prevent burning until the mixture turns deep amber in color. Pay attention* because this happens VERY quickly - within 5-7 minutes - and can go from deep amber to burnt in seconds.
  6. Once the mixture is amber colored, pull from the heat and add in the butter, noting that the butter will cause the mixture to spit and bubble up, so use caution. Whisk in the butter, followed by the heavy cream and bourbon, which will cause the mixture to also bubble violently. Bring the caramel back onto medium heat and cook until boiling, about 1-2 minutes, whisking constantly.
  7. Let the bourbon caramel cool in a mason jar or pourable container until ready to use. Store leftover caramel in the fridge, sealed, up to 2 weeks.

This Peach Pecan Crumb Cake with Bourbon Caramel is such a show-stopping dessert! A moist, fluffy vanilla cake studded with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a sky-high pecan and brown sugar streusel! But the homemade bourbon caramel sauce sends it OVER the top! If nothing else, you have got to try that bourbon caramel sauce on ice cream sundaes or drizzled over cake. It is PHENOMENAL!! Combined with the fresh, juicy peaches and crunchy, salty pecans, this cake is HEAVEN!

Love crumb cake? Check out my other flavors!

This Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake is PACKED with flavor and is plentiful with huge, cinnamon-scented crumbs! The perfect fall pastry right here!Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy!Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake

This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is exceptional! Moist, buttery lemony cake topped with a butter, brown sugar & almond streusel. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert!Lemon Almond Crumb Cake

This Peach Pecan Crumb Cake with Bourbon Caramel is such a show-stopping dessert! A moist, fluffy vanilla cake studded with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a sky-high pecan and brown sugar streusel! But the homemade bourbon caramel sauce sends it OVER the top! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Lemon Almond Crumb Cake

This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is exceptional! Moist, buttery lemony cake topped with a butter, brown sugar & almond streusel. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert! This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is so flavorful! Moist, soft lemon-flavored cake with a huge and glorious almond streusel on top.

I am a huge fan of lemon. Lemon water, lemonade, lemon tea, lemon desserts.

But I really, really loathe savory lemon.

I know I’m weird. It’s not exactly ground-breaking information by this point.

Lemon chicken? Blech. Lemon pasta? NOPE. Squeezing lemon over fish & chips? Um, no.

There’s something about savory + lemon that just doesn’t do it for me. My love for lemon comes from lemon bars, lemon cake, lemon cookies, and lemon muffins. When mixed with sugar (or water), it’s so refreshing and zingy and utterly perfect. In fact, give me a lemon cake or cheesecake and I’d take it over a brownie any day.

That’s why I knew I had to make this Lemon Almond Crumb Cake for you guys because if you’re anything like me, you’re dying to bring a little zing to your life during these cold, wintry doldrums.

So this cake is a different spin on my Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake which I made a few years back. If you haven’t tried that version, it’s a must – but I love it during the breezy fall months personally.

This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is exceptional! Moist, buttery lemony cake topped with a butter, brown sugar & almond streusel. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert! The cake itself is a little more dense than the Apple Cinnamon version, but still every bit as flavorful. It’s studded with ribbons of lemon zest which gives it wonderful flavor and a lovely pop of color. Once the cake batter is in the pan, you’ll pile on your lemon almond streusel topping, which is basically what dreams are made of.

The streusel is filled with butter, brown sugar, a little flour, and slivered almonds which offer a great crunch and nuttiness. If almonds ain’t yo thang, try using pecans, walnuts, or even pistachios!

This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is exceptional! Moist, buttery lemony cake topped with a butter, brown sugar & almond streusel. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert! Once everything is baked and golden, you’ll drizzle it with a little glaze prepared with confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice and a splash of vanilla. Easy, impressive and SO delicious!!

And if you must know, this will be the first thing I bake in my new apartment! (Well, besides the frozen pizza I baked last night, but that totally doesn’t count!)

This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is exceptional! Moist, buttery lemony cake topped with a butter, brown sugar & almond streusel. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert!

Lemon Almond Crumb Cake
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This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is fantastic! Moist, lemon-zest-studded cake topped with a buttery brown sugar and almond streusel and a lemon glaze.
Ingredients
  • FOR THE STREUSEL:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, melted
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 & ½ cups slivered almonds
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • FOR THE GLAZE:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" round springform pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, prepare your streusel: combine the brown sugar, flour, lemon zest, melted butter, slivered almonds, and pinch salt together until clumps of streusel form. Set aside.
  3. To make the cake: Cream together the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla and lemon juice. Beat in the sour cream, flour, baking powder & soda, salt and the lemon zest until a thick batter forms. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Top with all of the streusel. It will seem like a LOT of streusel, but use all of it!
  4. Bake for approx. 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  5. Just before serving, make the glaze. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over the top of the cake before cutting into wedges.

This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is exceptional! Moist, buttery lemony cake topped with a butter, brown sugar & almond streusel. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert! I know it seems like a lot of ingredients, but I promise you – this crumb cake is beyond worth it!

This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is exceptional! Moist, buttery lemony cake topped with a butter, brown sugar & almond streusel. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Cookies & Cream Waffles

These Cookies & Cream Waffles are so flavorful! Fluffy, light, crisp vanilla waffles studded with real chocolate cookie pieces! So easy to make and a total crowd-pleaser! #krusteaz #ad

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals to make and eat. For starters, there are so many options: scrambles, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast… and those are just a few of your main course choices! Personally, I’m a big carb fan for breakfast, and my carb of choice would have to be WAFFLES. Big, fluffy, light-as-air waffles with a slightly crisp exterior and fully loaded with butter and syrup.

But sometimes, you need a change from the regular ol’ waffle. An upgrade, if you will. And these Cookies & Cream Waffles are quite the upgrade! Light and fluffy waffles studded with real chocolate sandwich cookie pieces and a wonderful, almost creamy vanilla flavor. And because you can’t just serve cookies & cream waffles plain, I jazzed them up with some whipped cream, chocolate syrup and additional sandwich cookies for a decadent treat that’s sure to please the entire family!

These Cookies & Cream Waffles are so flavorful! Fluffy, light, crisp vanilla waffles studded with real chocolate cookie pieces! So easy to make and a total crowd-pleaser! #krusteaz #ad So for Breakfast Night tonight, whip up these easy waffles – made with Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix – for a simple yet sinfully delicious breakfast!

GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Gingerbread Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! Everyone’s had banana bread, but have you had Gingerbread Banana Bread?! Banana bread meets gingerbread in this awesome hybrid recipe, topped with a luscious cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast – why choose?!

Okay, so I’m going to be posting all this week because Christmas is imminent and I want to make sure you guys all have a chance to make these awesome Christmas recipes I keep churning out. So if you were one of those people who prefer one post a week, I’m sorry, but I’m about to overload your ish. #notsorry

SO. You know how some people eat cilantro and all they taste is soap?

I am not that person. I love cilantro. It courses through my veins. It’s my life blood. I would put it on everything savory if I could.

But I, unfortunately, have that genetic defect with ginger.

Whenever ginger is in my mouth’s presence, I instantly taste soap. Or perfume.

I long for the days when I can utilize ginger’s super powers. I have stomach problems regularly, and I know how good ginger is for upset stomachs. Ginger’s good for muscle pain, which I have often since I sit at a desk or am bending down to get pans all day long. Ginger fights cancer like a little ninja root badass. Ginger helps you lose weight, ginger will fight terrorism, ginger will save the world.

Ginger, ginger, ginger! < my Brady Bunch impression of Jan

But all I taste is… soapy perfume. Blech.

But maybe because I’m weird, sometimes I can bypass the perfumey taste if it’s masked with other spices, like in this bread. However, if you love and are BFFs with ginger (show off), you can totally ramp up the ginger flavor. I GET IT, OKAY?

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! For me, however, this bread is just perfect. Just the right amount of spice in one moist, fluffy cake-bread topped with a lusciously smooth cream cheese icing. There is nothing better, I tell you!

Your mouth’s presence is about to be graced with greatness. Are you ready?

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both!

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Gingerbread Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing
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This Gingerbread Banana Bread is fantastic! Moist, tender bread flavored with gingerbread spices and molasses and topped with a smooth & creamy cream cheese icing.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt (I used plain, but vanilla works!)
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 3-4 tsp ground ginger (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box INSTANT dry vanilla pudding mix
  • FOR ICING:
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" loaf pan with cooking spray. I recommend using a metal or disposable loaf pan as I find glass ones usually cook at different times. If you only have glass, that's okay, but your bread may take less time. Place the pan on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the softened butter and brown sugar with a spatula until combined. Mix in the eggs and yogurt, mixing well. Add in the banana, vanilla and molasses until blended. Mix in the spices, flour, baking soda, and salt until a thick but lumpy batter forms. Fold in the pudding mix (just the dry mix). Batter should be lumpy and do NOT overmix the batter, which leads to tough bread. Just make sure it's just about combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the baking pan and smooth out the top. Bake uncovered for about 40 minutes, then tent the pan with foil and bake for another 25-35 minutes, checking at the 25 minute mark and adding time if needed. Bread will be done when a toothpick or cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: in a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Beat in the heavy cream to combine, then the powdered sugar until a soft, thick icing forms.
  5. Spread the icing on top of the bread and let set, about 10 minutes, before cutting into slices.

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! Spicy & sweet – this bread is loaded with traditional gingerbread flavors like ginger, cloves, cinnamon and molasses – but is mixed with sweet and tropical bananas for a fun twist on a classic breakfast staple! Done up with cream cheese icing, this bread feels more dessert-like and decadent, but hey, a perfectly acceptable breakfast, too.

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing are such a cinch to make and no one will know they started from a box! Buttery, tender muffins packed with pumpkin spice flavor and topped with a creamy maple icing. Perfect for the holidays! #ad #krusteaz

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing will be a hit at your Thanksgiving brunch table! No one will know that they started with a box of Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Muffin Mix!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already deep into the fall season! Thanksgiving is coming, and if you’re like me, you’re already planning your menu (or if you’re an over-achiever, you’ve got your menu planned!). I get it – Thanksgiving is a major American holiday and you want everything to be perfect, look amazing and taste even better.

But I think people (myself included) often forget about Thanksgiving breakfast. We’re all so wrapped up in the perfect dinner presentation, but we have to eat breakfast too! Whether you’re brunching or eating as you fix up the turkey, breakfast is essential, even if it’s something as small (but filling) as a Pumpkin Muffin!

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing are such a cinch to make and no one will know they started from a box! Buttery, tender muffins packed with pumpkin spice flavor and topped with a creamy maple icing. Perfect for the holidays! #ad #krusteazThese Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing are such a fabulous option for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. They’re hearty and loaded with pumpkin spice flavor, and the maple icing is, well, the icing on top! Fluffy, moist and tender muffins are the best kind, and Krusteaz’s Pumpkin Spice Supreme Muffin Mix makes it easy.

The best part is, you can make these the night before to free up your oven space on the day of. Store them in a basket covered with a tea towel for a pretty presentation in the morning.

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing are such a cinch to make and no one will know they started from a box! Buttery, tender muffins packed with pumpkin spice flavor and topped with a creamy maple icing. Perfect for the holidays! #ad #krusteazGET THE RECIPE to these Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing!

Happy Baking!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a brand ambassador for Krusteaz. All opinions are 100% my own and I was compensated for this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Domestic Rebel running!

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy! If you’re looking for a show-stopping Thanksgiving or Christmas Day brunch item, look no further! This Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake can be made in advance and offers a tender, moist cake with juicy cranberries and crunchy walnut streusel.

I cannot even believe that Thanksgiving is next week!

How did this happen? Wasn’t my birthday (January 24) a few weeks ago? I could have sworn I was just in Portland a week or so ago (April). And now red and green everything is being shoved in my face and I’m already hearing Taylor Swift renditions of Christmas carols. WAIT UP, WORLD. I’M STILL IN EARLY 2016.

So, I suppose this begs the question: What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Every year, I beg and kick and scream to make Thanksgiving dinner because there’s something so lovely and Norman Rockwell-y about tying on an apron, chopping veggies for stuffing and basting a glorious bird all day long. Also, I’m a control freak and like to be in charge of how things are prepared. #bossy

But every year, my grandma also kicks and screams about making Thanksgiving dinner, and since she’s a grandma and has seen like, wars and stuff, I usually let her cook the dinner but insist on bringing sides… Coincidentally, all the sides I like to eat. But as usual, she always persists that she wants to make all of it but I draw the line at desserts. My grandma – bless her – is NOT a baker by any means, and ahem, I kinda sorta have a best-selling cookbook about DESSERT so it’s kinda mandatory that I bring dessert.

Even though she still buys a frozen pie. *facepalm* Where’s the wine?

So this year, as usual, I am delegated with the task of making desserts. And of course, since I am a control freak/the world’s most indecisive person, I will make no less than 4 different pies, and probably cookies, brownies/bars, and/or a cake. Because I like having options, okay!?

But since I also don’t have any other kitchen tasks and can make all my desserts ahead of time, I’m going to surprise my family (well, unless they read this) with this Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake again.

This cake is based off of my Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake (which you absolutely NEED to make!) but made with bright, zippy cranberries and crunchy walnuts in the inch-thick brown sugar streusel, then topped with a light orange glaze.

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy! It only looks complicated because it’s kinda sorta gorgeous. But I assure you, this couldn’t be simpler: you literally let the pan do the work for you! And the star of the show today is the springform pan. It’s essential for this recipe, but if you don’t have one, a tall-sided 9″ round cake pan should work.

Now get to feasting!

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy!

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake is so impressive and surprisingly easy to make! A real showstopper for the holidays.
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUMB:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • FOR CAKE:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • FOR GLAZE:
  • 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" round sprinform pan with cooking spray. Place a 9" parchment round in the bottom of the pan, then grease the parchment. Set aside.
  2. For the cake batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract and sour cream; beat well. Lastly, add in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined. Fold in the cranberries. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and set aside.
  3. To make the streusel/crumb: In a large bowl, toss together the crumb ingredients until moistened and large crumbs form. Liberally drop crumb mixture over the cake batter, covering it completely. There will seem like a LOT of crumb, but use all of it!
  4. Bake for approx. 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  5. Just before serving, whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the cake, then release the cake from the pan and cut into slices.

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy! Juicy, bright cranberries. Crunchy, buttery walnut streusel. Is there anything better?!

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE! Move over, regular ol’ monkey bread. This Salted Caramel Monkey Bread is where it’s at! Gooey, sticky, sweet and salty with pillows of cinnamon-sugar crusted dough. It’s basically heaven on a plate!

A couple of days ago, I was straight up hangry. It wasn’t pretty.

I’ve been hangry before. Who hasn’t? But this time, it was serious.

It started (I think) because I hadn’t really eaten anything all day and jumped right into the kitchen with my jumbo iced coffee to start baking. I baked and photographed things from 9am-1pm, running around like a headless chicken and making a leaning tower of dirty dishes in the sink while exercising my Tetrus skills to fit everything in there so I wouldn’t be wasting precious counter space. There were chocolate chips everywhere, a dripping bowl of ganache, two exceptionally sticky milkshake glasses that were quickly melting, and a million other things crammed in.

I was hot and tired, and tired of being hot and tired, and the wafting smell of chocolate was even too much because my body was craving salt. Lots of salt. Like, big ol’ burger and a large fry-amount of salt.

My craving for salt is what made me think of making this Salted Caramel Monkey Bread! So in a way, it’s a good thing I was hangry. YOU’RE WELCOME.

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE! This Salted Caramel Monkey Bread is probably one of my favorite renditions of it. The cinnamon-sugar-crusted pillows of dough are completely encased in a gooey, sticky caramel sauce that’s then topped with thick flakes of sea salt. The whole thing is pretty heavenly – so says my family – and something we’ll make time and time again thanks to its ease of preparation yet impressive outcome.

I hope you love it too! (Hangry or not) 🙂

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Salted Caramel Monkey Bread
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This Salted Caramel Monkey Bread is a fabulously EASY yet impressive recipe your family will love!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 (16.3 oz) cans refrigerated biscuits (8-count each)
  • 1 cup prepared caramel sauce
  • Sea salt, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a round Bundt or tube pan with cooking spray. Spray it well, and then spray it well again. Trust me!
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the white sugar and cinnamon until combined. Cut each biscuit round into 4 equal quarters and dredge the quartered biscuits into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Scatter in the greased pan and repeat until all the biscuits are coated and in the pan. Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon sugar mixture over the biscuits in the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar. Pour over the biscuits in the pan. Bake for approx. 40-45 minutes or until the biscuits are bubbly and golden. Let set in the pan for about 5-10 minutes, then carefully invert the pan onto a platter.
  4. Immediately garnish with the prepared caramel sauce and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve immediately.

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE! Sinfully sweet, sticky and gooey with little pockets of crunchy sea salt, this Monkey Bread is a real winner!

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This Pumpkin Bread is the BEST EVER! Soft, fluffy, moist and tender with perfect pumpkin spice flavor! So easy, you probably have all the ingredients on hand! This Best-Ever Pumpkin Bread is incredible! Moist, soft and fluffy with a tender crumb and bursting with pumpkin spice flavor! So easy, so wonderful!

So yesterday was pretty much like any other day.

I work all day long: baking, photographing stuff, editing, cleaning, and no less than 18 loads of dishes. And a peeking into the living room to see what the big deal is on Let’s Make A Deal. If you didn’t know I was 25, would you guess I was 80? I would.

Yesterday’s highlights were that I found an almond in my bra at the end of the day, and that I also got a cake pan in the mail. Ironically, yesterday’s lowlights were that I found an almond in my bra and that I also got a cake pan in the mail.

My life is exceptionally more boring than yours, no contest.

So much so, that I don’t even really have real-life friends. I have my blog friends of course, but friends I text my dating woes to? Friends I share good news with? Friends I bitch about bad days with? A friend to tell my exciting cake pan news, or ruminate over how I found an almond in my undergarments? I have no one really, and it’s painfully lonely sometimes.

No one tells you when you’re older that it’s so hard to cultivate relationships, especially when you work from home. Whenever I try to reach out to my >2 friends from high school, they never respond to my texts. In fact, neither of them even bothered to show up to my book signing or my little book party I slaved over a couple weekends ago. It makes me realize we’ve simply drifted apart of natural causes, so to speak. In other words, there was no one-event that caused our friendship to fissure; we just faded away, have nothing more in common, and if they couldn’t even bother to shoot me a text saying they couldn’t make it (and I know they could have – I saw the selfies posted from that day), then maybe I don’t need them in my life any longer.

Sorry I’m waxing philosophical, but I felt like I needed to get this off my chest… much like that lone almond. Maybe you are a young professional who doesn’t have many friends, either. Or maybe you’re feeling the same way I am: that a new season is approaching, and another season is passing that you haven’t spoken to some “friends” in awhile who haven’t texted you back. I’m here to let ya know that I’m here for you, and I understand.

And to also let you know that in this day of social-media craziness, that it’s perfectly okay to unfollow. Relieve yourself of the burden of a dead friendship. Cut the ties that bound you two together by fond memories of the past, but nothing from the present. Feel free! And find yo’self some new buddies to eat almonds with!

I know this had nothing to do with Pumpkin Bread, but that’s okay. Pumpkin Bread is my only friend right now, so I’m taking what I can get.

This Pumpkin Bread is my favorite pumpkin bread recipe, hands-down. I posted a Chocolate Chip version last year, and the original Brown-Butter Maple Glazed bread a couple years ago, but sometimes you just want a plain ol’ slice of pumpkin bread with no frills. I hear you. That is this bread!

Make it. And then call your friend and see if they want to share with you!

This Pumpkin Bread is the BEST EVER! Soft, fluffy, moist and tender with perfect pumpkin spice flavor! So easy, you probably have all the ingredients on hand!

4.5 from 6 reviews
The Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe
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This Best-Ever Pumpkin Bread is my absolute favorite! So moist, fluffy and with a buttery, tender crumb. Glaze it, stuff it, or dust it with powdered sugar, or eat it as is. It's a keeper!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease an 8-or-9" loaf pan with cooking spray and place the loaf pan on a baking sheet in case of any spill-over.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs and pumpkin and beat to combine. Add in the spices, baking powder, baking soda and flour and mix to combine, careful not to overmix. Mixture may be slightly lumpy; this is okay! Overmixing will lead to tough bread.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Bake for approx. 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool for at least 20 minutes before inverting on a wire rack to cool completely, or let cool completely in the pan. Cut into slices!

This Pumpkin Bread is the BEST EVER! Soft, fluffy, moist and tender with perfect pumpkin spice flavor! So easy, you probably have all the ingredients on hand! Moist, fluffy, tender and packed with amazing pumpkin spice flavor, this bread is a total keeper!

This Pumpkin Bread is the BEST EVER! Soft, fluffy, moist and tender with perfect pumpkin spice flavor! So easy, you probably have all the ingredients on hand! Have a wonderful day!

xo, Hayley

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins - tender, moist, fluffy peanut butter muffins filled with sweet jam and topped with a buttery crumble. So easy, fast and AWESOME! Get your kids pumped for back-to-school season with these Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins! Tender, fluffy peanut butter muffins filled with jelly and topped with a buttery crumb. A+!

So I had an embarrassing realization recently.

I realized I’m a sound-effects person.

You know, the people who have sound effects for everything? When describing a car accident, they’ll do the whole “BAM!” to emphasize the car hitting the other car, or when describing how their dogs howl when sirens go off, they’ll mimic the same howling noise?

YEAH. I’m one of those. UGH.

I realized this when I was trying on clothes at my fave clothing store in the mall. It was a balmy 100 degree day and let’s be honest, I was … damp … and trying on clothes, which should be deemed an aerobic activity. Who do I call about that? Billy Blanks? Does Billy Blanks still make those Tae-Bo tapes? (Side note: we used to have those Billy Blanks Tae-Bo tapes on VHS when I was growing up. Sometimes, to burn off energy, I would complete them. I was like 12.)

As I was hoisting my shirt over my head, I made an “eeeggh” noise. Then as I attempted to zip myself into a dress, I made a “heppp” noise as I zipped. Then as I bent forward to put on my shoes, I made an “mepp” noise. A MEPP NOISE. What even is a MEPP? I do not know, but I said it plenty loud in this dressing room like I was some kind of voice actor trying out for a demented animal in a new movie.

So it was then, when the customers in other dressing rooms STOPPED THEIR CONVERSATION after I “mepped”, that I realized I need to quickly shut the heck up and quit it with these weirdo sound effects before I was labeled as “the sound effect person” FORREAL and FOREVER. I don’t want to be known as a mepper. I do not want people to stop their conversations because some freak (me) in the next stall is babbling incoherently. WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE WORLD.

After that, I came home and made Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins. As you do.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins - tender, moist, fluffy peanut butter muffins filled with sweet jam and topped with a buttery crumble. So easy, fast and AWESOME! These muffins are kinda fantastic. They have a light, moist and fluffy peanut butter muffin base that’s not super dense and just peanut buttery enough. Then they’re baked with a dollop of jam/jelly/preserves/whatever you call that sticky goo – and a buttery, brown sugary crumb. After they’re baked, they’ll be all golden and perf and you’ll want to squeal but don’t, because that’d be weird. (JK. I totally squealed).

MAKE THEM!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins - tender, moist, fluffy peanut butter muffins filled with sweet jam and topped with a buttery crumble. So easy, fast and AWESOME! *muffin base adapted from The Frugal Girls. Idea inspired by How Sweet Eats.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins
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Serves: 20
 
These PB&J Crumb Muffins are tremendously flavorful, moist, buttery and taste JUST like the classic sandwich. Great for breakfast, on-the-go snacks, brunch, or even dessert!
Ingredients
  • FOR MUFFINS:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 & ¼ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ~1 cup jelly or jam of your choice (I used Smuckers Strawberry Jam)
  • FOR CRUMB TOPPING:
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 pans with about 20 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add in the creamy peanut butter, milk, sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla and whisk until a thick batter forms. Do not over-mix - the batter may appear slightly lumpy but that's okay. Over-mixing leads to tough muffins!
  3. Portion the batter evenly among the cups, filling about ½" full. Top with a Tablespoon or so of jam of your choosing, pressing it gently into the center of the muffin batter. It's okay if it seeps down the sides a little.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the crumb ingredients until blended and moistened. Drop heaping Tablespoonfuls of the crumb mixture on top of the muffins in the pan. Bake for approx. 18-20 minutes or until the muffins appear done and the top is light golden brown. It'll be hard to do a toothpick test since there's jelly in the center of the muffin. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins - tender, moist, fluffy peanut butter muffins filled with sweet jam and topped with a buttery crumble. So easy, fast and AWESOME! Buttery, sweet, a little salty, with a great crumb on top. Is there anything more perfect than these PB&J Crumb Muffins?! Bake up a batch on Monday for breakfast throughout the week! (You’re welcome).

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins - tender, moist, fluffy peanut butter muffins filled with sweet jam and topped with a buttery crumble. So easy, fast and AWESOME! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

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