Quick Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

This shortcut puff pastry cinnamon rolls recipe is super quick and easy to prepare, topped with a dreamy cream cheese frosting, and irresistibly buttery, flaky and delicious! Craving cinnamon rolls but don’t feel like making homemade dough? Grab a package of puff pastry! ♡ I improvised this recipe a few weekends ago when we happened […]

This shortcut puff pastry cinnamon rolls recipe is super quick and easy to prepare, topped with a dreamy cream cheese frosting, and irresistibly buttery, flaky and delicious!

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Craving cinnamon rolls but don’t feel like making homemade dough?

Grab a package of puff pastry! ♡

I improvised this recipe a few weekends ago when we happened to be craving some Sunday morning cinnamon rolls, but then realized (whoops!) there was no bread yeast in the pantry to be found. So instead of making my usual homemade cinnamon roll dough, I decided to just try rolling up some puff pastry with cinnamon-sugar filling, popped the swirls in the oven, and drizzled them with our favorite cream cheese icing. And sure enough, they were such a hit!

To be sure, the flaky puff pastry here is considerably different than traditional cinnamon rolls, but we really enjoyed how light they were and loved the extra butter flavor that the puff pastry added. Kind of like a cross between an American cinnamon roll and a French pastry! Feel free, of course, to add any extra ingredients that you love in a good cinnamon bun — chopped nuts, orange zest, a hint of cardamon, or even a swirl of Nutella would also be delicious with this recipe. And if you’re not a big fan of cream cheese icing, I’ve also included a simple vanilla icing option here too.

Let’s make a quick batch of cinnamon rolls together!
(more…)

Bruschetta

All of the best tips we learned in Italy about how to make bruschetta! It’s peak tomato season which means…it’s bruschetta time! ♡ I’ve long been a big fan of this classic Italian appetizer. But a few years ago during our trip to Rome, my husband and I had the opportunity to take a mini-cooking class […]

All of the best tips we learned in Italy about how to make bruschetta!

Tomato Bruschetta Recipe on Sheet Pan

It’s peak tomato season which means…it’s bruschetta time! ♡

I’ve long been a big fan of this classic Italian appetizer. But a few years ago during our trip to Rome, my husband and I had the opportunity to take a mini-cooking class specifically on the art of making classic tomato bruschetta, during which we learned a few key facts and techniques that take this simple dish to the next level. So I figured that tomato season would be a good time to pop in here and share a bit of what we learned!

First off, it’s important to note the dish’s name is commonly mispronounced abroad and the Italian “ch” sound is actually pronounced like an English “k” — broo-skeh-tah. (Also, the plural of bruschetta is bruschette — broo-skeh-teh.) Its name is derived from the Roman verb meaning “to toast” or “to roast over coals,” and accordingly, the dish is commonly regarded as one of the best uses for leftover bread. While there are countless regional variations of bruschetta recipes that can be found nowadays around Italy, it is believed that tomato bruschetta in general dates all the way back to the 16th century, back when tomatoes first arrived on the scene in Europe. (Yes, believe it or not, tomatoes are a relatively new addition to the long history of Italian cuisine!)

As with most classic Italian dishes, the ingredient list for tomato bruschetta is intentionally kept minimal so that those vibrant, fresh flavors can each really shine through. All you need are ripe tomatoes, good-quality olive oil, fresh basil, garlic, oregano, sea salt and crusty bread to make an excellent batch of bruschette al pomodoro. And by contrast to the bruschetta that I used to make simply by toasting bread and scooping a tomato mixture on top, we learned that there is in fact a specific Italian method for how to assemble the ingredients in such a way that promises to bring out the best of their flavors and textures. It’s all very quick and easy to prepare. And, if you’d like, you can even prep the crostini and tomato topping hours in advance and then assemble just before serving, making bruschetta a fabulous option for easy entertaining.

All of that said, the most important thing that our instructor repeated again and again is that amazing tomatoes make for amazing bruschetta. So while ripe tomatoes are overflowing in gardens and farmers markets galore right now, let’s make the most of them and make some bruschetta!

(more…)

Cheesy Pesto Rolls

These cheesy pesto rolls are swirled with fresh basil pesto, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and easy to make in about 1 hour! Say hello to savory swirl rolls! ♡ While making my favorite 1-hour cinnamon rolls recipe for the millionth time, it occurred to me that the soft and buttery dough could be just as […]

These cheesy pesto rolls are swirled with fresh basil pesto, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and easy to make in about 1 hour!

Cheesy Pesto Rolls

Say hello to savory swirl rolls! ♡

While making my favorite 1-hour cinnamon rolls recipe for the millionth time, it occurred to me that the soft and buttery dough could be just as delightful swirled with a cheesy, garlicky, herb-y filling. So I decided to make a test batch one night for dinner, filled with lots of fresh basil pesto, mozzarella, and Parmesan. And oh my goodness, they were such a success — even more delicious than I had imagined. And so vibrant and pretty too!

The dough recipe itself is impressively quick and easy to make either by hand or with a stand mixer. And while we completely loved the Italian-inspired cheese and pesto combination (especially right now while fresh basil is exploding in our garden), the sky would honestly be the limit here with any type of cheese, pesto, tapenade, nuts, herbs, or other savory fillings that might sound good.

So have fun with these and let me know how they turn out!

(more…)

Easy Granola Clusters

This homemade granola recipe can be crumbled into large or small clusters, it’s easy to make with just 10 minutes of prep time, and it’s perfectly crunchy and delicious. (Gluten-free + vegan too!) Anyone else love those extra-chunky clusters that usually hang out at the top of a bag of granola? I say let’s make […]

This homemade granola recipe can be crumbled into large or small clusters, it’s easy to make with just 10 minutes of prep time, and it’s perfectly crunchy and delicious. (Gluten-free + vegan too!)

Easy Granola Clusters

Anyone else love those extra-chunky clusters that usually hang out at the top of a bag of granola?

I say let’s make an entire batch of them! ♡

With just a few simple tricks, it’s actually easy to make just about any granola recipe extra-clustery. But I’m especially partial to this granola recipe, which has been our go-to at home as of late. It’s easy to crumble into whatever size of large-and-clumpy or fine-and-crumbly pieces that you prefer. It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, features a perfectly-balanced blend of crunchy nuts and seeds (plus any other add-ins you prefer), and seasoned with just the right amount of cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt. And best of all, this recipe only requires about 10 minutes of prep time and yields a deliciously big batch!

After enjoying countless bowls of this granola over the past few months, my husband and I can vouch that it pairs perfectly with berries, almond milk (him) or Greek yogurt (me), a good cup of coffee. But pro tip — don’t limit this granola to just breakfast time! Those irresistibly crunchy clusters would be perfect sprinkled on ice cream, fruit crisps, pudding, salads and more. Or of course, just grabbing a few clusters on the go as a quick snack! Yum.

Let’s make some granola!

(more…)

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

These Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins are easy to make with oatmeal, lots of fresh carrots, and a handful of other simple and healthy ingredients. Feel free to top them with a lightened-up cream cheese drizzle too! Meet my new favorite healthier way to satisfy those carrot cake cravings… …these delightful carrot cake muffins! ♡ Many of […]

These Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins are easy to make with oatmeal, lots of fresh carrots, and a handful of other simple and healthy ingredients. Feel free to top them with a lightened-up cream cheese drizzle too!

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Drizzle

Meet my new favorite healthier way to satisfy those carrot cake cravings…

…these delightful carrot cake muffins! 

Many of you long-time readers may recognize this recipe as a riff on my favorite base recipe for healthy banana, pumpkin or apple muffins. Turns out, it works perfectly with freshly-shredded carrots too. And when made with some of my favorite carrot cake warming spices and topped with an optional (yet highly recommended) light cream cheese drizzle, these muffins taste like an absolute treat!

This carrot cake muffins recipe is also super quick and easy to whip up with just 20 minutes or so of prep time. It’s made with healthier ingredients, including lots of fresh carrots, a simple oatmeal base (which makes these muffins naturally gluten-free), and a minimal amount of maple syrup as the primary sweetener. Plus, these muffins also keep really well in the freezer, so I highly recommend making a double batch if you would like to meal prep for easy grab and go breakfasts or snacks.

More than anything, though, they are just ridiculously good. So if you love carrot cake as much as I do, grab some fresh carrots and let’s bake up a quick batch together!

(more…)

Cornbread

My favorite homemade cornbread recipe that’s lightly sweetened with honey, made extra moist with buttermilk, and irresistibly fluffy and delicious. Easy to make in a basic baking dish or cast iron skillet — up to you! We’re in the heart of soup and chili season right now, which means… …it’s also homemade cornbread season! ♡ […]

My favorite homemade cornbread recipe that’s lightly sweetened with honey, made extra moist with buttermilk, and irresistibly fluffy and delicious. Easy to make in a basic baking dish or cast iron skillet — up to you!

Homemade Cornbread with Honey

We’re in the heart of soup and chili season right now, which means…

…it’s also homemade cornbread season! ♡

Ok ok, I know that cornbread can be served and enjoyed anytime of year.  But for me, this sweet and buttery bread is absolute perfection served up on a chilly winter’s day alongside a steaming bowl of chili.  Especially when it’s fresh outta the oven and still warm, maybe served up with a pat of melty butter and a drizzle of honey just for good measure, a cozy batch of homemade cornbread simply can’t be beat!

That said, I’ve learned over the years that people tend to have very strong feelings when it comes to exactly what defines “the best” cornbread recipe.  There is the classic Northern/Southern debate about whether or not to add sweetener, strong opinions about which coarseness of cornmeal to use, the question of whether or not to add in chunks of whole kernel corn as well, and of course, deeply-held feelings about baking dish vs skillet cornbreads.  I happen to love all cornbreads.  But if I had to choose an all-time favorite cornbread, today’s recipe would be it!

First off, I love this homemade cornbread recipe because it’s super easy to make from start to finish in about 30 minutes (with just 10 or so minutes of actual hands-on prep time).  I also split the difference between Northern- and Southern-style cornbreads and like to moderately sweeten my cornbread, since I find the cornmeal to already be quite sweet on its own, and prefer to use honey because it adds such great flavor.  I’m also a big believer in making cornbread with buttermilk, which adds considerable moisture as well as a subtle tangy flavor to the bread.  And I also highly recommend taking the extra time to brown your butter before adding it to the batter, which adds the most irresistible hint of nutty, rich, caramelized flavor.

We usually make skillet cornbread in our house with a cast iron pan, which deepens the layer of golden, caramelized crust around the edges of the bread.  But that said, if you don’t own a cast iron skillet (or oven-proof skillet), no prob at all, I’ve also included instructions for how to make cornbread using a traditional baking pan, which will still be delicious.

Let’s make some cornbread together, friends!

(more…)

Homemade Naan

This homemade naan recipe is easy to make, perfectly soft and chewy, and always so delicious. I’ve included a garlic naan recipe option below too! Have you ever tried making homemade naan? ♡ This soft, pillowy, buttery, irresistible flatbread has long been one of my favorite sides to order out at Indian restaurants.  But while […]

This homemade naan recipe is easy to make, perfectly soft and chewy, and always so delicious. I’ve included a garlic naan recipe option below too!

Homemade Naan

Have you ever tried making homemade naan? ♡

This soft, pillowy, buttery, irresistible flatbread has long been one of my favorite sides to order out at Indian restaurants.  But while naan bread is traditionally baked inside blazing-hot Tandoor ovens in India, a homemade version is actually quite easy to make on the stovetop in a hot skillet!

My favorite homemade naan recipe is made with basic bread ingredients (flour, water and yeast) plus a generous dollop of yogurt, egg and baking powder to make the bread extra soft and chewy.  I also prefer to use touch of honey as a natural sweetener for the bread.  And if you feel like making garlic naan, I’ve included an (optional, yet oh-so-highly recommended) garlicky butter sauce that you can brush on the warm bread immediately after baking, plus I always like to sprinkle on some fresh parsley and a pinch of flaky sea salt too.

I’ve also gone back and revised this recipe to include full instructions for how to make it either 100% by hand or with with the help of a stand mixer.  And I have also included options for adding in extra herbs, cheese, and/or nigella seeds to your naan bread too.

Thousands of our readers have made and loved this homemade naan recipe over the years.  So if you haven’t tried it yet, grab a skillet and let’s make a batch together!

(more…)

1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls

My favorite 1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls recipe is easy to make by hand or with a stand mixer and absolutely heavenly served warm out of the oven. Is there anything better than a freshly-baked pan of homemade dinner rolls? Actually, I say yes — this easy dinner rolls recipe that can be ready […]

My favorite 1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls recipe is easy to make by hand or with a stand mixer and absolutely heavenly served warm out of the oven.

Is there anything better than a freshly-baked pan of homemade dinner rolls?

Actually, I say yes — this easy dinner rolls recipe that can be ready to go in just one hour! ♡

This recipe has been my go-to for many years now and always yields the most perfectly soft, fluffy, buttery rolls.  But I especially love it because the ingredient list is simple, the rise times are minimal, and the dough can be easily made either by hand or with the help of a stand mixer.  And everything can come together quickly in just an hour or so, which makes this recipe more do-able on busy weeknights when you’re craving some homemade bread, and also super-helpful on holidays when you’re trying to multi-task all the things.

Many of you have also asked about make-ahead options with this recipe over the years, so I have updated the post with instructions for how to make the bread dough in advance.  And I have also included some fun variations if you would like to make your rolls more garlicky, herb-y, cheesy, or whatever other add-ins sound fun.

Bottom line, this dinner rolls recipe is a keeper and never lets me down.  So if you are looking for a good one to add to your repertoire, bookmark this one and give it a try!

(more…)

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

My favorite homemade buttermilk biscuit recipe — easy to make, perfectly soft and tall and flaky, and always SO buttery and delicious. A few weeks ago when I happened to pass by our local KFC here in Barcelona, I suddenly found myself majorly craving some crispy chicken fingers and buttermilk biscuits.  (Haven’t had either in […]

My favorite homemade buttermilk biscuit recipe — easy to make, perfectly soft and tall and flaky, and always SO buttery and delicious.

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

A few weeks ago when I happened to pass by our local KFC here in Barcelona, I suddenly found myself majorly craving some crispy chicken fingers and buttermilk biscuits.  (Haven’t had either in years since we moved abroad!)  I decided to indulge and popped in impulsively to place a quick order.  But after scanning the menu again and again and again, I realized that — gasp — biscuits apparently aren’t available at KFC here in Spain!

When I mentioned my shock on Instagram, dozens of you from around the world replied that your international KFCs also do not offer biscuits on the menu.  (Which, we’ve all agreed, feels like a majorly missed opportunity, KFC — who in the world wouldn’t love your soft and buttery buttermilk biscuits?!)  Either way, though, I realized that day that if I wanted to satisfy my craving for biscuits, I was going to have to make them myself.  So I picked up some buttermilk on my way home, pulled up the bookmark of my favorite recipe that I have turned to over the years, and baked up a quick batch from scratch.  And wow, I had almost forgotten just how magical a fresh-outta-the-oven hot pan of buttermilk biscuits can be.

Nothing beats a good homemade biscuit. ♡

This particular recipe that I like to use is also incredibly easy to make by hand with basic ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen, and comes together from start to finish in just over a half hour.  And the combination of creamy butter and tangy buttermilk yields here yields the most delicious biscuits, especially when brushed with some extra melted butter hot out of the oven and sprinkled with a pinch of flaky sea salt (which I highly recommend).  The simple folding technique used here also helps ensure that your biscuits will bake up soft and tall, and pull apart into flaky layers upon layers when you crack them open.

Bottom line, this recipe has never let me down when the biscuit cravings strike.  It’s perfect for morning biscuits and gravy or biscuits with jam, works great as a side dish with dinner, or you can even be used to top your favorite chicken pot pie or other casseroles.  It’s simple, classic and never lets me down.  So if you are looking for a reliable homemade biscuit recipe to have in your repertoire, definitely bookmark this one and let’s bake a batch together!

(more…)

Perfect Pumpkin Bread

This classic pumpkin bread recipe is perfectly moist, easy to make without a mixer, and full of the best pumpkin flavor! Most of the time when I’m craving pumpkin bread, I turn to my favorite recipe for these gluten-free, sugar-free, healthy pumpkin muffins. (Which, fun fact, can also be baked into bread!)  But on those […]

This classic pumpkin bread recipe is perfectly moist, easy to make without a mixer, and full of the best pumpkin flavor!

Moist Pumpkin Bread Slices

Most of the time when I’m craving pumpkin bread, I turn to my favorite recipe for these gluten-free, sugar-free, healthy pumpkin muffins. (Which, fun fact, can also be baked into bread!)  But on those days when I find myself craving the real deal…

this is the classic pumpkin bread recipe that I absolutely adore. ♡

It’s made with butter, sugar, flour, and all of the indulgent stuff you need in a good old-fashioned slice of pumpkin bread.  And I’m especially partial to this recipe in particular because it adds extra pumpkin purée and pumpkin spice in the batter to bring out the best of those cozy fall flavors we all love, and makes this bread ultra-moist as well.  This pumpkin bread recipe is also super-easy to make without a mixer.  And of course, it beats any fall candle you can buy in the store and is guaranteed to make your entire home smell downright heavenly.

I’ve been tweaking this recipe bit by bit over the years and think I’ve reached the point where I’m finally happy with it.  So if you happen to be looking for a classic moist pumpkin bread recipe to add to your repertoire, I highly recommend bookmarking and giving this one a try.  It’s one of my favorite treats this time of year and I always look forward to it.

Let’s make some pumpkin bread!

(more…)