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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Pumpkin Scones

This pumpkin scone recipe is quick and easy to make, drizzled with a light vanilla glaze, and full of the best cozy pumpkin flavors. Yep, it’s settled.  Give me one of these pumpkin scones to go along with my cup of coffee each morning and I think I’m set to go for life. Seriously, these […]

This pumpkin scone recipe is quick and easy to make, drizzled with a light vanilla glaze, and full of the best cozy pumpkin flavors.

Pumpkin Scones Recipe

Yep, it’s settled.  Give me one of these pumpkin scones to go along with my cup of coffee each morning and I think I’m set to go for life.

Seriously, these pumpkin scones are too good.

We’re already on our third batch of them this September and can’t get over what a perfect way they are to begin a (well technically, almost-) autumn morning.  They are a breeze to make with simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry.  They are ultra-soft and light and flaky and a little bit cakey (because, pumpkin purée).  They can either be drizzled with a quick vanilla glaze or sprinkled with crunchy turbinado sugar, whichever sweet topping you prefer.  But best of all, they are just irresistibly pumpkin-y and made with the perfect amount of warming spices to hit all of those nostalgic and cozy fall flavor notes that we all love.

Barclay and I are completely obsessed with pairing them with our morning coffee, but they would also make for a lovely fall dessert this time of year.  Or if you’re feeling generous, we can vouch that friends and neighbors will be thrilled if you decide to part with a few too.  I mean, who doesn’t love a good pumpkin scone?!

Time to make some.

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Swedish Cinnamon Buns (Kanelbullar)

This traditional Swedish kanelbullar (cinnamon buns) recipe is made with a perfectly soft and chewy cardamom dough, a buttery cinnamon-sugar filling, and twisted into cute little knots. A few years ago when Barclay and I visited Stockholm together for the very first time, we were introduced to one of Sweden’s most delicious national treasures that […]

This traditional Swedish kanelbullar (cinnamon buns) recipe is made with a perfectly soft and chewy cardamom dough, a buttery cinnamon-sugar filling, and twisted into cute little knots.

Swedish Cinnamon Buns (Kanelbullar)

A few years ago when Barclay and I visited Stockholm together for the very first time, we were introduced to one of Sweden’s most delicious national treasures that I have been craving ever since…

…Sweden’s famous cinnamon buns. ♡♡♡

Somehow, Barclay and I had lived our entire lives up until that trip without ever having tried kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon buns) or kardemummabullar (Swedish cardamom buns).  But our friend in Stockholm said that these sweet treats were an absolute must.  So the very first morning that we arrived, we ordered one of each to go with our coffee.  And oh my word, you guys, it was head-over-heels cinnamon bun love at first bite.

I can’t even tell you how much I love these cinnamon buns!  By contrast to their American cinnamon roll cousins, Swedish cinnamon buns are typically twisted and tied into these cute little knots, as you can see above.  And instead of spreading a thick layer of icing on top, these buns are sprinkled with crunchy pearl sugar.  The dough in Swedish cinnamon buns is also kneaded with a hint of cardamom, which adds an irresistibly warm depth of flavor to the cinnamon in the filling.  And best of all, these rolls are baked just long enough so that they stay perfectly soft and chewy, which I strongly believe is the optimum texture for any type of cinnamon roll or bun.

Anyway, Barclay and I literally could not get enough of these sweet treats during our time in Stockholm and have been craving them ever since.  So when one of my good friends offered to teach us how to make them a few weeks ago (via Zoom, of course, while we’re all still staying home), we wholeheartedly said YES.  Turns out — they’re easier to make than I was expecting!  The twisting technique definitely takes a bit of practice at first, but it’s quick and easy once you get the hang of it.  And otherwise, the process for making the dough and filling are pretty standard.  They do require a few hours of prep time overall, thanks to a few long rise times, so set aside a good long morning to make a batch.  But trust me, it will be one million times worth it.

Alright, I’ve been looking forward to sharing this kanelbullar recipe with you for weeks now.  So let’s get to it!

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Corn Tortillas

This homemade corn tortilla recipe is easy to make with 3 ingredients and yields the most delicious, soft, foldable, and naturally gluten-free corn tortillas. After learning how to make homemade flour tortillas earlier this month, it’s time to learn how to make their famous (and naturally gluten-free!) counterparts… …homemade corn tortillas! ♡ These traditional Mexican-style […]

This homemade corn tortilla recipe is easy to make with 3 ingredients and yields the most delicious, soft, foldable, and naturally gluten-free corn tortillas.

Corn Tortillas

After learning how to make homemade flour tortillas earlier this month, it’s time to learn how to make their famous (and naturally gluten-free!) counterparts…

…homemade corn tortillas! ♡

These traditional Mexican-style corn tortillas are easy to make with just 3 ingredients, they are naturally gluten-free, and full of the yummiest toasted corn flavors.  But in my opinion, the best thing about fresh homemade corn tortillas is that they are legit-easy to roll and fold!!  No cracking, breaking, or complicated re-warming instructions required here.  These freshly-made corn tortillas are soft and pliable and will fold up beautifully into your favorite tacos or enchiladas.  Or, of course, you can fry any of the leftovers to make tortilla chips, chilaquiles, nachos and more.

So today, I’m sharing my go-to recipe for making classic corn tortillas, plus all of my best tips and shortcuts to make the process a bit easier and more foolproof.  I’ve also included an option below for how to roll out these guys out without a tortilla press, if you do not have one.  But if you plan to make them regularly, a tortilla press is incredibly helpful with corn tortillas and worth the investment.

Alright, well gather up your three ingredients and let’s make some homemade tortillas together!
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Flour Tortillas

My favorite homemade flour tortillas are irresistibly soft, chewy, thick, and flavorful — and easy to make with just 5 ingredients (no lard)! Meet my latest obsession that I sincerely hope may turn into your new obsession as well… …homemade flour tortillas. ♡♡♡ I’m just going to tell you right now that once you go […]

My favorite homemade flour tortillas are irresistibly soft, chewy, thick, and flavorful — and easy to make with just 5 ingredients (no lard)!

Flour Tortillas Recipe

Meet my latest obsession that I sincerely hope may turn into your new obsession as well…

homemade flour tortillas. ♡♡♡

I’m just going to tell you right now that once you go homemade with your tortillas, get ready because you’re never going to want to turn back to store-bought.  And why should we?!  All you need to make a batch of the most irresistible homemade flour tortillas are 5 easy everyday pantry ingredients.  All you need equipment-wise is just a mixing bowl, a sauté pan, a rolling pin.  (Or you can break out the stand mixer and/or tortilla press, if you happen to own one.)  There is zero yeast involved, nor any complicated kneading required.  All you need is a little over a half hour or so, and the most life-changing batch of soft and chewy flour tortillas will be yours to enjoy in no time.

Oh, and bonus?  I’m happy to report that this homemade flour tortilla recipe is lard- and shortening-free.  Yes, I know that they are the ingredients traditionally used in flour tortillas, but I never really cook with either.  And as it turns out, I’ve found an even better ingredient that works to achieve a satisfyingly chewy texture, that just so happens to be plant-based too.  Win-win!

I love to roll my tortillas extra-thick (almost bordering on na’an bread), which I highly recommend if you like your tortillas to be nice and chewy.  But you can roll yours out to be as thick, thin, large or small as you would like.  I’ve also included tips below for ingredient substitutions, if your pantry is running low and you can’t make it to the store right now.  Plus, tips for how to prep the dough ahead of time, how to store tortillas, and also freeze flour tortillas if you end up having extras.

Serve these up for Taco Tuesday, roll them into enchiladas or burritos, fold them into quesadillas, toast them into tostadas — basically, homemade tortillas are guaranteed to kick any of your favorite recipes up a delicious notch.  Let’s make a batch!

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