Monkey Bread

If you’re looking for an easy, absolute knockout dessert, try making the buttery, caramelized, pull-apart cinnamon loaf known as Monkey Bread.

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When it comes to desserts, the easier, the better. Am I right? Well, if you’re looking for an effortless, absolute knockout sweet treat, you’ve found it in Monkey Bread. This buttery, caramelized, pull-apart cinnamon loaf can be made with a handful of ingredients and just a few minutes of work. Bonus: you’re supposed to eat it with your hands, so don’t worry about putting out any plates! It’s time to bring a new favorite to your table!

Side shot of hand pulling a piece of monkey bread out of a loaf.

What Is Monkey Bread Made Of

In its simplest form, Monkey Bread is chopped biscuit dough baked in butter and cinnamon sugar. Think of it like a pillowy, pull-apart, caramelized cinnamon toast. But, you know, without the crunch. In other words: pure, unadulterated heaven.

Why Is It Called Monkey Bread?

Some say Monkey Bread got its name because its texture resembles the rind of an African fruit often eaten by monkeys. Others say it gets its name from how you eat it- by picking off a piece at a time- which looks like the grooming rituals of primates. I prefer the fruit story. I don’t want to think about monkeys picking fleas off each other. But you do you.

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What Pans Can You Use For Monkey Bread

You can bake Monkey Bread in almost any oven-safe pan, but your choice of pan will definitely affect your results. The best option is a bundt pan because it allows hot air to circulate through the middle of the loaf and cooks the dense biscuit dough evenly. But a pie pan will also work, especially if you place a small, oven-safe ramekin in the middle to help the center of the loaf rise evenly.

What Do You Serve With Monkey Bread

Pair Monkey Bread with savory brunch dishes. Or serve it as a dessert with a strong cup of coffee, a floral tea, or a cold glass of milk. If you want something to break up the sweetness, serve it with salty fresh farmer’s cheese.

How To Store Leftovers

Keep any leftovers out of the fridge, as cool temperatures tend to harden and dry out the dough. Instead, store Monkey Bread at room temperature in an air-tight container. It will keep for a day or two. For more extended storage, freezing is your best bet. Portion it before freezing, as you only want to thaw it once. Wrap it in plastic, then aluminum, and then place it in a freezer-safe container. It should keep for about a month. Then warm it in a 250°F oven for about 20 minutes.

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Monkey Bread

If you're looking for an easy, absolute knockout dessert, try making the buttery, caramelized, pull-apart cinnamon loaf known as Monkey Bread.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost ($7.53 recipe / $0.63 serving)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 cups
Calories 509kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter $2.40
  • 1 cup brown sugar $0.45
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream $0.55
  • 2 tsp cinnamon $0.04
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla $0.36
  • 2 cans biscuit dough, 16 oz each $3.38

Instructions

  • Set a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat it to 375°F. Set a light-colored saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter and reserve the wrappers. The butter will melt, foam, and then the milk solids will caramelize into light golden-brown specks, creating brown butter. Using a light-colored pan will help you see the color change as the butter browns.
  • Add the brown sugar to the pan.
  • Whisk until the brown sugar has completely incorporated with the brown butter and is no longer crystallized. It will form a caramel.
  • Take the pan off the heat and add the cream. Whisk until it has completely incorporated into the caramel.
  • Whisk in the vanilla and the cinnamon.
  • Grease a Bundt pan with the butter wrappers. Add more butter if necessary. While the caramel cools, quarter each of the sixteen biscuits.
  • Dip each biscuit piece into the cooled caramel, then layer it in the Bundt pan.*
  • Top the Monkey Bread with any remaining caramel.
  • Bake at 375°F for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top of the Monkey Bread springs back when touched.
  • Allow the loaf to cool before inverting it onto a serving dish.

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Notes

*Please allow the caramel to cool so that you don’t burn yourself when dipping the biscuits into it. Don’t let it get cold, but don’t get your skin anywhere near hot caramel. 

Nutrition

Calories: 509kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 30g | Sodium: 854mg | Fiber: 1g
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How to Make Monkey Bread – Step By Step Photos

Overhead shot of butter browning in a pot.

Set a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat it to 375°F. Set a light-colored pan over medium heat and add the butter. Reserve the butter wrappers. The butter will melt, foam, and then the milk solids will caramelize into light golden-brown specks, creating brown butter.

Overhead shot of brown sugar being cooked in a pot with butter.

Add the brown sugar to the pan.

Overhead shot of hand mixing caramel in a pot with a whisk.

Whisk until the brown sugar has completely incorporated with the brown butter and is no longer crystallized. It will have formed a caramel.

Overhead shot of hand mixing caramel and cream in a pot with a whisk.

Take the pan off the heat and add the cream. Whisk until it has completely incorporated into the caramel.

Overhead shot of hand stirring caramel with a whisk in a pot and a second hand adding vanilla to the pot with a measuring spoon.

Whisk in the vanilla and cinnamon.

Overhead shot of knife cutting canned biscuit rounds.

Grease a Bundt pan with the butter wrappers. Add more butter if necessary. While the caramel cools, quarter each of the sixteen biscuits.

Overhead shot of hand dipping a biscuit piece into a bowl of caramel with pieces of biscuits and a Bundt pant next to it.

Dip each biscuit piece into the cooled caramel, then layer it in the Bundt pan. Please make sure the caramel has cooled so you do not burn yourself.

Overhead shot of raw Monkey Bread in a Bundt pan.

Top the Monkey Bread with any remaining caramel.

Overhead shot of baked Monkey Bread in a Bundt pan.

Bake at 375°F for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top of the Monkey Bread springs back when touched.

Overhead shot of monkey bread on white plate.

Allow the loaf to cool before inverting it onto a serving dish. Serve as a whole loaf, and let your loved ones go to town!

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Pumpkin Bread

Lightly scented with warming pumpkin spice and moist throughout, this old-fashioned pumpkin bread comes together in minutes with just a handful of ingredients.

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Lightly scented with warming pumpkin spice and moist throughout, this old-fashioned pumpkin bread comes together in minutes with just a handful of ingredients. Bonus: the recipe makes enough for two loaves, so you can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and a snack. (If you have self-control around baked goods, I’m in desperate need of a tutorial.)

Overhead shot of sliced pumpkin bread with two mini pumpkins next to it on a dark background.

How To Make Tender Pumpkin Bread

For a crumb that’s as tender as a love song, don’t overmix. Mixing develops gluten, the protein strands that help give your bread structure. The more you mix, the more gluten you develop, and the tougher your bread becomes.

How you combine your ingredients is also important. Mix the wet ingredients and dry ingredients in separate bowls, and then add the dry on top of the wet. Finally, fold the dry ingredients into the wet just until a batter forms. Don’t worry about lumps. Just don’t overmix.

What Else Can I Add?

This recipe is jam-packed with flavor, but it is bare bones. Add deeper flavors by substituting the water in the recipe for orange juice or apple juice. If you want to add a little texture, try mixing in a 1/2 cup of the following:

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Raisins
  • Chopped dehydrated apples
  • Chocolate chips (dark, milk, or white)
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Orange Zest (not a third cup, just two tablespoons)

How Can I Tell When My Pumpkin Bread Is Done?

Making a quick bread with a dense batter can be a little nerve-wracking. It can rise beautifully and look like it’s ready to serve. Then as soon as you slice into it, you find it’s underbaked. To prevent that kind of crippling letdown (I take pumpkin bread very seriously, ok?), follow these tips:

  • Place a rack in the center of your oven, so air can circulate around your pan, and bake your loaf evenly.
  • Use an oven thermometer to ensure you’re baking at the required 350°.
  • Don’t open your oven door during the bake. Opening it for even twenty seconds can cause temperatures to drop by up to 50 degrees.

To test if your loaf is done, remove it quickly from the oven and place it lightly on a heat-proof surface. Touch the top of the loaf. If the surface has a springiness to it, insert a butter knife through one of the cracks in the crust. When the knife hits the bottom of the pan, remove it and look at the blade. Is there wet batter stuck to it? Put your bread back in the oven. If it comes out clean with just a whisper of moisture, it’s ready to go.

Overhead shot of pumpkin bread in a loaf pan with two mini pumpkins next to it on a dark background.

What If I Don’t Have A Loaf Pan?

No worries! Use what you have, but be mindful that the type of pan you use will affect the baking time. You’ll need to rely on visual cues and the trusty butter knife trick. Whichever pan you use, make sure you don’t overfill it. Your bread needs room to rise. ( I feel like there’s a life lesson in there somewhere.)

How To Store Pumpkin Bread

If you have leftovers, wrap them tightly in foil, plastic, or beeswax and store them in an air-tight container at room temperature. They’ll keep up to 2 days. To store your pumpkin bread for up to 2 weeks, freeze it. First, let it cool completely, wrap it in plastic, then in foil, and place it inside an air-tight freezer-safe container.

What To Serve With Pumpkin Bread

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Pumpkin Bread

Lightly scented with warming pumpkin spice, this old-fashioned pumpkin bread comes together in minutes with just a few ingredients.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Total Cost $5.94 recipe / $0.37 serving)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 slices
Calories 321kcal

Ingredients

  • 15 oz pumpkin puree $1.99
  • 2 cups sugar* $0.78
  • 2/3 cup oil $0.53
  • 4 eggs $1.10
  • 1 tsp vanilla $0.72
  • 2/3 cup water $0.00
  • 4 cups sifted flour $0.49
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder $0.08
  • 1 tsp baking soda $0.02
  • 2 tsp salt $0.08
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice $0.10
  • 1 tsp butter, for greasing $0.05

Instructions

  • Place a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat it to 350°F. Grease 2 loaf pans with butter. In a medium bowl, mix the sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin spice.
  • In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla, and water.
  • Add the dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients.
  • Mix the dry ingredients lightly into the wet, just until a batter forms. Small lumps are ok.
  • Split the batter between the two greased loaf pans and smooth the top.
  • Bake for about an hour, or until a knife inserted into the crack in the loaf's top crust hits the bottom of the pan and comes out clean.

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Notes

*While sugar is technically a dry ingredient, in some types of batters (like cake and quick bread batters), it is treated as a wet ingredient.  Dissolving the sugar in the wet ingredients helps to weaken gluten-forming proteins, so you don’t get chewy pumpkin bread. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 393mg | Fiber: 2g
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How to Make PumPkin Bread – Step by Step Photos

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Place a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat it to 350°F. Grease 2 loaf pans with butter. In a medium bowl, mix the sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin spice.
Overhead shot of wet ingredients in a white bowl.

In a large bowl, mix pumpkin puree, sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla, and water.

Overhead shot of dry ingredients being dumped on top of wet ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients.

Overhead shot of whisk mixing pumpkin bread batter in a white bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients lightly into the wet, just until a batter forms. 

Overhead shot of two loaf pans of pumpkin bread. batter.

Split the batter between the two greased loaf pans and smooth the top.

Overhead shot of two loaves of finished pumpkin bread.

Bake for about an hour, or until a knife inserted into the crack in the loaf’s top crust hits the bottom of the pan and comes out clean. Allow the loaf to cool before taking it out of the loaf pan. Slice it up and enjoy!

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Hot Honey Cornbread

The days of dry, crumbly cornbread are over. Check out this recipe for succulent, sweet, and spicy Hot Honey Cornbread.

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Life’s too short for dry, crumbly cornbread. That’s why you need this recipe for succulent Hot Honey Cornbread. I know succulent is a word not usually used to describe a product that often feels like you’re gobbling handfuls of sawdust. However, this recipe has a triple threat of ingredients that add moisture and mouth feel: honey, butter, and sour cream. Beth and I worked our way through most of a loaf in an afternoon, so I speak from experience when I say it’s hard not to eat it all in one sitting.

What Kind Of Cornbread Is This?

Cornbread can go one of two ways- crumbly or cake-like. This recipe is for the latter. Sour cream and butter add moisture to the batter. As does the melted hot honey butter that’s drizzled over the finished cornbread. The results are a cake-like sweetened cornbread with small bursts of heat from red pepper flakes.

How To Bake Tender Cornbread

Follow these simple rules for a Hot Honey Cornbread you’re proud to serve to the VIPs in your life:

  • Dry goes into wet, always. Dry ingredients weigh less than wet ingredients, so you will have to mix less to incorporate them into wet. Dumping wet ingredients into dry results in clumping, which means more mixing, and you never want to overmix—more on that below.
  • Learn to fold. Folding is a simple technique that creates an airy batter. Use a large rubber spatula to cut down through the center of the dry mixture until your spatula hits the bottom of the bowl. Next, scoop the wet ingredients at the bottom of the bowl and bring them back up to the top of the dry mixture. Rotate the bowl a quarter turn, and continue folding until the mixture just barely comes together.
  • Don’t over-mix. Just don’t do it. Count out your strokes if you have to, and try to keep them under twenty. Overmixing develops gluten. Granted, the acidity of the sour cream helps create a tender crumb, so if you choose to ignore my warning, at least it won’t be a total disaster.
  • Don’t overbake. As soon as you see the sides of the cornbread pull from the pan, it’s overdone. The cornbread continues to cook once it’s out of the oven, so you must remove it before it’s done. If you have a thermometer, pull the cornbread once the internal temperature reaches 190°. If you don’t have a thermometer, insert a toothpick into the center. When you pull it out, if you see clumps of batter, it’s not done. But if you see a thin veil of moisture, it is ready to go.
Overhead shot of hot honey cornbread in a cast iron skillet with a wedge being taken out.

Store HOT HONEY Cornbread

Wrap leftovers tightly with aluminum, plastic, or beeswax. Then place in an air-tight container and leave at room temperature in a dark place (like a cabinet or a bread box) for up to 3 days. You can also refrigerate leftovers (wrapped and in an air-tight container) for up to 5 days. To freeze, wrap the cornbread in a single layer in plastic and then in aluminum. Finally, place the double-wrapped cornbread in an air-tight container. It will stay fresh for up to 3 months.

What To Serve With Cornbread

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Hot Honey Cornbread

This is the cornbread recipe you need to make! Hot honey, butter, and sour cream create a succulent cake-like crumb with just a touch of spicy sweetness.
Course Appetizer, Bread, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.76 recipe / $0.59 serving)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 387kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 Tbsp butter, divided $1.78
  • 2 Tbsp honey $0.37
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes $0.09
  • 2 eggs $0.36
  • 1 1/4 cup sour cream $1.49
  • 1 cup cornmeal $0.37
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour $0.13
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt $0.05
  • 2 tsp baking powder $0.12

Instructions

  • Set a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat to 400°F. In a microwave-safe bowl, add 4 tablespoons of butter, honey, and red pepper flakes. Microwave in 30-second spurts until the butter has melted, then mix.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, melt the remaining butter. In a separate large bowl, add the melted butter, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the cast iron pan. Add the sour cream to the butter and mix. Add the eggs and incorporate thoroughly.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold them together until a batter forms.*
  • Swirl the cast iron skillet to cover the bottom and sides with butter, and then add the batter.
  • Bake the cornbread until a thermometer registers 190°F or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with just a touch of moisture, about 25 to 30 minutes. Top with the hot honey butter.

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Notes

* Use a large rubber spatula to fold. First, cut through the center of the bowl with the edge of the spatula. When the spatula hits the bottom of the bowl, twist it to the right to scoop the wet ingredients, and bring the spatula back up to the top of the bowl, where the wet will mix with the dry. Rotate the bowl a quarter turn. Repeat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 707mg | Fiber: 2g
Side shot of hot honey butter being drizzled on cornbread.

How to Make HOT HONEY CORNBREAD – Step by Step Photos

Overhead shot of a spoon mixing hot honey butter in a small white bowl.
Set a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat to 400°F. In a microwave-safe bowl, add 4 tablespoons of butter, honey, and red pepper flakes. Microwave in 30-second spurts until the butter has melted, then mix.
Overhead shot of dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder.
Overhead shot of wet ingredients.
In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, melt the remaining butter. In a separate large bowl, add the melted butter, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the cast iron pan. Add the sour cream to the butter and mix. Add the eggs and incorporate thoroughly.
Overhead shot of wet and dry ingredients being combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Use a large rubber spatula to cut through the center of the dry ingredients, scoop up the wet ingredients, then bring them to the top and fold the wet over the dry. Rotate the bowl a quarter turn, and repeat.

Overhead shot of cornbread batter in a cast iron skillet.

Swirl the cast iron skillet to cover the bottom and sides with the remaining two tablespoons of melted butter, and then add the batter. Use the spatula to smooth the surface of the batter.

Overhead shot of hot honey butter being drizzled onto baked cornbread in a cast iron skillet.

Bake the cornbread until a thermometer registers 190°F or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with just a touch of moisture, about 25 to 30 minutes. Top with the hot honey butter.

Overhead shot of cornbread in a cast iron skillet.
Finally, spread the hot honey butter over the top of the cornbread to glaze the entire loaf. Serve family style in the skillet. Or slice it and serve in individual portions.
Overhead shot of cornbread in a cast iron skillet with a wedge taken out.

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Easy Soda Bread

This easy soda bread recipe is budget-friendly and endlessly adaptable. It’s also a stone-cold stunner. It got props from Gordon Ramsay!

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When I couldn’t afford a $4 loaf of bread on my $10-a-day food budget, I turned to soda bread. I would make a loaf every morning, slice it, and top it with scrambled eggs, mashed avocado, or butter. I’d serve it as a partner in crime with simple salads and soups. I even used it on an episode of MasterChef (I competed on Season 3), and Gordon Ramsay loved it. This recipe is very easy to put together and incredibly budget-friendly. Get ready to put this one in heavy rotation!

What’s Special About Soda Bread?

Soda bread is a quick bread with a hard outer crust and a dense, tight crumb. Quick breads are leavened with baking powder or soda instead of yeast. So, if you’ve had a muffin, cornbread, biscuits, or banana bread, you’ve had quick bread. Soda bread is leavened with baking soda, which gives it its namesake.

What You Need

You need just 4 ingredients to make soda bread: flour, baking soda, a little salt, and buttermilk. The baking soda reacts with the acidity of the buttermilk, creating tiny bubbles in the dough, giving soda bread its signature texture. You don’t even need to knead it. It’s so easy that I could make it with a two-year-old at my knees screaming for Yo Gabba Gabba. (If you are currently sharing space with a two-year-old, my thoughts and prayers are with you. #neveragain)

Why Don’t You Need To Knead It?

You knead bread to develop gluten strands, rubberband-like proteins that help bread rise. They create a net that traps all of the gas developed by bread made with yeast. Because soda bread is not yeasted bread, kneading it just makes it dense and hard. To develop its trademark soft crumb, you touch the dough as little as possible while shaping it.

Where Does This Recipe Come From?

Many cultures worldwide make some form of soda bread, and it is thought to have been created by Native Americans. However, the most commonly known recipe is for Irish soda bread. It became a popular recipe in Ireland during the famine when bread had to be made from cheap ingredients: soft wheat flour, salt, baking soda, and sour milk.

What Else Can I Add To Soda Bread?

Traditionally, Irish soda bread is just four ingredients. But Irish Americans add currants or caraway seeds to the dough. You can also add a few teaspoons of citrus zest or your favorite fresh herbs. For a fun twist, try it with Everything Bagel seasoning. It’s truly a blank canvas, so don’t be scared to experiment with your favorite flavors.

What To Serve With Soda Bread

Soda bread is perfect for sopping up that last bit of sauce or stew. For a perfect pairing, check out these recipes.

Overhead shot of baked easy soda bread sliced and buttered on parchment.

Easy Soda Bread

This Easy Soda Bread recipe is budget-friendly, and endlessly adaptable. It's also a stone-cold stunner. It got props from Gordon Ramsay!
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Irish
Total Cost $0.66 recipe / $0.08 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 132kcal
Author Monti – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour $0.27
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda $0.01
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.06
  • 1 cup buttermilk* $0.32

Instructions

  • Set a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat it to 450°F. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until they are fully incorporated.
  • Form a well in the center of the flour mixture and fill the well with the buttermilk.
  • Use a fork to incorporate the flour into the buttermilk little by little until a thick batter forms. Use your hands to incorporate the final bits of flour and gently shape the batter into a dough. Do not overwork the dough.
  • Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and gently shape it into a round 6 inches in diameter and about 1 1/2 inches thick.
  • Place the dough in a Dutch oven or cast iron skillet. Use a sharp knife to cut a large x into the top of the dough.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 450°F. Then lower the oven temperature to 400°F and continue baking until the bread is golden brown and crusty on the outside, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool.

Notes

*If you don’t have buttermilk, simply take a cup of milk and add one tablespoon of vinegar to it to create your own buttermilk. I usually use distilled white, but any vinegar will do. You can also use citrus juice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 246mg | Fiber: 1g

How to Make Easy Soda Bread – Step by Step Photos

Set a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat to 450°F. Mix the the 2 cups of flour, the 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and the 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl until they are fully incorporated.

Form a well in the center of the flour mixture and fill the well with the buttermilk.

Use a fork to incorporate the flour into the buttermilk little by little until a thick batter forms. Use your hands to incorporate the final bits of flour and gently shape the batter into a dough. Do not overwork the dough.

Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and gently shape it into a round 6 inches in diameter and about 1 1/2 inches thick.

Place the loaf in a Dutch oven or cast iron skillet. Use a sharp knife to cut a large x into the top of the dough.

Bake for 10 minutes at 450°F. Then lower the oven temperature to 400°F and continue baking until the bread is golden brown and crusty on the outside, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool.

Overhead shot of baked easy soda bread sliced on parchment.

Enjoy the warm, cozy soda bread with a thick smear of butter and your favorite bowl of soup!

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Air Fryer Cinnamon Toast

Did you know you can make the crunchiest cinnamon toast ever in an air fryer? Buttery, and so decadent, for pennies! This one’s a keeper.

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Why yes, you can make cinnamon toast in an air-fryer, and I’ve got the easiest recipe for you! Just five ingredients and a few minutes are all that separate you from the most decadent, buttery, cinnamon dream bite ever. (Yes, I categorize bites. And on a scale of 1 to 10, this one’s an 11.) I will warn you now, once you start making air-fryer cinnamon toast, it’ll be hard to start your day with anything else.

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What is cinnamon toast?

Here’s a little fun history for you: cinnamon toast has been around for almost 600 years. It started as a budget-friendly alternative to french toast in Europe and that’s why we still love it today. Cinnamon toast is so loved that it even spawned a cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch), and if you’re a fan of that, you will LOVE this recipe.

What is Cinnamon Toast Made Of?

Cinnamon toast is made with just four ingredients: bread, butter, sugar, and cinnamon. But the combination is so good that they transformed into a supergroup, like the Beatles. (If you don’t know who the Beatles are, please don’t tell me, because I will cry.)

Through rigorous testing (I love my job), I’ve discovered that the trick to cinnamon toast perfection is making sweetened cinnamon butter with a few drops of vanilla. The vanilla is optional, but it gives the toast a little something extra. (PS I am not claiming to have invented cinnamon butter. Just that I ate way too many pieces of cinnamon toast while testing this recipe and the one with vanilla was my fave. Ok? Don’t come for me.)

Can’t I just use my toaster?

What you’re looking for in a perfect bite of cinnamon toast is a thunderous crunch that gives way to a buttery, gooey center. Unfortunately, you cannot achieve this heightened level of yum by simply toasting your bread, buttering it, and sprinkling it with cinnamon and sugar. You’ll only have flavor on the top of your toast, not throughout, and while it will be good, it won’t be BEYOND. And don’t we all need a little BEYOND in our lives?

Why make cinnamon toast in an air fryer?

When you pop the buttered toast into your air fryer, hot air circulates all over it. This not only browns your butter, giving you hints of hazelnut, but it also blooms the cinnamon, releasing citrusy notes. The butter melts into every nook and cranny of that piece of toast, which soaks it up like a sponge. The results? THE MOST AMAZING crispy outer layer, giving way to a decadent, buttery center. BRB. I’m going to make a slice while you check out the recipe.

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Air Fryer Cinnamon Toast

Make the crunchiest cinnamon toast ever with the help of an air fryer. You'll have a buttery decadent breakfast in minutes, and for pennies! This one's a keeper.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Total Cost ($0.43 recipe)
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 350kcal
Author Monti – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 slice bread $0.13
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter $0.25
  • 4 drops vanilla extract $0.02
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon $0.01

Instructions

  • Add room temperature butter, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon to a small bowl.
  • Mix until incorporated.
  • Spread half of the butter on one side of your slice of bread. Make sure to cover the slice from corner to corner.
  • Air fry for five minutes.
  • Take the toast out and spread the remaining butter on the other side, again corner to corner.
  • Air fry for five minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 313mg | Fiber: 2g
Overhead shot of air fried cinnamon toast on white plate.

How to Make Air Fryer Cinnamon Toast – Step by Step Photos

Overhead shot of cinnamon, butter, and sugar in a small bowl with a spoon in it.

Add room temperature butter, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon to a small bowl.

Overhead shot of spoon mixing cinnamon, butter, and sugar in a small bowl.

Mix until incorporated. The butter should look whipped.

Knife spreading cinnamon butter on slice of bread on a white plate.

Spread half of the butter on one side of the slice of bread. Make sure to cover the slice from corner to corner.

Overhead shot of one side of cooked cinnamon toast in an air fryer basket.

Air fry for five minutes.

Knife spreading cinnamon butter on slice of bread on a white plate.

Take the toast out of the air fryer and spread the remaining butter on the other side, again corner to corner.

Overhead shot of cooked cinnamon toast in an air fryer basket.

Air fry for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Overhead shot of air fried cinnamon toast on white plate.

Want more quick breakfast ideas? Check these recipes out:

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Homemade Blueberry Muffins

These homemade blueberry muffins are fluffy and moist with a deliciously crunchy crumble topping. They’re freezer-friendly, too!

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If someone gave me some amazing homemade blueberry muffins I’d be like, “wow, that person has their life together.” 😆 Is that just me? Imagine making a batch of freshly baked homemade muffins for your overnight guests, as a “thank you” or “get well” for a friend or neighbor, or just because you want to do something special for yourself. Whatever the occasion, these blueberry muffins are sure to impress. Plus, they’re freezer-friendly, so you can eat one now and save the rest for later!

Blueberry muffins on a cooling rack with the first one torn open.

Use Fresh or Frozen Blueberries

You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries for these muffins. If using frozen berries, you’ll want to take one quick extra step to make sure the frozen berries don’t turn your batter a blue-ish grey color. Simply dust about ½ tsp flour onto the frozen berries and toss until they’re coated before adding the berries to the batter.

Use Butter AND Oil for Delicious and Moist Muffins

Just like with my Super Fudgy Brownie recipe, I used a combination of butter and oil for these muffins. Butter gives the muffins that delicious buttery flavor, while oil keeps the muffins moist even after they cool. It’s a one-two punch that ensures the most delicious and moist muffins you’ve ever had!

blueberry muffins on a cooling rack from above.

Topping Options

I topped my muffins with a crunchy crumbly topping, but that’s totally optional. You can either leave the muffin tops plain, sprinkle on a little coarse sugar to give them a little sparkle, or even top them with a lemon glaze (like the one used in this scone recipe) after they cool.

How to Freeze Blueberry Muffins

Baked goods like muffins are great for keeping in the freezer and enjoying one at a time when you get the craving. To freeze these blueberry muffins, make sure to allow them to cool completely to room temperature after baking, then transfer them to a gallon-sized freezer bag and store in the freezer for about three months. Frozen blueberry muffins can be thawed at room temperature, or microwaved for 15-30 seconds straight from the freezer.

Side view of blueberry muffins on a cooling rack.
Side view of blueberry muffins on a cooling rack.

Blueberry Muffins

These homemade blueberry muffins are fluffy and moist with a deliciously crunchy crumble topping. They're freezer-friendly, too!
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $3.83 recipe / $0.48 each
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 muffins
Calories 287kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour $0.18
  • 2 tsp baking powder $0.04
  • 3/4 tsp salt $0.04
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg $0.02
  • 1 cup plain yogurt* $0.85
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar $0.08
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter $0.40
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil $0.08
  • 1 large egg $0.21
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract $0.42
  • 1 cup blueberries $1.33

Crumble Topping (optional)

  • 1 Tbsp melted butter $0.10
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.02

Instructions

  • If using the crumble topping, prepare that first. Stir together the melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon, then add in the flour and stir until it resembles damp sand. Set the topping aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg) in a large bowl until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, melted butter, oil, egg, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until they're about 75% combined (there should still be pockets of dry flour throughout).
  • If using frozen blueberries, dust them with about 1/2 tsp flour first. Add the blueberries to the batter and finish folding until the blueberries are evenly incorporated and there are no more dry pockets of dry flour in the batter. It's okay if it's lumpy, just make sure to avoid over stirring.
  • Divide the batter between eight wells of a greased or lined muffin tin. Top the unbaked muffins with the crumble topping.
  • Bake the muffins for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Allow the muffins to cool for about 5 minutes in the muffin tin, then loosen the edges with a knife and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Notes

*Use plain, not Greek-style or strained yogurt, to maintain the proper moisture balance in the muffins.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 404mg | Fiber: 1g
Overhead view of blueberry muffins on a cooling rack with one torn in half.

How to Make Make Blueberry Muffins – Step by Step Photos

Crumble topping mixture in a small bowl with a spoon.

I like to make the crumble topping first, so it’s ready to go on the muffins as soon as the batter is mixed. In a small bowl, stir together 1 Tbsp melted butter with 2 Tbsp sugar and ⅛ tsp cinnamon. Then stir in 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour until the mixture looks a bit like damp sand.

muffin dry ingredients in a bowl with a whisk.

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Add 1.5 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp baking powder, ¾ tsp salt, ¼ tsp cinnamon, and ⅛ tsp nutmeg to a bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients together until very well combined.

Muffin wet ingredients in a bowl with a whisk.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup sugar, 4 Tbsp melted butter, 2 Tbsp cooking oil, 1 large egg, and 1.5 tsp vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.

Wet ingredients being poured into dry ingredients.

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients.

Partially stirred together muffin batter.

It’s VERY important not to overmix the muffin batter, so only stir the wet and dry ingredients together until they’re about 75% combined before adding the blueberries.

A bowl of blueberries coated in flour.

You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries. If using frozen blueberries, you’ll want to dust them with about ½ tsp of all-purpose flour before adding to the batter. This helps their color from bleeding into the batter.

Blueberries stirred into the muffin batter.

Fold 1 cup blueberries into the muffin batter, making sure to not over stir. The batter will still be lumpy, just make sure the blueberries are evenly distributed and there are no pockets of dry flour left on the bottom.

Unbaked blueberry muffins in the muffin tin topped with crumble.

Prepare a muffin tin with your preferred method (paper liners, butter, or oil–I used oil), then divide the muffin batter between eight of the wells in the tin. Top the muffin batter with the prepared crumble topping (or a pinch of granulated sugar).

Baked blueberry muffins in the muffin tin.

Bake the muffins for about 35 minutes, or until they are nicely golden brown on top. Let the muffins cool for about 5 minutes in the tin, then use a knife to loosen the edges and transfer the muffins to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Baked blueberry muffins on a wire rack surrounded by baking supplies.

These blueberry muffins are seriously SO good!!

Close up side view of an open blueberry muffin next to other baked muffins.

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White Chocolate Strawberry Scones

These homemade White Chocolate Strawberry Scones are the perfect treat for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year!

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Instead of picking up a box of chocolates and a mini-teddy bear at the grocery store for your Valentine, make these homemade White Chocolate Strawberry Scones! Despite being fairly easy to make, they’re pretty visually stunning and absolutely delicious, so they’re sure to get a reaction. Serve them up with coffee in bed or as a dessert after your big Valentine’s Day dinner. A little bit of effort goes a long way on Valentine’s Day! Plus, your S.O. will totally have something to brag to their coworkers at work the next day.

Originally posted 2-13-2014, updated 2-9-2022.

Strawberry scones on a wire cooling rack from above

Not into Valentine’s Day? I feel ya. These White Chocolate Strawberry Scones are also a good “just because” treat any day of the year. They’re nice to keep on hand in the freezer for whenever you want a little something sweet to go with your coffee or tea. They’re indulgent but not so overly sweet that you’ll feel sick afterward. Perfect with a warm, cozy beverage! YUM. 

Use Fresh or Frozen Strawberries

When I originally created this recipe in 2014 I used frozen strawberries that I sliced when they were just a little thawed, but this time I decided to use fresh strawberries since they’ve already started popping up in the grocery stores. These scones were great with the frozen strawberries but they blew my mind with the fresh strawberries. So you can use either one, but if your budget allows, go for fresh strawberries. The fresh berries add so much more sweetness and fresh strawberry aroma to the scone.

Freeze Leftover Scones for Later

As mentioned above, I love freezing these scones so that I can take one or two out at a time to enjoy with my coffee as an occasional treat. To freeze these scones simply let them cool completely to room temperature, then place them in a freezer bag or other air-tight freezer container. Pop them in the freezer and they’ll be good for about 3 months or so. You can thaw the scones at room temperature, or if you’re in a hurry (as I usually am as soon as I see that scone), pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and then enjoy.

Close up of glaze being drizzled over a strawberry scone

Two strawberry scones on a plate with coffee and a bowl of berries on the side

White Chocolate Strawberry Scones

These homemade White Chocolate Strawberry Scones are the perfect treat for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day or any other day of the year!
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.33 recipe / $0.54 each
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 321kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour $0.30
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar $0.02
  • 2 tsp baking powder $0.04
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 6 Tbsp cold butter $0.60
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries $1.40
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips $1.10
  • 2 large eggs $0.47
  • 1/4 cup milk $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract $0.14

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar $0.04
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract $0.07
  • 1 Tbsp milk $0.03

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, granluated sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Grate the cold butter (or cut into small chunks) and add it to the flour mixture. Use your hands or a pastry cutter to work the butter into the flour until only a few small pieces remain.
  • Add the sliced strawberries and white chocolate chips to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the whisked wet ingredients into the bowl with the flour mixture. Stir until a ball of dough forms and no dry flour remains on the bottom of the bowl. The dough may be slightly crumbly at first, but it will begin to hold together better as the moisture from the strawberries begins to absorb.
  • Shape the dough into a flat circle, about 8-inches in diameter. Slice the circle into eight wedge-shaped pieces. Transfer the sliced scones to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the scones for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer the baked scones to a wire rack to cool.
  • While the scones are cooling, prepare the glaze. Stir together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk in a bowl until it forms a thick glaze.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cooled scones, then serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scone | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 359mg | Fiber: 1g

Two strawberry scones on a plate with coffee and a bowl of berries on the side

How to Make White Chocolate Strawberry Scones – Step by Step Photos

Dry ingredients for scones in a bowl

Preheat the oven to 425ºF. In a large bowl, stir together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, and ½ tsp salt until well combined.

Grated butter added to flour mixture

Grate 6 Tbsp cold butter into the bowl with the flour mixture. Alternately, you can cut the butter into small chunks. Use your hands to work the butter into the flour mixture until only a few small pieces remain. You can also use a pastry cutter, if you have one.

Sliced strawberries and white chocolate chips added to the flour

Slice 1 cup strawberries and add them to the flour mixture along with ½ cup white chocolate chips. Stir until the strawberries and white chocolate are combined with the flour mixture.

wet ingredients for scones in a bowl

In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 large eggs, ¼ cup milk, and ½ tsp vanilla extract.

wet ingredients being poured into the bowl of dry ingredients

Pour the bowl of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients.

Scone dough in the bowl

Work the wet and dry ingredients together until they form a slightly dry dough. There should be no dry flour left on the bottom of the bowl. The dough might be slightly crumbly at first, but it will begin to stick together a bit more as the moisture from the strawberries gets absorbed into the flour.

Shaped and cut scones

Shape the dough into an 8-inch diameter circle, then slice the circle into eight pieces.

Cut scones on a lined baking sheet

Place the cut scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Baked strawberry scones on the baking sheet

Bake the scones in the preheated 425ºF for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the scones from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Icing in a bowl being stirred

While the scones are cooling, prepare the glaze. Stir together ½ cup powdered sugar, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, and 1 Tbsp milk until it forms a thick glaze. 

Glaze being drizzled over the scones

Once the scones are cooled, drizzle the glaze over top. It’s important to allow the scones to cool before glazing because hot scones will cause the glaze to melt and drip right off. 

Side view of glazed strawberry scones on a cooling rack

Enjoy immediately or save for later! The baked scones will be good at room temperature for a day or so, refrigerated for 3-4 days, or frozen for about 3 months.

Try These Other Scone Recipes:

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Cinnamon Swirl Oven Pancake

Cook all of your pancakes at once as one large oven pancake to make sure everyone gets a hot and fresh slice at the same time.

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I love pancakes, but I find the process of cooking them a little tedious and frustrating. I can only cook a few at a time in a skillet which leaves me stuck between serving everyone at different times, or serving all at once with some pancakes being a little less than fresh. So I just started cooking them as one big sliceable pancake! It’s so much easier and a lot more hands-off. With this method, the entire batch of pancake batter is cooked at one time in the oven and then it’s sliced and served like a cake. I guess you could say that it’s a literal pan-cake!

Looking for a puffy oven pancake, German pancake, or Dutch Baby Pancake? Check out my recipe for an Almond Dutch Baby with Ricotta and Jam.

A sliced cinnamon swirl oven pancake with brown sugar and maple syrup on the side

Other Pancake Topping Ideas

You don’t have to make your oven pancake “cinnamon swirl” flavor, you can add any of your usual favorite pancake add-ins. Here are some other pancake topping ideas:

  • Bananas
  • Walnuts or Pecans
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Coconut
  • Peanut Butter
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Bacon
  • Lemon zest

Use Your Favorite Pancake Batter

The recipe below uses a very basic pancake batter, but you can use this oven method with just about any pancake batter. So feel free to try it out with your favorite recipe or even your favorite pancake mix!

Use an Oven Safe Skillet

The most important part of this recipe is that you use an oven-safe skillet. This means no plastic handles and no Teflon coating. Stainless steel or cast iron will both work. You can also do a similar oven-baking method using a sheet pan (see sheet pan pancakes).

Two slices of cinnamon swirl oven pancake on a plate with a fork and maple syrup
cinnamon swirl oven pancake with one slice on a spatula on the skillet

Cinnamon Swirl Oven Pancake

Cook all of your pancakes at once as one large oven pancake to make sure everyone gets a hot and fresh slice at the same time.
Total Cost $1.72 recipe / $0.43 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4 2 slices each
Calories 305kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour $0.10
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder $0.04
  • 2 Tbsp sugar $0.02
  • 1 cup milk $0.40
  • 1 large egg $0.24
  • 4 Tbsp butter*, divided $0.44
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract $0.28
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.01
  • 1 tsp cinnamon $0.10
  • 2 tsp brown sugar $0.08

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, vanilla, and 2 Tbsp melted butter.
  • Pour the bowl of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir just until everything is combined (avoid over stirring). Let the batter sit for five minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the cinnamon swirl mixture.
  • Combine 1 tablespoon of melted butter with the cinnamon and brown sugar. Set the cinnamon mixture aside. This will be the cinnamon swirl in the pancake batter.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of butter to a 10" oven-safe skillet. Preheat the skillet on the stove top over medium theat until he butter starts to sizzle and foam. Use a brush to spread the melted butter all over the surface and up the sides of the skillet.
  • Pour the pancake batter into the preheated skillet. Drizzle the cinnamon mixture over the pancake batter and then drag a spoon through the surface to sort of swirl the cinnamon into the pancake batter.
  • Transfer the skillet to the fully preheated 425ºF oven and bake for about 18 minutes, or until puffed in the center and slightly golden brown on the outer edges. If you prefer a more browned top to the pancake, you can switch the oven to the broil setting and broil until the desired color has been achieved (watch closely!).
  • Slice the pancake into eight pieces and serve.

Notes

*If using unsalted butter, you may want to increase the salt in the recipe to ½ tsp.

Nutrition

Serving: 2pieces | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Sodium: 450mg | Fiber: 1g
close up of one slice of oven pancake on a spatula

How to Make an Oven Pancake – Step by Step Photos

pancake dry ingredients in a bowl

Begin by preheating the oven to 425ºF. In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1.5 tsp baking powder, 2 Tbsp sugar, and 1/4 tsp salt.

whisked wet ingredients in a bowl with a whisk

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup milk, 1 large egg, 2 Tbsp melted butter, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Let the batter sit while you prepare the cinnamon swirl.

metled butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl with a spoon

Combine 1 Tbsp melted butter, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 2 tsp brown sugar in a bowl. This will be the cinnamon swirl.

melted butter being brushed over the inside of a skillet

Add 1 Tbsp butter to a 10-inch oven-safe skillet. Heat on the stove top over medium until the butter is sizzling and foaming, then spread the butter all over the surface and up the sides of the skillet.

Pour the pancake batter into the skillet, then drizzle the cinnamon swirl over top. Gently drag a spoon through the surface to swirl the cinnamon into the batter. Transfer the skillet to the preheated 425ºF oven.

Baked cinnamon swirl oven pancake with a spatula and maple syrup on the side

Bake the pancake for about 18 minutes, or until it’s puffed in the center and slightly golden brown around the edges. If you prefer the top more browned, you can switch the oven to the broil setting for a couple of minutes (watch it closely!).

cinnamon swirl oven pancake with one slice on a spatula on the skillet

Slice the pancake into eight pieces and serve immediately.

front view of two slices of oven pancake on a plate with maple syrup and a fork

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Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Bread pudding, also known as French Toast Casserole, is what all your cozy weekend breakfast dreams are made of. It’s basically bread soaked in a sweet and creamy custard, then baked to perfection. The edges of the bread get deliciously crispy while the inside stays moist and custard-like. It’s so much easier than cooking individual […]

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Bread pudding, also known as French Toast Casserole, is what all your cozy weekend breakfast dreams are made of. It’s basically bread soaked in a sweet and creamy custard, then baked to perfection. The edges of the bread get deliciously crispy while the inside stays moist and custard-like. It’s so much easier than cooking individual slices of French toast in a skillet, and it’s a great way to use up leftover stale or day-old bread. Win-win! So let me show you how it’s done.

Originally posted 5-5-2010, updated 9-18-2021.

Close up front view of a casserole dish full of apple cinnamon bread pudding

Is Bread Pudding for Breakfast or Dessert?

There are many, many different versions of bread pudding, some of which are downright decadent. You’ll even see it on the dessert menu in a lot of restaurants across the south (usually drenched with a delicious bourbon sauce). The version I’m presenting here is the kind I grew up eating for breakfast. It has milk instead of heavy cream, fewer eggs, and a lot less sugar. The addition of applesauce to the custard also keeps things a little lighter and more toward the breakfast end of the spectrum. All of that said, I would still consider it a sweet, special occasion type of breakfast.

What Kind of Bread to Use for Bread Pudding

It’s important to use a hearty bread for bread pudding rather than a soft white sandwich bread. Softer bread will disintegrate in the custard and won’t give you the nice toasty edges on top. Bread pudding is the perfect way to use up leftovers from your loaves of Italian bread, baguettes, or any hearty artisan loaf you may have. And if you don’t have enough leftover bread from one loaf, tear that bread into pieces, pop it into a freezer bag, and save it in the freezer for later when you do have more bread!

What Else Can I Add?

The classic apple cinnamon flavor of this bread pudding is a great base to add even more flavor. You could toss in a handful of walnuts or pecans, or maybe even some dried cranberries. If you want more texture in your bread pudding, try chopping up a fresh apple and stirring that into the mix. If you want to go more toward the dessert route, you could top your bread pudding with a cream cheese icing or caramel drizzle! 

Overhead view of a piece of bread pudding on a plate next to the casserole dish

Close up of a fork cutting into a piece of apple cinnamon bread pudding

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding (also known as French Toast Casserole) is a rich and sweet breakfast treat or after-dinner dessert!
 
Total Cost $5.54 recipe / $0.92 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 377kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups bread pieces $1.98
  • 2 cups milk $0.80
  • 4 large eggs $0.84
  • 1.5 cups applesauce, divided $0.89
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract $0.28
  • 1/3 cup sugar $0.11
  • 1 tsp cinnamon $0.10
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.18
  • 1/3 cup raisins (optional) $0.36

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF. If your bread is not already in pieces, tear or cut the bread into one-inch pieces.
  • Spread the bread pieces out on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes to slightly dry the bread. After baking, let the bread cool for a few minutes to allow the remaining steam to evaporate.
  • While the bread is drying in the oven, prepare the apple cinnamon custard. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, 1 cup of applesauce, vanilla extract, sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Transfer the par-baked bread to a large bowl, add the raisins, then pour the apple cinnamon custard over top. Stir to combine and allow the bread to soak for at least 15 minutes to absorb all of the custard.
  • Meanwhile, use 1 teaspoon of the butter to grease the inside of a two-quart casserole dish. Transfer the soaked bread to the casserole dish and spread it out evenly. Cut the remaining butter into chunks and sprinkle it over the bread pudding.
  • Bake the bread pudding for 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160ºF.
  • After removing the bread pudding from the oven, add the remaining ½ cup applesauce in dollops on top of the bread pudding. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 410mg | Fiber: 4g

Close up of a fork cutting into a piece of apple cinnamon bread pudding

How to Make Bread Pudding – Step by Step Photos

Bread being cut into squares

Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Tear your bread into one-inch pieces. You’ll need about 6 cups of torn bread.

Torn bread pieces on a baking sheet

Place the torn bread pieces on a large baking sheet and bake in the preheated 325ºF oven for about 10 minutes to dry it out. Let the bread pieces cool for a few minutes after baking. This will allow the rest of the steam to evaporate and dry the bread further. 

Custard ingredients in a bowl with a whisk

While the bread is drying, prepare the custard. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups milk, 4 large eggs, 1 cup applesauce, ⅓ cup sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Custard being poured over bread and raisins in a bowl

Place the dried bread cubes in a large bowl along with ⅓ cup raisins. Pour the custard mixture over top and then give everything a stir until all of the custard has been absorbed by the bread.

Bread soaked in custard in a bowl with a spatula

Set the mixture aside and allow the bread to soak in the custard for at least 15 minutes.

Bread pudding in the casserole dish topped with butter

Use one teaspoon (out of the 2 Tbsp total) to grease the inside of a two-quart casserole dish. Transfer the bread pudding mixture to the casserole dish and spread it out evenly. Cut the remaining butter into small pieces and sprinkle them over the bread pudding.

Baked bread pudding in the dish, applesauce being added on top

Bake the bread pudding in the 325ºF oven for about 45 minutes, or until it’s brown and crispy on top and the internal temperature reaches 160ºF. After baking, spoon the remaining ½ cup applesauce over the top. 

close up side view of french toast casserole

Cut into six pieces and serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup or a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top!

maple syrup being poured over a slice of apple cinnamon bread pudding

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Lemon Blueberry Scones

Scones are my bakery treat of choice to have with coffee. Why? Because they’re not too sweet, they’re not too rich, and they’re not too heavy. Especially when they’re dotted with juicy blueberries and topped with a bright and zesty lemon glaze. Homemade scones are especially great because they’re incredibly easy, super inexpensive, and they […]

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Scones are my bakery treat of choice to have with coffee. Why? Because they’re not too sweet, they’re not too rich, and they’re not too heavy. Especially when they’re dotted with juicy blueberries and topped with a bright and zesty lemon glaze. Homemade scones are especially great because they’re incredibly easy, super inexpensive, and they freeze really well, so you can keep them in the freezer to reheat one at a time when that craving hits. And of alllll the flavors of scones, these Lemon Blueberry Scones are by far my favorite!

Originally posted 8/9/2010, updated 6/12/2021.

Lemon blueberry scones on a wire cooling rack drizzled with glaze

What is a Scone, Anyway?

It’s important to note that the word “scone” can mean different things depending on where you are in the world. Classic British scones are simple, with not a lot of fat or sugar, they’re often round, and are served with clotted cream and jam. In the U.S., scones are decidedly more dessert-like with a crust of sugar on top or a drizzle of glaze, they’re served with coffee or breakfast and are often triangular in shape. But the bones are the same. It’s a deliciously tender and flakey baked good leavened with baking soda or baking powder, rather than yeast. They’re quite similar to what we call a biscuit in the U.S., although scones are usually a little more dense and less rich. 

This Lemon Blueberry Scone Recipe is for a U.S.-style scone. It’s sweet, although not as sweet as a muffin or cupcake, triangular in shape, and deliciously crumbly. It’s the perfect side for a hot cup of coffee!

If you’d like to learn more about British-style scones, try this recipe for Authentic British Scones from Curious Cuisinière. She does a great job breaking down the difference between the two types of scones.

Fresh Lemon is a Must

While I use bottled lemon juice for a lot of recipes, this is one where you definitely want to use fresh lemon. The lemon zest is where most of the lemon flavor comes from in the scones, while the juice just provides tartness to the icing. 

How to Freeze Lemon Blueberry Scones

As I mentioned in the intro, I love to keep a batch of these Lemon Blueberry Scones in the freezer. To freeze the scones, first make sure they are fully cooled to room temperature (which they should be before adding the glaze, anyway). You can either freeze them without the glaze, or glaze them and wait about 30 minutes for the glaze to dry slightly. Then just place them in a gallon-sized freezer bag and toss in the freezer. The glaze will absorb a little moisture while in the freezer, but they’re still quite tasty!

To thaw the frozen lemon blueberry scones, either let them sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or microwave for about 30 seconds straight from the freezer.

Two lemon blueberry scones on a plate, one partially crumbled

Two lemon blueberry scones on a plate, one partially crumbled

Lemon Blueberry Scones

Lemon Blueberry Scones are the perfect brightly flavored baked good to go with a hot cup of coffee. They're super easy and freezer-friendly!
Total Cost $3.07 recipe / $0.38 each
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 288kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon $0.60
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour $0.19
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar $0.02
  • 2 tsp baking powder $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 6 Tbsp cold butter* $0.66
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh $0.89
  • ¼ cup milk $0.10
  • 2 large eggs $0.47
  • 1 cup powdered sugar $0.07

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Zest and juice the lemon. You'll need about 1 tsp lemon zest for the dough and 2 Tbsp lemon juice for the glaze.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Stir until they are very well combined.
  • Grate the butter into the flour mixture and stir until the butter is well incorporated and no large lumps remain.*
  • Add the blueberries to the flour mixture and stir to combine (no need to thaw first, if frozen).
  • Whisk together the milk and eggs, then pour it into the bowl with the flour and bluberries. Stir everything together until it forms a cohesive ball of dough, with no dry flour remaining on the bottom of the bowl. If the dough is too dry to come together into a single ball of dough, add a splash more milk (1 Tbsp or so) until it comes together.
  • Press the dough out into a flat 8-inch diameter circle. Cut the circle into eight wedges. Place the cut scones on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the scones in the preheated 425ºF oven for 15-17 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Transfer the baked scones to a wire rack to cool.
  • Allow the scones to cool completely, then combine 1 cup powdered sugar with 2 Tbsp lemon juice until it forms a thick glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled scones, then enjoy!

Notes

*I like to put a stick of butter into the freezer 5-10 minutes before making my scones. This stiffens up the butter enough to make it easy to grate on a cheese grater, but not so frozen solid that grating becomes difficult.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 348mg | Fiber: 1g

Love lemon and blueberry together? Me too! Try these other great lemon blueberry desserts: Blueberry Lemon Curd Shortcakes, Lemon Blueberry Cornbread Skillet, or Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette.

Side view of lemon blueberry scones on a wire cooling rack

How to Make Lemon Blueberry Scones From Scratch – Step By Step Photos

Scone dry ingredients in a bowlPreheat the oven to 425ºF. Zest and juice the lemon. You’ll need 1 tsp zest, and about 2 Tbsp juice. The zest will be used in the scone dough, the juice will be used later for the glaze. Combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp salt, and 1 tsp lemon zest in a bowl. Stir until very well combined.

Butter added to dry ingredients

Grate 6 Tbsp cold butter into the bowl with the flour mixture. Stir everything together until the butter is very well mixed into the flour and no large clumps remain.

Frozen blueberries added to the flour mixture

Stir ½ cup frozen blueberries into the flour mixture. Do not thaw the blueberries first.

Milk and eggs in a bowl with a whisk

Whisk together ¼ cup milk and 2 large eggs

Egg mixture being poured into flour mixture

Then pour the egg mixture into the bowl with the flour and blueberries.

Scone dough in the bowl

Stir everything together until it forms a stiff dough. There should be no more dry flour left on the bottom of the bowl. If it’s too dry and won’t stick together in a cohesive ball or there is a lot of flour left on the bottom of the bowl, add a small amount of milk (maybe 1 Tbsp) to bring the dough together.

Scone dough cut into wedges

Press the blueberry scone dough out into an 8″ diameter circle, then cut it into eight wedges.

Cut scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment

Place the cut scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Baked blueberry scones on the baking sheet

Bake the scones in the fully preheated 425ºF oven for 15-17 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Transfer the scones to a wire cooling rack to cool.

Mixed lemon glaze in a bowl, dripping off a spoon

Allow the scones to fully cool before making the glaze. Once ready, stir together 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp lemon juice until it forms a thick glaze.

Lemon glaze being drizzled over scones on the cooling rack

Drizzle the lemon glaze over the blueberry scones. If the scones are still hot or warm when you try to glaze them, the glaze will simply melt off, so make sure the scones are cool first!

Two lemon blueberry scones on a plate with a mug of coffee on the side

Serve your delicious, homemade lemon blueberry scones with a hot cup of coffee and enjoy the day!

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