As I’m sure many of you have been doing, I’ve been trying out a lot of new recipes during this quarantine. While I bake and cook a lot even when life is normal, I’ve been doing so even more on the weekends because all of my family has been together so much. So I decided to do a little roundup of some of my favorites that I have tried so far. Some of them I tweaked slightly, but that’s the fun part about working in the kitchen, you can take a solid base recipe and make it your own! So without further adieu, here is Recipe Roundup No. 1 : Quarantine Edition!
Crusty French Bread
I made this bread twice this past weekend since the first loaf I made got demolished during family dinner on Saturday. It was just that good! I’ve tried a couple different bread recipes in the past few weeks and this is definitely my favorite out of them all. I’ve already written it down and added it to my recipe box! Next time I’m planning on getting a little fancy and adding some garlic and rosemary or maybe some asiago.
This recipe was so simple and pretty quick for a bread recipe. It takes around 3 hours to make this artisan loaf using a dutch oven and it requires no kneading.
French Apple Cake
I had a large bag of golden delicious apples that were starting to get soft so I ended up making this French apple cake and it was so light and delicious! When I think of apples in baking it’s usually mixed with cinnamon and reminds me of autumn, but this cake has more of a custardy feel to it and reminds me of a spring time tea party!
Unfortunately I couldn’t for the life of me find the original recipe I used, but I did write it down, so here it is.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 large baking apples, peeled and cut into 1/2 in. chunks
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 375° F
- Grease a 9 in. round springform pan
- Combine sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. whisk until uniform in appearance and a bit thick.
- Whisk half of the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, followed by half of the melted butter. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients and butter.
- Toss apples in the lemon juice.
- Fold the apples into the batter.
- Transfer to the greased pan and spread evenly. Tap full pan on counter 5 times.
- Sprinkle top with a bit more sugar.
- Bake 40-50 minutes or until golden
Chocolate Baked Doughnuts (low calorie)
Who doesn’t love a doughnut!? Especially on a Saturday morning with a cup of coffee or tea. If you’re trying to watch your calories, but still want to indulge in some sweetness, try out this baked doughnut recipe. The original recipe has frosting on them, but I opted for just a little powdered sugar to keep the calories down even more.
Swedish Cardamom Buns
This was a fun one for me! I love all things Scandinavian and I had been wanting to try making these for ages. It’s amazing how twisting some dough can make a sweet bun look so fancy. These are similar to a cinnamon roll, but not nearly as sweet as the American classic. The cardamom adds a really nice flavor and they don’t feel like such a heavy treat. Perfect companion to hot cup of coffee!
Pure comfort food! This recipe was simple and filling. If you don’t want to make your own meatballs you can most definitely just use store bought meatballs, I like the turkey ones. And you can sub the ground beef for ground turkey if you prefer that as well. It tastes great either way!
Let me know if you try out any of these recipes and I’d love to know what you’ve been cooking up in your kitchen!