Posts tagged ‘cinnamon’

Sugared Pecans

I love the taste and smell of candied pecans. I am reminded with every scent of how much I love to shop at Christmas time because a booth will always be set up selling these wonderful pecans. And, of course, I always have to buy some in order to keep shopping. The only problem is there is never enough to satisfy my craving.

Brandon found this recipe while watching Trisha Yearwood on the Food Network. He quickly decided he needed to pin that recipe because we had pecans in the freezer that we needed to do something with. His grandmother gave everybody a large bag of pecans for Christmas this past year, so we froze ours until we could figure out how we wanted to use it.

The recipe is fairly simple:
1 stick butter
3 egg whites
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
4 cups of pecan halves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Pour butter on baking sheet. In large bowl, mix egg whites, sugar, and cinnamon. Add pecans and toss until coated. Pour pecans onto baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cook on baking sheet 10-15 minutes.
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This was Brandon’s first time working with egg whites. It took him a few tries, but he finally got it to work. His tip is to use the egg shell method. The key is to break the egg shell in half and pass the egg yolk between the two shells while the egg white falls into a bowl.

Brandon decided he would share these wonderful pecans with a friend from church for his birthday. I was happy that he decided to leave me a few pecans and not give them all away. They are so delicious that you can’t just have 5 pieces. 2 or 3 handfuls might be sufficient.

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Soapapilla Cheesecake

Since it’s Valentines Day Weekend, I wanted to post a special Valentines recipe, but I couldn’t find anything that I have made that was special like that. So, I thought, Valentines is the day of love. What do I love? Cheesecake! (This love only comes after my love for my husband, of course.) My favorite is The Cheesecake Factory’s white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake. Unfortunately, I do not have a recipe nor a picture of that…nor a piece to eat right now. But, I do have a very simple and delicious Soapapilla Cheesecake recipe, which I do love also.

This cheesecake can be eaten anytime of the day. My favorite time is eating a piece for breakfast. It’s similar to a cream cheese Danish. If you get the impression that it is related to the Mexican dessert, then you will be disappointed because the only similarity is the cinnamon and sweet flavors.

I love this recipe because it is so easy to make. I found the recipe on Pinterest from My Chocolate Therapy. And the best part, most of the ingredients are already in your kitchen. This is another of my go-to recipes when I need something quick. I have made this for church, our family, and just for Brandon and me. We have also divided the recipe in half and made two pans to share with a family who lost a loved one.

The only ingredients you need are 2 cans of crescent rolls, 2 packages of cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and butter. Prepare in a 9×13 glass dish or divide in half and prepare in an 8×8 glass dish. The link above will carry you to the recipe. You can eat it warm or cold. I love eating it fresh out of the oven, like in the picture below.

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I have also seen variations of this cake. You may want to try this recipe out:
Blueberry Cheese Rolls

Crunchy Apple and Grape Salad

This is a recipe that I have been wanting to try for a while.  I had pinned this recipe on Pinterest, but never got around to do it until today.  I chose to make this recipe now because I had a friend who had some leftovers, like a tray of fruit, from a party that she hosted last weekend.  I hate to throw away food and let it waste, so I offered to take it home with me. The tray that was left over had sliced apples and grapes.  I was excited because I remembered about this recipe and I knew I had most of the other ingredients in the cabinets.  Plus, I wouldn’t have to do much since it was already sliced except just throw it together.

This salad has several things going for it.  I love the flavors of the walnuts mixed with the sweet yogurt and grapes.  I found the recipe on Tasty Kitchen.  For the ingredients, all you need is vanilla yogurt, granulated sugar, brown sugar, Mayonnaise, juice from 1/2 a lemon, ground cinnamon, apples, pear, celery, silvered almonds, walnuts, and seedless grapes. The first 6 ingredients make the dressing and the last 6 ingredients make the salad.  So simple!  I really love the recipe’s website because you can key how many servings you need and they will adjust the amounts you need.

I did slightly adjust the recipe for various reasons.  We omitted the pear and celery. Brandon hates celery, which makes me a little sad because I enjoy celery diced and mixed in dishes.  However, I don’t feel we were deprived by not having those ingredients.  I also only used 2 types of apples instead of 4 like suggested and that was because the tray only had green and red apples.  I added raisins to the salad that had been soaking in water for about 20 minutes because there was only a palm full of grapes in the tray and we knew that would not be enough.

So, if you are looking for a tasty way to get in your fruits for the day, then in would highly recommend this salad. You will not be disappointed!

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Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

I had a sweet surprise Sunday morning. Sweet in more than one way because my husband was so sweet to cook breakfast and he fried some sweet donuts and donut holes. Don’t get the impression that he normally doesn’t cook breakfast because he does on the weekends when he feels like it, but it has been a long time since he has cooked something different other than biscuits, eggs, and bacon.

Brandon said this was the quickest he has ever made breakfast. It only took him about 15 minutes total, including prepping and cooking. All he did was heat the oil, cut the holes out with a bottle cap, dropped the donuts and donut holes into the oil, melted the butter and mixed the cinnamon and sugar, and rolled the donuts into the mixture. For the recipe, check out Southern Plate.

I am sure you already have most or all the ingredients in your kitchen.  All you need is 1 can of biscuits, sugar, cinnamon, butter, and vegetable oil. Since this was a last minute thing, Brandon made a few adjustments because of the availability of ingredients in the kitchen. The only can of biscuits we had was Grands! Jr. Golden Homestyle Honey Butter Biscuits and he used Canola oil. I think you can get by with an extra can of biscuits because we had plenty of the cinnamon sugar mixture leftover.

These donuts will make your kitchen smell like Christmas. I love the smell of cinnamon! When you take the first bite, you will feel the crunch of the sugar granules along with the taste of the sweet sugar, salty butter, and spicy cinnamon. Even though the donuts are made out of canned biscuits, I did not notice much of a texture or flavor difference. However, the only problem I had with the donuts was they were a tad too sweet. The second day seemed to not be so sweet because the sugar had melted into the cinnamon and there wasn’t much of a sugary crunch. They were still pretty awesome for leftovers.

Here is a picture of Brandon rolling the donuts in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

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You may notice in the picture below that there are more donuts than donut holes and the truth is some made it to the cinnamon sugar mixture and some just made it out of the oil. But either way, they were delicious and too bad only 2 are left at the moment. At least we won’t have to fight over who gets the last donut.

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