Teen Holiday Party Entertaining

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My daughter and I just love to throw holiday parties rather it be for her friends, our little family, or half the neighborhood. With the wedding up and coming my party planning skills have been on the fritz. Including my cooking time into that. Her and I are discussing when we should do all of around holiday bake. It looks like we will be breaking it up. For this little mid week Teen Holiday Party Entertaining we just grabbed up a few items from Walmart.

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We grabbed a lasagna to feed everyone dinner because you can’t possibly feed a bunch of teens a tons of sweets without their stomachs full first. I know they will always try to do that until they learn that it will cause them a upset stomach. That being said they sure were excited for the lasagna and the Holiday Teen Party. In fact, my son is heating more up for lunch right now.  Such an easy meal! Topped with fresh cheese and aged Parmesan, STOUFFER’S® Party Size Lasagna with Meat & Sauce is an easy, delicious entrée that’s perfect for get-togethers!

Teen Holiday Party - Mooshu Jenne #HolidayMadeSimple #adIt’s easy to find in the frozen meals section at Walmart. I also picked up a few packages of  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®.  Dark Chocolate Peppermint Refrigerated Cookie Dough which has a rich chocolate meets creamy peppermint taste. It’s a fudgy dark chocolate cookie dough made with cocoa and filled with peppermint chunks and Semi-Sweet Morsel. Available for a limited time only! I also grabbed a package of the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. It’s 100% Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate, No Artificial Colors or Flavors, No Preservatives, and Gluten Free. To top it all off I grabbed these Rolled & Ready Sugar Cookie Dough Sheets that help you simplify holiday baking, so you can spend more time making memories and less time cleaning up. Use cookie cutters of your choice and simply cut, bake and decorate!

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After we gobbled down the lasagna we did some baking to share. We made the dark chocolate peppermint cookies and out of the rolled and ready sugar cookie dough sheets and the semi-sweet chocolate morsels we made cookie bars! It was so simple as pressing it into a glass baking dish and baking it. Here is a video below to show you what I did.

 

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 We had such a blast make all these goodies and they truly enjoy them! Here is the recipe without any further ado. 

Holiday Cookie Bars
Yields 15
Holiday cookie bars made Nestle's from rolled and ready sugar cookie sheets and holiday chocolate chip cookie dough.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package Nestle's Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  2. 1 package Nestle's Rolled and Ready Sugar Cookie Sheets
  3. 1 cup Nestle's Semi Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  4. parchment paper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a glass baking dish, place parchment paper and layer one sheet of the sugar cookie dough on the bottom.
  3. Take the holiday cookie dough and press each piece flat and place on top of the sugar cookie dough. Repeat until you cover the entire sheet.
  4. Place second piece of the sugar cookie dough over the top.
  5. Pour 1 cup of the semi sweet chocolate morsels over the dough and spread them by hand.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Pull out of oven and let cool. Once cool slice with a knife to make your cookie bar squares the size you would like them.
Notes
  1. These go great with a glass of milk.
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Gooey Pumpkin Blondies

Today is the 9th day in the countdown until Halloween! Halloween is only one of my favorite holidays :) Today, I am sharing with you a recipe for Gooey Pumpkin Blondies. These bars have that gooey texture that some people love and others hate. So find that soft cookie/brownie eater and package these up to share with them. 

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These are cute if you cut them smaller chunks and add them to an adorable Halloween themed mason jar. You can easily use some of those leftover Halloween cupcake wrappers. Just flip it upside down and add it between the lid seal and the lid ring. Makes an adorable ruffle with almost no work! Cutting the Gooey Pumpkin Blondies into smaller pieces and adding a Halloween themed paper straw is another way to serve them up at a Halloween party for bite size pieces.

Gooey Pumpkin Blondies by Mooshu Jenne Made with Halloween chocolate chips, fresh pumpkin, and pumpkin spiced marshmallows.

I am so excited for Halloween. Are you? Have you picked out your costume yet? I am still trying to make the tough decision between being a cat, witch, or monster. My teens insist that I go as a witch but the darn hat annoys the crap out of me. I really love those fuzzy leg warmers that make a costume into something adorable. I really want to go as a raccoon but they think I am NUTS. I’d love to hear about what you have planned for the holiday or what you plan to wear. Homemade costumes are especially fun! I saw a Medusa DIY headband just two days ago; completely cute! Come tell me below all the spooktacular costumes you have in mind. Now to plan a trunk or treat idea. Have you ever done a trunk or treat? This is my first time. Usually we have an annual Halloween party but this year we have something a bit more planned. Yes, it’s a surprise. You’ll have to visit the blog on Halloween to find out! Spooky dreams!

Gooey Pumpkin Blondies
Yields 12
Gooey pumpkin blondies stuffed with Halloween chocolate chips and pumpkin spiced marshmallows.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  3. 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  6. 1 cup dark brown sugar
  7. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  10. 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree (or 15oz can)
  11. 1 cup Halloween chocolate chips
  12. 1 cup pumpkin spiced marshmallows
  13. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  14. 1 sheet of parchment paper
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350 degree F.
  2. In a large bowl, add in flour, sugar, spices, and salt. Mix well with whisk.
  3. Add to bowl of a mixer. Add in unsalted butter and vanilla. Mix well. Add in egg and pumpkin puree. Mix until well incorporated. Do not over mix.
  4. Grease a large glass baking dish and layer with parchment paper. Pour one layer of the mixture into the dish. Add in some of the chocolate chips and some of the marshmallows. Add a another layer of mixture and repeat with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Top again with batter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean from the center. Let cool completely before serving.
Notes
  1. If get the thickness in the picture, double the recipe, and cook for an hour and twenty minutes.
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TWIX Bites Ice Cream Parfaits

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While I am not the biggest ice cream eater once in awhile I like to have my TWIX fix and what better to pair it with in this heat! TWIX Bites are perfect in TWIX Bites Ice Cream parfaits. Simply layer them in a cute containers and top with more TWIX Bites and put them in the freeze. These will be adorable for our Memorial Day BBQ. What do you have planned for dessert?

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I visited Walmart while shopping for groceries and got a glimpse of the in store demo. I like to see what they make and get to try the items before I buy. That’s where my inspiration for these TWIX Bites Ice Cream parfaits came from.  I thought how adorable this would be and I know my teenagers and most definitely the other half would like them. I can’t seem to keep them out of them.

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 Just pick up the bites on the candy aisle and don’t forget to use this coupon below!

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Receive $1.00 off when you buy two 2.83 oz. or larger bags OR $3.00 off when you buy two 6 oz. or larger bags.

You can use any ice cream flavor that you would like. My family likes buttered pecan ice cream. Matched with caramel and crunch of the TWIX it’s just a merried match!  I could also see this going well with a simple vanilla. What would you make your parfait with?

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Now are you ready for the recipe? Do you promise to share this on Pinterest first? Haha! Just kidding! But if you would like to you may use the share buttons below or you can follow along on all social media via #EatMoreBites.

TWIX Bites Ice Cream Parfaits
Serves 2
Buttered pecan ice cream layered with TWIX Bites and topped with TWIX bites. Frozen to perfection.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup ice cream; buttered pecan or your choice
  2. 16 pieces TWIX Bites
Instructions
  1. In any container of your choice, add in some ice cream and then add in four bites. Add more ice cream and top with four more bites broken up for a delicious topped look.
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Milky Way Simply Caramel Torte Parfait

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Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES are just too perfect for the various parfaits I like to make. I have to say that topping a parfait off with these bad boys just screams out to me as “Please, Eat Me!”. I saved these little parfait cups from a local restaurant because they were just too cute and well I knew I had this post coming up. I decided that this Milky Way Simply Caramel Torte Parfait would be perfect in them. They are just too darn cute and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or Easter. All you have to do is add a sticker and wham you have something spectacular and seasonal!

Milky Way Simply Caramel Parfait - Mooshu JenneOH! I also have a coupons for you to save some funds on purchasing these super duper yummy Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES and 3 Musketeers BITES. I picked them up at Walmart for cheap!

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I just love that while I am trying to make these delicious parfaits with Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES that the other half and my daughter are trying to eat them all. He always tells me I need to make more posts like this. Really? Haha! My general response to that is if I can keep you from eating them all in the process we’d be all good! 

To top off how cute these bad boys are I have a free printable for you with Easter themed stickers that you can print and stick all over whatever container, jar, or small cup you use to serve these in. Top download it just click here Easter Printable. Just print and punch out with a larger sized hole punch. You can find them at any craft store.

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What’s your favorite of the two? 3 Musketeers BITES or Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES? To follow along with the conversion use the hashtags #EatMoreBites #CollectiveBias. Now for the simple recipe for these Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES.

Milky Way Simply Caramel Torte Parfait
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
For Torte
  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 stick and 1 tablespoon unsalted butter; diced
  4. 18 ounces semisweet chocolate; chopped finely
  5. 6 large eggs
For Pudding
  1. 1 box milk chocolate pudding or pre-made milk chocolate pudding cups.
For Parfait
  1. Above ingredients
  2. Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES
  3. 3 Musketeers BITES
  4. Chocolate syrup of choice
For Torte
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 9-inch-diameter spring form pan. Line bottom of the spring form pan with parchment paper; make sure to butter the parchment paper. Wrap three layers of foil around the outside of pan. Foil must come to the top of rim. Combine water and sugar in small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently until the sugar completely dissolves. Simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Melt butter in large sauce pan over low heat. Slowly add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Whisk sugar mixture slowly into chocolate. Add eggs to chocolate mixture and whisk until well blended. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Place cake pan in large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to roasting pan to come halfway up sides of cake pan. Bake cake until center no longer moves when pan is gently shaken, about 50 to 55 minutes. Remove from water bath; transfer to a rack. Cool completely.
For Pudding
  1. Mix according to directions or use pre-made pudding.
For Parfait
  1. Pour chocolate syrup in the bottom of the container. Add in some Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES and torte. Top with pudding. Repeat process. Once you are at the top of your container top with chocolate syrup and Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES. Put in refrigerator for 20 minutes before serving. This will allow the syrup to harden a little.
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Lucky Charms Blondies

With St.Patrick’s Day just almost a week away I wanted to bring you a simple cute dessert that you can make for the family.  It’s spring break here! That always means my daughter’s birthday is coming. Her birthday always lands during spring break. This time it’s on a Friday! We are doing a complete Frozen inspired theme even though she’s going to be 14. I kind of begged her to let me though she is having just as much fun with it as I am.  Anyway, during spring break I like to make goodies that are easy that they can munch on and get into the spirit of the upcoming holiday. These Lucky Charms Blondies are perfect for that. Not very many ingredients, easy to put together, and do not take long to bake. Plus they do turn out too cute!

Lucky Charms Blondies - Mooshu JenneThese Lucky Charms Blondies can be made with or without some Lucky Charms on top. That’s up to you if you want the crunch. You can also change it up with any kind of cereal you would like to add. If you want the bars to be thicker simply double the recipe. You can add food coloring to the cake mix to make them match any holiday too! I left them without food coloring here so you could see the colors. Next time I want to do these with fruity pebbles. My son, Chancelor, keeps saying he would like to have them with Oops All Berries from Cap’n Crunch.

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Here is a few more recipes from our Foodelicious St. Patrick’s Day Round Up. Hope you take some time to stop and check out these other recipes! You can follow along with hashtag #Foodelicious.

Pary Moppins – Cabbage

Memories by the Mile – Shamrock Shake 

Captivating Corner – Irish Soda Bread

Little Family Adventure – Shepherd’s Pie

Hearts and Home  – Drunken Pot Roast

Here is the recipe for the Lucky Charms Blondies!

Lucky Charms Blondies
Serves 9
Cake batter blondies with Lucky Charms.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box yellow cake mix
  2. 1/4 cup milk
  3. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2 cup Lucky Charms; crushed
  6. 1/4 cup Lucky Charms; for sprinkling top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking pan or casserole dish with oil. Size of baking dish will make the difference of the thickness of the bar. If you would like them thicker you may also double the recipe.
  2. In a large bowl add in yellow cake mix, milk, vegetable oil, crushed Lucky Charms and egg. Mix well together. Mixture will be thick.
  3. Layer into baking dish and press down with spatula or hands. Top with Lucky Charms. This is optional. Bake for 25 minutes until edges are light golden brown. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.
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Lusikkaleivät – Finnish Teaspoon Cookies

Yesterday was the first day of winter break and I had to con my kids into making cookies with me. Nothing to extreme just one free present from under the tree. They always sucker me in somehow or is it the other way around ;) We made Lusikkaleivät  also known as Finnish Teaspoon Cookies with homemade cranberry jam in the center.  Super simple and just perfect to add into a tin for Christmas sharing.

Lusikkaleivät Finnish Teaspoon Cookies

Went with a bit of dark photography since the weather is doom and gloom here. I love this weather though. The rain is nice I just hope the tornadoes stay away this holiday season for everyone. No one needs that. Just counting the days until Christmas Eve now. It’s tradition in Czech to open gifts on Christmas Eve so we do them then to honor my sweet V’s heritage. The rest is mine with a huge pot of spaghetti sauce from a recipe that was passed down in our family for generations; which we have on Christmas Day. Plus, I make as many Finnish cookies as possible in honor of my Nordic side. This Christmas Eve we will have family over briefly and then head to his parent’s house for a Czech feast! What are your plans this holiday season?

Lusikkaleivät Finnish Teaspoon Cookies

My contribution to the meal will be a New York style cheesecake with a cranberry syrup for topping. Cranberries just scream Christmas to me. The sweet tart is one of my favorites of the season. Yes, I am aware that many don’t like cranberries but I feel it may just be the fact that they tried cranberry juice, which can be bitter, and think they don’t like them. Wrong! Try the jam or something with cranberries with added sugar. Even better try it with duck or turkey if you are a meat person. Do you like cranberries? Why or why not? Comment below :)

Here is the recipe for the Lusikkaleivät – Finnish Teaspoon Cookies. Hopefully soon I will have my 50MM lens and my photography might get even better! Those and pair of red leather Tieks.

I would love to hear about your traditions below. Happy Holidays!

Lusikkaleivät
Yields 30
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Total Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter; 2 sticks
  2. 1 egg
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  5. 3 cups plain flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. Cranberry jam
  8. Powdered confectioner's sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Combine flour, baking soda, and sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer. Mix for 30 seconds. Add egg, butter, and vanilla. Mix until mixture is well combined and becomes a dough.
  3. To shape the cookies, press dough firmly into a teaspoon. Gently use your thumb to remove the dough; try to retain the shape. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until just barely browned. Allow to cool on the baking sheet.
  4. Spread cranberry jam on the flat side of each cookie. Add a second cookie to form a sandwich. Using a sifter, dust the cookies with confectioner's sugar.
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Joulutorttu

Joulutorttu is a Finnish pinwheel cookie made from a ricotta dough with lingonberry jam in the center. These cookies were my contribution to this years The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. We help raise money for Cookies For Kids Cancer. Along with getting to pair up with some pretty awesome brands like OXO, Grandma’s Molasses, and Imperial Sugar and their Bake It Forward program. Though, the funniest part of the cookie swap has to be making cookies to send and receiving cookies from three different bloggers.

Joulutorttu - Finnish Pinwheel Cookies

The lovely bloggers I got to send cookies to were Kosher Kitchen, The Crafting Foodie, and Embracing Homemaking. I hope they thoroughly enjoyed the little Finnish cookies for the holidays. I also received cookies from Counter Dog, Crackers on the Couch, and another blogger which I have seemed to misplaced the information. If your reading this please comment below and I would be glad to add you in!

The Joulutorttu was sent off in these adorable tins from the Dollar Tree. I love being able to package something adorably and inexpensively. Especially at the holidays when there is so much to buy and so many to buy for. The idea of sharing cookies is just so much more than a gift because it has love and work in it. It’s super special!

Joulutorttu in tins

These cookies are pretty simple to put together but keeping the center of pinwheel edges down can be oh so much fun. Egg wash helps and a good thick jam; no thin jams with this one. You can use any flavor jam in the centers but lingonberry is my favorite.

Joulutorttu
Yields 50
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Total Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 sticks unsalted butter; cubed, at room temperature
  2. 3 3/4 cups ricotta cheese
  3. 4 cups all purpose flour
  4. 1 jar lingonberry jam
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1/2 cup confectioner's powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In the stand mixer bowl add butter and cheese. Cream together with paddle attachment. Slowly add in flour and it will begin to form a dough. Break down into thirds, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Use a little flour to dust your surface. Roll out dough. Cut the pastry into small squares or use a square cutter. Make diagonal cuts in each corner of every square about halfway to the center, leaving the middle of the square uncut for the jam. Place a teaspoon of the lingonberry jam into the center of each square.
  4. To make a windmill shape, lift the left corner of a square and fold into the middle on top of the jam. Do the same with the remaining three sides and add egg wash. Press firmly in the middle to ensure the corners stick together.
  5. Place the Joulutorttu onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush them lightly with egg wash. Bake for 12 minutes or light golden brown. Dust with confectioner's powdered sugar once they are cooled.
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Project 12 – Honey Beer Bread

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Budweiser. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

We had some fun the other night with friends Jessica and Shane for a taste testing of the new Project 12 beers by Budweiser. We tasted all of them with some poppy seed crackers. We wanted to have some cheese but I forgot it. However, I had back up tortellini chili which they all enjoyed. After tasting all three of the special edition beers we agreed that the North Pacific Lager is the best out of the three.  Any of these can be picked up through the end of the year.

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The least favorite was the Vanilla Bourbon Cask in which I decided to use to make honey beer bread. That recipe is below. It will be served up with loaded potato soup for a delicious week night dinner with the colder weather that is on its way in.

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Project 12” started in the early spring when Budweiser’s 12 brewmasters across America were asked to write a unique beer recipe worthy of the Budweiser name. After internal discussion and debate, six of the recipes were chosen to be brewed in small batches. Now, after a summer-long nationwide sampling effort involving thousands of consumers at dozens of events, U.S. beer drinkers have provided feedback, which helped Budweiser decide which three beers would be available for sale in a limited-edition sampler pack this fall.

The “winning” recipes, named for the ZIP Code in which the beer was originally brewed, are from brewmasters at the Budweiser breweries in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Williamsburg, Va.

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Don’t forget to stop by and ‘like’ Budweiser’s Facebook page.  Below is the yummy honey beer bread that will pair perfect with one of these special edition beers and a hearty potato soup this winter.

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I put a slit down the top for a little decoration. If you would like your bread smoother, just smooth it out before baking. I really love the rustic texture.

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Without further ado here is the recipe!

Honey Beer Bread
Yields 2
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Total Time
1 hr 20 min
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1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
  2. 4 tablespoons honey
  3. 4 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 4 cups Vanilla Bourbon Cask beer
  5. 1 tablespoon baking soda
  6. 1 tablespoon baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease two 9" x 5" loaf pans.
  2. Mix the flour, honey, olive oil, and the beer in a stand mixer bowl with the paddle attachment. Once it clumps just form a large oval ball. Push into loaf pans and smooth top.
  3. Bake the bread for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the top of the loaf comes out clean. Remove the bread from the oven, and after 5 minutes turn it out onto a rack to cool. Slice when cool to serve.
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Pumpkin Spiced Latte & Iced Cranberry Coffee Bread

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Coffee is the one thing everyone in my house loves. While I don’t drink it, I love it in breads and cake! It’s great because I can always have fun baking iced cranberry coffee bread with my teenagers and share it with the household over tea and coffee. Not to mention my oldest son’s two friends that are always over here.

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This time of year comes so much planning that it is nice to have a little time to bake with my teenagers. I enjoy talking about everything that is going on. We get to enjoy coffee and treats while connecting about everything in life. It makes those moments when everything is just moving to fast during the holidays so much more precious. My son with his band, my daughter with her play, and my oldest with ideas on a career. It’s these times over a pumpkin spiced latte and iced cranberry coffee bread that we can slow the process and make memories.

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Check out this digital magazine to get great ideas for the holiday with Nestle & Coffeemate featured in it! I also have a recipe below for a pumpkin spiced latte made with Powdered Pumpkin Spice Coffeemate creamer and Nescafe Taster’s Choice instant coffee. Super simple to put together in a quickness for a afternoon coffee with friends or some time with the family.

pumpkin spiced latte iced cranberry coffee bread

Every Fall we break out the decor and have fun decorating together.  Though, Thanksgiving is the funniest for me as we sit down together and go over what we would like on the menu. It’s always exciting to see what they would like to try again or change up for this year.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte & Iced Cranberry Coffee Bread
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Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
For Bread
  1. 2 1/2 cups flour
  2. 2 tablespoons baking powder
  3. 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 cup sugar
  5. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  6. 1 stick of butter; softened
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  9. 2 teaspoons Nescafe Taster's Choice
  10. 1- 1 1/2 cups hot water
  11. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  12. 1/4 teaspoon clove
  13. 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  14. 1 can whole cranberry sauce or fresh cranberry sauce equal to the same
  15. Olive oil
  16. 2 cups powdered confectioner's sugar
  17. 2 tablespoons water
For Latte
  1. Nescafe Taster's Choice
  2. 2-3 spoonfuls of Powdered Pumpkin Spice Coffeemate creamer
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar in a the bowl of your stand mixer until smooth. Add in eggs one at a time. Mix in vanilla, coffee, & cranberries.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, clove, and allspice. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients 1/2 cup at a time, until it’s all combined.
  4. Oil 2 - 9"x 5" glass loaf dish. Divide batter evenly among pans and bake for 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when tested from the center. Let cool on wire rack before removing from dish.
  5. In a medium bowl, add powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk well until it becomes a thick liquid glaze. If you need more water add a drop at a time. Remove bread from glass loaf dish and top with glaze. Let dry before serving.
  6. Make coffee as directed on the back of the container. Add in powdered pumpkin spice creamer. Serve with bread.
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My lovely daughter enjoying a pumpkin spiced latte and iced cranberry coffee bread.

Menya

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Between this month and next many people will get tired of the relentless pumpkin recipe posts. Please let me add to that irritation :) Pumpkin marks one of the most beautiful times of the year. Gloomy weather, autumn colored trees, and decorated yards all scream Happy Fall! Witches on broomsticks, black cats, graveyards, and spooky set ups galore but don’t forget your apple cider with a slice of Pumpkin Pound Cake!

pumpkin pound cake

A few days ago I posted about how to roast a pumpkin for pumpkin puree. This is one of the recipes created from that puree. I swear by fresh roasted pumpkin.  The aroma when this is baking tingles your nose and beckons the spirits whom plan to haunt on All Hallow’s Eve! Can you see the speckles of flavor dripping from the whisk?

Pumpkin pound cake

Maybe we should get a little closer so you can see the pretty pumpkin spiced dough. This is a simple recipe and so fun to pass along to friends or neighbors to get the baking season going. What are your favorite recipes to share that contain pumpkin?

Pumpkin pound cake

My son harassed me over this recipe. He wouldn’t stop till he could get a slice. See his hands here pouring the icing as I photographed it. He just wanted me to finish it so badly so he could eat it all. If I let Chancelor he would eat the whole loaf on his own with hot chocolate or a spiced latte in the other hand.

pumpkin pound cake

We like a lot of icing so it really dries to the loaf. It’s amazing that they like this as they don’t like normal butter cream icing. They will scoop it right off cupcakes and cakes. Though, I admit I prefer icing rather then thick frosting on cupcakes. What do you prefer?

Remember to ice it cold and let it dry so it crumbs like this when you slice it. Let me know in the comments below what decorations are you setting up and what would you pair with this Pumpkin Pound Cake?

Pumpkin Pound Cake
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Ingredients
  1. For Pumpkin Pound Cake
  2. 3 cups all purpose flour
  3. 3 cups white sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  9. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  10. 1 cup greek yogurt plain
  11. 6 egg whites
  12. 2 cups fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin
  13. For Cinnamon Icing
  14. 2 cups powdered sugar
  15. Water
  16. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease two glass loaf baking dishes and set aside.
  2. Add flour, spices, baking soda, and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Set to low speed for 30 seconds. Combine the sugar, Greek yogurt, and egg whites. Mix until well blended. Fold in the pumpkin puree.
  3. Pour the batter into two glass baking loaf dishes about half way up the dish and bake for 60 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. Cool cake on wire rack. Remove from the loaf dish and place on parchment paper.
  4. In a small bowl add powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons water. Whisk well until consistency is like icing. If you need to add a little more water until you receive the desired texture you may do so. Add cinnamon and whisk. Pour over cooled cake and let dry before serving.
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