I’m not gonna lie: strawberries are one of my go-to fruits. I turn to them regularly, whether it’s to eat them as they are or to use them in a recipe of some sort. You don’t have to look far for proof on that last point; just check out the “strawberry” and “strawberries” tags here on my blog.
In these Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes, however, the strawberry flavour is just a little more subtle than you might expect. It’s definitely there, it’s just not overpowering. Instead, it’s nicely balanced by a soft, creamy vanilla base–perfect for a light-tasting dessert.
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Ask just about anyone what they do when they have extra bananas, and you’ll get one of two answers: “bake with them” or “freeze them for later.” Few people do that with other types of fruit, but bananas? We’re all over that.
So what did I do when I found myself with extra bananas a couple of weeks back? I baked something, of course. This time, though, I wanted something a little different from the usual banana bread or muffins I usually make. I thought some sort of cupcake might be nice. Instead I stumbled upon this Sour Cream Banana Coffee Cake recipe from bake or break. It had me curious right away, and it looked simple enough. I figured I’d give it a shot.
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Do you know what’s weird? This Apple Pie Cupcake recipe is one of my favourites. I came up with the recipe three or four years ago, and anyone who’s ever tried it loves it. And yet, somehow, I never posted the recipe here.
I figure it’s time to change that.
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You know those days that just don’t go as planned? Well, when I have one, I tend to wind up with a strong craving for some sort of food. Exactly what I crave tends to vary; sometimes it’s something sweet, sometimes it’s something greasy, and sometimes it’s just cheese.
This past Tuesday–when I stayed home all day for a chimney inspector who didn’t show up, when my pantry-door update didn’t go as planned, and when tent caterpillars took over my patio and walkway–what I craved was some cinnamon-sugar goodness. I wanted snickerdoodles.
I won’t lie: the craving was relatively well timed. I was due to write a recipe review, and Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Soft & Thick Snickerdoodles recipe had been floating around my head as an option for months. Which may have helped inspire the craving, now that I think about it.
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Cravings–we all get them. Yet there are some flavour cravings that I rarely get. Salt, for example, or anything sour. Lemons fall into that latter category.
And yet, every once in a while, they happen. A couple of weeks ago, I was hit by a major craving for something lemon-flavoured. Especially a lemon-flavoured baked something. I tried staving the craving off with something a little more healthy, but that attempt didn’t work (mostly because that recipe didn’t work out for me).
So, I went back to an old favourite of mine: lemon loaf. This time, though, I added a little something extra, which led me to a new spin on the old classic. I ended up with this Strawberry-Swirled Lemon Loaf.
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