Sweet And Crumby

Baking, a Love Story


An Orange and Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookie Throwdown—With Myself!

I am a lucky, lucky girl.  I get my organic CSA produce box delivered with a little something sweet tucked in on top of all the fruits and veggies. Auntie Em’s produce delivery is run by local chef extraordinaire, Theresa Wahl of Bobby Flay Throwdown cupcake fame (her Red Velvets beat him out).

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C’mon Over for Breakfast…Just Don’t Stay The Night Cinnamon Apple Waffles

I thought a nice breakfast worthy of company would be apropos at this time of year when guests come to stay.  These cinnamon spiced, apple diced waffles are perfection. Their flavor is full of fall and coziness and their nice texture is tender inside but crisp outside (if you play by the rules and whip the egg whites).

Ok, I haven’t been single for 20 years so this post isn’t what it seems from the title. Sorry if you were expecting some lament on how I don’t like to share my bed. Infact, I like to share my bed just fine with my hubby and sometimes my Golden Retriever curled up at my feet. Continue reading


Pumpkin Pie for One Anyone?

No this post is not about a single gal’s lonely Thanksgiving for one…and if I have just insulted you…I am sorry.  Instead, this is one of those brilliant accidents.  Although, it’s not quite as good as the accidental invention of Ivory soap, but it’s a great idea nonetheless.

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Traditions Reinvented—A Cranberry Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake

For those of you who have been here, done that…I am sorry for the reposts lately. I am without a kitchen at the moment so I have decided to share some old favorites of mine and now hopefully yours…

Are you in the Thanksgiving spirit yet?  Perhaps dreaming of cranberries and pumpkin pie?  Cranberries are so nice and tart that they are the perfect accompaniment to a deep, dark Devil’s Food cake laced with both white and dark chocolate ganache.

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Aunt Bette’s Dangerous German Chocolate Cake

Aunt Bette is my husband’s aunt, and as far as my dad is concerned, her German Chocolate cake is the best dowry any dad could ask for.  It is actually airy and spongy, with the best ooey, gooey coconut and pecan topping.  If that’s not enough, it also has a luxurious chocolate butter cream frosting on the sides just to send it over the top.

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All For One and One for All – Three Musketeers Birthday Cupcakes

My son requested a Three Musketeers’ flavored birthday cake for his family birthday dinner recently.  He turned 17 this month…that is absolutely one of the craziest things I have heard in awhile.

Where has the time gone? Most of us find ourselves saying that now and again, especially as we watch our children grow. That is the running theme in my head like a song that is stuck playing over and over again. Tears almost trickle down, but yet I am happy. Everything is good. Really good. Continue reading


Bet You A Million Bucks Pumpkin Muffins

I will bet you a million bucks that if you make these soft and spicy pumpkin muffins you will get “ooh’d” and “ahh’d” at from anyone you share them with, and you will never crave that bad boy coffee house pumpkin muffin again.

These muffins are full of warm autumn spices and molasses to make your taste buds very happy and the Greek yogurt gives them their moist and spongy texture without the fat.

See? Beautifully soft and fluffy!

Now I can’t promise that you will only eat one. They are kind of addicting, and if you are like me you tend to tell yourself that another one couldn’t hurt since they are good for you.

So here these little beauties are in all their glory, with their nutritional information.

Bet you a Million Bucks Pumpkin Muffins
Recipe has been mushed together from so many sources that it actually is legistically All Mine!
Makes a dozen regular sized muffins
Nutrional Info from Cook. Eat. Share. (Serving Size = 1 Muffin): Cal. 144  Total Fat 3.9 g. Sat Fat .59g Fiber 1.5 g Carb 22.8 g Chol 25 mg Protein 3 g Sodium 313 mg Potassium 223 mg

3/4 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. wheat flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground ginger
1 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 c. dark molasses
2 T. maple syrup
1/3 c. nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 c. canola oil
3/4 of a 15 0z. can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie spiced)
1/4 c. of nonfat milk
2 eggs
1/2 c. chopped almonds
1/2 c. raisins

To make the muffins: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line your muffin pan with muffin liners.  In a large bowl, whisk together flours through nutmeg.

In another large bowl, whisk together molasses through eggs. Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine. Then add the last 1/2 of the dry ingredients and combine. Don’t over mix, just stir together until flour has dissolved into batter.

Add your chopped almonds and raisins and stir to disperse. Using an ice cream scoop (because it makes it very easy) fill your muffin cups 2/3 full.  Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Serve with coffee…it’s really the perfect pairing.


Pear Fritters Have Sunk My Battleship

I know this must come as a great shock to you, but pear fritters are not the answer to your diet dilemma.  They are made with whole milk, deep fried and then rolled in sugar.  Does that not scream diet food?  In all seriousness though, these fritters are some heavenly cross between funnel cake from the fair (c’mon you know you love it), and a deliciously airy homemade doughnut.  These particular fried delights are elevated a touch as they are full of gingered pears and have a touch of lemon zest.

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