Banana Nut Muffins—Gluten & Dairy Free

My mom has a lot of food allergies to deal with, she can't have wheat, soy, or dairy, so when I found this banana nut chocolate chip muffin recipe, I thought I would try it. It did not disappoint!These muffins are super moist and chock-full of nuts and chocolate chips for plenty of flavor and crunchy goodness. Besides the fact that they are free of everything my mom is allergic to, they are also refined sugar free! So they are pretty darn healthy if you ask me. The recipe is from a lovely blog I have started following called The…

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Apple Pear Tarte Tatin (Vegan!)

If you keep up to date on my posts, you know I like to bake things that are on the Great British Baking Show. I never heard of tarte tatin until I watched it on the show. I am so glad I discovered it thought and decided to bake one because it is delicious! This is also the first time I’ve made rough puff pastry and caramel sauce from scratch. This tart is three elements: the puff pastry, caramel, and fruit. The traditional tarte tatin is made with apples and according to Wikipedia was named after the French hotel that served…

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Homemade Bagels

I thought bagels would be a lot harder to make, but it turns out they really aren't all that difficult. I feel like most people have this preconceived notion that bagels are hard to make for some reason, so no one every tries to make them at home. It’s also really convenient to just go buy a dozen down the road instead of slaving away in the kitchen, but homemade is always better! I did have some pitfalls, but they still ended up pretty tasty! I had to make savory and sweet bagels for the showstopper challenge so first is…

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Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Buns

My brother and I have always had a weakness for cinnamon buns, especially the ooey gooey kind. My mom would buy the Pillsbury cinnamon buns in a can on weekends or special occasions and we would have them for breakfast. We would fight over who would get the last one, they were so good! As we grew up, my mom realized my brother and I had food allergies so we had to find dairy free alternatives for everything we loved. We ate a ton of Immaculate Baking Cinnamon Buns after that which are dairy and soy free. It's a great brand…

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Fancy Plaited Challah Bread

I 've always wanted to make bread and try my hand at yeasted bakes, so when they made Challah on the Great British Baking Show, I had to try it myself. I also plaited it like they did on the show. Let me tell you, I definitely felt accomplished after finishing this fancy plaited challah bread. I ended up using a video from the YouTube channel of one of the GBBO contestants, Mat Riley to do the braid because I definitely needed the visual element to do this braid. I’ve done braids before in my hair, and I’ve even done…

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Semi-Homemade Chocolate Oreo Trifle

Where are all my chocolate lovers?! This amazing chocolate oreo trifle is filled to the brim with chocolatey, creamy flavors and has a little extra crunch from crushed up Oreos. The best part? It can be thrown together in less than an hour, semi-homemade style. It's also dairy-free, and can be made gluten-free and vegan depending on your dietary preferences. This semi-homemade chocolate oreo trifle is a must have for everyone who wants a mind blowing throw-it-together dessert for special occasions. Prepare the Layers There are four different layers to this trifle:Chocolate CakeChocolate PuddingWhipped CreamOreosChocolate Cake: You can use a store…

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Garlic Buttered Naan

My husband and I love Indian food. We especially love naan bread when we eat out, so I decided to try and make some naan at home. I got the idea of course, from the Great British Baking Show, my endless source of inspiration. They had to make yeasted and non yeasted flatbreads. Naan is yeasted which I was unaware of until I tried to make it. We’re already addicted to it, so I’m sure I’ll be making more soon! I looked at several different Garlic Butter Naan recipes online and I decided on trying the naan recipe on Host…

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Easy Homemade Donuts

So I finally got a deep fryer which I am super excited about. Of course, I had to make donuts. I have always wanted to make them and it turns out they are actually very easy to make!I actually read this guide on Food52 which explained all the different types of donuts before I started. It was super helpful. The following easy homemade donut recipe I will show you how to make is a basic yeasted donut.This donut consists of simple ingredients you should have on hand (except for maybe the yeast which is hard to find these days) and…

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Hidden Design Cake: Chocolate Rainbow Cookie Heart

So I attempted to do a showstopper cake like they do on the Great British Baking Show. It was definitely a challenge for me! I decided on trying to make a hidden design cake which is the challenge for one of the episodes. I decided to try and make a chocolate cake with a hidden rainbow cookie heart design inside. There are plenty of things I would do differently next time, but I am definitely very happy with the rainbow heart I saw when I cut into the cake. All that work was worth it! I decided on this particular…

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Apple Crumble Tart

 This is not your typical Apple Pie recipe. Dare I say it, possibly even better than Apple Pie! Who doesn't love a crumble topping?  The source of this brilliant recipe is the amazing John Whaite. He is the winner for Series 3 ("the beginnings" collection on Netflix) of the Great British Baking Show. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, John has been home quarantining and he's been posting new bakes on his Instagram stories practically everyday.I, of course, have been watching them all religiously. He gives great little tips during his baking demonstrations. I feel like I learn a lot from watching him…

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