Honey Buttermilk Biscuits

I’ve used Melt Buttery Spread in a few recipes on here, including delicious Skinny Iced Pumpkin Cookies, Tim Tam Tarts with Raspberries and Rose Water Whipped Cream, and Shrimp Florentine Pasta. Melt Buttery Spread is made of virgin coconut oil, flax seed oil, palm fruit oil, and canola oil — all healthy cooking oils and “good fats.” The coconut oil doesn’t make Melt taste like coconut butter though, the flavor is more mild. Typical buttery spreads are made of hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, which have been liked to obesity, heart disease, etc. Melt is also organic, gluten free, soy free, kosher, and has 50% of the saturated fat and fewer calories than butter, so it is a healthy butter alternative. The melting point of the buttery spread is also close to butter’s (unlike most buttery spreads) so it is easy to use as a butter substitute in baking. Melt has recently developed two new spreads: Honey Melt and Chocolate Melt. I was sent coupons so that I could try these new spreads so I picked up some of the Honey Melt. The spread would be great on its own, just on waffles or on a dinner roll, but I wanted to highlight how … Continue reading

Banana Split Cupcakes

The inspiration for this post is a bit convoluted. I was originally looking for some way to incorporate wet walnuts into a recipe for my dad. My dad is a huge fan of wet walnuts and he just had surgery so I wanted to make him a little pick-me-up treat. Wet walnuts are usually a topping on ice cream so I thought it would be fun to make a spin on a banana split in cupcake form. Later, I found out that Banana Splits do not traditionally even have wet walnuts as a topping. Oh well! I used a banana cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart and filled each cupcake with homemade whipped cream. I then topped 1/3 of the cupcakes with vanilla frosting, 1/3 with strawberry frosting, and 1/3 with chocolate frosting. I topped them all off with sprinkles, wet walnuts, and maraschino cherries! These are sugar overload so despite the photos showing all 3 types, stick to one cupcake at a time INGREDIENTS: Banana Cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes): 1 ½ cups cake flour ¾ cups sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter (1 stick) melted 4 ripe bananas, mashed 2 eggs ½ … Continue reading

Mini Pumpkin Blossom Honey Cakes

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began last night at sundown. Honey plays a significant role in Rosh Hashanah celebrations, signifying hopes for a sweet new year.  Apples or challah dipped in honey is popular, as is honey cake. Because of the time of year, honey cake typically includes flavors associated with fall. My mom had given me a Pumpkin Blossom Honey recently and I thought this would be the perfect way to use it. I adapted my recipe from one found on Epicurious and gave it my own pumpkin-y spin. Pumpkin Blossom Honey is created by bees that solely pollinate pumpkins and pumpkin blossoms. It has a darker amber color and has a really nice spice flavor at the end.  I thought it would work great with some traditional fall spices thrown in! Ingredients: Cake: 2 1/2 cups cake flour (or all purpose flour) 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom 3 large eggs 1 cup sugar 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil) 1 cup Pumpkin Blossom honey 8 oz lukewarm pumpkin coffee (I used Green Mountain’s) … Continue reading

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