Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

My weekend muffin experiment using a box cake mix as the base… super easy, just a few ingredients, stir, bake.

easy pumpkin muffines

I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with gluten free shortcuts for awhile now. I like baking from scratch, but sometimes it’s nice to whip up muffins or cupcakes on the fly and in a hurry too. Boxed cake mixes can be your friend when you have the time crunch happening or when you’re low on certain ingredients and the nearest store that carries a wider range of gluten free baking necessities is an hour away.
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Easy Pie Recipes for Holidays or Any Day

10274268_f260No matter what your favorite flavor is or what kind of crust you like, there’s no doubt that pie is the perfect holiday dessert for any holiday.

So today we’re going to take a quick glimpse in to the world of pie with these traditional holiday pies, starting with an easy to make from scratch pie crust recipe.

Then we’ll go over Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, and Blueberry Pie recipes that are affordable and easy to make this holiday season (or any random day that feels like it deserves a pie!)
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Lime Sherbert Cupcakes with Whipped Topping Made Gluten Free

As it often starts, I was browsing Pinterest and I came across a recipe that looked interesting. I thought to myself, “The kids would like that, it would be a fun weekend dessert.” Layered cupcakes with sherbert and whipped topping. Sounded yummy. Pinned it to refer to later….

Well, it’s the weekend and it happens to also be a certain little boy’s birthday, so I decided to go for it. Just incase my efforts fail miserably, we’re also having a standard chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. So all bases are covered!

The original recipe I pinned came from Tablespoon.com and was made with orange sherbert and complementary flavors. But Lucas loves lime sherbert, so I decided to make some flavor changes, and of course I wanted to make the cake gluten free, so I put my experiment apron and got to work. So here’s what I did…

My ingredient list;
1 Betty Crocker gluten free yellow cake mix (mixed as directed, but used cream instead of water)
+ the eggs, vanilla, and butter needed for the cake mix
1 container lime sherbert
1 container frozen whipped topping
1 package flaked coconut for garnish

So you want a thin layer of cake in the bottom of the cupcake cup, and the original recipe suggested a heaping tablespoon of batter and baking for 10 minutes. I tried to eyeball it with a medium sized ice cream scooper and my first 12 turned out too thick, so I just frosted that dozen as regular small cupcakes. I dug out a better spoon and tried again – much better my second try. Basically you want it to be about half a cupcake or less so you have room to add the sherbert layer.

While the cakes cooled off on cooling racks, I left the sherbert on the counter to soften up. I walked away and started writing my blog post, poked around Pinterest some more, probably about 45 mins to an hour, then went back to add the sherbert layer.

I got a big spoon and scooped softened sherbert onto each cupcake and spread it like frosting. Then popped them in the freezer to firm up and left the whipped topping on the counter to thaw a little bit.

Once the sherbert layer was firm I did the same thing with the whipped topping, because regular frosting just felt wrong. Big spoonful, spread like frosting, sprinkled with coconut flakes, and popped them back in the freezer and left them there overnight.

They’re not as pretty as I’d like them to be, working with melting ingredients is a little more difficult than I expected :-p Despite the lack of beauty, the kids sure seem to like them.

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Festive Christmas Bread Recipe

Not your ordinary fruit loaf recipe!

Holiday Cherry Bread
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 ¾ cups flour
  2. 2/3 cups brown sugar
  3. ½ teaspoon salt
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1/3 cup butter
  7. ½ cup chopped nuts
  8. 1 jar (10 ounce size) maraschino cherries
Instructions
  1. Drain cherries and reserve 4 tablespoons juice. Roughly chop cherries and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt and mix well. In a separate bowl cream together butter, sugar, eggs and the 4 tablespoons cherry juice. Mix well until fully combined.
  3. Add the butter and sugar mix to the flour mixture and mix well. Then gently fold in chopped cherries and nuts.
  4. Lightly grease a 9-inch loaf pan and scoop batter into pan, spread evenly.
  5. Bake bread in a preheated oven at 350F for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour or until golden and baked through. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack for 15 minutes.
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