To Bake / Cranberry Butter Dutch Baby

 
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     Good morning! Cranberry season is still in full force around my house. I had such an excess from making cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, and it's been a lot easier than I thought to find uses for the leftover sauce, but also for the raw cranberries! I've been adding the fresh cranberries to my daily lunch smoothie, and stirring in the leftover sauce with some greek yogurt to add to my grain or lentil bowls. Today though, I've added my beloved cranberry sauce to butter for this cinnamon dutch baby pancake (recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest)! It's the perfect amount of sweet for breakfast or brunch, and serves 3-6 people (depending on how many slices you eat :)). Get the recipe below!

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For the Dutch Baby:

- 4 eggs

- 2/3 cup of milk

- 2/3 cup of AP flour

- 2 tsp. of vanilla

- a good shake of cinnamon

- another good shake of nutmeg

- 1/2 tsp. of salt

- 4 tbs. of butter

- syrup for serving!

For the Cranberry Butter:

- 1/2 cup of cranberry sauce 

- 4 tbs. of butter at room temp.

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Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450, place 2 tbs. of butter in your cast-iron skillet, and put in the oven to warm. While that's heating, blend your flour, milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and 2 tbs. of butter in a blender. Make sure there are no lumps!

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2. Pour batter into your hot skillet, and place back in the oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes, and don't open the oven or your pancake will deflate! 

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3. While the pancake is baking, mix together your soft butter and cranberry sauce. When the dutch baby is done, spoon on cranberry butter and let melt.

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4. Drizzle with A LOT of syrup. 

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5. Serve warm and enjoy!

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     I, as usual, enjoyed mine with a cup of black coffee (the perfect pairing with a breakfast so sweet!). The pancake was the fluffy, sweet, and buttery confection I was looking for, and I hope you all enjoy it!

    Thanks for reading, and have a fun Tuesday! I'll be back later this week to share about my new gifting philosophy for Bailey this year. See you then!

To Make / Wood Butter

 

     Hi there! Last weekend, I ran across this cool wood butter DIY from Homesong, and it sounded so practical, I had to give it a try. I am a big fan of wooden serving utensils, and have a lot. That being said, I never thought to polish them! It makes total sense, if you're planning to make the wood last, and I'm so glad I made it. It works for any wood surface, so you can polish all of the wood furniture you have too! Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- 2 tbs. of coconut oil

- 2 tbs. of beeswax

- a jar

Directions:

1. Place your coconut oil and beeswax in your glass jar. Fill a sauce pan about halfway with water, and place the jar in the center, as shown above.

2. Bring the pan to a boil at medium heat to melt the wax and coconut, and stir once completely melted.

3. To use, rub small amounts on anything wooden, and enjoy!

To Make Pear Butter

 

     Hey readers! Have you ever given food as a gift? Well I haven't, so this year, I decided to make some pear butter and put to good use all of my little jars that I've been hoarding. While I have tried and loved apple butter, I wanted something more seasonal for the winter. Pears are deliciously sweet, just like apples, so I figured they would make an excellent substitute. This pear butter is a nice, clean recipe; no sugar and only the three ingredients you see above! Honey has become one of my favorite things to cook with, seeing as its natural and just as sweet as sugar. Also, that beautiful golden color gets me every time. Especially when styled next to pears. Oh, how they compliment each other! It doesn't hurt either, that this butter is so good it's addictive. Slather it on some fresh bread, and you can't stop eating it! If you love pears, this one's for you!

Ingredients:

- 3 large pears (any type will do)

- 3 tbs. of honey

- 1 tsp. of cinnamon

- 1 tsp. of nutmeg

Directions:

Step one: Skin and dice your pears, then throw into a medium size saucepan with all other ingredients. Heat over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

Step two: Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 50 minutes.

Step three: After the simmering, put softened pear mixture into a food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer to a jar or whatever container you choose, and enjoy!