Hot Cross Buns

Remember how I started this whole bake-from-scratch-with-yeast challenge? Well, my primary goal was to be able to bake some Hot Cross Buns in celebration of Easter. And don’t ask me why people eat Hot Cross Buns for Easter, because I honestly don’t know. Here’s what I do know:┬áBaking from scratch with yeast is soooo time consuming! But that’s why people say baking is all about patience, because the more time you give the dough to rise, the fluffier and yummier the buns end up being!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Braid Bread

I figured it was about time that I graduated from baking mix and refrigerated dough baking to some hard core scratch baking where yeast and rising dough would be involved. I went recipe shopping on line and quickly came across one that caught my eye right away! What better recipe to start than one that uses A LOT of chocolate hazelnut spread! Whatever happens, at least it’ll taste good.

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

February is more than half way done, and yet the temperature shows no sign of “springing” back up (see what we did there?), but have instead taken a nose dive, plunging us back into the arctic cold, at least for those of who have the great pleasure of residing in the Midwest and on the East Coast…

But fear not, because the best way to stay warm in times like these is to turn on your oven! And The Queen is rising to the occasion (and again, see what we did there?) with a few immaculatey easy scratch baking recipes that will make everyone’s tummies warm and happy!

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Rosemary Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake

I have an obsession for lemon yogurt.

So when one of my friends started texting me about her plans to make a lemon yogurt poppy seed pound cake, I decided that I wanted one, too.

I didn’t want to worry about hunting down poppy seeds (which I’m sure isn’t that hard if I made an effort), so instead, I decided to add a pinch of rosemary. I mean the whole point of making this, was to give me a legit excuse to buy my favorite lemon yogurt on the company’s dime ­čÖé

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Bacon Chocolate PB Cookies!

On a bacon baking spree, we are! Mostly because I wanted bacon and got them weeks ago, but then totally slacked off with my baking, and now, with the best use by date fast approaching, had to pull out all the stops!

I had quite a few ingredients on hand, but in all honesty, the variety was pretty limiting. Pie crust, crescent rolls, flour, pancake mix, which are all options for a base ingredient, but I wouldn’t really be able to use them together for a same dish. And then I had bacon, a couple slabs of chocolate, and peanut butter.

And my baking light bulb lit up: How about a Bacon Chocolate PB Cookie? Because bacon makes everything better.

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Cheesy Bacon Beer Bread

It’s one of those nights. It’s late. And I have bacon on my mind. Well, I have bacon in my fridge, oh yes, and cheese that I just got over the weekend. And beer. So the wheels start turning. What could I possibly make with these three magical ingredients?

Cheesy Bacon Beer Bread, of course!

I have made cheesy beer breads with Immaculate Baking flour in the past, so consider this its tastier long-lost brother. Beer breads are great as a side bread on Soup Night, and with the rate this winter is shaking out to be, I’ve a feeling there may be plenty of Soup Nights up ahead.

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The Queen’s Corn Pudding

I love, LOVE corn! Anything that’s got corn in it, is delicious by association. So I was clearly ecstatic to come across this┬ácorn pudding recipe! I switched in our Immaculate Baking organic all-purpose flour, and because I couldn’t find fresh corn cobs at the Target I was shopping at, I went with frozen corn instead, and it worked just as well!

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I made this for the Friendsgiving I was invited to this Thanksgiving, but hey, the feasting holiday season is still on, and I’ll bet this would taste just as delicious at the Christmas dinner table this year!

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