This Russian Apple Pirog Recipe is made every Christmas or any other important holiday in honor of my beautiful niece, Kristina who was adopted by my sister, Denise from Russia in 1996. Please bare with me while I tell you this story about my niece, Kristina Olga L. It was in August 1996 and my sister Denise and her husband Mike flew to The Russian Far East to adopt her. I was lucky enough to watch her big brother David along with some of my daughters. We were able to interact with my nephew David while they went through the red tape of adoption. She was in a baby orphanage. She was actually 3 years and 9 months old when she arrived in the US.
I remember seeing her for the first time….my heart melted with love and joy for her. She had a pretty new dress and shoes which she would not let anyone take off. We think she was afraid she would never get them back. Kristina was holding very tight to her new baby doll. She was raised in an orphanage where nothing is really yours…
When we sat down to eat dinner, Kristina would only eat bread….LOTS of bread. I remember thinking she must not realize she is a gift to all of us and she will now be very well taken care of for life. She seemed to think if she didn’t grab the bread there would be none…..I remember thinking how lucky my girls were when growing up. We had all the necessities of life. My husband and I grew up in quite poor circumstances but we still had what we needed. Here is a little girl who grew up with very little of what she really needed…..I mean needed. I am not saying wanted. Well, this little Princess is now a junior in college majoring in biology. She is a joy to everyone who knows her. I love you so much, Kristina!
Kristina now makes the Russian Apple Pirog herself. (more…)
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This yummy coffee cake recipe is so moist and is a perfect “make ahead” coffee cake for Christmas morning. You can freeze it and thaw it Christmas morning while you open presents. Anytime I can make something and freeze it the easier my morning is when fixing breakfast for family or friends on any holiday. My friend, Heather S. has always made this cake for me for years when I head up to Salt lake City, Utah for a visit. She knows anything she makes for me I will love, but she also knows this is one of my favorite treats! I did change the recipe a bit, as we all do. I call it modifying my favorite recipes. This coffe cake is not your usual dry and crumbly coffee cake. You could actually serve this for a dessert “as is” without any frosting. I am a cream cheese frosting lover and even I don’t need a frosting on this fluffy moist creamy like textured cake. Add a few mini chocolate chips and this is a perfect addition to any meal. The subtle cinnamon flavor is the best!
Here is the recipe:
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Cook time||55 minutes|
|Total time||1 hours, 10 minutes|
|Meal type||Breakfast, Dessert|
|Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl EXCEPT the chocolate chips, cinnamon, brown & white sugars. After blending the dry ingredients with the eggs and water, fold in the chocolate chips. Blend the white sugar, brown sugar & cinnamon, set aside. Pecan nuts are optional. Grease a Bundt pan. Scoop half of the batter into the Bundt pan and sprinkle 1/2 of the cinnamon mixture on top of the first layer of batter. Spread the last of the batter and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture on to the top of the last layer of batter. Use your spoon to partially blend the last of the cinnamon mixture into the batter. Bake for about 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.|
This is my all time favorite whole wheat bread recipe, that also makes the best whole wheat dinner rolls. Here’s the deal, if you start with fresh ingredients anyone can make the most delicious bread. You can save money on your food budget at the same time. I grew up with my mother making bread. I absolutely love the smell of baking bread coming from the kitchen. There is just something about the feel of bread dough in your hands that is so therapeutic to me. When my girls were little they would love to have a chunk of dough to play and mold their own loaf. My grandkids and “adopted” neighbor grandkids have all loved playing with real bread dough. Well, I did a post showing how to make my no-fail white dinner rolls and I received many emails asking for a whole wheat recipe dinner roll.
Here they are ready to bake. Today I used the recipe below and made 5-one pound loaves and one cake pan with 12 dinner rolls. I make them about 2 to 2-1/2 inches in diameter balls. I tuck the edges underneath and space them about one inch apart in the greased 9 inch by 13 inch cake pan. (more…)
This time of year it is so nice to have an easy whole wheat pumpkin bread recipe to make! This bread recipe came from my friend, Lynda. She is an amazing cook, baker, you name it! I love just about anything with pumpkin in it. Pumpkin pie, cookies and bread. This recipe is very moist and absolutely yummy! What is really fun about this particular recipe is the fact that this bread was baked in regular loaf pans, and also in the pumpkin puree can! It really is a fun looking loaf of sweet pumpkin bread to take to someone special. I plan to have these loafs of bread as part of my Thanksgiving dinner. I also plan to give a loaf or two to some neighbors I know who don’t do a lot of baking, but who really love fresh bread of any kind. This bread also adds color to your dinner table as you try to make things look and feel more festive. Try the bread plain, with butter or with your favorite jam or jelly. You can feel good about serving this bread as a dessert with some whipping cream, it’s delicious!
This is such an easy recipe to make and then to bake it in the pumpkin can or the loaf pans….LOVE it! (more…)