Sweet Apple Rolls

Last week I posted about a not so successful endeavor with sweet rolls. They were good, but they were not as fantastic as I had hoped they’d be. I took a few more attempts at it, and it turned out that with a few tweaks, and some delicious apples, they became what I had hoped they’d be. They were so yummy, that there is no picture for this week because they were devoured so quickly. (Don’t worry though, because when I make them again, I will post a picture. ;))
As a little bit of a disclaimer, I would just like to say that I absolutely love the taste of vanilla. It is probably one of my most favourite flavors of them all. In turn, these rolls have a very obvious taste and smell of vanilla. The aroma of these rolls is so amazing while they are rising is to die for.
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Sweet Rolls Recipe

This was not a success. But then again, I would not consider it a failure though. The taste was very nice. Sweet and light, and they tasted fabulous with some honey butter spread on them. My mom loved them; said they were the best thing I have made. But, when I went looking for this recipe, I wanted sweeter. Something different. I have a plan to make these again, but with a few changes. I want to see how it will taste with a thin apple slice inside, and a bit more sugar and cinnamon. I will post about that foray once I have new results.
I deviated from the original recipe a little bit, in that I added a brown sugar, cinnamon mixture on the inside. I also did not make these with a bread machine, as the original recipe states, as I do not have one. These can be made as crescents, like I made them, or they can be made as rolls. Either one works fine, and should cook for the same amount of time. Also, the original recipe says to only let your dough rise for about 2 hours. When I make any kind of bread, I like to let mine rise a lot. I love the high breads that come out of it, and the light textures. If you are short on time, you can have them only rise on hour for each rise, but in an ideal scenario, let them rise for about 6-12 hours each!
Original recipe here.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins Recipe

Going along with my denial about it not being fall, and the fact that I had half a can of pumpkin left over from my Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Bread, I decided to make more pumpkin things! These muffins provided by Sally at Sally’s Baking Addiction were so delicious. Although the original recipe says to only put about one spoonful of the cheesecake filling in-between the two scoops of pumpkin batter, I decided to put quite a bit more.. I am a little bit on a cream cheese kick since my recent cheesecake failures. The muffins turned out to be amazingly moist, and the streusel added the perfect amount of sweetness.
Also, in spite of the fact that most of the time you are supposed to cook things with cream cheese until a toothpick comes out clean, I am not a fan of the taste of overcooked cream cheese. I cooked my muffins just under the time listed, so that a knife inserted came out with no batter on it, but a small amount of cream cheese remained. This made it so when they completely set, the inside is not stiff, but still creamy and yummy.

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Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I am a little bit in denial about the fact that it is not Fall. But who can blame me? Here in the valley of California, we don’t really get seasons. Its just hot with some cold mixed in around December to mid February, maybe three rainy days, and then hot again. I live in a perpetual state of Summer. But I want Fall. 
So today I took matters into my own hands and created Fall in my kitchen with a little help from my very best friend.
This pumpkin bread is absolutely heavenly. The warm spices mixed with the rich flavour of the pumpkin is to die for. On top of that, the chocolate swirl gives this bread a whole new dimension of flavours to entice your taste buds. Oh, and did I mention that it will make your kitchen smell amazing? Even better, it tastes wonderful spread with salted butter and eaten for breakfast. If that doesn’t make you want to create this bread yourself, then I’m not sure what will.
Special thanks to the talented Nicole for this recipe.
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Chai Spiced Scones Recipe

Chai tea is probably one of my most favorite things in the entire world. I will drink it day, night, afternoon, anytime.
I went on a search for spiced scones, and all of the ones that found said that I had to steep a teabag and use it in the recipe, and I didn’t like the idea of that.. So I found a recipe for basic buttermilk scones, and went to work trying to achieve the wonderful chai flavor. Of course, the first batch weren’t very good. Not much flavor in them, and they were very dry. Batch number two were not much better, but they were less dry. When I finally rolled around to batch number three, I was very happy with how they came out. The flavor of cloves and cinnamon danced on my tongue, while the slight hint of vanilla was a perfect addition.
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