What are your thoughts on canned fruit? Do you think they lose their nutritional value? In winter months when fresh produce is scarce or not very appealing, do you go to canned produce? Well you should!!
The canning process has actually been proven to increase nutrients, including antioxidants and Vitamin A. Canned peaches are also nearly four times higher in Vitamin C and 10 times higher in folate than fresh peaches. Think of how far your fruit has to travel before it reaches you. In a nice vacuum packed container makes more sense for our winter months.
Not only are they nutritious, canned California cling peaches are delicious and versatile and can be included in a number of recipes like this Protein-Packed Peach Smoothie!!
California cling peaches do not contain added sugar. They are packed in water or their own light juice.
This smoothie was so delicious, I had never tried the almond milk before either and really enjoyed. Our daughter and her friend loved them too.
It is Bundt time again and this month’s theme is Spices and hosted by Deepti of Baking Yummies. Thank you kindly for hosting Deepti!!! I started thinking of using all these exotic spices but then cinnamon buns popped into my head. I wanted something with the real taste of a really good cinnamon bun, you know like the kind you get in one of those lovely cinnamon bun shops in the mall or in a bakery with the yummy cream cheese frosting that gets all over your fingers and face!! You feel like a kid again eating one of those!!
I wanted that same experience in a bundt cake. I have to admit, I was really experimenting this time, not adapting from anything. What a relief when this beautiful bundt popped out!!
Then I wanted to add a scrumptious cream cheese frosting!!
Then I nervously cut into it to see the interior and could have jumped for joy!! I was so happy with the swirls and the moistness of the cake. It was really the best one I have made so far. Loved the cinnamon, pecans and cream cheese frosting. You have to try this show stopper of a cake!!
A bundt cake that tastes just like a delicious homemade cinnamon roll!!
½ cup butter, softened
1¼ cup sugar
2¼ cup flour
2 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1-153 gm. package instant vanilla pudding mix
½ cup sour cream
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
⅓ cup chopped pecans
⅔ cup chopped pecans
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
½ cup butter, softened
1 Tbsp. flour
Cream Cheese Glaze
4 oz. cream cheese
2 cups icing
2-3 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray and flour the inside. Spread the ⅓ cup pecans on the bottom of the pan and set aside. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and pudding mix. Set aside.
In a standup mixer beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well. Add the flour alternatively with the sour cream and milk, ending with the flour. Beat well for 2 min.
Mix the swirl ingredients together. Pour half the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan, take half the swirl mixture and with your hands drop small pieces all around the center of the batter, connecting the filling like a ring in the middle. Pour the remaining batter in and top with the rest of the swirl mixture, pressing it into the batter slightly again making a ring in the middle of the batter. Bake for 50-60 min. or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool for 10-15 min. Then carefully place on a cooling rack to cool completely. The cake is so moist it can be made a day ahead of time, wrapped with foil.
When ready to serve. Whip together the cream cheese glaze by creaming the cream cheese until softened, slowly add the icing sugar and vanilla. Add enough milk for desired consistency. Beat for 3-4 min. on high to remove any lumps. Pour over cake and serve.
#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board right here. http://www.pinterest.com/flpl/bundtbakers/
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email to Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask to join our private Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/232682126893174 This is a purely administrative group. All recipes and photographs can be found on our individual blogs or our Pinterest board.
Here are some more delicious spiced bundts to try:
One of the perks of being a blogger is that I get invites out to restaurants and events. Milestones Grill and Bar was kind enough to send me a gift card to try out one of their restaurants.
They have three locations here in Calgary and more in Edmonton, British Columbia and Ontario.
Ken, Amber and I went for a brunch to the Market Mall location. It is located just within the mall. We were greeted warmly upon entering and brought to a nice big comfortable booth. The atmosphere is casual dining with an upscale feel. The decor is contemporary and the service friendly.
There is a centrally located bar with TVs that I didn’t find distracting but enjoyable to glance at every now and then.
Amber was not very hungry as she had eaten prior to coming so she chose something off the appetizer menu.
Crispy Asian Chicken Bites with your choice of sauce either, Sweet Chili or Spicy Thai. She chose the Sweet Chili and really enjoyed them!!
Ken tried a new item on the brunch menu Smoked Salmon Eggs Benny. Look at how utterly fantastic this looks. Ken did order a side of sausage that were very anemic looking and was sent back. They did send out some nicer looking sausage and in the end didn’t charge us for it, so I like when situations are comfortably remedied!!
I wanted to try an old standard off the menu, the waitress said it is one of the most popular. So I went for the Prime Rib Hash. Look at that mess of deliciousness!!!
I would like to return to try out their dinner and lunch menus. They also have a fun Date Night Menu, Dinner for 2 for $50, from appetizer to dessert and it looks fantastic!!
I have been to their other location on Stephen Avenue mall and enjoyed the lunch there very much as well. Thank you Milestones for your hospitality.
The theme this month is Wake Up From Winter with Coffee and Tea. I like both beverages but I can’t tolerate caffeine, does crazy things to me and I am already a little nutty. So I stick with non caffeinated products but I do like a bit of chocolate in my life I have to admit!!
I was given these wonderful spices for as a gift from my girlfriend Rina for baking. Unique spices, like spiced vanilla sugar, granulated orange peel and Chai Spice Baking Blend. Well, I cracked that Chai open and was so in love with the aroma!! I know how popular Chai tea is but I haven’t had one as they are always caffeinated. It would be a great spice to add to chocolate chip cookies. So off I went to make them!!
I love chocolate chip cookies and I just upped them with that delicious chai spice.
Crispy edges and soft centers make these cookies a delight!!
Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies for Creative Cookie Exchange
Author: Tara Noland
Recipe type: Dessert
A lovely combination of chai spices and chocolate, make up this unique cookie!
1 cup softened butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. Chai spice
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375F. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, Chai spice and salt. Gradually blend into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop from a small spoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet or use parchment paper or Silpat liners. Bake 10-12 min. until golden brown.
The theme this month is Wake from Winter with Coffee and Tea–because unlike last month, now our Spring Fever has some basis in reality! Creative Cookie Exchange has decided to stop using the linky. What this means is that the only way to join in the fun is to become a host. Just contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.
You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Facebook page, our Pinterest Board, and our monthly posts. You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made: