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Jalapeno Cheddar Quick Bread

This Jalapeno Cheddar Quick Bread is a great addition to your dinner table.  In about 1 hour you can have fresh baked bread to serve alongside your soups, stews or casseroles.  Easy and delicious!

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If you love fresh bread served with your meals, quick breads are your best friend!  In one hours time you can prepare, bake and have warm fresh bread on your table.  Can’t beat that!

Quick breads are breads that don’t require yeast, and instead use leaveners, so there is no need for kneading and waiting for the dough to rise.  They’re the easiest kind of bread to make.  So when you’re pressed for time and just want fresh, warm bread for your dinner table you can have it.  Just stir together some simple ingredients, bake it for an hour and you’ve got fresh bread ready to devour!

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I love quick breads so much that I make them quite often, and I like to play with the ingredients to suit our meals.  But this Jalapeno Cheddar Quick Bread is our favourite thus far.

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It’s moist, cheesy and spicy, making it perfect to serve with chili or ribs or dipped in soup!

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For this Jalapeno Cheddar Quick Bread I used Astro® Original Balkan Style Yogourt (6%).  I love to use yogourt in my baking as I find it makes cakes, breads and loaves very moist and delicious!  Astro® Original yogourt is perfect for baking because it’s thick and creamy (made with 100% all-natural ingredients: skim milk, cream and active bacterial cultures).  Using yogourt in this quick bread recipe results in a moist and scrumptious loaf.

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And for fun I put together a quick video to show you how to make this Jalapeno Cheddar Quick Bread!  In a one minute video I show you how to have this bread on your dinner table in one hour!

I hope you will watch it!

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Yields 1 Loaf

Jalapeno Cheddar Quick Bread

15 minPrep Time

60 minCook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 11/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup Astro® Original Balkan Style Yogourt 6%
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium sized jalapeno, minced

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogourt, milk and egg.
  4. Whisk the melted butter into the yogourt mixture.
  5. Add the yogourt mixture to the flour mix, and gently combine.
  6. Stir in the shredded cheese and minced jalapeno.
  7. Line a 9 x 5 baking tin with parchment paper and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the bread comes out clean.
Recipe Type: Bread
http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/jalapeno-cheddar-quick-bread/

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Chocolate Bundt Cake

This Chocolate Bundt Cake is moist, chocolaty and perfectly fudge-y!

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I love Bundt cakes…everything about them.  They’re delicious, gorgeous and so easy to make.  Oh, and have I mentioned the pans?  All of the glorious beautiful pans?  I have a Bundt pan obsession and I don’t care who knows it!  Recently I bought a new one, and it was just calling out to have a chocolate cake baked in it.  So I rose to the challenge and made this delicious Chocolate Bundt Cake.

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This is the kind of cake that likely won’t last through one dessert session, and if it does it will call you from the counter demanding that you come eat it right now.  And you’ll think of it as it sits there, and your mouth will water and you’ll then need to go over with your fork and eat it.  all.  up.

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It’s so delicious.  Moist, chocolatey and irresistible.  For this cake I used Astro® Original Balkan Style Yogourt (6%) in the recipe.  I like to use yogourt in many of my cake recipes, because I just know that by adding it, the cake will come out moist.  But I like to use a thick and creamy yogourt like Astro which is made with only 3 ingredients: skim milk, cream and active bacterial cultures.  It’s the perfect consistency for cakes, and adds just the right amount of moisture.  I truly think the best kind of cake recipes are the ones that have an ingredient like yogourt in them.

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So shall I tell you how this Chocolate Bundt Cake turned out?  Fudgey yet cakey and mega scrumptious.  It’s the kind of cake you can eat 2 days later (if it lasts that long) and it’s still moist.  SO so good.

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I chose not to put any icing on this cake, because sometimes it’s just nice to eat cake.  Moist, chocolate-y cake in all it’s glory.  No icing to confuse the flavour.  So I kept it simple and it was perfect.  You should make it.

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Chocolate Bundt Cake

15 minPrep Time

60 minCook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup Astro® Original Balkan Style Yogourt 6%
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup strong coffee (warm or cool)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prep your Bundt pan by spraying the inside of the pan with a baking spray containing flour (you can find this spray in the baking aisle at your grocery store). This step is so important if you want your cake to slide out of the pan. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogourt, milk, eggs, vanilla, coffee and vegetable oil.
  5. Add the egg mixture to dry ingredients, and mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  6. Pour your batter into your prepped Bundt pan. Gently tap the pan on the countertop to remove air bubbles.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  8. When done, let your pan cool on a wire rack for about 15 - 20 minutes before removing the cake.
Recipe Type: Cake
http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/chocolate-bundt-cake/

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Make Your Culinary Dreams Come True!

If you love cooking with yogourt, you could WIN* $10,000 to make your Culinary Dreams Come True!  Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime culinary adventure to Italy, or a state-of-the-art kitchen makeover, your original recipe made with Astro® Original Balkan Style Yogourt could get you a chance to WIN* a Grand Prize of $10,000, or one of three Runner-Up Prizes and a chance to be featured in Chatelaine!  Find Out How To Enter Here!

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Lemon Scones with Lemon Curd Glaze  {A Pretty Life}Feature

Lemon Scones with Lemon Curd Glaze

Make these Lemon Scones and serve them with Lemon Curd Glaze!  A delicious and very lemony treat!

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So before we get to the lemon scones, can we just talk about this turquoise baking sheet for a second?  Seriously, LOOK at it.  Have you ever seen a more gorgeous pan?  I saw it at Winners and had to have it, I mean how could I not?

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I envisioned all kinds of baking that I could make on it, and how pretty it would look in pictures…a food blogger is always thinking about food pictures and props, all the dang time.  I no longer just see dishes when I’m shopping, I see them as food props, and imagine them in blog and Instagram posts!  It’s a sickness I tell you.  😉

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I decided to christen this pan with a delicious batch of lemon scones…the yellow with the turquoise?!  Oh heck yes.  But most importantly these scones are so scrumptious.  I love all kinds of scones, strawberry white chocolate, hot cross scones, eggnog scones, pumpkin, vanilla white chocolate…you name it.  But the best of them all?  These lemon scones.  With the lemon curd glaze.  You have to make the glaze to go with them, and not just any glaze, but this lemon curd glaze.  I tried a couple different variations of glazes for these scones, but none were lemony enough for my liking.  I wanted the glaze to taste like a lemon meringue pie filling, so I decided to make a lemon curd glaze.  This glaze has less eggs than a traditional curd, giving it a more glossy look.  That, and this glaze is thicker, making it perfect for drizzling.

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The scones are light and flaky and perfectly lemony, the glaze is tart and full of lemon flavour, making them a match made in heaven!  I hope you try them and love em!

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Lemon Scones with Lemon Curd Glaze

20 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    Lemon Scones:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of cold butter (cut into small chunks)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (half & half works too)
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • Lemon Curd Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • juice from 1 lemon (about 1/2 cup)
  • zest from 1 lemon

Instructions

    Lemon Scones:
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Using a pastry cutter, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until the butter is pea sized.
  4. Stir in the cream until the dough is moistened, but be careful not to over mix it or the biscuits will be tough.
  5. Stir in the lemon zest.
  6. Lay a sheet of wax or parchment paper onto your counter.
  7. Press the dough into a ball and transfer it on to the paper and press it down into a circular disk. Then using a rolling pin (or your hands), roll and flatten the dough to a 1/2 inch thickness.
  8. Using knife cut the dough into triangles.
  9. Spread the biscuits out onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for ~10-15 minutes. The scones are done when the bottom edges are slightly brown.
  10. When they are done baking, transfer the scones to a cooling rack.
  11. Lemon Curd Glaze:
  12. In a saucepan whisk together the sugar and the egg until smooth.
  13. Stir in the melted butter, fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest, and cook on low-medium heat, whisking often.
  14. Whisk and cook until the lemon curd glaze thickens, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  15. Putting them together:
  16. Once the scones have cooled, drizzle them with the lemon curd glaze, and serve the extra glaze on the side!
Cuisine: Bread |

Notes

Please note, the glaze will thicken as it cools.

http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/lemon-scones-lemon-curd-glaze/

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Crockpot Beef Dip Recipe  {A Pretty Life}4

Crockpot Beef Dip Recipe

A delicious and classic beef dip recipe that you can make in your crockpot or slow cooker!

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Beef dip is a quintessential classic comfort food.  As a kid, every time we would go out for dinner the first thing I would look for on the menu was beef dip.  There is something so delicious about a bun filled with tender meat and onions, dipped in a flavourful au jus.  So good.

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Even now as an adult I will often order a beef dip…one of the best ones I have ever had was from a little restaurant in Revelstoke, BC called Three Bears.  It’s gone now, but I will never forget their beef dip…it was smothered in cooked red peppers, onions and horseradish.  When I took my first bite I was MIND BLOWN at the peppers and horseradish, as I only ever had a beef dip served in it’s classic form.  Now I can’t eat a beef dip without them.

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This recipe is made in the crockpot which I love because I can have dinner pretty much ready by 10 in the morning, and I have all day to let it cook and get all tender and delicious.  Then come supper time, all I have to do is shred the meat with a fork, set the table with all of the fixings and dinner is ready.

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On a side note I have to tell you how much I love my crockpot…this one is the Breville Risotto Plus.  It’s awesome because I can saute the meat right in it before I set it to cook.  A crockpot that can saute is the best invention ever, and perfect for recipes like this.

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This is a great dinner for any time…weeknights, Sunday dinner, summer, fall or winter.  Easy, tasty and healthy!

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Crockpot Beef Dip Recipe
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Ingredients

    Crockpot Beef Dip:
  • 1 4lb beef roast (I like to use inside rounds - they are inexpensive and tasty after long roasting)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 can beef consomme
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt & pepper
  • Toppings
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • soft white buns
  • provolone cheese
  • horseradish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a skillet heat up the 1 tbsp of oil, then sear the roast on all sides, making sure to salt and pepper each side as you go.
  2. Once the beef is seared, add it the the crockpot with the remaining ingredients. Make sure to mix all of the ingredients together.
  3. Set the crockpot to low, and cook for 6 hours.
  4. After the cooking time, you can either slice the roast, or shred the meat using 2 forks.
  5. Skillet pepper and onions:
  6. In a skillet heat up about a tsp of oil, then saute the sliced peppers and onions. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Putting it all together:
  8. Serve the beef in buns with provolone cheese, the cooked peppers and onions, horseradish if you wish, and with the broth for dipping.
Recipe Type: Beef
http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/crockpot-beef-dip-recipe/

Recipe adapted from and inspired by Carlsbad Cravings

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Recipe tips & tricks:

  • These buns would be SO delicious if you toasted them first with the cheese.  Slice the buns, then lay them on a cookie sheet with slices of cheese on the open faces, then broil for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.  Then add the beef and toppings and enjoy!
  • For a deeper, more rich flavour, substitute all consomme for the beef broth.
  • Use any leftover beef and broth in a beef barley soup the next day.

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I hope you love it!

Have a delicious day!

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Lemon Whipped Cream

Lemon Whipped Cream is a delicious way to serve up an old favourite!

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I wonder how many bowls of whipped cream I’ve made over the years?  Mind boggling.  I love whipped cream, especially the homemade kind, so I serve it with almost every kind of pie, cake and rich dessert that I make.  I have always made the traditional kind using whipping cream, vanilla and sugar, but the other day as I was making a delicious strawberry dessert, I thought how delicious it would be with some lemon…so I made lemon whipped cream.  And it was as tasty as you can imagine it would be!

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Lemon Whipped Cream is light, creamy, tangy, sweet and bursting with fresh lemon flavour.  SO good.  Who knew?

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Just imagine it served with a lemon bundt cake, blueberry breakfast cake, strawberry shortcake or no bake strawberry cheesecakes.  Delicious.

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Ingredients

  • 1 - 500 mL container of whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • juice from half of a lemon
  • 1 - 2 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. In a mixer on the highest speed, whip together the whipping cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks are formed.
  2. Mix in the lemon juice and zest.
http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/lemon-whipped-cream/

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To go with this lemon whipped cream, I made these No Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes, and I’m sharing the recipe for them over on the Kendall-Jackson blog today!  Head on over to get that recipe, you won’t want to miss it…such a simple and tasty dessert!

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes

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