Sunday Morning Pancakes

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We do Sunday mornings right at my house.

Each Sunday, a day my fiancé and I look forward to beginning on Fridays, we always orchestrate a great breakfast – at times, better described as brunch – to enjoy and banter over.  It’s a time for us to team up and make delicious, indulgent food and talk to one another about the issues of the day, the upcoming week, and so on.  Sometimes this meal consists of French toast, other times waffles.  We’ve been known to serve cheese and fruit.  Other times, we head to one of our favorite local restaurants to dine on their fare.  However, we most enjoy Sunday mornings at home, dressed in our pajamas and sipping coffee, working together to create edible majesty.

I detested breakfast foods as a child.  I refused to eat cereal; I loathed the sight of pancakes.  I might occasionally eat a waffle, but that was the best that could be expected of me at breakfast.  As I’ve grown older and my palate has become more mature, I’ve learned to enjoy breakfast, although serving me eggs, bacon, or pork sausage would be a mistake.Read More »

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Chocolate Easter Egg Bars

Chocolate Easter Egg Bars // Flour and Fancy

Easter is just around the corner, four days around the the corner to be exact.  As adults, we have to take time to inject a little whimsy into our lives.  We’re working every day.  We’re paying bills.  We’re balancing personal commitments.  It’s important to take time for fun and creativity.  That’s what these Chocolate Easter Egg Bars are all about for me – the smooth taste of chocolate with a double dose of whimsy.

It’s all too tempting to just grab a bag or two of candy from the local store to treat those close to you.  However, a handmade chocolatey gift adds a special touch that can’t be found nestled in a Hershey or Nestle wrapper.  The act of giving something you made is entirely different.  Sure, a child may not appreciate the distinction, but you will, knowing this chocolate delicacy is a creation all your own.  Your adult gift recipients will definitely detect and appreciate the difference.  Or better yet, you will appreciate it when you devour them!Read More »

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Doughnuts

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Doughnuts // Flour and Fancy

Chocolate and peanut butter.  Peanut butter and chocolate.  The two are as notorious a couple as Bonnie and Clyde and twice as dangerous.  Put them together, and craziness is bound to ensue.  No where can such delectable craziness be better observed and in my chocolate chip peanut butter doughnuts.

Envision a peanut butter and chocolate cookie, given a pillowy, cloud-like texture, and served in a ring shape.  In a nutshell, that’s the end result of this recipe: decadent, fluffy, and flavorful.  These doughnuts are so flavorful, in fact, that I didn’t bother with a  glaze.  These doughnuts stand alone with all the sweetness and flavor necessary to satisfy your craving without a hardened milk and powdered sugar mixture atop them.Read More »

Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins

Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins // Flour and Fancy

I’m on a gluten-free recipe development kick.  Personally, my diet contains gluten, but there are more and more people in my life that are choosing to say no to gluten.  It’s also a request I’ve received from you, my readers – where’s the recipes that aren’t packed to the brim with gluten, gluten, gluten?

I confess that I was initially skeptical about a gluten-free diet.  I did not have any great desire to integrate it into my cooking or baking.  However, as people in my life began adopting this way of munching, I knew I couldn’t hold out.  For me, the joy of cooking lies in sharing – in making a succulent dish or baked good that others adore.  I live for the phrase, “Wow, Callie.  This is amazing!”  And since this is a labor of love for me, I needed to hop on the gluten-free train.

I was working on my guest blogger piece for Culicurious – a great New Orleans food blog by my pal, Addie – that was featured yesterday.  While I was writing about family, love, and cornbread muffins, I thought, I want to revamp this recipe to be gluten-free and feature it.  After all, when you love ’em, you have to consider their diet when you bake for them.Read More »