Tuesday Tots ~ Fruity English Muffin

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2 English muffins, split

1 (8 ounce) container pineapple yogurt

3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries

3/4 cup drained crushed pineapple

Directions

Lightly toast the English muffin halves in a toaster. Spread each half with pineapple yogurt. Top each half with strawberries and pineapple. Serve while English muffins are still warm.

Foodie Friday ~ Blueberry & Lemon Crumb Bars

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2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons white sugar

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1 pinch salt

1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

FILLING:

2 cups fresh blueberries

1/4 cup white sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

CRUMB TOPPING:

5 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.

Start by making the crust. In a medium bowl, stir together the 2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons white sugar, lemon zest and salt. Cut in the 1/2 cup butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat egg and vanilla together; stir into the crumb mixture until a dough forms. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly.

Sprinkle blueberries over the crust. Combine the 1/4 cup sugar and nutmeg; sprinkle over the blueberries. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, cream together the 5 tablespoons butter and brown sugar until smooth. Mix in the flour, so that the mixture is crumbly like streusel. Sprinkle over the blueberry layer.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until browned. Cool and then dust with confectioners’ sugar before cutting into bars.

Foodie Friday ~ Yummy Blueberry French Toast

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12 slices day-old bread, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes

1 cup fresh blueberries

12 eggs, beaten

2 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup water

1 cup fresh blueberries

1 tablespoon butter

Directions

Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange half the bread cubes in the dish, and top with cream cheese cubes. Sprinkle 1 cup blueberries over the cream cheese, and top with remaining bread cubes.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and syrup. Pour over the bread cubes. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the bread cube mixture from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cover, and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking 25 to 30 minutes, until center is firm and surface is lightly browned.

In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, cook 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in the remaining 1 cup blueberries. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, until the blueberries burst. Stir in the butter, and pour over the baked French toast.

Foodie Friday ~ Cranberry Orange Loaf

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2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon grated orange zest

1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries

1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup margarine, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup orange juice

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in orange zest, cranberries, and pecans. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together margarine, sugar, and egg until smooth. Stir in orange juice. Beat in flour mixture until just moistened. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until the bread springs back when lightly touched. Let stand 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Wrap in plastic when completely cool.