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Apple Pull Apart Bread

I should really wrap up these apple posts and move on to some pumpkin!

Here is another gooey ooey yummy breakfast treat for fall. I love how easy it is as we all know I’m all for easy. You don’t even have to peel the apples in this one!

The recipe comes from the amazing blog Six Sister’s Stuff. I’m pretty much in love with them. If I try one of their recipes it’s sure to turn out! They even commented on one of my posts one day and I was in heaven since they are like my idols!

Remember that I still have my 2 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway going on for another day. Go enter before it’s to late! I’m giving away a Scentsy warmer and bar. It’s simply amazes me how many people have not heard of Scentsy. If you don’t have one or don’t know what it is please go visit the website. It’s simply the most amazing stuff you’ve ever heard of it. It smells amazing and it’s so much safer than burner candles! Plus if you REALLY love it then you can sell it and make some extra cash on the side. Trust me I’ve bought a lot of extra goodies for myself, like my super duper fancy camera, from selling it!

Next up is another pretty sweet giveaway from Tiny Prints! Stay tuned for that coming in the next few days!

Oh and I’ve moved into the current century and have Instragram now with my nifty new iPhone! Please find me at julieseatsandtreats. I’m lonely and look like I don’t have any friends on there!

Oh and one last thing (I PROMISE!) please leave me comments when you think something looks good, something is fun, you try anything or you just want to say HEY! I LOVE to hear from you all otherwise I feel like I’m blabbing to no one, kind of like when I talk to my hubby! Click the little comment button at the bottom of the post and leave me some lovin’!

Apple Pull Apart Bread
12 frozen dinner rolls, thawed
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Mix together the chopped apples, brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon until well combined.
3. Using a pair of kitchen scissors, but each roll into thirds. Place 12 small roll pieces on the bottom of the loaf pan. Drizzle a third of the melted butter on top of the roll pieces. Then top with third of apple mixture. Repeat layers two more times, until ingredients are used up.
4. Let rise for about an hour or until rolls have doubled in size. I actually let it raise overnight and it was pouring out over the side. I just stuck a knife into it several times and let the air out and then baked it.
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until tops are golden brown and the middle rolls are done.
6. You can drizzle a powdered sugar and milk glaze over the top if you want!

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Apple Struesel Bread

Things that get better with time. Gotta love them don’t you?

Take me for example. I’m a firm believer that I’m getting better with time and age. Oh sure when I was graduating high school I thought I had it ALL figured out, like most kids. Yes I say kid because that is exactly what I was. Trying to make all these huge life decisions and thinking that everything was going to work our magically.

You know what? It all did. There’s nothing I would change.

Did it work out how I had expected it to at that time? Heck no! Far from it. It worked out even better. I’m blessed and truly happy, but at that point in my life I was dreaming of far different things.

What was my dream? I’ll share it with ya! I was going to go to school for a bachelor’s degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management, mission accomplished on that one. I have the piece of paper to prove it! Then I was going to go off to some huge city, preferably New York City (of course!), and be a big wig CEO. Along with this dream was a amazing hubby (mission accomplished on this too details to follow), matching BMW’s (black preferably), high powered CEO of a major hotel, pencil skirts, suits, etc. Nice Huh?

My reality as it is now – Married to an amazing hubby, one beautiful and precious daughter, living in rural Minnesota (my hometown), driving a truck (Gasp!), working at a telecommunications company as a Service Coordinator, wearing sweats as often as possible (possibly decorated with spit up more often than not) etc. For the record I did live in a city for a few months, I hated it, I did manage a hotel for a few years, I disliked it, but I was good at it and sometimes I miss it.

You know what? I’m happy. I’ve aged, I’ve grown, and I’ve gotten better. I have everything I want, sure I wish for things, but I have what I need. I love living by family (most of the time, love you guys!), knowing the majority of the people I encounter on a daily basis and living in my little community. Things change, people grow and age.

This apple bread is way better the day after you make it! My hubby even commented after he had a piece after it cooled that it was way better. If he notices it must be true!

Apple Struesel Bread
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1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla
2 c. apple, peeled and diced
2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Beat butter, sugar and eggs until creamy. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla.

2. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda and salt.

3. Gradually stir flour mixture into butter mixture until just moistened. Mix in apples until combined.

4. In small food processor add topping ingredients and pulse until crumbly.

5. Spread half of apple batter into a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle half of struesel topping over batter. Repeat layers for 2nd half of batter and ending with the rest of the topping.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing. Remember better with age!

Recipe from:  Semi Homemade Mom

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Olive Garden Breadsticks

I LOVE Olive Garden. It’s a good thing that I live two hours from the closet one or I would have gained about 50 lbs and spent mucho dinero at that place by now. I can’t say I’m in love with any particular pasta dish. It’s the breadsticks and salad that do me in.

Now I’ve found the perfect recipe to cure my breadstick craving when it comes to Olive Garden. I’m just going to have to find the dressing recipe for Olive Garden now!

I think the key ingredient in these breadsticks is the sea salt so this is your warning if you don’t have sea salt go buy some!

These are super simple to make. Remember I’m scared of yeast! They do take a while to prepare as they have to rise etc. so please plan ample time. This is your warning because one night I was in a hurry and attempted these and it backfired. Good thing I gave them a second chance when I had more time! Also, the recipe makes quite a few breadsticks, so I halved the recipe.

Olive Garden Breadsticks
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1 1/2 c. warm water
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp year
1 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp butter, softened
4 c. flour

3 Tbsp butter, Melted & Divided
Sea salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder

1. For the dough, pour the water into a stand mixer with the sugar and yeast, let that sit and froth for about 10 minutes.

2. Add salt, butter, and 2 cups of flour. Mix the dough on low. Add the rest of the flour a half cup at a time, until dough scrapes the sides of the bowl clean. Mix the dough about 5 minutes on medium speed, until its soft and easy to work with.

3. Roll the dough out into a long log, cut the dough into 12-14 pieces. Roll those pieces into about 6 inch long snakes. Spray 2 large cookie sheets with cooking spray, and lay the breadsticks out leaving about 2 inches between each one. Place them in the oven with the temperature turned to 170 degrees. Let them rise for about 20 minutes, or until doubled in size.

4. Once risen, brush them with the 1 1/2 T of melted butter and sprinkle them with salt.

5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake them for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. While they are baking combine the rest of the melted butter with 1/4 t garlic powder. When the breadsticks are golden brown, remove them from the oven and brush them with the butter/garlic mixture.

Recipe From: Readable Eatables

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English Muffin Bread

When I found this recipe on Pinterest I was immediately dying to try it. Bread usually scares me because it calls for a certain temperature of liquids and the yeast just makes me nervous, but this one looked so simple I knew I could handle it and so can you!

I made this recipe on Friday and took a couple loaves out to my mom’s for coffee the next morning since I had to steal her loaf pans to make it as I needed four and only have two. I’ll be investing in two more trust me!

My brother’s girlfriend was at mom’s and we were all sitting at the kitchen table sipping our coffee and eating toast…sounds like the perfect little family on the farm doesn’t it? Don’t worry there was tons of good natured ribbing going on around the table too! Anyways back to the bro’s girlfriend. She looks at me and her eyes light up and she exclaims you so found this on Pinterest didn’t you? I started giggling and said yup you must have found my pin. So glad someone else can join me in my pinterest addiction!

This bread is so simple and easy plus it makes your home smell like a million bucks. It makes wonderful toast especially smothered with my mom’s homemade Strawberry Rhubarb jam. The hubby is waiting to make some eggs and sausage with it. He was super excited about this prospect!

English Muffin Bread
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5 1/2 cups warm water
3 packages yeast
2 Tablespoons salt
3 Tablespoons sugar
11 cups all-purpose flour
Butter, melted

1. Mix all the ingredients together. Don’t over mix. There will be some lumps and the dough will be sticky. This is ok! Then spoon into 4 well greased loaf pans.

2. Let the dough rise in the pans until it reaches the top of the pan. This will take about a hour.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Ten minutes before the bread is done take it out of the oven and brush melted butter on the top of the loaves. Bake the remaining 10 minutes until it’s golden brown on top.

4. Allow to cool completely before cutting. If you don’t you’ll have a crumbly mess!

Recipe from: One Good Thing

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Cinnamon Sugar Bread

I’m all about the cravings lately. I’ve been craving Banana Bread lately. I didn’t have any bananas thawed out or sitting on the counter so instead I whipped this bread up.

It was delicious. It didn’t replace my craving but I may have found a new craving! I’m still going to have to make the banana bread sometime soon because the crave just is not leaving me.

This bread is super easy to mix up and stick in the oven. The worst part is waiting the 45 minutes for it to bake! The hubby loved this slathered in butter. It’s a bit crumbly if you eat it right away but the next day it’s nice and firm and easy to cut. I’m not going to lie. I’ll take crumbly so I can eat it straight out of the oven!

Cinnamon Sugar Bread
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1/3 c. white sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 c. white sugar
1 egg
1 c. milk
1/3 c. vegetable oil
Extra cinnamon and sugar for top

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and 1 c. sugar. Add egg, milk and oil to flour mixture. Mix until just moistened.

3. Pour half of batter into pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and 1/3 c. sugar. Cover with remaining batter. Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon and sugar.

4. Bake for 45 minutes or until it tests done. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Pumpkin Bread

I’m staring at the the screen not sure what to write tonight. I hate when that happens. Sometimes words just flow off of my fingers and I have a great story to tell with the treat I’m sharing with you. Tonight is not one of those nights.

I’ve actually had this recipe for awhile but I have never tried it. It was my grandma’s and I stole it out of my mom’s recipe cards. Don’t worry I copied it and left her a copy! I need another recipe for my Scentsy party the other week and I figured this was a good fall treat to try. Since it was grandma’s I figured it was a pretty sure bet.

If you are looking for another fall treat to add to your recipes here is one for you. If you want I’m sure you could add some chocolate chips and sweeten things up a bit!

Pumpkin Bread
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2/3 c. shortening
3 c. sugar
4 eggs
1 can pumpkin
2/3 c. water
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 1/3 c. flour
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Cream shortening. Add sugar, eggs, pumpkin, water and dry ingredients.

2. Pour into 2 greased 9 x 5 in pans

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

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This last month I joined the “Secret Recipe Club“. It’s a group of us bloggers that have established a fun little thing and each month you are assigned someones blog and then you get to pick a recipe from that blog to try out and post about on a given day. Neat-o huh? None of us know who has your blog until the “reveal date”. I love trying recipes and am always looking for a new one on someones blog so this was right up my ally.

This month I was assigned Mele Cotte’s blog. It’s got tons of recipes to look at and try. Now I’m going to tell you she’s a bit more “daring” with her recipes than I am. Mine tend to reflect my Midwestern heritage and use the simple ingredients but her recipes definitely have a bit more flare involved so if you are looking for some flare definitely go to her blog and check it out after all who can’t use flare in their lives?!

I picked out the Strawberry Bread to try out for my post because the hubby loves love loves strawberries. The bread was moist and wonderful. The only thing I would change next time is to leave out the cardamom spice and try cinnamon and/or nutmeg. I’m not a big fan of cardamom and was a little hesitant on it when I saw it but figured I would try it exactly as the recipe calls for it. I think it leaves a weird aftertaste but that’s just my opinion! Enjoy!

Strawberry Bread
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1 cup (2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ½ cup sugar
6 large eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 tsp ground cardamom
1 cup sour cream
3 cups chopped fresh strawberries
1 cup sliced almonds (I omitted these for the hubby BUT I would love them in the bread)

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and line two 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper hanging over the long sides for easy removal.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cardamom; set aside. With the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and sour cream alternately, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in the chopped strawberries and half the almonds.

3. Divide the batter between the prepared pan and sprinkle with the remaining almonds. Bake about hour, or until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.
Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. This bread can be frozen. Yields two 9 x 5 inch loaf.

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