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Oct 15, 2018

I Made Apple Pie

Easy Apple Pie Oil Crust

Autumn is here and that means it’s apple pie time. I always make it with an oil crust because if nothing else, it’s just easier. You can pat it into the pan but I find that rolling it between sheets of wax paper is the best way to use an oil crust, especially for the top. My apples of choice are granny smith 🍏 and my thickener of choice is tapioca but flour works too.

Homemade apple pie is something special. We were at a social gathering last night and when desserts were set out, I told some friends I had just made an apple pie and it was cooling on the counter at home. If they wanted to, we could skip the prepared desserts and go to my house for apple pie. “Homemade apple pie? Let’s go!”

That’s the power of homemade apple pie. My husband’s two favorite desserts are my Fresh Strawberry Cake and Homemade Apple Pie. Nothing compares. I love this delicious pie and I must admit I like the power. I think I hear him in the garage right now cleaning things up. 😍 Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Oct 13, 2018

One Bowl Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

One Bowl Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

NEW RECIPE: My favorite desserts are something a little sweet, and that is why I created this simple loaf cake.  It’s easy to put together (I like that) with barely any cleanup (LOVE that), and it’s not too sweet so I don’t feel guilty if I have a little piece after breakfast. I still prefer baking without butter and I always prefer easy recipes so this one is perfect. It’s a moist tender cake and so delicious I never seem to have any leftovers.

If you don’t have a mixer, you can make this recipe by hand. Just sift all the dry ingredients, including sugar, into a bowl, make a well, stir in the liquids, and proceed. It won’t be quite as tall but still very delicious – a bit more like a pound cake. As for the chocolate chips, I use dark chocolate chips but I also like to use part chocolate chips and part chunks of a dark chocolate bar, somewhere in the 63 to 70% cocoa range. I just chop it up into small chunks.

And I’ll say it again: toast  your nuts before baking with them and you will see a big difference in the flavor, especially with pecans, my favorite baking nuts. If you like sweets that are not too sweet, easy to make, and even easier to eat, you will love this easy loaf cake. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Oct 1, 2018

Photos from Your Kitchen (October)

My recipes are being made all over the world and I love it, especially if you say where are from. Please send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

LINDA MADE MY CHOCOLATE CHIP LOAF CAKE

“This cake is so good with just the right amount of sweetness and super easy to make. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you 😊 “

~ Well that was fast! I’m glad you like it, thank you. I’m having some right now.  ~ jenny

SUSAN MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

“Hello Jenny, I made your Simple Whole Wheat Bread recipe today in a 4 x 9 pan. It turned out very nicely. May I have your permission to list the recipe on a recipe collection site called “allrecipes”? I will (of course!) credit you and post a link to the recipe. I have posted it there (only so you can see what it would look like). I will remove it immediately if you don’t grant permission or make any changes you require to keep it there. Thanks for your wonderful cooking site. – Susan.”

~ Everyone is welcome to share my recipes with the world and I appreciate being credited. Thank you for asking. And your loaf looks great by the way. ~ jenny

ALI (from Istanbul) MADE MY FLATBREAD

Hi Jenny,I am Ali, a retired IT guy and web developer and an amateur cook from Istanbul, Turkey. Although my favorite is your No Knead Crusty Rolls for weekend breakfasts, I tried your Quick & Easy Flatbread today.Since I don’t have a cast iron pan, I used a non-stick crepe pan and served them (to myself:) with butter, feta and kaskhaval cheese. Maybe not fluffy as yours, they were still delicious and crunchy. I loved them. Thanks for all the good things you’re sharing with us. Please also note that, we missed your cute YouTube videos. Sincerely Yours, Ali.”

~ What a thrill to see my flatbread all the way from Turkey! They turned out beautifully. ~ jenny

DALILA MADE MY CHICKEN & PEPPERS

“Hi Jenny! 🍁 I made your CHICKEN & PEPPERS dinner with one change up. I had no chicken left in my frig so I substituted it with some diced pork loin. OMGoodness!! What a pleasing and satisfying meal! The seasonings are spot on, just wonderful! And it’s actually a great one-skillet meal, not a ton of clean-up. I plan on making this meal again with chicken or maybe with some shrimp. Thank you for this enjoyable meal recipe. Happy Cooking! 🙂 Dalila G.”

~ It turned out beautifully and using pork or shrimp sounds delicious. Thank you. ~ jenny

SHARON MADE MY QUICK & EASY CHOCOLATE CAKE

“Made your chocolate cake as a 2 layer birthday cake (doubled the recipe). Got raves! It was so good!!!!!”

~ Thank you for sharing your photos and details. ~ jenny

SHARON MADE MY EASY BAKED ZITI

“Made your baked ziti. Used ground turkey and whole wheat pasta. Really good!!!!.”

~ Good to know that it works with turkey & whole wheat. Thank you. ~ jenny

CHERYL MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

“Healthy Baker.”

~ Thank you for your photos. Your loaf looks great. ~ jenny

Sep 23, 2018

Sunday Dinner

30 Minute MealsI wanted something easy to make for dinner so I picked my 30-minute spaghetti with meat sauce and spinach. It’s a complete meal and it all cooks in one pot. Yes. The spaghetti cooks in the sauce along with the beef and spinach. I love that it makes a thick, meaty and delicious spaghetti and the spinach adds lots of nutrition. The recipe calls for 5 ounces of spinach but if I can cram a little more under the lid I always do because it looks like a lot, but spinach cooks down so much it almost disappears – not a bad thing for those who are not fans of this nutritious green. I have made it with baby spinach and also regular spinach, whichever one looks fresher in the package. I love this easy dinner. I went back for two more helpings, it’s that good. Click here for the recipe.

Healthy Cinnamon RollsOh, and I made cinnamon rolls with breakfast. Notice I say “with” and not “for.” That’s because cinnamon rolls FOR breakfast is a no-no. But once you have your eggs and whole grain toast and a little fruit, you’re allowed to have a cinnamon roll. At least that’s the rule around here because it’s my kitchen and I am in charge! 🙂 This is an easy one-rise recipe that I make without butter but you can use butter in the filling if you like. It’s one of my most popular recipes. Click here for my cinnamon rolls recipe. – Jenny Jones

Sep 9, 2018

Your Photos/My Recipes (September)

I love seeing my recipes being made all over the world, and it’s always nice if you say where are from. Please send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.co

IKRAM (from Canada) MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

“Yay I made Jenny’s whole wheat bread. 🤗 Best recipe ever. I am not buying bread anymore.”

~ That’s a perfect loaf, thank you. I’m from Canada too. 🇨🇦 ~ jenny

NURI (from Malaysia) MADE MY QUICK & EASY CHOCOLATE CAKE

“Hi Jenny. My name is Nuri. I’m from Malaysia. I baked your Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake with 2 minute Chocolate Frosting. It turned out great. Both my children love it. Maybe next time I need to decrease the amount of powdered sugar. My son already ask me to make it for his birthday next year. And also, we love your Youtube Channel. Love from Malaysia.”

~ Thank you for the photo. I have often made it as a birthday cake too.~ jenny

STACEY (from Louisiana) MADE MY NO KNEAD AND SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREADS

“I’m a sourdough starter bread kinda girl, but I love your quick, delicious bread. So does my husband! He had a slice before I could photograph it! Sending warm wishes from Louisiana.”

~ He’s not the only one who can’t wait for the first slice – that would be me! ~ jenny

NINA (from Germany) MADE MY APPLE PIE

“Hi Jenny, I’m from Germany. We have lots of apples in our back yard this year and yesterday I made your delicious apple pie. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.”

~ Now that is a lovely apple pie! Thank you for making us hungry. ~ jenny

PATSY MADE MY PEPPERONIO PIZZA

“I have made pepperoni pizza twice using this dough. It is so good and tender. Also an A+ for being very easy and quick.In less than an hour I have homemade pizza. My go to recipe now !! Thanks , Patsy.”

~ That’s a beautiful pizza and I love the roosters. Thanks so much. ~ jenny

SHARON MADE MY COCONUT CAKE

“Another winner. Made your coconut cake over the weekend. So easy peasy and yummy! Thank you for your recipes!”

~ Thanks for the great photos. I love this cake! ~ jenny

CARMEN MADE MY CARAMEL CORN

“Hi Jenny, Best Recipe Ever,For Caramel Corn. I thank you,Very Much.  I’m making another batch tonight. I ate the first batch in 2 days 😁. ❤xx Regards, Carmen Allan.”

~ I have the same problem – gone in 2 days! Thanks for the tempting photo. ~ jenny

DALILA MADE MY ENGLISH MUFFINS

“Hi Jenny!  🌺 I made your ENGLISH MUFFINS for a nice and fresh version of muffins instead of store bought ones. I do bake quite a bit of your bread and roll recipes and they always come out wonderful! So…..why not do your ENGLISH MUFFINS TOO?! Guess what…..they came out great!! 👌 I added some raisins, golden raisins and cranberries to half of the dough. I also added cinnamon to that half. The second half I left plain for just a regular English muffin. These muffins have a very nice texture…..a yummy breakfast or snack. Talk about some nooks & crannies, lovin’ these beauties. On the plain one I added a poached egg with a sprinkling of pepper and a glass of cranberry juice. The cinnamon raisin muffin went with a choice of peanut butter or cherry preserves with a cup of coffee.
Thank you for another tasty recipe Ms. Jenny!  Happy Baking!  🙂”

~ Thank you for another lovely photo. I am making these today myself. ~ jenny

Sep 5, 2018

Easy Multigrain Artisan Bread

Easy Mulitgrain Artisan BreadI never knew such a healthy, hearty bread could be so good and so easy to make. It’s probably the no knead bread I make the most because it’s just so easy. I haven’t bought bread in years. All of the bread recipes I post here are ones I make at home and it’s usually the Dutch oven breads because they are so easy to put together.

The prep is barely 5 minutes as you just combine the oats and flour(s) with yeast, salt, and water in a bowl. You cover the dough and let it rest overnight and the next day you fold the dough over a few times, let it rest a while, and bake in a Dutch oven. It’s foolproof. And you get a hearty, crusty loaf of bread you could never buy anywhere that’s so fresh and delicious. This multigrain no knead loaf is usually part of my breakfast and I also love it with a bowl of vegetable soup.

I started the dough last night but I was impatient this morning and didn’t wait the full 2 hours before baking. It was actually 1 hour and 15 minutes so I saved 45 minutes off the resting time. I will try it again with the shorter resting time and if it works once more (and was not a flook) I will adjust the recipe so you can make it faster. To try my multigrain no knead artisan bread, click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Sep 4, 2018

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Aug 30, 2018

Carrot Cake with Chocolate Frosting? Yes!

Carrot Cake with Chocolate FrostingI didn’t have any cream cheese. But I wanted carrot cake. My husband said, “How about your chocolate frosting?” (He loves chocolate!) Once I stopped laughing, I decided to make my whole wheat carrot cake with chocolate frosting, knowing once he had a taste, he would agree to never make a baking suggestion again. Well after I ate some of the cake, I had to eat crow. It was delicious!

Homemade carrot cake is a real treat and worth the effort of shredding a big carrot. I’ve simplified my recipe so it works with or without crushed pineapple and this time I didn’t have pineapple either and this cake is really delicious without it, especially with chocolate frosting. I used my 2-Minute Chocolate Frosting and frosted only the top of my cake right in the pan.

Mine is a healthier whole wheat carrot cake make without butter so the only butter here is in the frosting. I sometimes double the frosting, split the cake and make it a 2-layer treat. If you want to try something different and delicious, make homemade carrot cake with chocolate frosting, or use the traditional cream cheese topping.  Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Aug 26, 2018

Quick & Easy Taco Casserole

Soft Taco CasseroleNEW RECIPE: There are lots of Mexican restaurants here in Southern California and I love Mexican food but I don’t always feel good after eating it. And tacos are my favorite so I decided to create something of my own that’s healthy, low fat, easy to serve, and really good! Most taco casseroles use tortillas chips but corn tortillas are a healthier choice and they make a taco casserole that’s soft and with more flavor than using tortilla chips. This easy dinner is high in fiber and protein. it has two vegetables, and it’s gluten free.

Quality matters so look for corn tortillas with the shortest ingredient list and not too much salt. I always look for low sodium products including the pinto beans (I use S&W brand). You can always add salt later or even some cayenne pepper if you like it spicy. And do not use pre-shredded cheese because it won’t melt like freshly shredded cheese. And when drizzling the bean liquid be sure to get the edges.

It’s really easy to put this delicious casserole together in layers and and it’s never dry because I reserve the liquid from the drained beans and pour some over each layer. Depending on the brand, I sometimes get 3/4 of a cup of liquid and other times it’s only 1/4 cup so I just add water to bring it up to one cup. Here’s how I layer it after coating the bottom of the pan with a little bean liquid:

3 Tortillas + Meat + Drained Beans + Bean Liquid + Cheese. Repeat this two more times to make 3 layers and then add remaining 3 tortillas on top. I like to tear and scatter them over the top in smaller pieces for easy serving. (It’s okay to have some openings in the tortilla layers).

You can serve this taco casserole two ways: Either top it with the shredded lettuce and tomatoes or serve them on the side. It’s fun for everyone to put on as much as they want and you can even use some chopped white onion as an extra topping, or even some sliced jalapeno peppers.

If you like soft tacos and fun, easy family meals, you will love this easy taco casserole. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Aug 7, 2018

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies from ScratchI always look for a healthier way to make all the favorite things we like to eat and chocolate chip cookies are at the top of my “favorite things to eat” list. I posted my recipe some time ago but when I baked them today, I made a couple of small improvements. I reduced the oil and salt a little and I prefer them the new way. (the changes are noted in the recipe).

Anyone looking to bake with whole grains can make my version that uses part whole wheat & part all purpose flour. But these healthier cookies can also be made using only all purpose flour but honestly, there’s not much difference so I say go with the whole wheat version.

While most chocolate chip cookie recipes start out with a stick of butter, my recipe uses only three tablespoons of butter. I’m still not convinced we should be eating lots of butter as some people believe but when I use butter, I’m going with the grass-fed kind.

I always put nuts in these cookies and whether you use walnuts or pecans, I highly recommend toasting the nuts first. Toasting intensifies the flavor and it will add a lot to these delicious cookies, especially pecans. For chocolate chips, the darker the better for some health benefits.

To try my whole wheat dark chocolate chip cookies, just click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

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