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Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes

 Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes via The Baker Chick

So here was the situation: I’m sitting down for breakfast at my Mother-in-law’s a few weeks ago, and she brings a stack of the fluffiest pumpkin pancakes to the table. She’s got one heck of a green thumb, and her late summer harvest yielded lots of cooking pumpkins which meant we enjoyed a weekend of fresh pumpkin inspired recipes. Anyway, I couldn’t get over how fluffy, light and delicious these pancakes were.

I asked for the recipe which she said she had printed from the internet and when she found it, guess what- it was my recipe! Ha! Hers were way better than I remember mine being- so I thought I should take her notes on the process and re-post this baby. Truly they are too good to be passed up and I really love re-circulating some of these oldies but goodies.  Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes via The Baker Chick


Spiced Plum Custard Cake

 Spiced Plum Custard Cake via The Baker Chick

September is a weird produce month don’t you think? While we all are yearning for apples and squash, sometimes the warm summer days are still lingering in the farm stands. I learned this to be true when I received 3 pounds of beautiful plums in a fruit CSA box last week. I was a bit thrown as I kinda had moved on from summer stone fruits, but they were so lovely and just begging to be baked with so I had to make them into something. (Luckily for me Hugo also loves plums! He’s been eating 1 day!)

This cake is just lovely. It has a buttery base that is just a teeny bit sweet, which is topped with lots of fresh juicy plums, and finally a sweet & creamy custard topping. The finished product is super delicious and the perfect not-t00-sweet option for breakfast or snacking. It’s great out of the fridge, warm and gooey out of the oven, or room temperature. If you have some late season plums you’re dying to use- this cake is just the thing.  Spiced Plum Custard Cake via The Baker Chick


Jalapeño Popper Pull-apart Bread

 Jalapeño Popper Pull apart Bread via The Baker Chick

It’s no secret that I love football season. There’s something about the fact that it takes place during my favorite time of year, involves much of my favorite foods, and  gives me an excuse to root for my beloved Packers that makes me go a bit nuts for it. Speaking of the food, I really can’t get enough- Chili, dips, snacks of all kinds- I love them all. Given last week kicked off football season, I just had to create a fun football snack for you all. (And the fact that it has my favorite team’s signature Green & Gold in the mix doesn’t hurt!)  Jalapeño Popper Pull apart Bread via The Baker Chick


Cinnamon Maple Gooey Butter Cake

 Cinnamon Maple Gooey Butter Cake via The Baker Chick

There are many great things about visiting Andy’s family, but having a Mother-in-law who likes to cook and bake as much as I do really is the best. Every time we visit I always get a couple amazing blog posts out of it due to her fully stocked kitchen and a large amount of people with a sweet tooth. (It’s way more fun to bake for a crowd vs. just the two of us don’t you think?) Not only that, but they have the most glorious back porch full of light which makes food photography a breeze. Oh to have more than one dinky window with natural light! Anyway back to the subject at hand…

This cake. This gooey, doughy, cinnamon-sugary delight exceeded all my epectiations. Though really, when it’s called gooey butter cake you know its going to be amazing right?

 Cinnamon Maple Gooey Butter Cake via The Baker Chick

 Cinnamon Maple Gooey Butter Cake via The Baker Chick


Salted Caramel Apple Crisp

 Salted Caramel Apple Crisp via The Baker Chick

I know that it’s currently hotter than it actually was most of the summer, but I can’t wait any longer to start sharing some fall-ish recipes. It’s like the minute September hits, my taste buds automatically need apple and pumpkin and spice. Even if summer produce is still in season, mentally I prefer anything and everything fall.

I love this crisp. Not only because it has the words “salted caramel” in it, but because its so easy and super delicious. Now I just adore making pies as I’ve made pretty clear around here. (I even confessed my dream of opening my own pie shop someday,) but the fact that this baby is crust-less, therefore making it that much easier to throw together is a huge perk.

 Salted Caramel Apple Crisp via The Baker Chick

 Salted Caramel Apple Crisp via The Baker Chick


Cheesecake Swirl Brownie Bites

 Cheesecake Swirl Brownie Bites via The Baker Chick

I obviously don’t have a kid that started school this week, but I am going absolutely gaga for the adorable pictures flooding my social media of my friends’ kids in their crisp new outfits and cute backpacks. Is anyone else super nostalgic for the first day of school? Man did I used to love it. School supply shopping, a new special outfit, an exciting year of new classes and friends. I was the biggest dork and I absolutely loved school. Andy, however, wasn’t always such a fan, so who knows how little Hugo will feel about it a few years from now. (Oh my even thinking of that day makes me excited all over again!)

One of the things that makes me most excited to be a Mama of a will-go-to-school-somday child, is the thought of packing his little lunches. I have been oh so inspired by my friend Annie’s beautiful and well rounded school lunch series. She’s been sharing what she packs for her son on Instagram and it’s amazing. I love how even though the majority of the meal is very healthy, there is always one little treat in there. A mini cookie, some homemade caramel corn, and there was even a homemade S’more one day. That got me thinking of other cute bite-sized lunchbox treats and the idea of these cheesecake bites came to be.

 Cheesecake Swirl Brownie Bites via The Baker Chick

 Cheesecake Swirl Brownie Bites via The Baker Chick


Bacon Egg & Cheese Breakfast Braid

 Bacon Egg & Cheese Breakfast Braid via The Baker Chick
Life with a baby means meals are often thrown together without much thought. Breakfast especially gets the shaft around here- I’m lucky if I get to scarf down a yogurt with my morning coffee. Anything I can do to do any advance prep makes my whole day start on a good note. Freezer to toaster oven is especially convenient which is one of many reasons I adore this recipe.

If I were hosting a brunch party I would love this to be front and center. It is everything good: crispy, crusty bread full of salty bacon, fluffy scrambled eggs, grated cheddar cheese and in my case some sautéed peppers. It is of course customizable and would be wonderful with any other meats, cheeses, veggies or herbs that you have around.  Bacon Egg & Cheese Breakfast Braid via The Baker Chick


Mini Berry Cheesecakes

 Mini Berry Cheesecakes via The Baker Chick

I feel like I have the next few days to post any recipes containing summer ingredients and then they are banned for good, to be replaced by apples, pumpkin and all things cozy. The moment September rolls around it seems like a mad rush for anything fall am I right? Now don’t get me wrong- I adore autumn and everything that comes with it- (football, pumpkin beer, leaves changing for starters,) but I suddenly feel like I have way too many summer recipes that I had planned to make but never got to. Why are things so hard to accomplish with a baby sometimes?

Luckily having my Mama in town last weekend meant I had a chance to get some baking done, and since it was also her birthday I knew that her favorite dessert, cheesecake, had to happen. And mini? Even better!  Mini Berry Cheesecakes via The Baker Chick


Peach Buttermilk Upside Down Cake

 Peach Buttermilk Upside Down Cake via The Baker Chick

Dear New York in the summer, I forgive you. 

I know in the majority  of my blog posts I have complained about your stinky, humid, too-hot-for-anything ways, but you have made it all right this year. It’s been much more pleasant than my first 8 summers and turning my oven on has not been half bad. This better mean you will be nicer this winter too as this past one was just stupid.

Thanks a bunch,

Audra  Peach Buttermilk Upside Down Cake via The Baker Chick