Family mealtime rituals and home cooking are things we cherish, but busy Fall schedules don’t leave a lot of time for preparation. The first step to success is planning. Start by collecting quick and easy recipes that taste great.
From time to time I’ve tried different methods of keeping track of recipes I came across in cookbooks, on websites or in magazines, but many of these methods turned out to be too cumbersome and time-consuming. I needed a way to organize them that did not involve retyping or writing on a recipe card. For me personally, my best organizing method was an accordion file, labeled by category. All I had to do was print, copy or tear out the recipe and stick them in the file. This method of organization has served me well for many years and I always recognize favorites by the food stains they now feature!
Here are three easy recipes you might like to put in your go-to file. Each one has an easy-to-prepare filling covered with a cornbread topping and a small list of ingredients. The filling can be prepared in advance – making these recipes even easier! At dinnertime, just put the filling in a cast iron skillet, heat and add the cornbread topping. They all bake in 30 minutes or less!
You can hardly go wrong with these simple Tex Mex-Style dinners that will have you sitting down at the dinner table with your family in no time.
I remember the moment of anticipation just before my mother turned a pineapple upside-down cake out of her cast iron skillet. I would think to myself, would it reveal those perfectly round pineapple slices in a shiny rich brown sugar topping or would it stick and make a gooey mess? Thankfully, it usually came out beautifully and I breathed a sigh of relief!
Although early settlers made upside-down skillet cakes with whatever fruits and nuts they had available, food historians agree that pineapple upside-down cake is a product of twentieth century America. Soon after canned slices became available in the early 1900’s, pineapple upside-down cakes, started turning up in cookbooks, ads and recipe contests and have continued to be a national favorite ever since.
These days there is no limit to the flavors that can be combined to make a fun upside-down cake and convenient mixes can help you turn one out in a flash. Pineapple Upside-Down Corn Meal Cake is a delectable twist on the classic. Pineapple packed in its own juice combines with a rich buttery corn meal cake to create a fresh flavor and moist texture that brings this favorite into a new age. Just right for brunch, Peachy Blueberry Upside-Down Cake is easy to make using Martha White® Blueberry Cheesecake Flavored Muffin Mix and fresh or frozen peach slices.
The upside-down cake – whether you select a classic recipe or one of the above-mentioned updated versions – is certain to be a sweet addition to your next family meal or festive gathering.
Do you make a traditional upside-down cake or do you make your own version?
Many families are challenged to get a home cooked meal on the table each day. We’re all running in one-hundred different directions – from school to the dentist, dentist to baseball practice, baseball to dance – and by the time we get home, an hour in the kitchen just isn’t realistic. But the truth is, home cooked meals are something our culture needs now more than ever. We need an opportunity to gather as a family, to listen to our kids and hear about their days and chat with our spouses. Most importantly, we need time to just be a family and sitting down to a home cooked meal offers that opportunity. It doesn’t matter what’s on the table, but that we sit down to eat the meal together.
I love Martha White® because it makes getting delicious food on the table easy. The amazing muffin mixes make breakfast a snap and with just a little ingenuity they also help us create delicious desserts.
This super easy, 4-ingredient Sweet Potato Apple Cobbler is the perfect example. Martha White Sweet Potato Muffin Mix is combined with a can of apple pie filling, butter, and chopped pecans to create a delicious dump-cake-style cobbler that your family will just love. It tastes great served warm by itself, but is also amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Let me show you how easy this can be…
Start by preheating the oven to 350°F and spraying an 8×8 baking dish with Crisco no-stick cooking spray. Then empty the can of apple pie filling into the dish and spread it evenly.
Next, sprinkle the sweet potato muffin mix over the apple pie filling.
Melt the butter and drizzle it evenly over the muffin mix.
Now top with the chopped pecans.
Bake for about 45 minutes or until set and golden brown. Serve warm.
At the drop of a hat, could you find the ingredients to make a quick breakfast or snack for your family or an unexpected guest? Many of you probably could, but would you like a few new ideas?
I’m assuming milk is a staple in your house and you have access to bananas, you can create a variety of quick treats with the addition of Martha White® Muffin Mixes and a jar of chocolate hazelnut spread.
The recipe for Martha White®Banana Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins requires only a few ingredients. Mix-up a package of Martha White® Banana Nut Flavored Muffin Mix, remove 1/2 cup of the batter and stir in some chocolate hazelnut spread. Layer the batters into muffin cups and bake. The two batters create an interesting layered effect and great taste. Chocolate Chip Flavored Muffin Mix or Strawberry Flavored Muffin Mix can also be used to create other interesting flavor combinations. Substitute peanut butter for hazelnut spread and enjoy a wonderful outcome when mixed with the Banana Nut Flavored Muffin Mix.
For a quick breakfast treat that can be eaten around the table or on-the-go, try Martha White®Strawberry Banana Pancake Wraps with Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. The pancakes are easy to make and may be made in advance. Place a thin layer of chocolate hazelnut spread on the pancakes, roll-up around a banana and you’re ready to go!
We are continuing our “What’s in Your Pantry?” series with fun summer treats. If you love the feeling of being ready to bake up a quick snack for your family or unexpected guests, look below for the perfect recipes. Keeping an assortment of Martha White® Muffin Mixes on hand guarantees you can make a quick treat anytime with the addition of a few ingredients.
Start with the basics like butter, milk, eggs and sugars and add these ingredients to make some fun peanut butter and jelly treats.
Martha White Strawberry Flavored Muffin Mix
Jif®Creamy Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter Morsels
Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam or Jelly
With these ingredients, you’ll be able to make Quick and Easy PB&J Muffins – the kids will enjoy helping with this one. Add peanut butter morsels to the muffin mix batter, fill the muffin cups about half full, add a spoonful of jam or jelly and top with additional batter. Bake, cool and spread with peanut butter.
You can take the same ingredients and make a delectable PB&J Cheesecake. The crust is made with peanut butter morsel studded muffin mix. Bake, cool and spread with jam. Lastly, pour a peanut butter flavored cheesecake filling over the crust and bake. Everyone will be so impressed!
Jif and Smucker’s are trademarks of The J. M. Smucker Company.
If you are eating gluten free, your friends at Martha White® have introduced three new gluten free muffin mixes!
Martha White Gluten Free Blueberry Flavored Muffin Mix
Martha White Gluten Free Chocolate Chocolate Chip Flavored Muffin Mix
Martha White Gluten Free Sweet Yellow Cornbread and Muffin Mix.
Martha White offers the convenience of a pouch mix by requiring two or less additional ingredients. The muffin mixes bake up in 12 to 13 minutes and the cornbread mix bakes up in 17 to 22 minutes.
The Gluten Free Blueberry Flavored Muffin Mix and the Gluten Free Chocolate Chocolate Chip Flavored Muffin Mix are just right for a quick snack at breakfast or any time of the day. The Gluten Free Sweet Yellow Cornbread & Muffin Mix will be a blessing to go with those fresh summer vegetables. We have developed a variety of easy recipes from family-friendly treats to decadent desserts.
*Ensure all recipes ingredients are gluten free by referencing the ingredient labels, as products may vary. If uncertain, contact the ingredient manufacturer.