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Overnight Fridge Berry Oatmeal

This, my friends, is one of the easiest recipes that tastes out of this world. Overnight Fridge Berry Oatmeal is perfect for breakfast or a snack and you can customize it to suit your tastes. I consider this pretty healthy, so I don’t feel guilty eating something that tastes so decadent. Using frozen berries is important because as they melt overnight, they create a wonderful juice that you just can’t get with fresh berries.

So when you’re rushing to get the kids ready for school or you’re late for work- breakfast is already waiting for you in the fridge!

Overnight Fridge Berry Oatmeal

3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
2 cups Vanilla Yogurt (I prefer vanilla, but you could use any flavor)
1-2 cups frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup apple juice (apple juice is more subtle, but you can use any juice you like)

Optional mix-ins: 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 Tbls. ground flaxseed.

Mix all ingredients in medium sized tupperware container with lid. Keep in the fridge overnight. Top oatmeal with a drizzle of honey, cinnamon, granola, roasted nuts, or coconut. Serve cold.

If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear your variations!

Apple Dessert Braid

Everyone enjoyed the pizza braid I posted last year, so I thought I would turn it into something everyone enjoys – dessert. Not just any dessert though, but a super easy, delicious, and good-looking dessert that you can serve at parties and people will be amazed and think you spent hours in the kitchen.

All you need are about 6 apples, any good baking apple. I used Jonathan. If you are in a rush, you could easily use the canned apple pie filling. Then of course you need the Rhodes bread dough that I used in the pizza braid, thawed and risen. To cook the apples in you need some butter, vanilla, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. You can top the braid with toasted almonds and cream cheese frosting.

First, peel and slice all of your apples.

On the stove top, melt your butter and cook your apples for a few minutes. Add in 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Cook about 15 minutes or until tender.

Yum.

Spread your dough out  on a floured, rimmed cookie sheet and place your cooked apples right down the middle.

Using a pizza cutter, cut thin strips on each side of the apples, like the photo below. You want the same amount of strips on each side. Don’t cut too close to the apples or the filling will bubble out during the baking process and make a mess.

This might be a tricky part for some, but now you braid the dough. Fold over the first two strips to make the end of the braid, you don’t want all of the good apple mixture spilling out. Then, you take a strip from one side and bring it across the apple mixture and to the other side. It’s easier to look at pictures…

When you get towards the bottom of the braid, be sure to fold over the last two strips, just like you did in the beginning, to keep that apple goodness inside!

Bake at 325 until golden brown, about 20 – 25 minutes. You can brush with butter and throw on some toasted almonds before the end of baking too. I’m a frosting girl, so I used a basic cream cheese frosting recipe and thinned it down with a little milk and drizzled that right on over the top.

I betchya this will be one for your recipe box! Enjoy!

The fall weather is here and a few of my favorite fall-themed recipes are: caramel apple grapes, apple cider cups, and mini bundt pumpkin cakes!

Apple Dessert Braid
Author: Busy-Mommy.com
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf of Rhodes Bread dough (found in freezer section), thawed and risen
  • 6 Baking Apples (Granny Smith, Jonathan), peeled and sliced
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Toasted Almonds
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice your apples.
  2. Melt butter in saucepan and cook apples for a few minutes. Add in the sugars, cinnamon and vanilla, and cook until tender.
  3. Spread the bread dough out on a rimmed cookie sheet in a large rectangle and place the apples all the way down the center.Using a pizza cutter, cut the same amount of strips on each side of the apples.
  4. Fold the top two strips, down over the apples to create the end of the braid and prevent apples from spilling out.
  5. Take the next strip and pull to the other side of the braid. Now from the other side of the braid take that strip and pull to the other side. Braid the bread down to the other end. (Be sure to fold over the last two strips on the end just like you did for the beginning).
  6. Bake at 325 until golden brown. If desired, top with toasted almonds and cream cheese frosting

 

Pizza Braid

Pizza braids are very kid-friendly, easy on the wallet and extremely simple to make. My aunt and cousin first introduced me to them and I’ve been hooked ever since. The possibilities are endless of the varieties you could make (check out the Apple Dessert Braid!), but the recipe below is for a very basic hamburger and pepperoni braid. You could make your own dough, but I prefer the shortcut of using Rhodes rise and bake dough. This is one of my favorite shortcuts to make a nice loaf of bread or use in recipes like this one.

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As I said, this is extremely basic. All you need is one Rhodes loaf (or however many you prefer), ground beef (if you’re baking one loaf it won’t hold any more than 1/2-3/4 lb), pepperoni, pizza sauce and your choice of cheese.

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The dough takes a few hours to rise, so I take it out in the morning and place a towel over it. Once it has risen, you spray a cookie sheet and press out the dough into a large rectangle.

Yes, yes the dough in that photo has not risen fully. If you are in a time-crunch the dough doesn’t have to rise all of the way, but it is easier to work with and the finished product will be fluffier if you let it rise for a few hours.

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Then you spread out the sauce, lay the meats down, followed by the cheese.

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Then with a pizza cutter, start cutting about 1 inch thick strips down the whole rectangle. You want to make the strips on each side the same size and make sure you have the same amount, like the first picture. Don’t get frustrated your first time, it takes a few times to get the braiding down.

Follow the pictures above. You take the first strip and pull it down to the second strip on the other side. You then take the first strip on the other side and do the same. Keep braiding all the way down and make sure to tuck in the ends or the sauce will spill out during baking.

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A few minutes before it’s done I brush with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano. I then bake at around 325 until golden brown.

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There are so many versions you can make of the pizza braid: Philly cheesesteak, spinach and mushroom, Parmesan chicken- almost anything! You can even make dessert braids like apple or cinnamon roll.

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