M&M Pancakes and My First Blogiversary!

The BEST M&M Pancakes at http://thedessertchronicles.com

It’s pretty crazy, but it has actually been a year since I started inundating your inboxes with pure sugar overload. Eighty-eight  posts later and I am still just as obsessed with all things dessert. At least my photography has improved (I hope). I started this site as a space to share my love for baking and I have been able to connect with so many talented bloggers along the way.
The first year of this blog has definitely been a lot of trial and error. I had absolutely no experience with photography when I started last September, but I am learning as I go and having a lot of fun in the meantime. Who knew that food photography could be so complicated?!

The BEST m&m pancakes at http://thedessertchronicles.com

When I hit publish on my first post, I had no idea if anyone would ever even read my blog. The outpouring of kind comments and enthusiasm has been overwhelming. THANK YOU for continuously reading and bearing with me as I figure this whole blogging thing out!  It seriously means so much to me.

The BEST m&m pancakes at http://thedessertchronicles.com

I knew my one year blogiversary was cause for serious celebration and contemplated baking a cake for a split second, but why make a cake when you can inhale a massive stack of M&M pancakes?? My boyfriend and I have a tradition where we make each other M&M pancakes for every birthday breakfast, so it seemed like a fitting way to celebrate the first birthday of my blog. And really, it meant that I got to eat M&M pancakes even though it was neither of our birthdays! If you haven’t yet found a great homemade pancake recipe, this is the one. I have used it for years and it yields perfectly fluffy pancakes every. single. time. Add whatever you want to it, but if you ask me, M&M’s are the only way to go.

 

M&M Pancakes

Yield: About 5 5-6″ pancakes

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour or white whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. baking powder

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1 egg

1 cup milk (skim or other)

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

Combine all ingredients except the butter in a medium sized bowl. Whisk until just combined. You do not want to over mix. Whisk in melted butter, again just until combined. Heat a skillet and add about one ladle full to the pan per pancake. Once bubbles start to form, sprinkle m&m’s on top and flip. Continue to cook for 1-2 minutes and then remove pancakes. Serve immediately.

Fall Favorites

Happy September! It has been way too long since I last baked and I had planned to spend Labor Day baking all kinds of treats to share with you until my plan was derailed by a burst pipe flooding our kitchen. Between that and the start of Dental School, my baking time is limited these days, but I’m determined to fit it in somehow! In the meantime, I figured I would do a little round up of my favorite fall recipes. Even though it was 90 degrees and insanely humid yesterday, it is the first week of September, which means pumpkin and apple season is pretty much here! Going through these recipes reminded me of all the things I want to bake in the next few months, so hopefully this helps you move on from summer and get excited for all things fall!

First on my baking list this month are these pumpkin whoopie pies. If you haven’t made these before, you have to try them. They are seriously the perfect texture and taste like fall in a bite!

pumpkin whoopie pies at http://thedessertchronicles.com

This apple bundt cake with maple glaze is the perfect brunch treat. I could eat the glaze by the bucketful.

Apple Bundt Cake with Maple Glaze at http://thedessertchronicles.com

Have you forgotten about these pumpkin donut holes?!? This is another one of my all time favorite pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin Donut Holes at http://thedessertchronicles.com

Fall wouldn’t be complete without a loaf of the Ultimate pumpkin bread.

The ULTIMATE moist pumpkin bread recipe at http://thedessertchronicles.com

…and if I haven’t overdone the pumpkin, these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are moist and delicious. They’re even on the healthier side, but I swear you won’t know the difference!

Lighter pumpkin chocolate chip muffins at http://thedessertchronicles.com

I’m clearly pumpkin obsessed, but maybe I’ll mix it up this year and add some more apple recipes to the mix. Happy baking and stay tuned next week as the dessert chronicles reaches an important milestone!

 

 

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Peanut Butter Dog Treats at The Dessert Chronicles

I’ve been baking for as long as I can remember and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to make something to share with the love of my life, my toy poodle Macy. Luckily, I’m pretty sure she forgives me. I am 100% guilty of spoiling my dog relentlessly, so it’s no wonder that she whines and begs every time there is food around. Whoops. Whenever I bake she is right at my feet, praying that I will drop something or just give her everything that I’m making. This time, she finally got to reap the benefits of all of my baking and she definitely approved. She did seem quite annoyed that I had to take a picture before she could eat her cookie though! [Read more...]

Mixed Berry Yogurt Pops

Mixed Berry Yogurt Pops at The Dessert Chronicles

After spending last week on vacation, I have definitely had more than my fair share of unhealthy treats. I went a bit overboard, indulging in everything from s’mores and donuts to chocolate peanut butter fudge. Now that I’m home and school has started, I’m back to mostly healthy eating, but since it’s impossible for me to stay out of the kitchen for long, I quickly decided on a healthy treat to make. As a kid, I used to love putting tubes of yogurt into the freezer and then eating them like a popsicle. These yogurt pops are definitely the same concept, but even better. You could use any fruit and yogurt combination that you like, but I chose to use the last of the summer berries and layer a strawberry and blueberry puree with plain greek yogurt that I sweetened slightly with homemade strawberry syrup. [Read more...]