Simplified Homemade Recipes

Basic on hand baking ingredients combined with the spotlight spices of the season is a recipe for simplified homemade.


Yep, all the homemade with love goodness without all of the homemade work is sprinkled, sifted, and spiced into these simplified homemade recipes.


The holiday hustle and bustle keeps us hopping, shopping, and on a quest for time chopping.


Over the next few weeks it will be a holiday rush jungle out there, folks!

Nordic Ware Harvest Bounty Loaf

Nordic Ware Harvest Bounty Loaf

Give yourself the gift of time and your guests a taste of the holidays with these sweet time saving simplified homemade recipes.

Nordic Ware Harvest Bounty Loaf baked

Pumpkin Spice Cake


1 box spice cake mix

1 box instant French vanilla pudding

1 can pumpkin

3 eggs

1/3  cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup water

1/3  cup pumpkin spice flavored liquid coffee cream


1  8 ounce cream cheese, softened

¼ cup butter, softened

½ cup – 1 cup confectioners sugar

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1-2 packets sugar in the raw


In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients.  Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.


Pour into  greased and floured Bundt or loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Allow cake to cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from pan to cake plate.

Allow cake to completely cool before frosting.  Frost cake and garnish top with pumpkin pie spice and sugar in the raw.  Keep cake in refrigerator for optimum freshness.

Cream Cheese and Maple Syrup Frosting

In a medium mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Gradually sift confectioners’ sugar into cream cheese and butter mixture, mixing until smooth.  Stir in maple syrup until incorporated.  Frost top of cake and garnish with pumpkin pie spice and sugar in the raw.


Crown Royal Frosting


1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup buttermilk

1 stick butter

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 Tablespoon light corn syrup

2 Tablespoons Crown Royal


Combine sugar, buttermilk and butter in saucepan.  Bring to a boil, whisking constantly.  Boil several minutes until sugar is melted and mixture has thickened.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.  Add baking soda and corn syrup.  Allow to cool to room temperature.  Add Crown Royal, whisk, and drizzle icing on top of pound cake.


Homemade for the Holidays Banana Bread


3 packages banana nut muffin mix

3 ripe bananas, mashed

½ teaspoon ground cloves

¾ cup crushed pineapple with juice

½ cup raisins

1 cup water


Preheat oven to 400 F.  Spray or grease two (2) muffins pan and set aside. Whisk muffin mix and cloves together to incorporate and smooth out lumps.

In a small mixing bowl, use a fork to mash the ripe bananas; add to dry ingredients. Add crush pineapple and pineapple juice, raisins and water; stir well to blend all ingredients together.

Divide mixture between the two prepared muffin pans.

Bake at 400 for 40- 45 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

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