The Baking Owl

a blog written by an aspiring 17 year old baker.


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pumpkin pecan cake.

Thanksgiving in the Abbas household consists of many traditions; family ping pong tournaments, way-too-intense games of scrabble, jazz music (which I’m still not exactly sure how it became tradition), watching football & cricket, and of course food. So Much Food.

The obvious main part of Thanksgiving is forgetting you’re on a diet and proceeding to eat the whole dining table, but in my family, it’s a little bit different. Every year we attempt (mostly successfully) to create a weird Pakistani-Indian-Also Partly Vegan-American fusion of our Thanksgiving dinner which somehow results in more food then we can devour at once. The hardest part hands down is stopping ourselves from eating too much so we have room for dessert.

Which leads to my (shocker) favorite part, dessert.

Desserts sometimes vary from year to year, but most of the time we stick to at least two different types of pies, three different types of ice cream, and a cake that I take responsibility every year.

This year I opted for my favorite pumpkin cake with roasted pecans and cinnamon cream cheese frosting. It’s a bit of a handful to say, but it sure was good.

This was three layers of crunchy pecans, creamy icing, and soft, spiced cake. Everyone knows that eating anything pumpkin flavored is basically a crime before the holiday season so this was basically what I dreamt about for the ten months before Fall started.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Strawberry Crepes

Crepes have always been a favorite dish of mine whether it was eaten savory or sweet. Although I enjoy both, I think I’d prefer the sweet to the savory (surprise, surprise), so today I have brought to you my favorite whole wheat chocolate strawberry crepes!IMG_1107

Whenever I would go out to have a crepe, chocolate strawberry was always my go to. I just can’t resist chocolate strawberry anything, so I decided to try it out for myself and see how it turned out.

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Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Muffins

You all should know about my obsession with cinnamon rolls by now. I’ve made cinnamon rolls so many times this past couple months, it’s not even funny. Last weekend I craved some buttery, sweet cinnamon rolls (as I do almost every weekend) and I usually make them at night so that I could just pop them in the oven the next morning, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time to make them that night.

My wanting for cinnamon rolls was still there the next morning and I was inspired by this blogpost to somehow make a muffin form of a cinnamon roll. And in almost no time at all, the most amazingly tasty thing ever was created. Cinnamon roll muffins. 

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Is there really anything else to say?

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Cinnamon Crumb Cake (Picture Tutorial!)

Guess what?! Another fall recipe!

Today I made a crumb cake! Crumb cake is also sometimes known as coffee cake. There are multiple variations of this cake, but because we’re getting into the fall season, I went for a cinnamon crumb cake.

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A crumb cake is basically a moist cake with a crumble on top and in the center of the cake. The crumble that I used is made with a mixture of two kinds of sugar, cold butter, pecans, and walnuts. You can’t go wrong with those ingredients. 😉

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Gingersnaps (Refined Sugar + Gluten Free!)

I feel like fall has officially started. We finally have weather colder than 85 degrees here in NorCal which means I have an excuse to make as many fall like recipes as I want.  I absolutely LOVE fall baking especially if I’m making gingersnaps.

One bite out of these gingersnaps and you’ll taste an explosion of spices and that prominent sweet ginger. It’s basically the definition of fall in your mouth.

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Did I mention that they’re gluten free? And refined sugar free? And dairy free? Yup. The best part is that you wouldn’t even know what was missing if you ate one.

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Maple Butter Cinnamon Rolls (Refined Sugar Free)

Fall is here which means my kitchen smells like cinnamon 24/7. Why? Well apart from my cinnamon crumb cakes and gingersnaps, my favorite cinnamon rolls are being made! I love love love cinnamon rolls (as I’ve said in numerous blog posts) and last weekend I made them again (no surprise there) but a bit differently.

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White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Blondie Bites

What’s super easy, delicious, and mini all at the same time?

These white chocolate snickerdoodle blondie bites!

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It’s quite a handful for me to say, but I promise you, it’s completely worth it. 🙂

For all those who don’t know, blondies are basically brownies….except without the chocolate.

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Almond & Vanilla Granola {Picture Tutorial}

Here is something that will make you wanting for more (I’m not even kidding)- delicious, crunchy, sweet, and flavorful almond and vanilla granola!

Yeah, it’s as good as it sounds. Probably even more.

You know the packaged granola you see every time you go to the grocery store? The ones with a million ingredients on the labels? Yup, those are no good. Not when you can make a much more tastier, AND healthier version without any preservatives.

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This granola literally had me and my parents fighting over who got the last bit of it. It was that good.

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