February 18, 2013
Who’s noticed that I’ve been on a bit of a health kick since January? Not that I really consider it a kick since my cooking naturally veers towards healthy and wholesome. Still, I usually throw in a homemade treat here or there. But other than the apple galette, which the boys and I made at the tail end of our holiday break, and the Valentine’s Day Twinkies, a requisite treat for February 14, you’ll see that I haven’t been making much sweet stuff.
I guess it’s because the holidays were a blood bath—in the best way, of course—and I’ve been feeling good sticking with super healthy eats. (I swear that it has something to do with the daily super smoothie that I mentioned while telling you about my Apple, Beet and Pomegranate Salad.) But you know how I feel about these things: moderation is key, especially with little ones. Life’s too short to not enjoy some wholesome, homemade sweets. So, a couple of weekends ago, with tons of gorgeous in-season citrus on my hands, I decided to whip up an out of this world Citrus Pull Apart Bread.
My favorite desserts are either cinnamony or lemony, and my favorite time to make desserts is the winter when, thanks to peak citrus season, the combination of the two is perfection. Case in point: my Meyer Lemon Cherry Coffee Cake and Lemon Blueberry Crumb Bundt Cake. Both are delicious and perfect for this time of year, but I decided it was time to develop a new, citrusy, coffee cakey treat. So I began to research.
I started by looking up recipes for lemon cinnamon rolls and came across this Lemon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake at Leite’s Culinaria. Note to self: make this. I kept researching and stumbled across this review of the recipe on Leite’s Culinaria from the good folks at The Kitchn. Note to self: make this now.
Which is what I did. (What can I say, I’m an easy sell.)
What happened to my research? I abandoned it, that’s what. I was lost in sweet lemon bread ecstacy. I was thinking, “Who needs another lemony roll when this exists?” That’s how good this shizzzzz is.
I’ll pick up my research again before citrus season is done and gone. I’m still craving a new sweet that combines lemon and cinnamon. In the meantime, though, there’s this Citrus Pull Apart Bread. One glance at the recipe and you can see that it requires a bit more effort than most of my own, but I swear it’s worth it. And, hey, it’s a recipe that I can guarantee that the kids will eat with no problem!
Sweet Citrus Pull Apart Bread
From Baking for All Occasions by Flo Braker
(can be shared with kids 12+ mos)*
Get the recipe at Leite’s Culinaria
*Note: While there is nothing in this that is unsafe for younger eaters, I recommend this starting at 12 months due to the high sugar content. Whatever age your eaters, be sure to serve age-appropriate portions. A little of this sweet treat goes a long way.