Lately I’ve talked a lot about spring and fresh veggies – the opportunity to finally change the momentum in the kitchen from heavier meals to lighter, cleaner flavors. Well, spring isn’t just about asparagus and leafy greens. It’s also about baking.
There are times when baking – and we’re not talking your everyday brownies and boxed cakes – can seem like a winter activity. You’re stuck inside, hiding from the bitter cold, and you take out your cabin fever on kneading a loaf of dough. The breads are heartier, and filled with rich, savory flavors.
But spring is also a beautiful time for baking – opening the kitchen windows and letting the sun stream through while you shape tender rolls and drizzle icing over warm bread.
Instead of focusing on richer, heartier breads and rolls, turn to ingredients like lemon, orange, and rhubarb to liven things up. Sour cream can add a welcome tang to dinner rolls and sandwich bread. Replace half of your oil with applesauce for a more figure-friendly recipe, and use natural sweeteners like honey to glaze your buns.
If you are looking for a more savory baked good, turn to those fresh veggies! Top homemade focaccia with crisp asparagus, or try using spinach and salty feta cheese in savory scones.
Here are a few of my favorite spring-inspired baking recipes. From pretty little muffins to delicate twists, these baked goods will help usher a new, lighter season into your kitchen.
Get this recipe: Tender Lemon Rolls
Get this recipe: Orange Cinnamon Rolls
Get this recipe: Makeover Lemon Streusel Muffins
Get this recipe: Lemon-Nut Twists
Get this recipe: Orange Rhubarb Bread
Get this recipe: Pecan Lemon Loaf
Get this recipe: Rhubarb Cream Muffins
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