16 Feb Health and Happiness Society Baking Challenge
I invited my readers to bake a recipe from the Health and Happiness Society Cookbook and they surprised me. Immediately there were amazing stories and mouthwatering photos. So, I HAD to figure out the best way to share them…
This post is an alphabetically-organized combination of the experiences of these wonderful readers who accepted the challenge.
If you want to participate in the next round of the baking challenge, don’t forget to sign up here!
Apple Strudel Muffins
“My family LOVES muffins, but we needed a little shakeup to our old standbys. And strudel? Swoon!
The process took a little longer than I expected, mostly because of the apple grating. But it was fun to experiment with the strudel topping. And as the cozy smell of cinnamon wafted through the house, my husband and boys couldn’t wait to grab a freshly baked muffin.”
– Courtney A.
The cooking process was “Great! Recipe was easy to follow and used ingredients I had on hand. Muffins are a family favorite!”
– Brenda H.
Baked Spaghetti Squash
“This will DEFINITELY go in the rotation! It’s keto friendly and it’s absolutely delicious!”
– Lianne T.
Beef Stew and Wheat Brioche Buns
“I gathered all of the ingredients for the buns and stared that process first since they would take longer. I have found in my years of cooking that thing go much more smoothly when I do the prep steps then move to the cooking steps.
The smell of the stew cooking with the wine was absolutely divine! I loved that the stew had a roll recipe along with it.”
– Andrea T.
Cherry Cheese Danish
“I bake a lot and I have always wanted to try baking a danish!
I think you might need to add a bit more sugar to the cherry topping and maybe reduce the corn starch a tiny bit.”
– Kassandra G.
Chicken and Dumplings
“I was soooooo nervous that I would mess it up!
Haha but it was really yummy and totally something I can see me making again!
I did add extra veggies and broth because I love broth and I love veggies in soups!”
– Darcee H.
“Directions were great. Easy to follow, had most the ingredients except chicken which I got at Costco. I ended up doing the soup in two segments. Last night I made the soup and tonight I added dumplings. Worked out just fine. I reheated the soup slowly and on low since it has heavy cream. Soup is delicious.“
– Karen M.
Chocolate Chunk, Pretzel, and Caramel Cookies
“I have been wanting to try a cookie recipe with pretzel in it for a little while and I had fun trying a new recipe.”
– Jennie M.
Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes
“I adore the combination of chocolate and hazelnut.
When I was deployed to Afghanistan, friends and family would send me jars of chocolate hazelnut spread. I’d eat it out of the jar after a long mission! Overall, the cupcakes turned out great (hubby agrees)!”
– Kerrie S.
“What’s not to love about chocolate?
The cooking process went ok!!! Once I figured out that my oven isn’t working properly! Thankfully I have 2 baking settings and the second one worked.”
– Tammy U.
Homestyle Mac and Cheese
“Mac and Cheese is my favorite food! It was easy and fun recipe. Able to use ingredients in the kitchen. The recipe was easy to follow and fairly quick to make once all the ingredients were gathered.”
– Angie S.
Lemon Garlic and Dill Salmon
“Light summer dinner! It was very easy to follow and loved that I learnt about the Cedar planks.” – Teresa T.
“My husband spent AT LEAST 10 minutes trying to get the perfect pictures. He tried every position possible and would not let me touch the food until it was done. Fortunately it wasn’t too cold by the time we were able to eat it.
Also the hubby loved it and he doesn’t normally like fish! It was super fun and easy!”
– Kristen F.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
“Great weeknight meal. Very filling. Smooth and creamy.” – Melissa G.
“Very simple to make and the smells are wonderful.” – Terri T.
Meat Lovers’ Pizza
“My 2 year old grandson was visiting for the day and it was also a challenge to try this recipe with him. He started out very enthusiastic. I had all the ingredients out on the counter top. Elias got there before me and he decided to put the cup of sugar into the whole bowl of flour. So, we threw that out and started again and measured before we mixed them. The rest of the mixing went pretty well.
Putting his baker’s apron and hat back on, he enjoyed rolling out the dough. Gramma took over for him and finished up the rest of the project. When it came out of the oven, Elias’ interest was back and after cutting the pizza he was the first to have a bite.
The recipe was easy to follow and very tasty. It was also a special day that made wonderful memories for us.”
– Kathleen A.
“I’ve always been a baker. I grew up with lots of people around and my mom made cakes professionally so it wasn’t an entirely new process. It was fun seeing how the batter all came together.
The cake baked perfectly with just a little extra time on the clock than the recipe called for. I tried to be as accurate to the recipe as possible. That meant a messier kitchen than I’m used to, but the end result was totally worth it! It was comical to say the least and I wish I had it all on camera.
When I make this again, maybe I’ll play with some different flavors of Oreos like mint. This is definitely going into the “must have again” category!
Several days later, and we’re still enjoying this cake! It has stayed moist and delicious. Pro tip: pour leftover heavy whipping cream over the cake for an extra tasty treat!”
– Kelli S.
Scones Two Ways
“Light, fluffy and amazing. Best of all my fussy husband (who is a picky eater) loved them.”
– Louise B.
“The recipes were super quick and easy! Plus, I already had all the ingredients, so bonus! The only issue I had was that I had to keep both batches in the oven for an extra 10 minutes for then to bake and fully brown. My whole family loves them, and I will definitely be baking them regularly.” – Liesl J. S.
“My partner loves scones so am always on the lookout for another variation!”
– Jen P.
“I made the sweet version of the scones. For the most part, it was relatively easy. The one part that I did not like was grating the butter (very messy and time consuming). They were VERY DELICIOUS (I had 2!). I’m thinking about substituting orange zest next time instead of the lemon zest.”
– Becky M.
“I generally view recipes as guidelines and so I made a few substitutions. I used grass fed ground beef rather than turkey (I had made something else with ground turkey a few days ago) and black beans rather than 6 bean mix (my store didn’t have them). Also, I added garlic because I love garlic and used half rice and half rice cauliflower.
These were pretty easy to too make but I ended up with enough filling to stuff 8 peppers and I only had 4. I just put the rest in a loaf pan and baked it with the peppers.
The resulting recipe was delicious! I would highly recommend it. The directions explained every step well and were easy to follow. This recipe was delicious and now I need to buy the cookbook!!!”
– Marilyn P.
Stuffed Yorkshire Pudding
“This was a fun cook for our house! We love roast, potatoes and yorkshire pudding but this was a new twist. I deviated from the recipe a little bit but I think it turned out fantastic. The yorkshire pudding recipe was a little different than the one that I normally use but it’s now my official recipe!
Yorkshire is known for being finicky but this batch turned out absolutely perfect. I’m a numbers gal when I’m cooking and have a hard time letting go and going with a feeling so that was a little stretch to step back and wait for the magic to happen. It was absolutely delicious!! The meal was a hit with the whole family!!”
– Christie J.
“I started by prepping all the ingredients so that everything was ready when I started. I had never butterflied before so that was a new experience but it went well. Rolling the pork loins was tough and I was so excited when they stayed rolled.
After removing it from the oven, I was ecstatic that it tasted as good as it looked. The directions explained every step well and were easy to follow. This recipe was delicious and now I need to buy the cookbook!!!!”
– Hilary L.
“My husband and I wanted to cook something together and we decided to choose something we had never cooked before, and had never eaten, in fact. Actually, we had to google Yorkshire Pudding to find out what it was like before we decided.
My husband is a great fan of horseradish and he LOVED the horseradish sauce. Said it was some of the best he had eaten. We didn’t have jumbo muffin tins so our Yorkshire’s are smaller and we ate two instead of one, but the finished dish was quite delicious. We had a good time doing this.”
– Linda H.
Sweet Berry Brioche
“This felt a bit intimidating to begin with so I took it one step at a time. I did veer from the recipe just a bit. I could tell after tasting it that it wasn’t sweet enough for me so I added another 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 Tbls of lemon juice to it. I’m glad I did, it came out perfect.
After cooling, I drizzled the chocolate over them and added raspberries. The recipe called for blackberries too but I’m not a fan so I went with raspberries only.
These pastries are beyond yummy! I’m so glad I made them! I will make them again. The only thing I would change about how I made them would be to make them smaller, dividing the dough into 10 parts instead of 6. The pastries are so large it’s not advisable to eat it all at one sitting.”
– Nita M.
Warm Gingerbread Cake
“The cake had a rich flavor and was delicious!”
– Melissa J.
“A simple recipe, but I struggled at 6 am on a Sat. when I had no cinnamon on hand. Had to send my husband to town to get some & in the process almost forgot to add the egg.
My husband liked the cake, commenting that there was “more than one note of flavor that most other cakes don’t have.” (Maybe we shouldn’t watch Food Network so much!) I definitely will make this again!”
– Alice N.
“This was a fun recipe. It was easy to make and absolutely delicious! Let’s do it again!”
– Ryan P.
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