What do you and your friends do for fun on a Saturday afternoon? Sit by the pool. Go shopping. Watch a movie. Not my friends!
Recently, I got together with nine of my blogging buddies from The Real Farmwives of America and Friends and we did some Freezer Cooking!
What is Freezer Cooking?
This is the second time I took part in this type of marathon cooking day and I have to admit it stresses me out just a bit! However, we had a great time and I came home with SO MUCH food!
Thanks to Gooseberry Patch we had a head start picking our recipes with their Freezer-Friendly Recipes cookbook. I chose the Sunrise Cinnamon Loaves as my recipe!
It’s a really simple recipe and I decided to step up my game and mix up two batches at once since I had 12 batches to bake in about 5 hours (thankfully the kitchen had 2 ovens)!
As I said before, it was a bit stressful for me so I didn’t get a lot of action shots as I was in the kitchen. Trust me, there are no difficult steps with this recipe so you’ll be OK without step-by-step shots!
After it was all said and done, I had nine delicious smelling soups, side dishes and entrees in my car! Rumor has it that many of the loaves I made didn’t make it to the freezer…the one I took home may not have either!
I have to admit I only kept one for myself. The rest are in my sister’s freezer so she has meals ready to pop in the oven after her baby is born later this month.
How to Make Cake Mix Sunrise Cinnamon Loaves
- 1 Yellow Cake Mix with Pudding
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 Tablespoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prep two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans (grease and flour).
Combine the first 5 ingredients in large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed for 3 minutes.
Pour a quarter of the batter into the bottom of each pan.
Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and sprinkle half of the mixture evenly over the batter in both pans. (Add nuts, chocolate chips or other goodies here, if you want to.)
Spread the remaining batter evenly into the loaf pans; sprinkle the top of the loaves with the remaining sugar mixture.
Use a knife to gently swirl sugar and cinnamon into batter.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes (baking time varies if you do small loaf pans or muffins).
Cool on wire racks.
- Freeze and Serve Instructions: Place cooled loaves in freezer bags and place in freezer. To serve, thaw at room temperature or put a frozen slice into the toaster.
- Look for cake mixes that say they have pudding added. Aldi's brand has pudding-in-the-mix, as does Betty Crocker and Pillsbury.