In the South, whether we realize it or not, heat dictates much of what we cook. Summers have us gravitating toward light salads, cold noodles, and juicy seasonal produce – anything to keep our ovens off. But as soon as cooler temperatures grace our doorways, aprons emerge from hibernation, flour starts to fly, and, suddenly, baking season has returned.
Sunday baking has become a ritual for many. Dough rising, dishes piling, and the eager anticipation of savoring time and bites with loved ones. Whether you’re team sweet or savory, committed enough to tend sourdough starter, or just looking to make the weekend sweet, these baking recipes will have you rising to the occasion.
8 Recipes For Slow Sunday Baking
Though they may not be a common household name, popovers are an easy path to a warm, buttery weekend treat. Follow our step-by-step guide to acheive popovers with a crispy exterior that gives way to an eggy, fluffy interior. We love filling ours with lemon curd, a little homemade pesto, or simply slathering with rich butter and some Blueberry Bourbon & Cardamom Jam from Bourbon Barrel Foods.
This simple and straightforward pound cake recipe from Matthew Raiford’s Bress ‘n’ Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes from a Sixth-Generation Farmer is infused with molasses and brown sugar, giving it a rich caramel flavor. To tailor your baking to the season, we recommend serving with a scoop of pumpkin ice cream or dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg.
From the Sunday brunch maven herself, Cheryl Day shares this foolproof sweet potato biscuit recipe. By adding in both mashed and roasted sweet potatoes, the earthy sweet potato flavor permeates through these buttermilk biscuits. Serve your biscuit with a pat of Banner Butter’s Cinnamon, Cardamom, Ginger Butter, then help yourself to at least three more.
Wrapped in nostalgia, this autumnal take on oatmeal cream pies takes two toasty oatmeal apple cookies and slathers spiced cream cheese icing between them. To increase the intensity of apple, smear one cookie with a spoonful of Food For the Southern Soul’s Apple Butter and the other with the spiced cream cheese icing, consider this a “double stuffed” cream pie.
Any fan of peanut butter and Oreos will fall for these cheesecake bars. With an Oreo crust and a sweetened condensed milk cheesecake base, these bars are rich and creamy with a layer of chocolate set on top. We’re torn between applying Georgia Grinder’s classic Creamy Peanut Butter to the base or branching out and trying the Cinnamon Vanilla Pecan Peanut Butter for fall.
Nothing says Sunday morning like the sizzle of pancakes on the griddle. If you’ve never tried sourdough pancakes, the consistency will be extra fluffy and there will be a slightly tangy undertone to the finished flapjack. In the autumn, we love serving ours with homemade seed butter and macerated cherries or with a simple drizzle of Bourbon Barrel Foods Aged Maple Syrup.
Ok, we may have cheated a little on this one; consider this Saturday baking for Sunday enjoyment. Yielding eight ramekins of coffee cardamom custard, this recipe is a luxurious and low-effort dessert to serve at your Sunday soirée. For a sweet and smoky twist on the custard, incorporate Oliver Pluff’s Bourbon Vanilla Coffee into your baking.
Sunday baking isn’t exclusively sweet, and this butternut squash and goat cheese galette is an autumnal staple in our kitchens. With aromatic roasted squash, creamy goat cheese, and thyme leaves wrapped within a flaky crust, brunch has never been simpler. Our insider’s tip to emphasizing the savory elements: swap out your finishing salt with a sprinkle of Southern Art’s Spicy Everything Bagel Seasoning.
Jams & Jellies
The Blueberry Bourbon & Cardamom Jam from Bourbon Barrel Foods is made using premium organic blueberries grown by Brushcreek Berries in Kentucky. The bourbon with the cardamom spice compliments the fresh blueberry for a sweet treat to spread on toast, biscuits, and pancakes. Blueberry Bourbon & Cardamom Jam is all natural, and the first ingredient lists fruit—not sugar. No preservative or high fructose corn syrup so you can enjoy natural blueberries in every bite. Go beyond breakfast with Bourbon Barrel Foods Blueberry Bourbon & Cardamom Jam. Use it for charcuterie boards, cheese trays, cheesecake topping, even mix it in a cocktail! Add a nice spice and sweetness to the classic blueberry muffin. Make unique jam bars with the hint of classic Kentucky bourbon and cardamom that will become a dessert favorite. The jam comes from the Bourbon Barrel Foods partnership with Joyce and Charlie Pinson of Friends Drift Inn in Pikeville, Kentucky to bring a delicious jam to your table. Friends Drift Inn is a family business on a mission of “Growing a Good Life in Appalachia.” The farm’s name comes from Joyce Pinson’s grandparents' diner where they grew their own vegetables and orchard to use fresh ingredients in their food. The diner was sadly closed in the 1960s. But Pinson is following their mission of good food and sharing the Appalachian spirit with Friends Drift Inn. The Pinsons run a twelve-acre farm growing organic food that will bring friends and families together. Try Bourbon Barrel Foods Black Raspberry Jam along with the Blueberry Bourbon & Cardamom Jam from Friends Drift Inn.$15.00
You could spend hours laboring in the kitchen – coring apples, waiting as they slow cook throughout the afternoon – in an attempt to resurrect your grandmother’s apple butter recipe. Or, you could turn to a jar of Charleston Favorites Cinnamon Apple Butter for the immediate taste and scent of fall in your kitchen. Rich and creamy, the addition of cinnamon brings a warming spice reminiscent of apple cider and stewed apples to this delectable cinnamon apple butter. The Food for the Southern Soul brand comes from chef and gourmet foods creator Jimmy Hagood. A former insurance advisor, Hagood changed courses to pursue his passion for cooking and sharing Southern food through restaurant businesses, catering, and gourmet snack retail. His brand delivers classic foods and flavors of the Lowcountry, Appalachia, Tidewater, and the Gulf to your table. In addition to the Cinnamon Apple Butter, the Charleston Favorites collection offers other pantry delicacies inspired by the historic city’s renowned culinary traditions. From coarse, stone-ground grits to barbecue sauces and benne wafers, there’s a meal, ingredient, or snack for every occasion. Ways to Love Cinnamon Apple Butter Spread over a sturdy slice of toast or settled into the crannies of an English muffin, this Cinnamon Apple Butter adds instant elevation to any piece of bread. And its utility goes well beyond breakfast. Dress it up for dinner with apple butter-glazed pork chops, Pickled Green Beans, or add it to your favorite hot buttered rum recipe for an autumn-heavy twist.$8.00
Bourbon Vanilla Ground Coffee in a Signature Coffee Tin 5 ounces of roasted ground Colombian Supremo coffee beans with bourbon vanilla flavoring. Colombian beans yield a bold brew that serves as a rich coffee base for a wide variety of flavored coffee blends! Roast Date: Always freshly roasted at the time of your order.$15.00
The Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup is the perfect topping for pancakes and french toast. This certified-organic syrup is made in Louisville, Kentucky, aged in white oak barrels that once held the finest Kentucky bourbons. The process of aging the syrup in these barrels matures the maple syrup flavor adding a unique smoky, white oak taste to complement with the maple for a sweet treat. Take Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup beyond the breakfast table. Mix it in cocktails or an old fashioned for a complex drink with a sweet note. Or, top your ice cream with it to put a twist on the classic ice cream sundae with some of the bluegrass states’ best flavors. We wouldn’t judge if you ate it right off the spoon. This syrup is one of many products a part of Bourbon Barrel Foods’ “Eat Your Bourbon” initiative. Owner Matt Jamie started out of his home on a mission to make soy sauce that would stand out from the rest. Bourbon and bourbon barrels were his answer creating the world famous Bluegrass Soy Sauce. Passionate about making bourbon more than a drink, he began to make dishes that infuse and use bourbon in all kinds of ways, which led him to create Bourbon Barrel Foods. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can have the essence of the drink all day long and finish with a glass of bourbon. Try making these recipes yourself from Jamie’s “Eat Your Bourbon” cookbook that suggests dishes and drinks that use various Bourbon Barrel Foods products.$19.00
Georgia Grinders' Cinnamon Vanilla Pecan Peanut Nut Butter is the perfect blend for those with a sweet tooth; you just might go nuts for it. This flavor is handcrafted in small batches using non-GMO Georgia Grown Pecans and Peanuts, with a hint of pure Vanilla Bean and a sprinkle of Cinnamon. Ingredients: Georgia Grown Peanuts, Georgia Grown Pecans, Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon, Kosher Sea Salt.$12.00
- by Erin Byers Murray
- by Hannah Lee Leidy
- by Hannah Lee Leidy
- by Hannah Lee Leidy