To me, you can’t get better than a warm, jelly filled Bismark doughnut. I love them. It’s a really good thing there is not a doughnut shop on my normal driving route because raspberry Bismarks are one of the foods I cannot resist. Really. Anybody wants to capture me and torture me for information – use a fresh Top Pot Raspberry Bismark as a reward for talking. I found a recipe today that I couldn’t wait to make – my favorite doughnut, turned into a muffin. How dee-lightful! I doubled the basic recipe because it said it only made 10, which is way not enough for my small group. Messed with the spices a little and made half with raspberry jam (topped with the cinnamon/sugar) and half with lemon curd (topped with powdered sugar…still brushed with butter first). These are a perfect alternative to my favorite doughnut. Fantastic! Continue reading →
I’m so excited for the return of game night with my church small group. We have a great time together with food, laughter, games and just enjoying each others company. I went to some easy comfort food treats tonight. Nothing fancy or new, just good hang out snacks. Since I’ve posted them both before, I’m just including the links with photos in this post. I know, how lazy am I today? I will say however that you’ll never have better rice crispy treats than mine. Oooh good! Continue reading →
I decided this morning that it had been too long since I made a yummy snack for my munchkins. I found a recipe for Spiced Raisin Muffins and decided that with a few adjustments they’d be perfect! I decided to name my creation Spiced Wassail Muffins because as I was baking them I realized they smell exactly like the pungent spiced drink I make in the fall. These muffins have all the classic flavors of my favorite warm-you-to-your-toes beverage. Orange, apple, cinnamon and cloves combine to make them truly special. I decided not to put the glaze on top because they tasted plenty sweet without it, but if I were serving these at a tea, baby shower, or taking them somewhere, I’d probably add a drizzle of icing just for looks. Continue reading →
I’ve posted this recipe before, but I have a lot of new readers who may have missed it. This is my absolute most requested treat. I have never had a better scone. Seriously. You may think “a scone is just a scone”, but you are wrong. You only think that because you’ve never had mine. Try this recipe and you’ll understand what I mean. They are so moist and full of flavor. Trust me. You’ll never go back to those dry crumbly things other people claim are scones. Yesterday I made a batch of these for tea. I left half plain (served with my lemon curd and raspberry jam) and added chocolate chips to the others. Other favorites in my family are the orange cranberry version (my mom and Nanny LOVE them), and blueberry. Continue reading →
We are having an aerobics session at tomorrow’s MOPS. And, my table is on tap for breakfast foods. I figured I should bring something that’s not laden with sugar, butter and cheese. Drat. These muffins totally fit the bill. They are chock full of fruits and veggies – and almost no fat! They are moist, delicious and practically guilt free! Seriously. These are absolutely fantastic. Yippee! Bring on the workout! I’m ready. I hope tomorrow’s exercise session is something like the included video. That would make me so happy. And probably would also make me fall on my face…but I’d be happy! Continue reading →
Ok. This is way more like it. I decided to whip up another batch of muffins. I couldn’t just let my baking failure stay with me all day long. Since I didn’t have anymore sour cream and didn’t want to make a trip to the store, I used this recipe instead of trying the other one again.
The thing that drew me to this recipe was the strudel topping. I’ll admit it – I love me some buttery sugary topping. Mmmmm. It’s the delicious final gorgeousness on an already yummy muffin. And, they come out of the wrapper perfectly! Hooray! I’d suggest making a double batch though – this recipe yields 8 muffins. Big ones, but still…only 8. Continue reading →
Holy cow. It has been a long time since I baked something that turned out so badly. I’m posting this because I want you all to know that sometimes, even people who bake all the time with great success have total disasters. Messing up is no reason to stop trying! I’m sure this recipe is really great as it’s written – but I seriously goofed up by substituting applesauce for the oil. That’s what I get for thinking I could make a muffin that has lots of sour cream as an ingredient more healthy. Continue reading →
We got new neighbors last weekend (total bummer to be moving New Year weekend) – and I’ve been waiting until the dust settles next door to bring over some baked goodies and say “hello!”. My super awesome talented cousin posted this recipe on her blog today and I decided it was perfect for saying “Welcome to the neighborhood”.
I prepped these scones in my food processor. I love that you pulse, pulse, pulse the dry ingredients, add the shortening, pulse some more, add the milk and raisins, pulse some more and you’re basically done. (does pulse not look like a word anymore to you too?) And only one thing to clean! As always with scones, don’t over mix your dough. I just knead it two or three times to make sure it’s all combined and then pat out the dough lightly with my palm. Continue reading →
A little healthy snack for those of you watching your calories at the start of the new year. Don’t we all have those 5 (cough!) – ok, 15 “Christmas cookie pounds” to lose? I certainly do. All my baking caught up with me this year. I modified this recipe so each muffin has a mere 100 calories – a perfect afternoon snack! And a terrific source of fiber. Did you know that women should be eating 25 grams of fiber daily? Men should be taking in 38 grams! Maybe let your guy have two of these muffins to help him along. They are moist and delicious – you wouldn’t even know how healthy they are if I didn’t tell you so. Continue reading →
With the greater Seattle area in the midst of the first massive snowstorm of the year (ie: we have a trace of snow on the ground), I settled into the kitchen to use up some black bananas. Yes, there’s always those couple in each bunch my kids don’t devour before they’re past the point of really being edible on their own. I just throw the black ones into the freezer one at a time until I have three or four saved up. Then I make some kind of bread, cake or muffins out of them. Just set on the counter to defrost and peel them out of their blackened shells. They are sweet, soft and perfect for baked goods. Continue reading →