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Book Review AND Recipes! :-) 750 Best Muffin Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury

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From the Vegan Muffins section:

Chai Latte Muffins

Scented with many of the spices of chai, these muffins are wonderful with hot black tea.

Makes 12 muffins

 12-cup muffin pan, greased

1 cup vanilla-flavored non-dairy milk (soy, almond, rice, hemp)   250 ml

2 tbsp loose black tea  30 mL

2 cups  all-purpose flour  500 mL

2 tsp  baking powder 10 mL

11⁄2 tsp  ground cinnamon  7 mL

11⁄2 tsp  ground cardamom  7 mL

1⁄2 tsp  ground ginger 2 mL

1⁄2 tsp  baking soda   2 mL

1⁄2 tsp   salt 2 mL

1⁄4 tsp  ground cloves 1 mL

2⁄3 cup packed light brown sugar     150 mL

2⁄3 cup plain soy yogurt   150 mL

1⁄3 cup vegetable oil 75 mL

1 tsp vanilla extract    5 mL

  1. In a small saucepan, bring milk and tea to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl, discarding tea leaves, and let cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, baking soda, salt and cloves.
  4. Whisk brown sugar, yogurt, oil and vanilla into milk mixture until well blended.
  5. Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended.
  6. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups.
  7. Bake for 19 to 23 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to the rack to cool.

 

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From the Breakfast Muffins section:

Raspberry Oat Muffins

These tempting, raspberry-filled muffins are a nice (and healthy) way to get started in the morning.

 Makes 15 muffins

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)

Two 12-cup muffin pans, 15 cups greased

2 cups  all-purpose flour  500 mL

1 cup large-flake (old-fashioned) rolled oats  250 ml

1 cup  packed light brown sugar   250 mL

2 tsp baking powder 10 mL

1⁄2 tsp   baking soda   2 mL

1⁄2 tsp   salt 2 mL

1⁄2 tsp  ground allspice   2 mL

1 egg  

1 cup milk 250 mL

1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, melted 60 mL

1 tsp vanilla extract  5 mL

11⁄2 cups raspberries  375 mL

1⁄4 cup granulated sugar  60 mL

 

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and allspice.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, milk, butter and vanilla until well blended.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in raspberries.
  4. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 16 to 21 minutes or until tops are light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to the rack to cool.

Courtesy of 750 Best Muffin Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury

© 2010 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

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As any of my regular readers already know, I’m a BIG fan of muffins! So, when I had the opportunity to test-drive this MASSIVE muffin collection, I was a happy camper! 😉

And 750 Best Muffin Recipes did not disappoint. This is a fantastic baking book and one that every muffin lover needs to have! 

So far, I have made the:

-Toasted Walnut Muffins (Satisfying and not too sweet, perfect for breakfast)

-Oatmeal and Prune Muffins ( I ♥ prunes and these are VERY satisfying, with a nice “toothsome” texture)

Brown Rice and Cheese Muffins (These were AMAZING served with the Cream of Cauliflower and Tarragon Soup from The Groovy Green Kitchen II: Simply, Super, Supper Soups)

And on the menu today:

-Coconut Crumb Muffins (These look so delish, LOADED with coconut in the muffins and topping them too)

I’m planning to try one or two new muffin recipes each week, to work my way through this book. That’s going to take a while but what a yummy journey it will be. 😉

What do I like about this cookbook, well…everything actually!

The recipes are creative, original, easy to make, LOTS of variety (and that includes everything from the top muffin classics, coffeehouse gourmet muffins, gluten free muffins and a good selection of vegan ones too!)

Another plus, from what I’ve noted so far, none of the recipes are heavy on sugar or a lot of other unhealthy ingredients…it really is the ultimate muffin-lovers collection and I’m so glad to have a copy to enjoy, again and again and again!

The only thing that I am tweaking a bit in each recipe is when adding: coconut, fruit, nuts, etc…to the mix. I always add these with the dry ingredients, (not as the last additions)  to dredge them with the flour etc. and to help to keep them from sinking to the bottom of the muffins when mixed. A little baking tip that has worked well over the years. No problem making this slight change and for me, it’s just a long-time personal preference.

And I hope you enjoy the two luscious muffin recipes featured above,that were graciously provided by Robert Rose, the publishers of this cookbook. Stop by their site to see all their bestselling cookbook choices.

And definitely DO plan to order a copy of 750 Best Muffin Recipes soon!

750 Best Muffin Recipes (Amazon.ca) 

750 Best Muffin Recipes (Amazon.com)

Now I’m off to the kitchen to get those muffin cups ready! 😉

Happy Baking!  

 

HEALTHY HOLIDAY COOKIE ROUND-UP!

***YUMMM….DON’T THESE LOOK YUMMY?***

I’M GOING TO TRY SOME OF THESE HEALTHIER, HOLIDAY COOKIE RECIPES. 

REBLOGGED FROM: SIFT, STIR & SAVOR. THANKS FOR SHARING!

HAPPY BAKING! :<)

Sift, Stir & Savour

Last year I was obsessed with eggnog. This year I’m obsessed with cookies.

Healthy Cookies

So when I was asked to be a part of a healthy christmas cookie round-up that Sandra from Candida Diet Plan was organizing, I was pretty excited! Sandra was able to organize 18 different bloggers, which means there are 18 scrumptious cookies to drool over. And these aren’t just any cookies, these are healthy cookies- virtually all of the recipes are gluten-free and loads of them are also grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free and vegan. So, what are you waiting for? Here are the links to all of the cookies:

Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies (Candida Free Candee)

Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies (Tessa the Domestic Diva)

Macadamia Coconut Cookies (Candida Diet Plan)

Macadamia-Coconut-Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies (Gluten-Free Cat)

Jungle Balls (Carrie on Vegan)

Raw Gingerbread Men (Om Nom Ally)

Raw-Gingerbread-Men-Om-Nom-Ally

Chocolate Orange Gogi Cookies (Coconut and Berries)

Spiced Orange Cookies

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My Kind of “Processing” ;<) In My Kitchen

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In my kitchen, I create.
Breads to rise and cakes to bake.
Here, I stir, knead and sauté.
Spoons and knives, in happy disarray.
                                        
In my kitchen, I am queen!
Baking cobblers, date bars and other sweet dreams.
Soups and salads, lovingly prepared.
With a smidge of spice and a dash of flair.
                                                                                                   
Blissfully, I’m lost….
in heady aromas and tastes.
A world of flavors.
and delights to partake.
                                                                                     
I am home.
Oh so free.
This truly is, where I am ME!
                                                                                   
The stress of the day is left behind.
It’s time to create.
All problems resigned.
                                  
Pity those who can’t boil an egg.
Seeking culinary skills.
They will often beg.
                                                 
The chemistry of cooking.
A wonder to share.
It’s almost like love, but with calories…
oh dear!
                                                         
In my kitchen, safe and warm.
A haven…
flour heaven ?
So glad to be here.
                                               
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Also posted for the June 16th, Woven Dreams prompt: Processing
          
    
“In My Kitchen”- revised  May 2013.
 
From the poetry collection: My Poetic Path
   
PS: In case you are craving a fresh-baked treat, after reading this poem,  😉
here’s the link to the recipe for these delicious scones.

Slow-Cooker Granola

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Yes, from the slow-cooker!

Is there anything this handy small kitchen appliance can’t do? 😉

I am soooo loving my Hamilton Beach Slow-Cooker (click to read review for the model I have) use it all the time.

I recently made homemade (cranberry and almond) granola in it, for the first time and it turned out delish.

Easy to make, you control the ingredients, sweetness and price is so much better than store-bought granola too.

I used the Slow-Cooker Granola Recipe from:  Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson as a guide, but any granola recipe should work fine.

After stirring the liquid and dry ingredients thoroughly, I cooked mine on HIGH for 1 hour, uncovered and an additional 1 and  3/4 hours on LOW, covered.

Another plus: the aroma while cooking…divine! 🙂

Forget those oat-filled, oh so… ho hum…packages of store-bought granola and make your own.

Just remember to stir occasionally while cooking, to keep from browning too much.

Happy Cooking! 🙂

Easter Treats from Me and Mr. Cheddar! :<)

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Mr. Cheddar and I hope you have the best Easter ever!

I think he’s a treat,  just the way he is but the Bunny Ears do add a certain charm, don’t ya think? 😉

My sweet treat is a cake recipe that always brings Spring and Easter to mind.

carrot cake

My fav for the best  Carrot Cake I’ve ever enjoyed and a delish (not to sweet) lemony-cream cheese icing to go with it. If you think the photo looks yummy, wait til you taste it! 😉 Here’s a link to the original post and recipes.

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 Happy Easter Weekend!

Wheat Germ Cookies from King Arthur Flour

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As you can see above Gingerbread Man is weighted down big time with cookies at the moment! 😉 That didn’t last long though, these cookies disappeared fast from his ample belly!

I’m a big fan of wheat germ in all kinds of baking. 

Wheat germ is a concentrated source of iron, B and E vitamins and protein. Also contains several trace minerals. Tastes great too.

What’s not to love? 🙂

I’ve made these Wheat Germ Cookies from the King Arthur flour site many times and they are consistently delish.

And oh so easy to make. The “hit” of nutmeg makes all the difference, don’t leave it out! 

As with most recipes, I did a bit of personal tweaking:

-I toasted the wheat germ slightly, before using.

-Added a 1/2 C. of toasted coconut to the mix.

-I rounded the whole wheat flour to 1 C.

-Cut back on the sugar to 1/2 C.

-Made larger cookies, about 30.

All optional changes  the recipe is good just as given on their site too.

Happy Baking!

More News About Power/Snack/Energy/Nutritional Bars

Here’s a recent  post from my product review blog: My Real Life Reviews with some important information about questionable processing methods/ingredients used in a number of popular nutritional/snack bars.  😦    Also includes links to some homemade alternatives for making your own snack bars that are: easy to make, healthier, oh so tasty and cheaper too.

And another “eye-opener” on this topic from: Natural News

It really is worth the time and effort to make as much as you can  “from scratch” whenever possible and for so many reasons! 🙂

If you have a good recipe for a homemade snack/nutritional bar, please share a link if you can!

Happy Snacking, 🙂  AND Buyer Beware! 😦

What’s a Burger Without a Great Bun??

With BBQ season just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about burgers, hot dogs, buns…and healthier alternatives for all of them.

Today at my product review blog, I’m posting a review of Sol Cuisine Mushroom Rice Burgers.

This was a product I liked  until I received an email from their company yesterday, with some “details” about their production process that I am NOT impressed or happy with.

Stop by My Real Life Reviews to read the full review. Suffice to say, sometimes even reading labels and checking information online is NOT enough. 😦  This company has lost a long-time customer, that’s for sure.

On a more positive note, it’s definitely doable to make a lot of the “basics” like veggie and (yes…) meat burgers and buns to go with them, from scratch.

These are my all-time fav burger buns:

Bread-Machine Rosemary Flax Buns

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and not just because they are my own recipe. 😉

If you’ve never made your own burger and hot dog buns, this is definitely an easy way to get started. And if you aren’t a fan of rosemary, you can definitely leave it out.

A burger is JUST a burger, without a great bun to go with it!

I’m amazed at how many people who seem to be so particular about the burgers they buy or make , spend lots of $$$ on all sorts of toppings, but don’t pay any attention to the quality of buns they use; usually ending up with the cheapo, white-bread, soggy kind  that are absolutely tasteless!

It’s not right and it’s not necessary. 😉

Here’s the link to the complete recipe for these delicious and oh so easy to make buns

If you give these buns a try, do let me know how you like them!

And on the topic of all things burger, what is your fav, absolutely MUST have topping ?

Mine is: dill pickles, sliced very thin and lots of them. Yummm….

Happy Baking and BBQ! 🙂

PS: On a completely unrelated topic, I am testing the waters with another blog idea (just what I need, another blog) 😉

This would be a weekly creative prompt blog.

Stop by: Woven Dreams Prompts if you’d like to know more. 🙂

No-Bake Energy Bar Recipe

 

 

With outdoor activities increasing for many of us now as the days warm up and the snow melts away,  I thought it would be a good idea to re-post this recipe for these easy to make and very yummy energy bars.

A sweet and satisfying treat!

 If you are a fan of  Eat-More or Cliff bars, you will love this recipe, a nutritious and delicious redo.

Very satisfying, one of these bars provides a lot of energy but not too filling. Vegan-friendly too.

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My apologies for the less than perfect photo. 😦  It’s the taste that counts, right? 😉

See page 2 for complete recipe.

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