Spiced Pear Muffins

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: March 5, 2017
Yield: 12 muffins
Time needed: 30 minutes

Subtly-flavoured and delicious muffin, excellent breakfast treat.

Spiced Pear Muffins

Spiced Pear Muffins
1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup soy flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 cup chopped pears, (fresh or drained, canned pears)

1 egg beaten
1 cup milk
1-4 Tbsp. melted butter or oil
1-4 Tbsp. honey

Pre-heat oven to 400oF.
Oil muffin tins

Stir flours, baking powder, salt and spices together.
Add chopped pears and gently distribute them through the flour mixture.
Blend the liquid ingredients together,
Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stir just enough to moisten.

Fill oiled muffin tins 2/3 full.
Bake 25 minutes or until nicely browned.
Serve hot.

Nutty Pumpkin Bread

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried:January 16, 2017
Yield: 2 loaves or 48 mini-muffins
Time needed: 1 hour

I really like this lovely bread. It didn’t take very long to clean it all up.

Nutty Pumpkin Bread

Nutty Pumpkin Bread

Nutty Pumpkin Bread
1 1/2 cups/375 ml flour
1 1/2 cups/375 ml whole wheat flour
1 cup/250 ml wheat germ
1 cup/250 ml sugar
1 cup/250 ml brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
1/2 tsp. each: ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves (optional)

2 1/2 cups/625 ml pumpkin or winter squash, cooked and puréed
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup/125 ml oil
1/2 cup/125 ml pecans or other nuts, chopped
1 cup/250 ml raisins or chopped dates

Pre-heat oven to 350oF/180oC.
In a large bowl, mix together the first set of ingredients and make a well in the centre.
Add the remaining ingredients in the well and mix well until all dry ingredients are moistened.

Pour batter into 2 greased 9 x 5-inch/2 L loaf pans.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean (about 50 minutes).
Loosen edges and turn the loaf out onto the rack to cool completely before slicing.

Muffin variation:
Pour batter into greased mini-muffin tins.
Bake about 10 minutes.

Yorkshire Pudding

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: May 1, 2015
Yield: 1 8” x 8” pan or a dozen muffin tin size (6 servings)
Time needed: 2 hours chilling time + 1/2 hour in the oven

Would you believe it is the first time I ever made Yorkshire pudding myself? I can understand why they are so popular. I used the muffin tin technique for baking and they came out quite well.  Loved them!

Yorkshire Pudding with Beef Steak

Yorkshire Pudding with Beef Steak

Yorkshire Pudding
1 cup sifted whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 cup hot beef drippings (or melted butter, if you have no drippings)

Combine flour and salt in a medium bowl.
Beat eggs and milk together.
Slowly add liquid to the flour mix, beating until the batter is smooth.
Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.

When ready to bake:
Preheat oven to 425oF (400oF if using muffin tins)
Heat beef drippings in a shallow 8” x 8” pan or divide hot beef drippings among 12 muffin tins.
Pour cold batter into pan. Or fill each muffin tin half-full.
Bake 25-30 minutes.

Suggestion: Serve with salad and onion soup on a chilly night.

Chapatis

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: November 10, 2016
Yield: 8 chapatis
Time needed: about 45 minutes

Since most of the time is resting time (30 minutes) these actually take little more than 10 minutes prep time. So they are quick and easy enough to make every day, as is the case in many Indian households.

Chapatis

Chapatis

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Sesame Crisp Crackers

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: July 15, 2013
Yield: 3-4 dozen
Time needed: 20 minutes

I do about as well with crackers as I do with pastry, which is not well at all.  However, the method for these is quite simple and quick.  Though I do hate recipes that say “bake until crisp and golden” without giving you any idea of how long that will take.  I guessed at ten minutes, and found 12 minutes did the trick.

I don’t have any cookie cutters, so these are not pretty:  just basic squares.  But they are tasty morsels.

Sesame Crisp Crackers

Sesame Crisp Crackers

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Elisha’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: August 9/16
Yield: 2 dozen
Time needed: 45 minutes

These are one of the staff-created variations on the basic muffin recipe used by Alternative Grounds, a popular fair-trade coffee roasters in Toronto. Sadly they no longer operate the restaurant where these muffins were served each morning, but the coffee is still available at various local outlets.

This is a very good muffin, moist and tasty. Good call, Elisha!

Elisha's Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Elisha’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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