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.

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.

Orange-Ice Delight

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: Feb. 9, 2015
Yield: 1 pint
Time needed: a minute in the blender

Personally, I don’t like ice cubes, so I just substituted some really cold water. I wasn’t at all sure what I would get from this, as I don’t usually like a combination of orange and milk either. But this was very nice. I am glad I tried it and I will try it again, especially for a quick breakfast on a hot summer day.

Orange-Ice Delight

Orange-Ice Delight

Orange-Ice Delight
1 egg
1/2 cup concentrated orange juice
1 cup milk
4-6 ice cubes partially crushed
1-2 tsp. sugar or honey (optional)

Whirl in blender.

Alternate: For the orange juice concentrate, substitute 1 banana with 1/2 tsp. vanilla or 1/2 cup sliced strawberries.

Creamed Chicken

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Made: October 5, 2013
Yield: 6 servings
Time to make: 15 minutes.

So easy, so versatile and so much better tasting than canned chicken soup.  Serve this over toast, crackers, rice, pasta or cornbread or in patty shells as miniature chicken pies. Feel free to add or change vegetables e.g. mushrooms instead of green pepper. Try adding celery or peas. Experiment with different spices and herbs as well.

Creamed Chicken

Creamed Chicken

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