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Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Muffins are one of my favourite, quick treats to make.  Usually little fuss is required, all can be done in one bowl, and there’s plenty to share.  Muffins are also an excellent school or work snack and generally freeze very well.  I like to freeze them in individual bags so everyone can grab and go as needed.

 

strawberry muffins

 

And sometimes you can dress them up with a wee bit of whipped topping.  And since muffins are thought to be generally healthier for you than cupcakes, these are still considered healthy.

You’re welcome.

 

strawberry muffins

See the fruit in there?  Large pieces of sweet, juicy, red farm fresh strawberries.  We are still lucky to have some available locally, so my crew can enjoy these muffins all summer long.

This is a recipe that one of my gal pals shared with me.  I have to say it hasn’t disappointed, I’ve made it many times!

Have you got a favourite muffin flavour?  An easy muffin recipe that freezes well and makes a good school snack?  Please share it with me in the comments!

Enjoy the rest of your summer friends!

Renee

 

Fresh Strawberry Muffins

adapted from, Home of My Heart

  •  1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  •  3/4 cup sugar
  •  1 egg
  •  2 cups all-purpose flour
  •  2 tsp baking powder
  •  1/2 tsp kosher salt
  •  1/2 cup milk
  •  1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  •  1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
  •  3 tsp sugar
  •  1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • whipped topping for serving (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°

1.  In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

2.  In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.  Add flour mixture and milk alternately to the butter mixture.
Gently fold in strawberries.

3.  Spoon batter into muffin pans, lined with muffin liners or sprayed with non-stick baking spray, until about 3/4 full.  Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over muffins.   Bake for approx. 20 minutes.

 

4.  Let cool completely and top with whipped topping and a strawberry if desired.  They are just as excellent without!

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Peach Fritters

My dad is a great story-teller.   It’s something that I love about him and a bond that we share.  I love to hear the stories of his childhood in a small fishing village.  I love to hear stories about my ancestors and my heritage.  And I appreciate every one of them because they make the generations past seem real to me.

This year for my birthday he gave me the best gift.

He gave me an old cookbook that was my great-grandfathers.  My father is named after him and he died in 1927 in an accident.  He was a cook on a tug boat and my grandmother got this book when they went to retrieve his body and belongings.   It just made me feel so much more that cooking must be in my genes.   That I’m doing the right thing.

I decided to try the recipe for Fruit Fritters that was in there.  I love how some of the pages are marked with pencil and some have drops of  whatever on them.

I wonder, did he make the Fruit Fritters?

On my card my dad said that my great-grandfather would have been proud of the work I have done in the kitchen.

Gosh, that is just the best gift isn’t it?

For my fritters I used peaches.  It’s peach season around here and they are big and juicy and so sweet.  Apples would be good too.

Peach Fritters

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4-5 medium peaches, peeled and sliced into 1 inch slices
  • powdered sugar for dusting

1.  Sift dry ingredients together.  Add milk and eggs and mix until smooth.

2.  Heat canola oil to 350° in a deep pan or fryer.  Batter peach slices and gently drop into oil.  Fry for 3-5 minutes.  Dust with powdered sugar.  Best eaten warm.

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Apple Spice Cupcakes with Apple Butter Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Well fall is definitely upon us!  I was at the market this morning and was instantly drawn to crates and crates of local apples.  This is one of my favourite seasons to be baking, and apples are by far one of my favourite fruits!

I also bought a huge jar of homemade apple butter and decided to use it to flavour the icing.   Anyone who has been following SweetRevelations knows how much I adore my yummy Swiss Meringue Buttercream icing!

The cakes were really good.  I love any cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice combo.  And the icing was pretty yummy too!  Great apple flavour that screams fall and Thanksgiving dinners.  I thought the cakes were so good that I left some un-iced (the horror!) and packed them in the freezer for lunch treats.

The Pastry Case is where I found this yummy recipe and I have no doubt that the cakes would taste awesome with the Salted Caramel Italian Meringue Buttercream that she has on her site.  Or, you could make the Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream that I made here (delish).

Apple Spice Cupcakes

from The Pastry Case

yield: 30 cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light molasses
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup full fat sour cream
  • 3 tart baking apples, peeled and shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with paper liners.

1.  Using a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula then beat in the molasses. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds between each addition.

2.  In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, and ground spices to blend.

3.  Add the flour mixture and sour cream alternately to the batter, starting and ending with the flour mixture. After each addition, beat on low-speed just to combine the ingredients. Stir in the shredded apples and vanilla.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups. Bake 20-25 minutes until the cupcakes spring back lightly when touched and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Apple Butter Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • 2 cups unsalted butter cubed, at room temperature
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup of apple butter or more to taste

1.  Fill a saucepan (large enough to fit your mixing bowl just a few inches) with two inches of water.  Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat to med-low so water continues to simmer.

2.  In your stand mixer bowl, hand whisk the egg whites and the sugar just until combined.  Place over simmering pot and whisk for approx 4 mins until the egg whites are hot (about 150 degrees).  The sugar should be dissolved by this time as well.  Place bowl on stand mixer and attach the whisk attachment.  Whisk on medium until whites have increased in volume and the outside of the bowl is just slightly warm to the touch (this can take up to 10 minutes!).

3.  Remove whisk attachment and replace with paddle attachment.  Beat on low-speed until mixture is completely cooled.  Increase speed to medium and add butter pieces one at a time.  Scrape the bowl and continue to beat until buttercream is glossy, smooth and thick.  It may separate at first, but continue beating and it will emulsify.  Add vanilla flavouring, a pinch of salt and apple butter and beat until combined.  Use immediately.

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Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches and a Birthday (or two!)

Yesterday my boys turned 11.  Hard to believe that 11 years ago they were so tiny (just a little over 4 pounds when we brought them home!) and now I wear their shoes when I need to go outside for a quick second.  They are both very different personalities (one’s neat and tidy and one’s a whirling dervish!) but also so similar in some ways.  Both have a great sense of humour and both are sporty social guys who are really loyal to their friends.  They’re good boys.   I can’t really take credit because I think they were just born that way…perfect to me.

I have to say though, something happened, maybe ‘in utero’ as they say….

I don’t know what I did….

I don’t know how it happened…I question it all the time…..

My boys don’t really like cake.  They don’t really have a sweet tooth which probably in the long-term is fantastic for them, however for me it continues to be a puzzle.

So, for birthday dessert one of my sons requested Homemade Brownie Ice-Cream Sandwiches.  Pretty easy to do, but a little tough to decorate with candles….

I found the recipe in Chatelaine Magazine and have made it many times over the summer.   There are so many options for flavours!  The sandwich part is a brownie baked on a cookie sheet.  Easy easy!  And so rich and yummy.

I did make some cupcakes too (I can’t help myself…) just for blowing out candles.  Some were a yummy Milk Dud flavour and some were Devils Food Chocolate with Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream which I’ll be sure to share in a later post!

Brownie Ice-Cream Sandwiches

  • 84 g  unsweetened chocolate, about 3 squares,  coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp  salt
  • 1/4 tsp  vanilla
  • 2   eggs
  • 1/4 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 2 L  vanilla ice cream or flavour of choice, in rectangular box

Preheat oven to 350°.

1.  Oil a rimmed baking sheet measuring about 11 × 17 in., then line with parchment paper. Place chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave on medium until chocolate is almost melted, about 2 min. Stir halfway through.

2.  Stir sugar, salt and vanilla into warm chocolate mixture. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until blended. Stir in flour just until mixed. Scrape onto prepared sheet. Spread batter over parchment using an offset spatula to create a smooth, even, very thin layer.

3.  Bake in centre of oven until brownie appears shiny and is firm but slightly undercooked, about 8 min. Remove from oven and cool in pan, about 30 min. Run a knife along edges of pan. Cut brownie in half, making two long rectangles. Place pan in the freezer for 5 min. Remove from freezer. Gently lift brownie and, using scissors, cut the parchment, separating the rectangles.

4.  Place 1 brownie top-side down on a cutting board. Peel off parchment. Open box of ice cream. Slice off 5 1-in. slices and arrange on top of brownie on board until it’s completely covered. Peel parchment from bottom of remaining brownie and place on top of ice cream. Pat down firmly. With a sharp knife, score top of brownie into 16 rectangular pieces.

Freeze for at least 3 hours, until very firm. Remove from freezer and, using a serrated knife, cut into 16 sandwiches, using the scored lines as a guide. Individually wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap. Sandwiches will keep well in the freezer up to 1 month.

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If At First You Don’t Succeed….Use Fondant

My husband is opening the pool today.  Yay!  I’m hoping that at some point in the next few weeks we will be able to enjoy it.  We have had nothing but rain for weeks.   I think my feet are beginning to web…I can’t get the wet dog smell out of my house!

ENOUGH  ALREADY….!!!!

Ok, complaining done.   I’ve closed my eyes, said a little prayer, taken a few deep breaths and am hoping the sun will shine.

In the meantime…I really enjoy making and decorating sugar cookies.  I said I enjoy it, but haven’t quite mastered the decorating yet.  Icing is trickier than you think (hence the fondant comment…)!  This is my 3rd time making them this week (practise makes perfect!).  We’ve had footballs, raindrops, flip flops and daisies.  These sugar cookies are pretty yummy and pretty cute.  The cookie dough is VERY easy to make.  Endless cookie cutter possibilities!  If decorating is not your thing these cookies taste great on their own too.    Enjoy….

Amanda’s Super Duper Amazing Sugar Cookies

*from I Am Baker

Heat oven to 350°

1 1/2 cup unsalted butter

2 cups sugar

2 whole eggs

2 egg yolks

4 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp almond extract

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt (I use kosher salt)

1 tsp baking powder

1.  In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat sugar and eggs until well combined (2-3 mins).  Add in eggs, vanilla and almond extract and mix until combined.

2.  In a separate bowl, sift together the remaining ingredients.  Add flour mixture to butter mixture, slowly, and mix just until combined.

3.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.   Roll out dough (to about 1/4″), cut out cookies and bake for 6-9 mins.  Cool on wire rack before icing.

*I rolled my dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, then placed the dough on a cookie sheet (before cutting it out) and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes.  It is much easier to handle when well chilled.

Amanda’s Frosting Recipe

*recipe from I Am Baker

1 cup icing sugar

1 tbsp corn syrup

drop of lemon juice

1 tbsp milk

Mix first 3 ingredients adding milk a drop at a time until you reach desired consistency.  Food colouring/gels can be added when you add milk.

Keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days.

*rolled fondant is easy to use as an alternative.  Just roll it out, use the same cookie cutter to cut out the shape and apply with a touch of corn syrup.

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