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Monday, January 27, 2020

Macaroon Muffins - #MuffinMonday

Have you ever envisioned yourself on a baking show? I know I'd be a horrible contestant for a variety of reasons. The biggest one being that I'm really slow in the kitchen. But I'm sure it would be tons of fun. Maybe Nailed It would be my jam? Impossible decorations in too little time? I'm currently watching Great British Bake Off Stand Up to Cancer. Lots of disasters but lots of fun.

What would your ideal show be?

Welcome to another Muffin Monday. I made a vague promise to blog more this year and participate more in blogging groups. We will see how it goes. Lack of ingredients often throw me. (Ugh! Now I remember that I didn't hunt for rye.)

My first post for the year is essentially a coconut filled muffin. The original recipe was chocolate but it didn't seem chocolatey enough. Afterwards I realised that a chocolate muffin would showcase the coconut filling more. Next time.

Below the recipe you'll see the other muffin recipes for this month.



Macaroon Muffins

Ingredients

Filling
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Muffins
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a muffin tin with muffin liners.
Mix the ingredients for the filling and set aside.
Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together.
In a separate bowl mix the remaining ingredients.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix gently until just combined. Some lumps are expected. Don't overmix.

Fill each muffin well a third of the way. Top with 2 teaspoons of the filling. Cover with the remaining batter.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.




Muffin Monday
#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all of our lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.





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Monday, December 30, 2019

Rosemary Muffins - #MuffinMonday

I had a long list of things to bake for Christmas. But somewhere along the way, I hit a wall. I'm not sure if it was the annual deep cleaning that did me in. Or maybe I just had lingering lethargy from a bout of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. My first time! Thank you, Baby Nephew, for bringing your daycare germs over to Aunty!



I ditched the baking list but didn't want to miss Muffin Monday. I just knew that it couldn't be sweet. My brain kept screaming CHEESE. But I think I've hit cheese overload as well so rosemary won. Rosemary isn't very popular in Jamaica so I'm excited to have my own plant to snip whenever I please. I had basil too but a couple weeks of heavy rain left my basil mildewed. I'll replant it soon.

How were your holidays? Are you still in celebration mode or is it time for recovery?

Be sure to scroll down to see what the other muffin bakers made for today.

Rosemary Muffins

Ingredients

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a 6 cup muffin pan.

Whisk flours, rosemary, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
In a small bowl whisk egg, milk, and oil.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.

Bake 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

Notes
I found this recipe on Epicurious. I decreased the sugar - as is they tasted a tad sweet to me, increased the salt and the rosemary. I still think it needs more rosemary. I think I'll infuse the milk in my next batch.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Stout Gingerbread Muffins #MuffinMonday



I had to miss last month's Muffin Monday and it really distressed me. I don't bake much anymore and so I really look forward to this once a month bake. It's easier to do than my other groups because I'm not restricted to ingredients that are difficult to get in my area. Plus, baking muffins takes very little time and I am really bad at time management these days. I want to rant about the class that is taking up all my time and the poor administration that never communicates but let's focus on the muffins.

This stout gingerbread muffin is wonderful. These are not sweet muffins - add more sugar if you want it sweet. The stout flavour isn't subtle but it isn't overwhelming. Look, the only gingerbread I've had were some cookies that I made 3 years ago so I'm not a gingerbread expert. But authentic or not, this stuff is good and worthy of several repeats in my kitchen. I just need to pick up some more molasses.

Stout Gingerbread Muffins
Yield 10 - 12 muffins

Ingredients 
1/3 cup stout
1/2 cup molasses (not Blackstrap)
2 tablespoons grated ginger
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions 

Preheat the oven to 425 F and line a muffin tin with liners.
Heat the molasses and stout until bubbling. Turn off and stir in the grated ginger. Set aside to cool.
In a small bowl whisk egg, oil, and sugar.
In a separate bowl whisk flour, ginger, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves and salt.
When the molasses is cool, whisk in the egg mixture.
Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan.
Bake the muffins for 5 minutes then lower the oven temperature to 350 F. Bake another 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
Cool and enjoy.

Notes
I used Guinness Foreign Extra Stout but next time I'll use Dragon Stout's Spitfire. It's a bit sweeter and has a higher alcohol content.

Muffin Monday

#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all of our lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.