Monday, January 30, 2023

Almond Flour Banana Muffins - #MuffinMonday

I have baked a couple things with almond and coconut flour before but this is the first batch I really enjoyed. The texture is, of course, different from regular flour muffins but the flavour is amazing and they are super moist. My only regret is that I forgot to add some xanthan gum to see how that would affect the texture. Next batch. for sure!

Almond Flour Banana Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins


3 bananas
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup sweetener (I used regular sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/3 cup add-ins (chocolate chips, nuts; optional)


Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 12-count muffin pan. These might stick so I would definitely use a liner over greasing the pan just in case. 

In a bowl, mash the bananas then add the eggs, oil, sweetener, and vanilla. Whisk together. 

Whisk together the almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. If your almond flour has lumps, definitely sift it beforehand. 

Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. If you're using add-ins, gently stir them in, reserving a few to sprinkle on the top. 

Divide the batter evenly among the muffin wells. 

Bake 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted inside a muffin comes out clean. 


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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Walnut Raisin Wool Roll Bread - #BreadBakers

Happy new year! And welcome to the first Bread Bakers of 2023. January happens to be National Dried Fruits month so that's how we are starting off. I have wanted to try a wool roll for a while now so it was the perfect time to test it out. I didn't have much time and the wool bread was super simple and quick to make while looking like it took some effort. I can't wait to make it again with other fillings - especially savoury versions. Very little rambling from me today as it's 10 PM and after putting in a full day's work, I need to go put in another couple of hours. No complaints though. Super grateful for the opportunities coming my way right now. 

Be sure to scroll down to check out the other recipes that we are sharing with you today. 

Walnut Raisin Wool Roll Bread

43 g water 
43 g milk 
14 g flour 
300 g flour 
50 g sugar
1 tablespoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup whole milk 
1 egg
4 tablespoons oil 
115 grams raisins
rum or water or juice
75 grams walnuts
2 tablespoons butter
dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste

Milk for brushing dough


In a small saucepan, whisk together the water, milk and flour for the tangzhong. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. This should take about 3 minutes. DO NOT WALK AWAY. Trust me. 

Remove the tangzhong from the heat and add the mixture to your mixing bowl. Allow it to cool. 

Add the remaining dough ingredients. Knead until a smooth, soft dough forms - about 8 to 10 minutes. The dough should be tacky. 

Place the kneaded dough in an oiled bowl and allow it to bulk ferment in the refrigerator overnight. You can also do the standard room temperature rise. But I prefer to let it work overnight in the fridge. 

Soak the raisins overnight in rum, water, or juice. 

The next day, drain the raisins and add them to a food processor along with the walnuts, butter and cinnamon. Blend to a chunk consistency. I didn't make it too smooth. Taste and add sugar and some additional cinnamon, if you wish. 

Line a 9" springform or cake pan that is at least 2 inches deep with parchment paper. Lightly grease the parchment. 

On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.  Roll out each piece to a 6" x 12" rectangle. 

With the long sides facing you, mark the top 5 inches of the rectangle. Scoop 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of filling onto that top section. Spread it evenly across the top leaving just the edges bare. 

Cut the uncovered dough into thin strips. 

Fold in the edges of the rectangle to keep the filling inside. Starting from the top with the filling, roll the dough towards the uncovered section with the strips. Place the log, seam side down in the prepared pan. Repeat with other pieces of dough.  

Cover the pan and allow the bread to proof until doubled and puffy. This could take about an hour or an hour and a half depending on the temperature of the room. 

About 20 minutes before, preheat oven to 350 F. 

When the dough is ready, gently brush the dough with the milk and place it in the oven. 

Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. 

Cool in the pan until you can safely remove it to cool it on an oven rack. Then dig in. 


I adapted this from King Arthur's Filled Wool Roll. You can visit the page to see visuals on how to fill and roll up the dough.


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Monday, November 28, 2022

Cranberry Sauce Muffins - #MuffinMonday

6 cranberry sauce muffins on a white plate

The first time I learned about jellied cranberry sauce was in November 2009. I had been living in the US for about 10 years at that point. However, I had never been to any traditional Thanksgiving dinners. Imagine my shock when I saw this jellied substance on TV. What in the world is that? How is it a sauce? What kind of sorcery is that? I had the opportunity to try it very soon afterwards and had to withdraw all my snark. I still want to know who decided to gelatinize the sauce but it's not too bad. 

I decided to try that very jellied substance in muffins. I can picture some being left over from  Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe you're not sure what to do with it. You could slice some up and throw the bits in a muffin. 

It's Muffin Monday so scroll down to see the other lovely muffins this month. 

Cranberry Sauce Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins

About 1/2 cup - 1 cup leftover jellied cranberry sauce, sliced into small pieces
210 grams (1 3/4 cup) all-purpose flour 
45 grams (1/2cup) rolled oats
150 grams (3/4 cup) sugar
14 grams (2 tablespoons) cornstarch
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt 
3/4 cup milk 
1/2 cup oil 
2 eggs


Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a 12-cup capacity muffin pan with liners. 

Whisk flour, oats, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

In a separate container, whisk together milk, oil, and eggs. 

Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir gently until just combined and there are no streaks of flour. 

Scoop scant two tablespoons into each muffin well. 

Next, add two teaspoons to three teaspoons of cranberry sauce. 

Cover up the sauce with batter then sprinkle on some more slices of sauce. 

Bake 20 - 25 minutes until the tops are golden. 

Cool and enjoy. 

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