Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins with Mini Chocolate Chips: recipe

There was one lonely and ripe banana in the kitchen. What to do? Bake something, of course. A recipe for peanut butter muffins in my quick bread recipe files served as the inspiration for these moist, lovely and fast-made muffins. I highly recommend. In the “old days,” the peanut butter was mixed with the dry … More Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins with Mini Chocolate Chips: recipe

Preparing for Pumpkin Carving Party with Crusty Onion Popovers

I was looking for a recipe in the bread sections of some cookbooks when the words “Crusty Onion Popovers” caught my eye. My daughter likes onion and when I find a recipe featuring them, I might have a go, and so I did. The recipe included onion salt, which I omitted, and I substituted a … More Preparing for Pumpkin Carving Party with Crusty Onion Popovers

Ginger, Date & Clementine Muffins with Orange Glaze & Tulips

So many photos of baked items are shades and bumps of brown because … well, baking. Muffins are a good example. No matter what you put in them to give them flavor or texture, they come out of the oven brown on top, so I shoot fixings. Sure, the close-up isn’t exactly brown but I … More Ginger, Date & Clementine Muffins with Orange Glaze & Tulips

In the kitchen with juliyya: Swedish Cinnamon Goop, 2 Uses

A recipe which included a new method of incorporating cinnamon, sugar and butter into a sweet roll caught my eye, specifically, a Swedish cinnamon twist made with cardamon-flavored dough. Before attempting a recipe using up to three tablespoons of ground cardamon plus eggs, butter and milk in the dough, I decided to try the process … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Swedish Cinnamon Goop, 2 Uses

Shredded Wheat Muffins with Oats, Fruits and Nuts

Early in the week I sustained some type of trauma to my achilles tendon making it very difficult to navigate, especially up and down stairs. It has ultimately led to more creativity in the kitchen since trips to the grocery store require use of the stairs, I’m wary of further injury and avoiding stairs until … More Shredded Wheat Muffins with Oats, Fruits and Nuts

Honey Caramels

Last year I posted about making molasses caramels * and then using the caramels for filling Ginger Snicks ** and burbling out of Fruity Bran Muffins. *** After success with the molasses in multiple baking uses, I determined to next make honey caramels. Again, that determination included no corn syrup. Sugar and honey and butter … More Honey Caramels

Baking Experiments as Therapy, Example 2: Bran & Fruit Muffins with Molasses Caramel

Example 2 in the short series of baking as therapy for struggling with someone trying to get in my front door is another variation on a known and an unknown. Bran muffins with banana, raisins and dried cranberries are tasty. It is known by bran muffin lovers worldwide. Molasses caramels are also tasty, and molasses … More Baking Experiments as Therapy, Example 2: Bran & Fruit Muffins with Molasses Caramel

Date-Topped Fruity Bran Muffins, Made Great Again

It’s time to begin preparations for holiday baking and first that means a look in the back of the fridge for remains from last year. There’s almost always going to be jams, jellies, fillings and other sugared foods that easily survive a year. I found a jar with almost one cup of last winter’s date … More Date-Topped Fruity Bran Muffins, Made Great Again