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Monday, January 27, 2014

Apple-Pecan Muffins with Cinnamon Topping

I had some apples left over from a previous dessert I made and so I made these.  These are really moist and full of flavor.  You could probably substitute a different fruit (banana, peach, blueberry etc) and also change the type of nuts.  I made these in two different type of muffin pans, a large muffin pan and also a PopOver Pan,  just for something different.  Hope you give these a try.
Pop-Over Pan
Large Muffin Tin

1/2 cup butter, soft
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk (I used 1/2 n 1/2 and water 1/4 cp each)
1 1/4 cp white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, room temp
1 3/4 cp AP flour (you could use 1/2 AP flour 1/2 whole wheat)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3-4 granny smith apples, peeled, sliced and chopped
1/2 cup Pecans (or your choice of nuts...optional)

Cinnamon crumble topping
1/4 cp white sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 TBL AP flour
2 TBL cold butter grated.

Preheat oven to 375°.  Spray pans or use liners, set aside.
In a large bowl. cream together 1/2 cp butter, 1 1/4 cp sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy.   Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.  In another bowl mix the dry ingredients and then stir in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until it's incorporated.  Fold in the apples and nuts.  Scoop into muffins tins and fill 3/4 full.  Lightly sprinkle the tops with the cinnamon crumble.
Bake in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool and enjoy.

To make the topping:
In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients, then grate the cold butter into the mixture and using a pastry blender, mix until mixture resembles small peas.  I actually use my hands for this, works much better.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Magic Cake

I happen to see this on Pinterest and knew I just had to try it.  This past week we celebrated yet another birthday and thought I would make this along with the apple turnovers the birthday boy requested.  This cake has a custard type filling in the middle that just happens, like magic.  It's a bit on the bland side but JR said it was really good and reminded him of a cake he has eaten when he was a kid.  I think the center reminds me a bit of Flan.  IMP is was ok but he loved it so that's what was important.

4 eggs (separate yolks from whites) at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup  sugar
1 stick butter, melted
3/4 cup of all purpose flour
2 cups milk lukewarm * I used 1/2 n 1/2 and water*
powdered sugar for dusting cake
Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Grease a 8 inch x 8 inch baking dish.
Separate eggs and add the egg whites to a mixer and mix until egg whites are stiff. Place egg whites in a bowl and set aside.
Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until light. Add butter and vanilla extract and continue beating for another minute or two after which you can add the flour and mix it in until fully incorporated.
Slowly start adding the milk and beat until everything is well mixed together. Add the egg whites, a third at a time and gently fold them in using a spatula, repeat until all egg whites are folded in. Another variation to folding in the egg whites would be to add a third of the egg whites and gently whisk them in to the cake batter, then reverse the process and add a bit of the cake mixture to the egg whites and gently whisk in, repeat until all cake batter has been whisked in.
Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 40 to 70 minutes or until the top is lightly golden. The baking time could vary greatly depending on the oven, so take a peek at around 40 minutes and see how it looks.
Sprinkle some powdered sugar after cake has cooled
Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day and Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things YOU L♥ve.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

LC tortilla roll ups

This is a great lc snack and oh so easy to make.  You only need a few ingredients and it takes no time at all to put together.  This would be great for Super Bowl Sunday for your friends that LC.

2-3 Flatouts (LC) either the plan or Italian Flavor
(these can be found at your local grocery store, usually by the deli dept)
4oz cream cheese soft
1 small can of diced black olives
1 small can of diced green chilli
1/2 lb. of thin sliced deli ham

Spread the cream cheese on the flatout, add the ham, then put the olives and green chilli and roll them up.  Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for about 2 hours.  Remove and slice, arrange on a platter....enjoy.  It's that simple.  You could make them a bit spicier and hotter if you want by just adding some diced Jalapeno's.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy and healthy New Year.  I know I did, had such a great time with my son, daughter in law and my two grandchildren.  I miss them so much, wish they were closer.  :(
Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.
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