Peach and Cream Muffins

Peach and Cream Muffins

My good friend just brought me back a bunch of delicious peaches from Georgia and I wanted to use them before they started to go bad. I made these yummy muffins which are great for breakfasts, snacks or dessert.

Preheat oven to 375

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 white sugar

1T baking powder

Pinch of salt

(Whisk these ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.)

1/2 c of melted butter (cooled slightly)

1c heavy cream

1/4c water

2 large eggs

1/2 of pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 c of fresh peaches peeled and diced

In a bowl whisk together melted butter, cream, eggs, water and vanilla. Get your dry ingredients  and mix together in a large bowl and then make a small”well” in the middle, pour in the wet ingredients and stir by hand until incorporated but not over mixed (there may be some lumps). Add peaches and mix gently. Divide batter into 12 large muffin tins or 18 for smaller snack sized muffins, bake until golden brown about 20-25 minutes (check by inserting a toothpick into the muffin, it should come out clean)

Peach and Cream Muffins

Peach and Cream Muffins

Book Club: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake Loaf

Let's Pretend This Never Happened- Jenny Lawson

 

This month’s book was a real hoot, laugh out loud funny in fact. A refreshing change from our woman in peril books we often read. This is the memoir of blogger Jenny Lawson, daughter of a taxidermist who lived a bizarre childhood that you could only laugh about. she definitely puts the fun in dysfunctional as she tries to make a life for herself as a mother, wife, friend and now blogger. You can check out her blog here. We had fun with this book club with one of our member even setting a giant chicken (its in the book) on the hostesses doorstep and ringing the bell and hiding. I still don’t know how she found the chicken.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Giant Chicken

As for food this was a hard one because Jenny can’t cook except for the microwave and that just wouldn’t cut it at our all foodie book club. I decided to make a chocolate chip “loaf” because she tells the story of when she was trying to sell the house she stuck a whole roll of chocolate chip cookie dough in the oven for the smell, and it started on fire. It was good and even better the next day as all crumb cakes are.

Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake Loaf

Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake Loaf

 

Cake

1 1/4 c flour

1/2 c cake flour

1 stick butter

3/4 t baking powder

1/4 t baking soda

1 c chocolate chips

3/4 c sugar

1/2 c buttermilk

2 eggs

1 t vanilla extract

1/2 T lemon zest

Topping

1 c flour

1 c sugar

1/2 stick hard butter

chocolate chips

powdered sugar

 

Pre heat oven to 350. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. Cream softened butter in a mixer, add zest, and slowly add sugar. add in eggs and vanilla  and beat until just combined. Add 1/3 flour mixture to mixer, then 1/2 buttermilk, then 1/3 flour, 1/2 buttermilk, and finally lat 1/3 of flour. mix until combined scraping down the sides. Stir in chocolate chips and pour into a greased loaf pan.

Combine the butter flour and sugar for the topping mixing with a fork or your hand until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of the batter and then sprinkle with Chocolate chips. Bake for 40 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar if desired.

Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake Loaf

 

 

Cantaloupe Smoothies

Cantaloupe Smoothies

 

A quick dessert or after school treat, these are rich and delicious (and healthy too).

Cantaloupe Smoothie

1 small-med cantaloupe cut into chunks, seeds and rind removed

1/2 c milk

1 cup ice

Put milk and cantaloupe into a blender and puree until cantaloupe is broken up, add ice and puree until smooth. Serve with fresh berries if desired.

If you have a larger cantaloupe add 1/4 cup more milk and ice.

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Gone Girl Book Club: Crepe-a-Dillas

Gone Girl

This month’s book selection was the suspenseful mystery Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It was the perfect book for book club, lots to discuss, surprising twists, crazy characters and a unique writing style. I liked it a lot, but I may be biased because it was actually my pick. That also meant that book club was at my house so I had to really bring it with the food. Hmm where to start, how about the beginning, on the day Amy goes missing she is makes crepes for their 5th anniversary breakfast. Crepes are not generally a finger food though and since there is always tons of food at out book clubs, the portion size would be too big. So I thought about it and decided to make my own surprising twist on quesadillas, crepe-a-dillas. Individual triangles of crepe-y goodness, perfect for parties.

Crepe-a-dillas

Crepe-A-Dillas

Filling:

8 0z marscapone cheese

8 oz cream cheese (softened)

1/4 c lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

3 T honey

10 crepes (you could make your own, but I used pre made ones found in my produce section of the grocery store, flour tortillas would also work)

Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

1 pint fresh blueberries

1/4 c sugar

2 T balsamic vinegar

1/4 c water

For the filling,  mix all ingredients with a mixer  until incorporated. To make crepe-a-dillas lay one crepe flat, spread thin layer of filling on crepe, fold in half and then cut into wedges with pizza cutter of knife.

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Place on a plate and put wax paper or plastic wrap between layers to prevent sticking, place in refrigerator until ready to use.

For the sauce, add all ingredients to a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Place in small bowl and cover. Cool in the refrigerator.

I also made a Chicken Frito Pie, just like the nice woman brought Nick after his wife disappeared which I will share the recipe to in my next post. We also had members bring manchego cheese, chocolate truffles, chili cheese fritos and casseroles, all thematic for the book.

For decorations I really wanted to have live lobsters in a pot (too mean), so I looked for fake ones but I couldn’t find them. I also wrapped a large box in a blue plastic table cloth from the dollar store ( I couldn’t find plain blue wrapping paper anywhere) for the centerpiece. I had a number 5 candle in my crepe-a-dillas. I also thought it would be fun to make some fun quizzes for book club like the ones Amy wrote for magazines.

Caution tape by the front door would have been a nice touch but I thought of that after book club.

I kept a bowl of red jelly beans close by for our discussions so that they could be throw at people for fun if you disagreed with their thoughts about the book. By the way I am still finding red jelly beans in and under my couch. Gone Girl Book Club

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Raspberry and Nutella Granola Bars

Well here is another thing I won’t need to buy at the grocery store, I just made my first granola bars and they were easy! I am already thinking of new flavor combinations, They are perfect for on the go snacks and breakfasts.

Raspberry and Nutella Granola Bars

2 c old-fashioned oats

1/2 c dried raspberries

6T butter

1/2 c nutella

1/3 c brown sugar

1T honey

Mix oats and raspberries in a large bowl. Melt butter over low in a saucepan, mix in nutella, sugar, and honey. Pour over oats and place in an 8×8 pan lined with tin foil, that has been sprayed with cooking spray of butter.

Raspberry and Nutella Granola Bars

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, cool and cut into bars.

Tasting Party: Frush Yogurt and Fruit Shake

 

** Though not paid to write this review I was given free product to sample and promotional materials. 

Drinkable yogurt, the concept is not new, and I admit I thought of it as somewhat of a toddler drink.  I was proven wrong, I tried the new Frush Yogurt and Fruit Shake at my little tasting party. They were delicious and tasted like a milk shake. Each 8.4 oz bottle contains about 200 calories but they were very filling and would be a great meal substitute. My favorite was strawberry banana but the overall favorite was peach. They also come in blueberry and strawberry flavors.

 

They contain real fruit, have 9 grams of protein and 50% of your daily calcium requirement per serving. They are portable and have a cap so it was easy for my husband to add his daily helping of Chia and mix it with the yogurt. Trust me he usually makes a big mess, and can’t usually take his breakfast with him so he loved this new product. Even though some guests were worried about the amount of sugar, I liked the fact that they contain real sugar instead of scary chemical substitutes. I would have no problem with my two teenage boys making this their go to breakfast or after school snack. The yogurt and fruit shake was also delicious on apples and strawberries.  If you missed my tasting party but want to try this new drink click here for a coupon or check them out on facebook at www.facebook.com/gofrush

 

 

Lemon Curd: The Most Delicious Way to Use Up Egg Yolks.

The other day when I made dark chocolate mousse in the blender I found myself with 6 left over egg yolks, what was I going to do with that? I googled recipes and found one for lemon curd, which was funny because I also had an abundance of lemons. I went ahead and made it, it was super easy, and I was surprised at how delicious it was, I found that I wanted to put it on everything. The recipe I found was on about.com from John Mitzewhich. I will be making this again.

Classic Lemon Curd

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4-5 lemons)
  • 2 T grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter (1 stick butter), cut into 1/8-in slices
  1. Add 1-inch of water to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. In a medium metal bowl whisk the egg yolks and sugar for about 2 minutes until smooth. Whisk in the lemon juice and zest until combined.
  2. Place the mixing bowl on top of saucepan (the bowl should be wide enough to fit on top of the saucepan, but shouldn’t be touching the simmering water). Stir the mixture constantly with a rubber spatula, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as you stir, until it begins to thicken, and will coat the back of a spoon. This will take approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Whisk in the butter, one slice at a time. Wait until each piece almost disappears before adding the next.

 

We served it on pancakes with blueberries for a sunday breakfast, also try it on scones, muffins, biscuits, pound cake or as a filling for layer cakes.

 

Father’s Day, a reason to make breakfast: Pineapple Ginger Pancakes

As I have said before, I don’t like to make breakfast, it is way too early to mess up my kitchen, but there are exceptions, one being Father’s Day. My husband loves breakfast and he deserves it, for example he was awoken this morning by our oldest son, there was a crisis, the internet connection was down. Now two hours later and all of us complaining the whole time he has it back up and running and I don’t think any of us thanked him. Hopefully he will read this, so thank you, see I’m not that ungrateful. Well the least I can do is make breakfast. Pancakes are always a crowd pleaser, so I decided to make it a little more special by making a fruit topping, we had a pineapple on hand so the decision was made. Happy Father’s Day to all the hard working Dad’s out there who so often go unrecognized, if I could I would make you all breakfast.

Pineapple Ginger Topping

1 fresh pineapple peeled cored and chopped into 1-2 inch chunks (most produce stands will core and peel whole pineapples for free, just ask)

1 t chopped ginger

1/4 c orange juice

1 t corn starch

Place all ingredients into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, turn heat down and simmer for 5 minutes or until juice thickens slightly.

Pancakes

1 c flour

1 T sugar

2 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

1 egg beaten

1 c milk

2 T vegetable or canola oil

Mix together all ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl, mixture may still be slightly lumpy, do not over mix.

Use a 1/4 or 1/3 sized measuring cup to ladle batter onto a skillet that has been preheated to medium and rubbed with a small amount of oil.

Flip when bubbles form around the edge, about 1 min. cook for another minutes and remove keep warm in oven until ready to serve.

Spoon pineapple topping over pancakes and top with pecans, almonds, or toasted coconut if desired

Strawberry and Meyer Lemon Muffins

ImageIt’s Strawberry season and we always are left with some in the refrigerator that are kind of on their way out. So to prolong their life a little I try to incorporate them into recipes. My kids love these muffins for breakfast or an after school treat.

Preheat oven to 375

 

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 white sugar

1T baking powder

Freshly ground nutmeg

Pinch of salt

(Whisk these ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.)

1/2 c of melted butter

1c of whole milk 

2 large eggs

1 T of grated Meyer Lemon Zest

1T Meyer Lemon Juice

1/2 of pure vanilla extact

1 1/2 c of fresh clean strawberries sliced

 

In a bowl whisk together melted butter, milk, eggs, zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Get your dry ingredients and make a small”well” in the middle, pour in the wet ingredients and stir by hand until incorporated but not over mixed (there may be some lumps). Add sliced strawberries and mix gently. Divide batter into 12 large muffin tins (I use and Ice cream scoop for even sized muffins) bake until golden brown about 25 minutes (check by inserting a toothpick into the muffin, it should come out clean)