Gingerbread Muffins

Hi everybody, I am back!!!!! Sorry for being away for a while. Anyways, I know Christmas is right around the corner and who doesn’t like gingerbread, especially gingerbread cookies? Apparently my dad does not always like gingerbread, but I have convinced him with these gingerbread muffins I decided to make. They are not actually too overpowering. I have turned someone over to the dark side, but I am convinced that there are no dark sides when it comes to baking. Check these ones out. If I do not post anything soon, I am wishing you happy holidays. The recipe can be found on Just a Pinch‘s website. Enjoy and happy baking!!

Ingredients

*1 cup of dark brown sugar

*2 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

*1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda

*1 teaspoon of (ground) cinnamon

*1 teaspoon of ground ginger

*1/2 teaspoon of salt

*1/4 teaspoon of (ground) nutmeg

*1 egg

*1/2 cup of molasses (I use Brer Rabbit)

*1 cup of buttermilk (this recipe tells you what to do if you do not have buttermilk around)

*1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted and melted butter

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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of food and good company. If not because you had to work or just was not able to get together with other people, my heart goes out to you. Anyways, I decided to volunteer to make one of the desserts this year for Thanksgiving. I decided to make iced pumpkin cookies. They are so good and packed with spice. They pretty much melt in your mouth, especially with the glaze. Yummy. The recipe for these delicious cookies can be found at allrecipes. Just one of the warnings I have about the glaze is that it does not always stick right on the cookie. In other words it kind of drips off. When you do these cookies, put the glaze on them when the cookies are on a flat surface and when the cookies have completely cooled off. Enjoy and happy baking!!

Ingredients (for cookies)

*2 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

*1 teaspoon of baking powder

*1 teaspoon of baking soda

*2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

*1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

*1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves

*1/2 teaspoon of salt

*1/2 (or 1 stick) of softened butter

*1 and 1/2 cups of white sugar

*1 cup of canned pumpkin puree (I still use Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin)

*1 egg

*1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Ingredients (For Glaze)

*1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

*2 cups of confectioner’s sugar

*3 tablespoons of milk (might need to use more, see recipe directions)

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Ginger-Spiced Muffins With Caramelized Pears

Hey, I am back. Sorry for being gone. I took a hiatus when I was house sitting for a family friend of ours. My mom found me this recipe to use from the newspaper for pear muffins or more specifically, ginger-spiced muffins with caramelized pears. They turned out quite well. The only things I would warn about is that this recipe calls for 5 cups of diced pears, but you can do slightly less than what it calls for. I just used what the recipe calls for and then I saved the rest. The other thing is that you should be careful when you remove them from the tin tray because they can be a little messy with the caramelized pears. I know it calls for 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger, but I guesstimated how much ginger to do. And be aware with the salt because for me it came out of the container a little fast. Otherwise, I just stuck to it. The recipe can be found in the SF Chronicle or on their website. When you are looking for the recipe, go down the page until you find the section labels pears. Enjoy and happy baking!!

Ingredients (for caramelized pears)

*2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

*1/4 cup of sugar (I used light brown sugar)

*5 cups of pears

Ingredients (for muffins)

*2 cups of all-purpose flour

*1 teaspoon of baking powder

*1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

*1 teaspoon of ground ginger

*1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

*1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt

*5 oz of soft unsalted butter (or 1 stick of butter) plus 2 tablespoons of unsalted softened butter

*1 cup of (white) sugar

*2 large eggs

*1/2 cup of whole milk

*2 tablespoons of finely grated fresh ginger

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

So last week I did pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, so this week I am doing pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. I promise that these are just as good as the other recipe for the cookies. I honestly think these might be slightly better, but that is just my opinion. I warned you about the pumpkin theme going on here, didn’t I?! The recipe says 18 to 20 minutes to bake in the oven. I did mine for about 19 minutes but it may vary from oven to oven. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. The recipe can be found at Just a Taste. And yes, I agree with the title of the recipe “The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.” Happy baking and enjoy!!

Ingredients

*1 and 2/3 cup of all-purpose flour

*1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

*1 teaspoon of baking soda

*1/4 teaspoon of salt

*1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

*1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves

*1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

*1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger

*1/2 cup (or 1 stick) of unsalted butter at room temperature

*1 and 1/3 cup of sugar

*1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

*2 eggs

*1 cup of canned pumpkin (I used the Farmers Market brand, but almost any would do)

*1/3 cup of water

*1 and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (Ghirardelli semi-sweet again)

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

It is October which means it is time to get into the pumpkin and holiday spirit. Fall has arrived as well. It has always been one of my favorite seasons especially when I was on the East Coast in Maryland for school because the leaves changed into these amazing colors. This is a fair warning to everyone that I am going to be posting a lot of recipes, especially these next couple of months with pumpkins. I am kicking it off with a good one. This is a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies which are so good and I may try to make them again sometime soon. These will guarantee to make your mouth water. The recipe can be found on Sally’s Baking Addiction which is one of my favorite places to go to for recipes. Enjoy and happy fall baking.

Ingredients

*1/2 cup (or one stick) unsalted butter

*1/4 cup of packed light or dark brown sugar

*6 tablespoons of canned pumpkin puree

*1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (using the spoon and level method, which can be looked up)

*1/4 teaspoon of salt

*1/4 teaspoon of baking powder

*1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

*1 and 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

*1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

*1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves

*1/4 teaspoon of allspice

*1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (still use the same kind of chocolate chips)

 

 

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Chocolate Chip Apple Muffins

My parents came home from Napa and my mom said, “It smells like you have been baking in here.” She always makes that comment whenever I bake at home. I told her that I made chocolate chip apple muffins. My parents both thought that sounded exotic. Yes, I know that combination sounds a little bit unusual, but they turned out to be pretty good. I was having a chocolate craving, but I also wanted to combine it with apples as we we had a whole bunch of apples from our apple tree and it was also the beginning of fall. So here is the recipe for the chocolate chip apple muffins which can be found on the Offbeat & Inspired website.

I am wishing all of my readers a happy fall as well as my usual happy baking! Just a couple of side notes before I give out the ingredients. This recipe says to bake for about 30-35 minutes, but I would suggest a little less time because as I made this for the first time and when I followed the instructions I did exactly 30 minutes, but they look a little brown on the top. I will leave that up to you all because it also really depends on your oven as well. This recipe also calls for apple sauce, which can be found on the same website, but keep in mind that there is another option. The recipe for this apple sauce can be found when you click on Vanilla Spice Applesauce down below. Enjoy!!

Ingredients

*2 cups of all-purpose flour

*1 teaspoon of baking powder

*1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

*1/2 teaspoon of salt

*1/2 cup of softened butter (which equals to one stick of butter)

*1 cup of white (granulated) sugar

*2 eggs

*1 and 1/2 cups of Vanilla Spice Applesauce or 1 and 1/2 cups of chopped apples and 1 and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract (as an alternative to the applesauce)

*1 cup of chocolate chips (I use my same Ghiradelli semi sweet chocolate chips)

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Honey Cake

First of all, I just wanted to wish all of my readers a happy New Year, or as one would say in Hebrew… Shanah tovah. Or also just plain old happy Rosh Hashanah. In honor of Rosh Hashanah this year my mom and I made this wonderful honey cake in part because we found the recipe in the paper over the weekend, as well as the fact that honey represents something sweet for the new year, so we wanted to make something that represented that. Usually one would dip apples into honey, but we did none of that this year. Although we found the recipe in the paper, one can also find the same recipe online. I just want to point out that this is from a Jewish bakery in San Francisco called Frena and as I read in the paper, one of the only Jewish and Kosher bakeries in San Fransisco which is a little interesting factoid. So if you do not get the paper or already threw yours away, here is the link for the same recipe from the SF Chronicle’s website. Just a couple of side notes here. This recipe is to make 3 loafs of cake, but we used the same amount to make just one big cake. That part is really up to you. The second note here is that we decided to keep it completely Kosher so we used a spray instead of butter to use on the baking pan. Like I said before Shanah tovah and also happy baking!!

Ingredients

*2 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

*2 teaspoons of baking powder

*1 teaspoon of baking soda

*1 and 1/2 teaspoons of (ground) cinnamon

*1/4 teaspoon of cloves

*1/2 cup of packed brown sugar

*1/2 cup of granulated sugar

*4 large egss

*1/2 cup of honey

*1 cup of oil

*1 and 1/2 cups of orange juice

*Powdered sugar for garnish (we used sifter to sift over cake once it was cooled)

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Peach and Plum Crisp

Summer is winding down fast, so here I am to get everyone in the summer mood while I still can. We had a joint birthday celebration for my mom, me, my brother and my sister. And in fact my birthday is tomorrow. Anyways…one of the desserts we made was a peach and plum crisp from Alice Waters. This recipe is simple enough. Instead of just posting the link to the recipe and since I found it in her “The Art to Simple Food” book I just went ahead and took a picture of the recipe instead. I am still listing the ingredients from the recipe as I always do. There are two parts to it: the crisp that goes on top and the filling. The secret, especially if you made a lot of crisp is to simply refrigerate the rest of the topping the next time you make it. Plus there are tons of variations you can do yourself, either from this recipe or you can always try to find a version of this recipe online.  Happy baking!!

Ingredients (for the filling)

*4 pounds of ripened peaches (and we used plums for this one too)

*1 tablespoon of sugar (if needed)

*1 and 1/2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

Ingredients (for topping)

*2/3 cups of nuts (can be pecans, walnuts or almonds)

*1 and 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour

*6 tablespoons of brown sugar

*1 and 1/2 tablespoons of granulated (white) sugar

*1/4 teaspoon of salt (only use if using unsalted butter)

*1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (optional)

*12 tablespoons (or 1 and 1/2 sticks) of butter and cut into small pieces

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Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins

As you can see, I am obsessed with apples, but I did give you all a break last week. This week I am getting back to apples and one of my all time favorites, applesauce. This recipe is for cinnamon applesauce muffins, but it is not just any applesauce because the applesauce is homemade. You can either make your own or buy some that is already made. I will leave that part up to you. The only thing I would say about these muffins is to use more applesauce than what the recipe originally calls for because it can be a little dry as I have begun cooking with applesauce. Of course I may post another recipe, once I find it for just plain old applesauce muffins. That will come. In the meanwhile, I hope that you enjoy this recipe that I found on the Mom to Mom Nutrition website. I picked this recipe in part because it is pretty simple as it is. Happy baking!!

Ingredients

*2 cups of all-purpose flour

*1/2 cup of sugar

*1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

*2 teaspoons of baking powder

*1/4 teaspoon of salt

*1 egg

*1/2 of melted butter

*1 cup of unsweetened applesauce (homemade or store bought)

*1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

 

If you want an applesauce recipe, the one I used (along with my mom) is from Joy of Cooking. I think we may have combined it with another recipe, but I cannot remember. I am including the recipe ingredients right here in this post (if anyone is at all interested). You can click on the link too. The applesauce all by itself is quite good.

Ingredients (for the homemade applesauce

*6 medium sized apples (gives about 2 and 1/4 pounds of apples), can use different kind of apples (Joy of Cooking uses 2 to 3 different types of apples)

*34 cup of unsweetened apple juice, apple cider, or water (we used water)

*1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar (either granulated white or just regular brown sugar) which is optional

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Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookies

You are probably looking at this recipe and wondering to yourself if this woman is crazy. Chocolate chip graham cracker cookies?! Although it sounds weird, these cookies end up being absolutely delicious. You should know by now that I would never lead you astray. I made these when I needed to take my mind of things around the election stuff (back in November) and these were a good distraction as the election turned out horribly. Just a side note that I do get into political stuff since I was raised that way. Anyways, these cookies are a good twist on your stand by chocolate chip cookies and are not completely standard. I found this recipe on My Baking Addiction website, which is hands down one of my favorite baking sites. Happy baking!!!!

Ingredients

*1/2 cup of room temperature butter

*1 cup of brown sugar

*2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

*1 egg

*1 and 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs (you can buy some that are already crumbled, but I later discovered this)

*3/4 cup of all-purpose flour

*1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

*1/4 teaspoon of salt

*1 cup of chocolate chips (still use Ghirardelli)

 

 

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