Maple Zucchini Muffins and the Window of Opportunity

Maple Zucchini Muffins

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These Maple Zucchini Muffins had a very short and specific shelf life.

It’s strange, I know. For two days, these muffins were sweet perfection: crunchy tops, hint of maple, subtle sweetness and spice, a nice crumb. . .everything you want in a muffin. But the day I made them they were too moist and tasted like vegetables (blech!) and three days afterwards they reverted back to that unpleasantness. For two glorious days, they were wonderful, and then they were garbage. It was very odd.

They were nice & simple to make, so I think there’s probably just a zucchini ratio problem, or maybe the zucchini just needed to be grated more finely. I started with the dry ingredients, anyway, swapping out the whole wheat/all-purpose combo for whole wheat white flour and wheat germ, and doubling the cinnamon.

dry ingredients

dry ingredients, whisked

After squeezing the moisture out of the zucchini, I plopped it into another bowl and added the yogurt, oil, maple syrup and egg. It looked rather unpleasant like that so I quickly whisked it into something that appeared more palatable.

zucchini mixture

I admit it still wasn’t beautiful. I poured the zucchini mixture into the flour and stirred just until incorporated.

maple zucchini muffin batter

I scooped the batter into muffin cups, and sprinkled them with cinnamon-sugar for good luck

maple zucchini muffin batter in cups

After 15 minutes in the oven, they weren’t quite done yet, so I gave them another 2 minutes. They looked good, that’s for sure.

maple zucchini muffins

maple zucchini muffins

And that’s where it got dodgy.

I almost threw them away that first night. The texture was all wrong, the way muffins are when you use too much applesauce (although I didn’t use any), and the flavor was my worst nightmare: cooked vegetables. I don’t eat cooked vegetables. Ever. I’m not a total weirdo, I love a good salad, I love fresh crunchy vegetables, but the minute you cook them, my seat at the table is up for grabs. The smell, the texture, the taste, it’s all an instant but polite “no thanks” with some silent internal terror. So my dismay as I spit out the first bite was deep.

But as a secret optimist, I resisted the urge to pitch the whole batch, and gave them a night to settle. The next morning, I bravely took a bite of another one, wincing in dread. After the bite? It was a whole new ball game. The maple came through, the cinnamon too, the crumb was fluffy, and eating them was a pleasure. But I’m glad I had a couple of them that day, and the day afterwards, because when I took a bite on day 3, the party was over. They tasted like vegetables again! And seriously, who wants that in a muffin? Maybe Gwyneth Paltrow. But not me.

If you love maple and cinnamon, I think this recipe is well worth playing with. I’d actually love to know if anyone else has better luck with these, because there are some lovely elements in there.

Here’s the original recipe:

MAPLE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS RECIPE (original)

And with my adaptations:

My version of Maple Zucchini Muffins (adapted from Maysquared.com)

ingredients:

1 1/3 cups whole wheat white flour
1/3 cup wheat germ1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups shredded zucchini, with all the moisture squeezed out
1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 large egg
cinnamon-sugar, for sprinkling

directions:

Spray or line a 12-cup muffin tin and heat the oven to 425 degrees. You will reduce the temperature later.

Whisk together the flour, wheat germ, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk the zucchini, yogurt oil, maple syrup, and egg until well combined.

Pour the zucchini mixture into the first bowl, and stir just until incorporated.

Scoop batter into muffin cups and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Turbinado would be nice too!

Reduce temperature to 400 degrees and bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 5 more minutes in the pan, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

GOOD LUCK!

maple zucchini muffins

Chewy Oatmeal Yogurt Bars

chewy oatmeal yogurt bars

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So it turns out not everyone loves muffins as much as I do. I don’t know why. There is nothing unlovable about good muffins. But I do a recipe column for our local paper and they have repeatedly asked me to find something other than muffins and loaves to past, so it was time to branch out. I confess I have no interest in those “energy bites” I see all over Pinterest, or some of the other weird shapes and items masquerading as snacks, so it was a happy moment when I remembered these Chewy Oatmeal Yogurt Bars.

I first made them a couple of years ago, before I was baking very much, so I thought I’d see if I could make them even better, and make them better I did. Delicious! They were addictive, and since I’d made them a bit healthier along the way, I didn’t have to fret about the fact that they became my go-to for breakfast, snacks, and once even lunch.

First thing I did was reduce the sugars, both of them. I combined those with yogurt, egg, canola oil, milk, and vanilla bean paste.

liquid ingredients with sugar

liquid ingredients with sugar, whisked

Separately, I whisked together the dry ingredients, using whole wheat white flour instead of white and swapping some out for wheat germ. Doubled the cinnamon too.

dry ingredients

dry ingredients, mixed

This is such a nice, easy recipe. I combined and stirred.

combining ingredients

batter created

And then the fun part! I added the oats, lots of them, and half a cup of mini cinnamon chips. And mixed. (You could use dried fruit in these, but I hate dried fruit, so I didn’t.)

batter, all mixed

That was that! I smoothed it into a pan and then for good luck, I sprinkled a little cinnamon sugar on top. I think I should sprinkle it on everything for good luck. I’d probably use it as a perfume if they made it.

chewy oatmeal yogurt bars ready for the oven

I baked for 25 minutes, then had a look, and gave it another 2 minutes to get crispy around the edges.

chewy oatmeal yogurt bars fresh out of the oven

It was hard to wait for them to cool, but I managed it, and was well rewarded for my efforts. Delicious! Chewy because of the oats, more than sweet enough with the reduced sugar, with just enough cinnamon to keep things interesting. A lovely breakfast, and an awesome snack. Maybe the idea of bars isn’t such a bad one.

Chewy Oatmeal Yogurt Bars

CHEWY OATMEAL YOGURT BARS RECIPE (original)

My version of Chewy Oatmeal Yogurt Bars (adapted from Betty Crocker Wannabe)

ingredients:

1/2 cup packed brown sugar (I used coconut palm sugar)
1/3 cup cane sugar
1 (generous) cup low fat vanilla yogurt
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons 1% milk
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
2/3 + 1/4 cup whole wheat white flour
1/3 + 1/4 cup wheat germ
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup mini cinnamon chips (or chips of your choice)
cinnamon sugar, for sprinkling

directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease or spray a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, yogurt, egg, oil, milk, and vanilla. Beat well.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, wheat germ, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt until thoroughly combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the yogurt mixture and stir well. Fold in the rolled oats and cinnamon chips, and mix again.

Pour/scrape mixture into baking pan and spread until even. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar across the top, if desired.

Bake for 35-30 minutes, until light golden brown. Let cool as long as you can, then slice and eat.

 

 

 

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Low Fat Coffee Cake Muffins

Low Fat Coffee Cake Muffins

jump to recipe I was in a state when I made these. It was the evening before a Day of Many Mishaps, and I think these are where it all started. Funny thing is, the muffins actually came out great, but the making of them was fraught with … [Continue reading]

Cinnamon Graham Banana Bread

Cinnamon Graham Banana Bread

jump to recipe I know I have a pretty good banana bread recipe, but this one is sublime. And it comes with cinnamon glaze. I’m not surprised it’s so delicious, since I found the recipe on Tutti Dolci, plus it gave me a chance to use more of the … [Continue reading]

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookies

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookies

jump to recipe It was the 4th of July, and the kids deserved cookies. And when we were in Pennsylvania, I’d picked up something intriguing called “butterscotch peanut butter”, and I thought that would make for an interesting variation. I was … [Continue reading]

Strawberry Mini Muffins

Strawberry Mini Muffins

jump to recipe Strawberry mini muffins? Please keep in mind that I am known as She Who Hates Fruit In Muffins.  Really. I don’t eat blueberry muffins, cranberry muffins, raisin muffins, or any sort of fruit pie or cobbler. I do not like them, Sam … [Continue reading]

Pennsylvania: Breakfast Heaven & Hobo Lunch Blues

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Every year, when school ends, we take a trip to Pennsylvania to stay at the magnificent Mussers’ Bed & Breakfast. (Last year I even had a baking adventure there.) Barb, who runs the place, is an exceptional human being; we love visiting her every … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins

jump to recipe Another win for the peanut butter team! These Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins are delicious, good for you, and hunger-satisfying in the best way. This recipe was as straightforward as a muffin recipe can be. Dry ingredients … [Continue reading]

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Muffins

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Muffins

jump to recipe Do you like cinnamon? These are a lovely treat for the cinnamon-lover, and no doubt a nightmare for the cinnamon-hater. Cinnamon muffins with cinnamon chips, and full of healthy ingredients like whole wheat white flour, wheat … [Continue reading]

Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

jump to recipe I thought I had the banana muffin market cornered, but these are just as good as mine and come in mini form! The recipe for these mini banana chocolate chip muffins had unusual instructions, and specific directions, and I obeyed all … [Continue reading]

Banana-Nut Oat Bran Muffins

Banana Nut Oat Bran Muffins

Gluten-free is not for me. I suppose the gluten-free crowd might appreciate these, but only because they’re used to eating muffins made without flour. Me? I’m a gluten-lover. Bring on the wheat! These have good flavor but the texture is a complete … [Continue reading]

Honey Orange Oat Bran Muffins

Honey Orange Oat Bran Muffins

jump to recipe These turned out great! I could have just added some orange zest to one of my existing bran muffin recipes, but I like to keep trying new things, plus it’s been a while since I baked with oat bran instead of wheat bran. The … [Continue reading]

Root Beer Cupcakes with Cream Soda Frosting

Root Beer Cupcakes with Cream Soda Whipped Cream Frosting

Happy birthday Dave! Time for root beer cupcakes with cream soda frosting! The week of his birthday, I sat my lovely husband down and showed up the recipes I’d been pinning for him. He’s a vanilla guy, so I walked him through vanilla layer cakes … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Muffins

Peanut Butter Muffins

jump to recipe If you love peanut butter, then you love these muffins, whether you know it now or not. (I love peanut butter.) They’re not healthy breakfast muffins, though. They’re dessert-y, peanut butter fantasy muffins. And they’re very … [Continue reading]

Espresso Muffins with Peanut Butter Chips

Espresso Muffins with Peanut Butter Chips

jump to recipe I found a recipe for low fat Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins, and in a fit of I’m still not sure what, I turned them into Espresso Muffins with Peanut Butter Chips, and they are full of dark espresso cakey goodness. I started … [Continue reading]

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Friday was National Donut Day. So I made donuts. I also needed some baked goods to take to photography class, and I figured we could use some interesting shapes. I had mini muffins and a small loaf, so I decided on donuts to round things out. … [Continue reading]

Honey Whole Wheat Bran Muffins

Honey Whole Wheat Bran Muffins

jump to recipe I already have some tried and true bran muffin recipes, but I had the itch to try something new and Nathaniel had the itch to grate nutmeg, so we scratched our itches together. While I toasted the walnuts, he got to … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter and Banana Bread

Peanut Butter And Banana Bread

jump to recipe This was one of those nights when I had a non-specific baking itch. I had no idea how to channel the whisking urge until I spotted the overripe bananas on the counter, then this recipe from Delish leapt out at me. Who was I to argue … [Continue reading]

Orange Oat Muffins

Orange Oat Muffins

jump to recipe These muffins are such a nice little surprise! I’ve been feeling the loss of the great blood oranges of the season, but now I know the joys of a regular (non-blood!) orange muffin too. Phew! These are lovely. Nathaniel says it’s … [Continue reading]

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins (“Skinny”!)

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

jump to recipe I have tasted the magnificence that is a “skinny” double chocolate chip muffin, and I’ve personally witnessed all the ingredients that went into them. I alone can vouch for the seemingly impossible truth: these healthy muffins taste … [Continue reading]

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Baked Vanilla Donuts

The kids needed donuts. We ran out of Eggo waffles a few days ago and I kept saying I’d get to the store to get more but I hadn’t had a chance, so to make it up to them, I offered to make something for for breakfast. “Donuts!” they cried. They … [Continue reading]

Baking Class: Ratios

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I went to a baking class today! The class was based on Michael Ruhlman’s book Ratio, and we all got a copy of it to take home. It was called “Baking with Ratios not Recipes” and was a lot of fun. We started with eggs and sugar. Not those … [Continue reading]

Blood Orange Poppy Seed Bread

Blood Orange Poppy Seed Bread

jump to recipe I had the last blood oranges of the season, and I wanted to make sure that whatever I baked would be worthy of them, so I adapted this wonderful lemon poppy seed bread recipe from amyBITES and hoped for the best. I’d already adapted … [Continue reading]

Golden Oatmeal Spice Muffins

Golden Oatmeal Spice Muffins

jump to recipe I stumbled onto this recipe in a moment of desperation. I got out all the ingredients to try a new oatmeal muffin recipe and then, once everything was assembled, I read the first instruction, which was to let the oats soak in … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Bran Muffins

Peanut Butter Bran Muffins

jump to recipe I wasn’t sure how things were going to go with these.  I got brave and decided to swap out some of the flour for wheat germ (as my current obsession dictates) and I added some vanilla, and what I ended up with, to my delight, was … [Continue reading]

Lemon Yogurt Muffins

Lemon Yogurt Muffins

I’m blogging these for the sake of…education, I guess. I didn’t love these. The texture lacked that fluffiness I like in a lemon muffin, and the flavor was okay but not really enough to make up for it. Maybe a more seasoned baker can take a look and … [Continue reading]

Wheat Germ Bread

Wheat Germ Bread

I know, it doesn’t sound tasty, does it? Wheat Germ Bread. Wheat Germ Bread? How is a person supposed to get excited about that? Well, taste it. Because once you taste it, you’ll get it, and once you find out how easy it is to make, you’ll make … [Continue reading]

Chocolate and Cinnamon Chip Espresso Oat Muffins

Chocolate Cinnamon Chip Espresso Oat Muffins

jump to recipe I won’t pretend they’re pretty, but they sure are delicious. This is a grown-up sort of muffin. The espresso flavor is strong, the oats give the muffins a density that makes them nice and filling, and the only real sweetness … [Continue reading]

Cinnamon Molasses Muffins

Cinnamon Molasses Muffins

jump to recipe If you like molasses, these are the muffins for you. They’re definitely a little intense. You could un-intense them successfully, I think, by substituting half the molasses for honey, but I found that people really liked the depth … [Continue reading]

Blood Orange Wheat Germ Muffins

Blood Orange Wheat Germ Muffins

jump to recipe These muffins have turned me on to a whole new world of wheat germ. They taste SO good, full of orange flavor, contained in this wonderfully textured, soft, substantial muffiny package. I started by zesting the oranges. The … [Continue reading]

Blood Orange Tea Muffins (mini)

Blood Orange Tea Muffins

Mini muffins! jump to recipe A while back I made some delicious Meyer Lemon Tea Muffins, only I didn’t realize they were supposed to be mini muffins so I only ended up with 9 of them. Since they were delicious, I decided to give them another … [Continue reading]

Oatmeal Cookie Muffins with Cappuccino Chips

Oatmeal Cookie Muffins with Cappuccino Chips

jump to recipe Let’s just say that these live up to their name. They stick to the paper a little bit, but what’s a little paper when you’re devouring a sweet delicious healthy muffin full of cappuccino chips? A minor inconvenience. I made some … [Continue reading]

Chai Spiced Vanilla Bean Muffins

Chai Spiced Vanilla Bean Muffins

jump to recipe These are strange and tasty little muffins. An adult sort of taste, being Chai Spiced Vanilla Muffins, but we’ll test that theory in the morning when Nathaniel wakes up. My original plan was to make something for the kids to eat … [Continue reading]

Blood Orange and Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Blood Orange and Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

jump to recipe Sometimes an ingredient shortage can work in your favor. For want of a few more blood oranges, some Meyer lemons were used, and born out of the uncertainty of that unusual pairing, some poppy seeds were added. Thus, a brand new … [Continue reading]

Blood Orange Pound Cake

Blood Orange Pound Cake

jump to recipe I finally fixed the white balance on my camera. (Apologies for the previous two non-white-balanced blog entries.) I also found blood oranges at our local grocery store. I celebrated these events by baking with the oranges and … [Continue reading]

Honey Pumpkin Bran Muffins

Honey Pumpkin Bran Muffins

jump to recipe I still had the white balance settings wrong for this entire batch of photos and it’s annoying me because these muffins were really delicious and you can’t even see their true beauty. Trust me, they looked lovely. I found these … [Continue reading]

Banutter Bites

Banutter Bites

jump to recipe I invented these. I had some overripe bananas, which I had to protect with a label or our cleaning lady would have thrown them away: I also had an itch to do something new, a craving for peanut butter (which is really just … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Sometimes, in the middle of all the healthy baking, it’s time to make something for the kids. They put up with the bran stuff and the pumpkin whatnot for a while, but they’ve become pretty blasé about all the (what I think are) goodies coming out of … [Continue reading]

Pumpkin Muffins, made over and still delicious

Pumpkin Muffins made over

jump to recipe I’ve made these before, but I put a spin on them this time: I wanted to know if I could make them healthier without compromising on deliciousness. And the answer: a resounding yes. I’ve been looking for a formula for a long time … [Continue reading]

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Quick Bread

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Quick Bread

I made this one night last week, when I wanted something hearty and robust and satisfying but not sweet and dessert-y. I know, that sounds weird. But I was after something that would ground me a little. And thus I made this delightful bread. I … [Continue reading]

Coconut Banana Bread

Coconut Banana Bread

jump to recipe Coconut banana bread, who knew? I had many doubts about this one as I was making it and AGAIN messed up with something egg-related (see Cocoa Banana Yogurt Muffins for another egg near miss) but but in the end, it turned out great … [Continue reading]

Cocoa Banana Yogurt Muffins (a Laurie original)

Cocoa Banana Yogurt Muffins

jump to recipe Yesterday, I played with my tried-and-true banana yogurt muffin recipe to see if I could add in some cocoa powder without ruining it. I’ve also been playing with my camera. My photography class started yesterday, and I got cocky … [Continue reading]

Maple Pumpkin Mini Muffins

Maple Pumpkin Mini Muffins

These have been on my to-try list for months. I’m so glad I finally made them! They taste far too delicious to be as healthy as they are, too. And the timing is good, I’m back on Weight Watchers and these puppies are only ONE P+ each. And they are … [Continue reading]

Malted Chocolate Chip or Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve made these before — they’re Dave’s favorites. But I made them again, with some small alterations, because the kids have both just had ear infections and they felt these would help. And why not? The tricky part, though, is that Juliet doesn’t … [Continue reading]

Meyer Lemon Yogurt Muffins

Meyer Lemon Yogurt Muffins

These were…meh. The flavor came through nicely after the muffins had been sitting for a day, and the texture settled a little, but spectacular they were not. I was going to make mini muffins as the recipe suggested, but I had these beautiful, … [Continue reading]

Oatmeal Muffins

Oatmeal Muffins

jump to recipe These are delightful. I took a very basic, healthy recipe that I found on food.com, read the reviews, made it mine, and created deliciousness. If I achieve nothing else over the weekend, at least there’s that. I kept very … [Continue reading]

I Miss My Yoga Teacher Muffins — Honey Sage Corn Muffins

Honey Sage Corn Muffins

Not only are these pretty tasty, they were made in honor of one of my yoga teachers, Nancy, who I have been missing terribly since they changed things up at the studio I go to and she doesn’t teach there anymore. I loved her class, and I miss her … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Pound Cake

Peanut Butter Pound Cake

This was my birthday cake. This was one of the most decadent things I’ve ever made. This was also the best cake I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. I may have to make it again next year. It started with two sticks of butter. Then, … [Continue reading]

Salted Espresso Oatmeal Cookies

Salted Espresso Oatmeal Cookies

I’ve made these before, but this time I added a twist. I made them at Christmas, and instead of using regular chocolate chips I used Christmas-colored red & green chips, but this time I really took these to another level flavor-wise by … [Continue reading]

Carrot Bran Muffins

Carrot Bran Muffins

jump to recipe These muffins. These muffins! The fact that they are so healthy and good for you makes no sense with how delicious they taste. And I took a risk with these, changing the recipe mid-process, on a whim. A crazy, carrot- bran whim! I … [Continue reading]

Blood Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

Blood Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

I’ve decided that there’s a property peculiar to baked goods with blood oranges in them: it’s all about the second bite. Just like the Blood Orange Muffins I’ve made before, the first bite is a little confusing to the palate, but the second one rolls … [Continue reading]

Meyer Lemon Sugar Cookies

Meyer Lemon Sugar Cookies

I know, there’s been a lot of citrus lately. I feel desperate to play with Meyer lemons and blood oranges while they’re still around, plus it helps remind me that spring is coming, despite the really weird snowfall we had yesterday. Full … [Continue reading]

Pumpkin Espresso Bread

Pumpkin Espresso Bread

jump to recipe Another home run. Make this bread right now. I mean it. It couldn’t be easier and your taste buds will thank you, as will anyone else who gets a bite. I brought some of this to work with me and had someone come back for thirds. Who … [Continue reading]

Greek Yogurt and Coffee Chocolate Chip Muffins

Greek Yogurt And Coffee Cappuccino Chip Muffins

jump to recipe These are insane. Now they’re not crazily low fat or anything, but they’re not anywhere near as decadent as they taste, and the flavor combination in these muffins is absolutely exquisite. Semi-sweet chocolate, turbinado … [Continue reading]

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Oatmeal Muffins

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Oatmeal Muffins

These muffins surprised me. The batter didn’t seem as thick as it should be, and the night I made them, I tried one and it stuck so much to the paper that it wasn’t worth the effort of prying it loose. But then I tried one the next morning for … [Continue reading]

Mini Meyer Lemon Bundt Cakes

Mini Meyer Lemon Bundt Cakes

These are tiny sweet lemony bites from heaven. Oh my. I didn’t even know I owned a mini bundt pan until about a month ago. I’m not 100% sure where I got it, but my money’s on it being a freebie from my friend Scratchy’s days at the Martha Stewart … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars (fail)

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars

I’m a little sad about these. There are so many other delicious things I could have done with those three overripe bananas. Instead I made these lame oatmeal squares. They were perfect, too, in an ideal state for baking. They mashed up … [Continue reading]

Carrot Spice Mini Muffins

Carrot Spice Mini Muffins

I make these carrot spice muffins pretty regularly. They’re freakishly healthy, and I say freakishly because they are just ridiculously delicious. The spices are a perfect blend with the carrot base, the texture is moist but fluffy, the turbinado … [Continue reading]

Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

jump to recipe I changed this recipe up a fair bit, and it paid off.  Dave is normally immune to the charms of the endless stream of baked goods that makes its way through our kitchen, but this one hooked him. He’s even suggesting that there might … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Krispie Cookies

Peanut Butter Krispie Cookies

Man, these are good. They’re peanut butter cookies with a Rice Krispie crunch, how could they not be good? Plus they started with classic cookie ingredients, butter and two kinds of sugar. The recipe called for brown and white, but I … [Continue reading]

Stamped Honey Cookies

Stamped Honey Cookies

I got a lovely break in my day last Thursday by running out of the office for ten minutes to meet Dad at Grand Central. He was on his way to lunch, I was working, but he was going to Toronto the next day and I had two small items that needed to get … [Continue reading]

Double Chocolate Yogurt Loaf

Double Chocolate Yogurt Loaf

jump to recipe Let me just put this out there right away: this picture does not do this loaf justice. The how-to-use-your-new-DSL-camera class doesn’t start until April, so I’m still using the automatic setting, and I baked at night, so there was … [Continue reading]

Blood Orange Muffins

Blood Orange Muffins

I had my eye on this recipe for a few weeks before I got a chance to try it. I’d picked up a bag of blood oranges at Trader Joe’s and I knew there had to be a good recipe out there. Look at them! The recipe called for an entire cup of juice … [Continue reading]

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

I’m still not quite sure about these. The flavor is there, a strong lemon taste with the special twang Meyer lemons bring, with the right amount of sweetness to balance it out. But the texture feels off to me. It’s a little too cooked on the bottom, … [Continue reading]

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles

jump to recipe There were so many alluring aspects to this recipe that I just had to give it a try. I’d been to yoga, Juliet & I had already gotten haircuts, the rain was steady, and all signs pointed to cookies. We already love snickerdoodles … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Bran Muffins

Peanut Butter Bran Muffins

I never would have thought to mix peanut butter and bran, but I am in love with these muffins. I also love that they come via a blog called The Teenage Taste, written by a junior in high school. It’s a simple recipe, not particularly low in WW points … [Continue reading]

Meyer Lemon Spice Bread

Meyer Lemon Spice Bread

I confess I find the name of this bread somewhat misleading. It’s not really about the lemons; this bread is all about the spice. A little too much spice, I think, which is a very big statement coming from this particular spice lover. That said, I … [Continue reading]

Meyer Lemon Madeleines

Meyer Lemon Madeleines

I made madeleines! I didn’t know I could do that. But I can, so I made Meyer Lemon Madeleines, and boy are they tasty. Dave’s parents gave me a madeleine pan for Christmas, so today it got its moment in the sun along with some Meyer lemons fresh … [Continue reading]

Cinnamon-Carrot Muffins

Cinnamon Carrot Muffins

First of all, don’t make these. My friend Bridget likes them, and she has graciously volunteered to eat them, but I don’t understand why, because I don’t get any flavor out of them whatsoever. I added spices, there’s sugar in there, two cups of … [Continue reading]

Oatmeal Tea Bread II

Oatmeal Tea Bread

It’s a bit of an odd concoction, but I love it. It’s a hearty, oaty bread, with a lot of sweetness, so it fills you up and feels healthy but dessert-ish at the same time. It’s an odd combination, though, and this is one of the few times that I’m … [Continue reading]

Quick and Easy Rolled Sugar Cookies

Quick and Easy Rolled Sugar Cookies

Time for Valentine’s Day cookies. I’ve used the same recipe for sugar cookies for the past year or so, but the last time I made it we had a lot of trouble rolling out the dough, plus it makes about 5 bajillion cookies more than we need. I poked … [Continue reading]

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Definitely make this. Perfect texture, deep, tangy lemon flavor with just the right amount of sweetness, and it’s not even bad for you? A win all around, And I like recipes that get very specific about when to put in which ingredients, and what to … [Continue reading]

Wholesome Oat Muffins

Wholesome Oat Muffins

Get aboard the muffin transport! You won’t regret it. jump to recipe I should have made these muffins instead of last night’s disasters, but we have them now, so the muffin balance has been restored. These are delicious and the recipe seems to … [Continue reading]

Terrible Tea Muffins

Terrible Tea Muffins

These were so terrible that I threw the whole batch out after one bite. Honestly, it’s just an awful recipe. I’m not going to link to it because that would just be mean, but I am floored by how many positive comments were posted the page where I … [Continue reading]

Banana Nutella Muffins — an original

Banana Nutella Muffins

jump to recipe I had two overripe bananas, a jar of Nutella, some peanut butter, and an urge to combine them all. I combed Pinterest and Google for recipes. I compared. I contrasted. And then I realized that I didn’t need a NEW recipe, I could … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

jump to recipe I couldn’t resist this one. Peanut butter and oatmeal and a Sunday afternoon, it all just seemed like the right combination. The recipe called for half a cup of butter and a full cup of brown sugar. I didn’t mess with the butter … [Continue reading]

Basic Corn Muffins

Basic Corn Muffins

I finally did it! After nothing but corn muffin failure, I found a recipe that works, is easy to make, tastes great, and doesn’t require butter to make it special. Dave made pulled pork for dinner and they are providing a perfect match. I started … [Continue reading]

Lemon Tea Muffins (made with Meyer lemons)

Lemon Tea Muffins

jump to recipe I admit I screwed these up. Not the flavor, not the texture, and I didn’t knock anything upside down on its way out of the oven, but somehow I missed that these were supposed to be MINI muffins so I was bewildered when I was pouring … [Continue reading]