Thursday, September 27, 2012

Apple Muffins

I love this season and the yummy recipes that I get to make. Anything apple or pumpkin...bring it on!!
Last week I made these Apple Muffins. They were shockingly good! Will definitely be making these ones again!
Apple Muffins

1 1/2 cups sugar (or 2 cups if you want them sweeter)
2 eggs
1 cup oil
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups peeled, cored, and diced apples (about 3 apples)
1/2 cup brown sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. and line muffin pan with paper liners. Cream together sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix until combined. The batter will be crazy thick-so make sure you are using a wooden spoon to mix! Add the diced apples.
Fill paper liners almost to the top with the thick dough. Sprinkle each muffing with some brown sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-24 minutes.

Makes 18-24 muffins


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Banana Bread

I have a four year old that won't eat fruits or vegetables. Never has and I am pretty convinced she never will. She is a strange child because who doesn't like strawberries? That would be my child! She's never even tasted one. She ate banana's when she was a baby, but hasn't had one for a very long time now. So imagine my shock when I asked her what she wanted to help me make for our Family Home Evening treat and she responded with, "banana bread". What?! Something with a fruit? We made a delicious loaf together and she actually ate it. Despite the sugar and chocolate chips in it, I felt a little victorious. 
Banana Bread
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs, slightly beaten
juice of 1/2 an orange
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix together the vanilla, eggs and orange juice in a measuring cup or small bowl. Cream the butter and sugar together in a medium bowl until pale yellow and fluffy. Add in the egg mixture and beat until creamy. Mix in the bananas until smooth. Pour the flour in 2 batches into the batter and mix on low speed until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 9x5 loaf pan. Bake 1 hour, covering lightly with foil if the top gets too brown. Cool, remove from pan and slice. Serve dusted with confectioners sugar if desired.

Serves 8

From: Melissa d'Arabian