Sunday, October 13, 2013

Baking Roundup: A Muffin Extravaganza

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This is a special all-baking edition of the "weekly roundup" I've started on the blog.  Technically I made these recipes spanning 48 hours, but you're not really going to penalize me for hyperbole, right?

I decided this morning was a great one to make up a few batches of muffins.  My toddler loves muffins and I like to have a bunch on hand in the freezer for easy morning breakfasts and snacks.  I had used up my last muffin a few days ago and wanted to re-stock the freezer.  Instead of my one standard recipe, I thought I'd take the opportunity to try a few recipes.  Now I have a freezer full of muffins, what's better than that?

Also, if you'd like to freeze batches of muffins the way I do, just pop the muffins in the freezer as they're cooling on the cooling racks (racks and all!) for about 2 hours, then you can divide them up into freezer bags and thaw whenever you're craving a muffin.

The first recipe I tried is perfect for fall.  I love cranberries, but am always running out of ways to eat them.  This muffin recipe works perfectly and I might swap in some walnuts for the almonds next time, adding them to the batter.  This recipe is a work in progress, the crumb was a little denser than other muffins I've tried, probably due to the fact that there is no butter or oil in them, but the flavor is fantastic so I consider them a win.  If you give the recipe a try, let me know what you tweaked!

Cranberry Almond Muffins

This second recipe is a tried and true one in our house.  My toddler adores these muffins, chock full of banana and blueberries.  This time I swapped in whole wheat flour for half the flour amount and it gave them a great nutty flavor without losing the airy texture I love in a muffin.

Baby Knives' Banana Blueberry Muffins

The final muffin recipe I'll leave you with might be my favorite of the day.  I love this season and the flavors it brings along with it, especially apples and cinnamon.  This muffin has just the right amount of warmth and spice from the nutmeg and I don't feel quite as guilty eating it because it also has whole wheat flour, apples and applesauce in it too!

Apple Spice Muffins

I do have one more recipe I'd like to share.  Last night I whipped up a batch of pumpkin scones.  My husband had been blatantly hinting at the fact that he wanted them so I finally caved and decided to surprise him with a batch when he got home from work.  I don't think I'll be putting Starbuck's out of business anytime soon, but they're pretty fantastic in their own right!

Pumpkin Scones

Make sure to check the blog out later this week!  I'll be sharing my usual weeknight dinner recipes, but will also be posting some of my favorite apple recipes.  What do you love to cook and bake with apples this time of year?

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