Apple Walnut Streusel Muffins

(Ha, spellcheck tried to turn ‘streusel’ into ‘stressful’. I can’t imagine muffins being stressful. Really? They are anti-stressful if you ask me. The cure for stress. A couple of these and some tea? Or a glass of milk or even coffee…)

First, Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers, grandmothers, foster mothers, God mothers, and anyone involved in mothering. 

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Since it was Mothers day, I figured I would make some of my own personal favorite muffins, apple walnut, although I do not have a go-to recipe really, like I do for some other recipes. This one is always hit and miss. So I dug through some of my favorite baking books.

This one is a hit! Continue reading “Apple Walnut Streusel Muffins”

Rustic Nut Bars

I have the greatest gratitude to Barbara Driscoll of WI for submitting this recipe to Taste of Home. It is amazing, if you like nuts, which I do. Nutty, salty, sweet, cookie-ish. Great for bake sales, family gatherings, school lunches, pot lucks, etc.

IMG_3062 (1024x765)With “Captain Ron” and “Romancing the Stone” alternately blasting in the background, I will share this great recipe for these nutty bars with you. And with the future me when I think to myself, “remember those nutty bar things? Where the heck did I put that recipe?”

Rustic Nutty Bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups cold butter
  • 2 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Topping:
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp.  heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups mixed nuts chopped.

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil or parchment so ends extend out. This is so you can lift the bars out when done, but still soft.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the remaining butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.This could be with a pastry cutter or food processor.
  4. Stir in the egg until blended. The mixture will be dry. Firmly press into the bottom of the pan.
  5. Take 18-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  6. In a heavy saucepan,combine honey and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil 2 minutes without stirring.Stir in butter and cream. Return to a boil.
  7. Cook and stir 1 minute or until smooth. Remove from heat and add nuts. I used a large can of chopped nuts plus some shelled pistachios I had lying around.
  8. Bake 15-20 minutes or until topping is bubbly.Cool completely in pan. Then lift out with edges of foil or parchment to rack.
  9. Remove foil and cut into bars.
  10. Yum!

Peeta’s Bread inspired by the “Hunger Games”

(Here is an older post that was without its recipe. So now I am re-posting with a recipe included.The next movie installment is due out soon. So start baking now and be ready!)

Have you read  it? Or have you watched it on the big screen? I just finished reading the second book. (one day, easy read). One of the main supporting characters grew up working in a bakery (Way to go!) I think of Peeta (pronounced like the bread, pita) as a type of Samwise Gamgee. He is brave, does the right thing, is confident about who he is. Here is a bit from the book. But first, a picture of the loaves of bread I made today.

a hearty bread filled with raisins and nuts..

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Oh Bananas!

This morning I woke up to the realization that these organic bananas I bought to have with my yogurt and granola were past their prime and well on the way to gnat-hood and an early death. I hadn’t even eaten one yet! Guess I dwaddled. So I peeled them, broke them in half and put them in a freezer bag. I am going to take these wholesome, nutritious fruit of the tropics, freeze them and, when the time is right, turn them into decadent cream cheese banana bread with streusel topping, or banana-chip muffins. I should be arrested for what I will do to them. On one hand I elevate them to glorious breakfast/dessert treat, but on the other, cover them in sugar and white flour, bringing them low on the healthful eating spectrum. Ah well. I could make a smoothie out of them. That would help them to maintain their dignity of healthfulness. It’s just frozen bananas, o.j., frozen strawberries, blueberries or whatever fruit I have handy with a few ice cubes. Brrrzzzrp in the blender. Voila. What? It’s too cold out for smoothies? Well, back to banana bread.

Actually, tonight it’s pumpkin, pecan and pear-cranberry pies so I better get busy.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!