01 October 2012

Adjusting to Motherhood and Triple Cinnamon Scones

I know I haven't made an update in a few months and I apologize for that. New motherhood is wonderful and overwhelming, amazing and heartbreaking... all at the same time. We gave birth to a beautiful little boy on June 12, 2012. He is incredible and beautiful. We are so in love. I can hardly bear to be away from him to go to work (that's the heartbreaking part). It's amazing to watch him grow and change.


Three months old

As you can imagine, I haven't had a lot of time to try out any new recipes. Of course, I've been whipping up my old standards because I can do those with my eyes closed... and with a newborn, many things are done with your eyes half open (it is possible to nap in the shower).

Now, our son is almost 4 months old and I was able to try out a new recipe while his grandparents were visiting. Yippee!

You're going to want to print out this recipe and make it. Trust me.

10 March 2012

Blueberry Upside-Down Muffins

 I wish this picture was scratch and sniff.

It's a snowy Saturday morning. I woke up early. Partly because Dougal wanted to go out and eat breakfast and partly because I can't get comfortable in bed in the morning.

I haven't felt much like baking most of my pregnancy (26 weeks today; we're having a boy!). I haven't had any crazy cravings, although I did go through a bagel with veggie cream cheese and a giant glass of Simply Orange orange juice phase. I also craved blueberry muffins from Dunkin' Donuts for a while. When we went to the grocery the other night, the strawberries and blueberries looked so beautiful that I placed a bunch in the cart. Last night I suddenly wanted homemade blueberry muffins.

I looked through my favorite book, The Art and Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet for Sur La Table (I know I've mentioned it before, because I love it so!) and found a recipe for Blueberry Upside-Down Muffins. I've tweaked it a little based on the ingredients I had in the kitchen this morning, so I'll put the recipe below.

I just ate one hot from the over. Oh. My. Even the molten blueberry juice couldn't stop me.
SO GOOD! Not just good, but melt in your mouth you may want to eat the whole platter of them yourself while hiding in the pantry so no one knows you made them good. I'm going to try to save some for my husband, but I may have to hide them and keep them to myself.

Blueberry Upside-Down Muffins adapted from The Art and Soul of Baking for Sur La Table by Cindy Mushet

Makes 12 muffins.

Dry Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
pinch of salt

Wet Ingredients:
3/4 stick of unsalted butter
1 tsp. of lemon extract
2/3 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 pint of blueberries
18 teaspoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan well. 

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside.

Melt the butter and lemon extract together in a small sauce pan. Remove from heat and at the yogurt. If the mixture feels tepid, add the 2 eggs and vanilla and whisk together.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the mixture of wet ingredients into the well in the dry ingredients. Stir together with a rubber spatula until there are no more pools of liquid and the batter looks fairly smooth (a little lumpy is ok). Set aside.

In the muffin pan, fill each cup with 1 1/2 teaspoons of brown sugar, sprinkled evenly over the bottom of each cup. Sprinkle a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice over the brown sugar in each cup. Place an even layer of blueberries over the brown sugar/lemon juice mixture. Cover with muffin batter.

Bake for 18-20 minutes. When you remove the muffins from the oven the tops should be lightly golden and firm to the touch. Carefully place a platter over the muffin pan and flip the pan over (muffin pan will be upside down, platter right side up). Be careful because the blueberry juice will be piping hot and steamy.


Brown sugar and lemon juice.
 My blueberry picture was blurry, so here is a picture of my pup waiting for me to drop a blueberry!
 Muffin batter in and ready for the oven.
Golden tops!

01 January 2012

New Year's Day Doughnuts

I think I will start a New Year's Day tradition, homemade baked doughnuts for breakfast.

I purchased a Wilton doughnut pan at Thanksgiving and have just gotten around to trying it out. It worked out really well! The doughnuts were soft, warm and delicious! The pan comes with a simple recipe for both the batter and the glaze. I recommend using a piping bag to fill the tray.

Don't they look yummy? The recipe makes one dozen. They didn't last the day.