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Apple Cranberry Muffins

28 Oct

Apple Cranberry Muffins-a wonderful fall treat!

For the last couple of weeks I have been watching for the cranberries to appear and then finally last week I found them on sale at Aldi.  I’m waiting till they hit .99 to buy a couple more bags for the freezer!  One of my favorite things to do with them is to make bread of muffins.  The following is my favorite muffin recipe.  They are pretty sweet-I would call them a desert muffin more so than a healthy muffin.  🙂  I sent some home to my family and they gobbled them up like crazy!  The following recipe makes 18 muffins.

  • 3 c. flour-you can use white flour, wheat flour or combination-I used whole wheat pastry.
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar or Sucanat-I think this could be decreased and they would still be great!
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c. apples diced-I like Gala but any will do great.
  • 1 1/2 c. cranberries-whole
  • 1 c. walnuts chopped
  • Mix all of the ingredients together and add in the apples, cranberries, and walnuts last.  Mix until everything is just combined-DO NOT OVERMIX or your muffins will be tough.  Bake at 350 in greased muffin tins or paper lined tins for 20-25 minutes.  Delicious! 

Creative Fall Bread

24 Oct

This past year we have really been trying to eat the food that we buy.  I know this might sound silly but we save so much money by making sure that we eat all of the produce that we buy.  it’s also easier to convince Brandon to eat vegetables! 🙂  We are pretty good about menu planning but sometimes I find myself left with some odd ingredients.  Yesterday I found half a can of pumpkin left over from some pumpkin waffles and half a sweet potato.  What in the world could I do with the two of them?  Make a super yummy fall bread!  Trust me it’s really good.  Here is the recipe if you’d like to try it too. 

Mix together:

  • 4 c. flour either all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3 c. sugar-you could probably decrease this if you wanted to
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. each of baking powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. ground cloves
  • 1/4 t. ground ginger.

Then Add in:

  • 2 c. total of: sweet potato and/or pumpkin (I was about 1/3 c short so I added 1/3 cup applesauce to make the total amount 2 c)
  • 1 c. oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 c water

Divide dough between 2 greased loaf pans filling about 2/3 of the way full.  Bake at 350 degrees 1 hour-1 hour 10 min or until done.  Let cool for 15 minutes and remove from pans.  This recipe yields 2 loaves but you could easily cut it in half.  I like to make at least 2 loaves of bread at a time.  I either freeze one, give it to a neighbor, or take it to a friend (which I did last night).  Enjoy!  This makes your house smell heavenly!

Fall Pumpkin Chip Muffins

19 Oct

My first attempt at any fall home decor. I think I'm better at baking than decorating! 🙂

Are you in the mood for something festive that just screams FALL?  For the last month or so I’ve been enjoying the beauty of fall.  Crisp walks, falling leaves, having the windows open, candles burning, snuggling up under a blanket, and getting out all of those fall recipes once again.  As far as fall food I love all things pumpkin.  One of my favorite stores Aldi now has canned pumpkin.  Yipee!  So add a can of pumpkin to your grocery list and try these Pumpkin Chip Muffins.  They are amazing.  They taste best when eaten with a friend and savored along with a cup of hot tea.  I was blessed to make some this past weekend with none other than my good friend Sarah Burton who came to visit. 

Pumpkin Chip Muffins

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 c. sugar-any kind is fine
  • 1 (15 or 16oz) can of pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 c. oil (you can replace some of the oil with applesauce if you like)
  • 3 c. Flour-tastes good with whole wheat even! 
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 c. chocolate chips

Beta together eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil.  Then add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Place in greased muffin cups and bake at 400 16-20 minutes.  Cool for 10 minutes and remove.  This recipe makes 2 dozen but is easy to cut in half if you only want a dozen.