WOW....less then 2 weeks till school starts again (and I go back to work). Its been nice having time off with the kids.
I had great plans for this summer, tons of new recipes I wanted to try out, but the truth of the matter was....It was too DARN HOT!!!!! Most days I couldn't even take the kids out to the park till about 7pm and even then they were sweating after running around a few minutes. Add to the incredible heat the fact we live in a small apartment with no air-conditioning.....I wasn't going to go anywhere near the oven.
Now with the last days of summer upon us, the temperature has dropped to comfortable levels and I have dared to dream about cookies, bars, cakes and treats again.
So this afternoon I pulled out my big mixing bowl and got set to bake. The kids were in raptures...."Mamas baking again!!!...what are you going to bake? ...Snickerdoodles...No! I want Chocolate chip cookies....how about cupcakes?...we want to help....."
"well actually" I replied, "I'm making muffins to put in your school lunches"...........................................
..........."hello?....kids?...........where are you going?...........<sigh>
Well I have to admit muffins might not hold the glammer of other treats but considering that the number of muffins now on the cooling racks is quite a bit lower then the number I pulled out of the oven, I think the kids have gotten over their disappointment.
I have yet to find a muffin recipe that I am totally happy with so I was searching Tasty Kitchen which for those of you not familiar with it, is the addictive, go-to site for all recipes hunters, created by the Pioneer Woman (aka Ree Drummund). As I was searching, I came across a posting for a basic muffin mix which you can do endless variations on. As the poster mentioned that she works in a bakery and this is the recipe they use, I decided that this needed testing out.
I made 2 types today, a basic banana, and a pumpkin spice. The hardest thing about the recipe is making sure your consistency is fine after adding your "variations", which is just a matter of not adding the milk until the end and adjusting the amount accordingly. Overall the recipe is very simple and the muffins turned out good so it is something I will continue to play with. (the kids have already put in requests for blueberry, chocolate chip, carrot and apple spice and I have some lemon and cranberries that I want to use)
Basic Muffins with Variations - makes 12 (med)
2 cups flour 1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt
1 egg 3/4 cup milk (or as needed)
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp oil 1 cup optional variation ingredients
sift dry ingredients. Add wet and any additional ingredients and stir until moistened. Scoop into greased muffin tins and bake at 400 for 20 -25 minutes.
For the pumpkin, I doubled the recipe, added one can (about 1 1/2 cup) pumpkin puree, 1 tsp pumpkin spice and 1 tsp cinnamon. I ended up adding an additional 1/4 cup of milk (on top of the doubled amount). This made 24 medium and 12 mini muffins. * next time I think I will try adding a bit more milk.
Original Tasty Kitchen Post