Category Archives: Breads, muffins

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Perfect Pie Crust

This Perfect Pie Crust recipe is easy and flaky tender.
Just be sure to not over work the dough.
It can be used for savory or sweet pies.

Perfect pie crust
Perfect pie crust

Ingredients;
12 TBLS (1 1/2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 TSP kosher salt
1 TBLS sugar
1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening,like Crisco
6 to 8 TBLS (about 1/2 cup) ice water

Sugar sprinkled on the top crust makes a nice shine

Directions;
Dice the butter and return it to the refrigerator while you prepare the flour mixture. Place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor with a steel blade and pulse a few times to mix. Add the butter and shortening. Pulse 8 to 12 times, until the butter is the size of peas. With the machine running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball. Empty out on a floured surface and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Cut the dough in half. Roll each piece on a well-floured surface into a circle, rolling from the center to the edge, turning and flouring the dough to make sure it doesn’t stick to the surface. Fold the dough in half, place in a pie pan, and unfold to fit the pan. Repeat with the top crust. Makes two 10″ pie crusts.

Zucchini Bread/Muffins

This Zucchini bread or muffin recipe is so moist and flavorful. This time of year we have an abundance of squash and this is a perfect way to use them. This bread freezes well too.

Zucchini bread
Zucchini bread

Ingredients;
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil, can be part olive oil
2 cups grated raw zucchini, with skin
3 TSP vanilla
3 cups unbleached flour
1 TSP salt
1 TSP baking soda
1/2 TSP baking powder
3 TSP ground cinnamon
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350.
Beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Add the sugar, oil, zucchini and vanilla, mix for 1 minute. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Add to the egg mixture and mix until combined.  Add the nuts.
Pour mixture into two greased 9x5x3″ loaf pans.
Bake for 50-60 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

Basic Muffin Recipe

This basic muffin can be changed by adding fresh chopped fruit or preserves stirred into the batter or on the top or in the center.

muffins
basic muffins

Ingredients;
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 TBLS baking powder
1/2 TSP salt
3 TBLS sugar (if you want a sweeter muffin and you are not adding fruit, increase sugar to 4 TBLS)
Mix together and set aside.
Preheat oven to 375.

Combine the below;
2 eggs
1 cup milk
4 TBLS butter, melted

Add to the dry mixture. Only mix until combined.
DO NOT over mix, the batter should be lumpy.
Makes 12 muffins, use cupcake liners and fill 2/3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until center is done.

Buttermilk Cornbread

This buttermilk cornbread recipe is easy and so moist and tasty.
Love it warm with lots of butter and preserves.
Make it as muffins, pictured, or in an 8 or 9 inch pan.

buttermilk cornbread
buttermilk cornbread

Ingredients;
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk, I use whole milk
1 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup all purpose unbleached flour
1 TSP salt
1 TSP baking powder
1/2 TSP baking soda

Directions;
Preheat oven to 400. Line muffin cup pan with paper liners or brush pan with some of the melted butter. Mix the balance of butter with the milk and eggs. Set aside. Mix the dry ingredients and add to the milk-egg mixture. Only mix until blended, some lumps are ok. Do not over mix. Pour into buttered pan or fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for 20-30 minutes, once tooth pick comes out clean.

Pumpkin muffins or bread

Pumpkin muffins
Pumpkin muffins

This Pumpkin muffins recipe can be made into loaves or any size muffin. Just adjust the baking time accordingly. Done when a toothpick comes out clean. Very moist and rich.

Ingredients:
3 1/3 cups all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 TSP baking powder
2 TSP baking soda
1 1/2 TSP salt
1 TSP cinnamon
1/2 TSP ground cloves
2/3 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cups golden raisins
2 cups sugar
2/3 cups unsalted butter, at room temp
4 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin(you can make up to 1/2 cup of this cooked mashed sweet potato)
2/3 cup water

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Sift the flour with all the dry ingredients except the sugar. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar and then add one egg at a time until fluffy. Add pumpkin and water. Slowly add in flour mixture and beat for 2 minutes. Stir in raisins and nuts. Pour into loaf pans or muffin pans. A full size loaf takes about 1 hour, mini muffins take about 15 minutes.

Banana Bread

This banana bread recipe is soft and moist. Be sure the banana’s are nearly rotten for the best flavor.

banana bread and banana muffin
banana bread and banana muffin

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups unbleached flour
1/14 TSP baking powder
3/4 TSP s alt
1/2 TSP baking soda
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temp
2 eggs
2 TBLS milk
1 cup mashed ripe bananas, about 3 med size
dash of nutmeg
1 TSP vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts is optional

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Stir together flour, nutmeg, salt, baking soda and powder. Set aside. Cream sugar with butter and then add eggs one at a time and beat until fluffy. Add milk and vanilla. Add mashed banana and flour mixture alternating into the butter mixture. Beat well. Add nuts if you like or place them on top of the loaf. Lightly grease a 8x4x2 loaf pan or line 12 muffin cups. Bake for about 30 minutes for muffins and 60 minutes for a loaf or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Blueberry Muffins/Cake

blueberry muffin
blueberry muffin with some extra fruit on the side

I got the original recipe from a B&B in Bar Harbor Maine over 20 yrs ago. You can make either muffins or a cake. This is my version.

1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 TSP baking powder
1/2 TSP salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries tossed with 1 TBL flour
2 X-Lrg eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 TSP vanilla
1 cup sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Blend together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Blend together all dry ingredients. Add flour mixture alternating with milk into the butter mixture. Mix just until combined. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffins cups 2/3 full.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until lightly browned and tester comes out clean.
Makes 6 jumbo or 12 reg muffins.
For a blueberry cake spread the batter into a 8×8 pan.

Jack’s Cornbread

My friend Jack makes this cornbread and its easy and so tasty. Feel free to change the cheese and peppers to what you like.

Recipe Ingredients:
3 pkg (8.5oz each) cornbread mix (Jiffy is preferred)
2 cups whole milk
½ cup veggie oil
3 X-Lrg eggs, beaten
1 med onion, diced and sautéed until soft
½ cup Jalapeno pepper, chopped and sauteed until soft (you can use a sweet pepper if you don’t like spice)
½ TSP garlic powder (not salt)
1 cup cream style corn
2 TBLS sugar
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Recipe Directions:
Preheat oven 350.
After you saute the onion and peppers drain them on a paper towel to absorb the moisture. Mix the wet ingredients well and then add the dry and mix just until combined. Bake in a 9×13 pan for about 30-40 mins until tester come out dry and light golden brown.

Date Nut Bread

Recipe Ingredients:
8 oz chopped dates
2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1  1/2 cups boiling water
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
1 TBL melted butter
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/2 cup walnuts
1 tsp. Vanilla
Recipe Directions:
Remove boiling water from stove and add dates & baking soda, let soak. Mix all other wet ingredients. Add date mixture then dry ingredients. Add the walnuts last after mixing thoroughly. Bake 350 for 45 mins.

Carrot – Zucchini Muffins

Recipe Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups flour
¼ cup wheat bran
¼ tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
dash nutmeg
1/3 cup canolia oil
¼ cup unsweet applesauce
1 tsp butter extract (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup honey or sugar or maple syrup
2 lrg eggs
½ cup grated carrots (1 med)
½ cup grated zucchini (1 med)
½ cup white raisins
3 heaping tablespoons non fat greek yogurt

Recipe Directions:

Measure dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients and then add dry just until mixed. Over mixing will make tough muffins. Bake 350 for 20 mins or until toothpick test comes up dry

Irish Soda Bread

 

soda bread
soda bread

Recipe Ingredients:
4 cups unbleached all purpose flour + a little extra for currants
5 TBLS sugar
1 TSP baking soda
1 1/2 TSP kosher salt
4 TBLS (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cold and diced
1 3/4 cups cold whole buttermilk, shaken
1 X-large or jumbo egg, beaten
1 TSP grated orange zest
1 cup dried currants
1/2 TSP caraway seeds

Recipe Directions:
Preheat oven 375 & line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Combine the all dry ingredients (not the currants).
Mix the butter into the dry ingredients.
Mix the currants with 1 TBLS of flour.
Combine all the wet ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients into the dry slowly. Add the currants. The mixture will be very wet.
Place the dough on a well floured surface and knead a few times. Either keep whole for one large loaf or cut dough in half for two loaves. Shape into a ball and cut 1/2 deep slice X on the top.
Bake 40-55 mins depending on the size loaf you choose or until a tester comes out clean .
Serve slightly warm or cool completely before wrapping.
Serve with butter or apple butter for an extra treat.