recipe: apple & banana bran muffins

Quick Apple and Banana Bran Muffins

Ingredients:

Makes 1.5 dozen

2 cups flour
1 cup bran
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup milk
⅓ cup canola oil
¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup banana, mashed
2 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
⅓ tsp salt

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Stir.

2. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the remaining wet ingredients together.

3. Add the wet mixture to the dry one. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

4. Brush two muffin pans with margarine. Spoon the mixture into 18 cups, and place in the oven. Bake for approximately 18 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Let cool before gobbling up!

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recipe: apple and prune crumble

We are big connoisseurs of prunes in our household. Or perhaps I shouldn’t say “we” so much as Remy. We quickly discovered that if she didn’t consume prunes on a daily basis, she would not be able to do what prunes make you do that day. I realize that is too much information, but these things are important! As Stephen King wrote, “a regular man is a happy man.” Same thing goes for babies.

Remy ate pureed prunes on a daily basis from the time she started solids until she was a year old. It was dessert to her. Lately she hasn’t been enjoying baby food, and so we switched her to an all finger-food diet. Prunes are still too tough to eat when you only have four teeth, so we had to find a creative way to cook them for her. This recipe is the answer.

Apple and Prune Crumble:

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats
⅔ cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups prunes, sliced
1 cup apples, peeled and cubed
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp margarine
⅓ tsp salt

Steps

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine prunes, apples, ½ cup brown sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon in a medium pot. Cook on low heat until apples are soft.

2. In a bowl, mix together flour, oats, 1 tsp cinnamon, margarine, salt, and remaining brown sugar. Set aside.

3. Pour the fruit mixture into a baking dish. Top with the crumble. Place into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Adding apples and turning it into a crumble ensures that babies and adults alike can enjoy it! Try it out for yourselves.

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vegan blackberry and banana muffins

Ingredients:

Streusel Topping

½ cup rolled oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp oil
½ tsp cinnamon

Muffins

2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup soy milk
⅓ cup oil
1 cup blackberries, halved
2 bananas, mashed
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
Margarine, for muffin pan

Steps:

1. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the streusel. Mix well, and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush each cup in a 12-cup muffin pan with margarine.

3. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients for the muffins. Next, combine the remaining ingredients. Thoroughly mix.

4. Fill the pan with the muffin mixture. Top with the streusel mixture. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

5. Remove and enjoy!

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recipe: swiss braided bread

Today I’m going to share a recipe that I am actually quite proud of. Why, you ask? Well because it’s actually my first ever attempt at making bread! In true Emory form, I chose a somewhat complicated route. I also made some of it up as I went along since I have difficulties following instructions when it comes to baking. However, it certainly paid off. This bread was soooo delicious, and you get two loaves out of this recipe. Bonus.

Swiss Braided Bread:

Ingredients

3 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cup milk
1 egg
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tbsp sugar
4 tbsp butter (melted)

Steps

1. Warm the milk. In a bowl, combine the egg, milk, yeast, and butter. Stir. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, ensuring that the yeast completely dissolves.

2. In a separate large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Make a well.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the well. Mix with a wooden spoon until it forms a firm dough.

4. Move the dough onto a floured surface. Knead for approximately 10 minutes.

5. Brush a new large bowl with butter. Place the dough in the bowl. Cover with a dishcloth and put into the oven for 1.5 hours. It will double in size.

6. Remove from oven. Cut the dough in half and place on a floured surface. Taking one half, divide again into three equal pieces. Turn each piece into a long rope, 12” in length.

7. Lay all three ropes side by side. Pinch the end of three pieces together. Now braid. When you get to the end of the first loaf, fold the bottom under. Repeat with the second loaf.

8. Grease a baking sheet with butter. Place both loaves onto the sheet. Butter the loaves, then cover with a dishcloth and place in the oven for 1 hour. They will more than double in size.

9. Remove the loaves, and heat the oven to 400°F. Place them back in and bake for approximately 20 minutes.

10. Once the loaves are golden brown, remove them from the oven. Serve them with a preserve or with any meal.

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recipe: caramel raisin popcorn

caramel-raisin-popcorn-3Ingredients

10 cups popped corn
¾ cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup raisins
¼ tsp baking soda

caramel-raisin-popcorn-1Steps

1. Make all of the popcorn. Spread out half (5 cups) onto a cookie sheet. Add ½ cup raisins.

2. Place the butter in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until melted.

3. Add the brown sugar and baking soda. Continue to cook for an additional 3 minutes, keeping it bubbling. Stir continuously.

caramel-raisin-popcorn-24. Remove the mixture from heat, and immediately pour half onto the cookie sheet. Sufficiently mix the popcorn, and set it aside. Add the rest of the popped corn to the cookie sheet with ½ cup raisins and the remaining caramel mixture. Blend well once again, and set aside.

caramel-raisin-popcorn-45. Let the popcorn cool for some time. Once it’s cool and the caramel has hardened, it’s ready to eat!

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  • In just 3 short days, @omgkersh gets to come home for 3 full (and equally short) days. He has been gone for only 3 weeks. In that amount of time, Remy has learned a few more words, has gone from waking at 5:30 am to now 7:30 am, and goes to sleep at 9 pm instead of 8 pm. She has begun to have tantrums, was babysat 5 times, and she no longer needs me for nap time. The most astonishing thing is that she nearly doubled the amount of teeth in her mouth by getting 3 more! I also had to put Holly to sleep, and to deal with some family issues. On top of all of that, Geoffrey will be gone for an additional 3 weeks until he is home for good. I'm hoping (and praying) that the remaining time that he is away will go much smoother than it did. Lord, give me strength. And coffee. And friends. Some little girl has been throwing tantrums alllllllll morning. In other news, I finally found a chair for this space. Now I just need art for the walls. Any suggestions?
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