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: 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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recipe: cinnamon loaf

cinnamon-loaf-3 In our household, I am the cook and my husband is the baker. He is much better at it than I am. I think it’s because I hate to follow recipes, and baking usually requires you to adhere pretty closely to a given recipe.

A few weekends ago, Remy woke us up at the crack of dawn. Geoffrey got up with her, then went downstairs and began baking. This is the recipe for the delicious loaf that he made for us that day. It was taken from Company’s Coming The Rookie Cook book.

cinnamon-loaf-1Cinnamon Loaf:

Makes 16 slices

Ingredients

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup hard margarine, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla

1 cup sour milk

cinnamon-loaf-2Steps

1. Mix cinnamon and first amount of brown sugar in a small cup. Set aside.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. Cream margarine and second amount of brown sugar together in large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

4. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with sour milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Pour 1/2 of batter into greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Smooth top. Sprinkle 1/2 of cinnamon mixture over batter. Spoon remaining batter over top. Smooth carefully. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon mixture over batter. Swirl with knife to create marble effect. Bake in 350°F oven for 55 to 60 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand in pan for 10 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool.

cinnamon-loaf-4How lucky am I?

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