Monday, January 26, 2015

Date Bran Molasses Muffins



These Muffins are so delicious
and healthy, adding fiber to your diet.
Your kitchen will smell so nice while they are baking


Ingredients
1 cup White Flour
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
Whisk all the above together

Fold in the rind of 1 Orange and
 1 cup chopped Dates
 and set aside
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In another bowl put
1 1/4 All-Bran Cereal
1/2 cup skim Milk
1/2 cup Orange Juice
Stir together and let stand 3 mins.
Chop up the Dates
then add:
Egg
3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Molasses
Mix all ingredients together. flour & bran mixture

Fill Muffin Tins

Bake 400deg. for 20-25 mins.
I use a Convection Oven at 350 deg. for 20 mins.

Enjoy....


Soften All Bran with Milk and Orange Juice

Let soften for approx 3 mins
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Whisk together the 2 Flours, Baking Powder, Baking Soda and Salt    
Add the Orange Rind
Add the Chopped Dates, mix until all covered
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 Add Molasses, Egg and Oil 
to the Bran Mixture, mix well

Fill Muffin Tins - I used large Muffin Papers for the first time 
Love them!!!


An Ice Cream Scoop works well for filling 
Bake 400deg. for 20-25 mins.
I use a Convection Oven at 350 deg. for 20 mins.

I insert a  toothpick into a Muffin and if it comes out clean, they are cooked.








tip:
The secret of good muffins is to stir the batter until the flour is just dampened.
The batter should be lumpy. 
Over mixing causes tunnels and a tough texture.
Perfect muffins are light and tender with rough shiny golden crusts.



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mini Maple Sugar Cones


In Eastern Canada, and especially here in Québec, 
Spring time means maple sugar time.
It's a time to taste all the pleasures
of our Maple Sugar Products.

Today I made these sweet little cones
.A delightful tasting little treat.


Also great to make around Christmas or New Years
while spending time with grandkids.

And a nice idea for Children's Birthday Party






Ingredients:
  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 3 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 300ml.
  • 1 1/2 cups minature marshmallows
  • About 60 mini cones 


In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
After butter is all melted, add the maple syrup.


Add sweetened condensed milk and brown sugar



Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes stirring frequently.



Remove from heat and
add marshmallows and mix until 
they are completed melted and blended.








Fill mini cones, be careful, it is HOT
I use a small ladle or a tablespoon to fill them

Place on a cookie sheet and refrigerate to cool.


 Garnish before they harden (optional)
I garnished some with nuts, coconut, candy sprinkles, white chocolate chips and chocolate chips. ~






I also made these with the pointed cone bottom.
click here to view how my grandkids and I came up with a plan to keep them upright.





A popular recipe this time of year here in Quebec,
 Poudin Aux Chômeurs or Poor-Mans Pudding.
To view my recipe, click here.





For a tasty dessert, try my Maple Rhubarb Dumplings




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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Blueberry Bran Molasses Muffins

Add fiber to your diet with
 these healthy nutritious muffins 

This recipe makes 1 dozen large muffins


Preheat Oven to 400deg.F


Mix together  1 1/4 cups all-bran cereal, 
1/2 cup skim milk, 
1/2 cup orange juice
Stir together and let stand 3 minutes to soften.
In another bowl put 1 cup white flour, 
1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 
2 tsp baking powder,  
1/4 tsp baking soda,  
1/4 tsp salt.
Whisk all the above together...
Fold in 1 cup of blueberries and set aside.
I use frozen wild blueberries.
In smaller bowl or large measuring cup,
 mix together  2 eggs
3 tbsp vegetable oil,
 1/2 cup molasses
Add this mixture to the softened all-bran mixture,
then add all to the flour mixture.

Fill muffin tins
Bake 400deg. for 20-25 mins.



Another batch in larger papers.




Enjoy....








tip: (from my favourite old cookbook. Five Roses Flour)
The secret of good muffins is to stir the batter until the flour is just dampened.
The batter should be lumpy. Over mixing causes tunnels and a tough texture.
Perfect muffins are light and tender with rough shiny golden crusts.


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Beef Stew with Parsley Dumplings

Warm up to Winter 
with a bowl of this hearty homemade stew.







Ingredients
Chop up Celery, Onion and Garlic
2 lbs. stewing beef
1 large onion
2 celery stocks
2 garlic cloves
4 mushrooms
1 can tomato juice 19oz...or
(1 box beef broth  900ml ~ low salt)
2 tblsp. beef bovril (optional)
1/2 tsp. savory
2 tblsp.. parsley 

4 carrots 
Add 1 tablespoon of Flour
to coat the meat

2 parsnips
1 medium turnip
4 potatoes

  
Directions:
Mix beef cubes in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of flour.
Chop up onion, celery, garlic and mushrooms.
Add beef, onion, celery, garlic and mushrooms to pot with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. 
In your stew pot, fry all together, in vegetable oil,  about 10 mins. turning the beef to get it browned.

Pour in beef broth, bovril, savory & parsley cover and cook on low for about 1 hr. to 1 1/2 hrs. This will tenderize the meat. 


Add in the carrots, parsnips and turnips cook another 15 mins.


Add in the potatoes and cook another 15 mins.(string beans can also be added)






Parsley Dumplings
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tablespoons parsley
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk


Whisk together flour, baking powder, and parsley
Cut in butter into the flour mixture. 
Stir in milk to make a soft dough
Drop by spoonful into boiling stew


Cover and simmer 15 mins. without lifting the lid.




Enjoy this delicious Stew, even better reheated the next day.
Served with baby beets.







I grow and harvest my Parsley each year. 

For easy how to tips click  here



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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Rich Raisin Bread

Nothing smells better than the rich aroma 
of Homemade Raisin Bread in the Kitchen.
This easy delicious bread is made in a Bread Machine

Ingredients:

2/3 cup Milk
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter at room temperature
             cut in 1/2" pieces
2 Large Eggs at room temperature
1 tsp.Salt
3 tablespoons Sugar + 2 tsp.Sugar
3 3/4 Flour
All ingredients are in
Yeast on top
2/3 cup Raisins
2 1/4 tsp. Yeast, active dry, instant or bread machine

Directions:

Place Milk, Butter,Eggs,Salt, Sugar, Flour and Yeast, in the order listed, in the bread pan fitted with the kneading paddle.
Place the bread pan in the Bread Maker.
Press Menu and select Sweet Breads.
Press Crust and select Medium (or to taste)
Press Loaf and select dough size. (The one I made is Large)
Press Start to Mix.Knead, Rise and Bake.
When Mix-in's tone sounds, add Raisins
If desired, when pause tone sounds, remove dough and paddle.
Shape dough into a ball and replace in bread pan.
Press Start to continue.
When cycle is complete, remove bread from machine and transfer to wire rack to cool.
Bread slices best when allowed to cool.

The Machine
A Beautiful Loaf




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