Friday, April 30, 2021

Old Fashioned Molasses Muffins with Currants

Molasses is a product resulting from refining sugarcane into sugar.  Sugarcane molasses is primarily used for sweetening and flavouring foods.  Molasses is a defining component of fine commercial brown sugar. It is also one of the primary ingredients used for distilling rum,
and beer.  It has several health benefits including magnesium, iron potassium and calcium.  (from Wikipedia)  

Growing up in rural Gaspé, 
 I remember the local store nearby
 (Rock Aubin's, no longer exists today)
used to get molasses in large barrels.
The clients brought their jars and
filled them up. 

My Mom used it in a lot of baking.
including her huge molasses cookies
and baked beans.
My favourite still is, molasses on my
hot porridge (oatmeal) for breakfast.

This muffin recipe, is simple and easy.
I adapted from

Preheat Oven to 325 deg. F.

Prepare you muffin pan with
paper liners or grease the pan.
Yields 8 large muffins or
12 medium.

In a large bowl, whisk together
1 1/4 cups flour, 
1/4 cup sugar, 
1/2 tsp baking soda,
1/2 tsp cinnamon
and 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Ginger (optional)
  also, a pinch of salt.

In a smaller bowl whisk together,
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
and 1/4 cup molasses.

Combine the 2 bowls above 
and add in the currants or raisins.

Fill the muffins prepared pan.

3/4 full for 8 large muffins.

Bake 325deg. F.
for about 25 minutes or
when a toothpick inserted
in the center of a muffin
comes out clean.

No preservatives, unsulfured, gluten free,
Product of Guatemala.


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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy.

 A great tasting meal that's easy 
to make and sure to please.

Originating in the United States,
this classic meal is a version of Hamburg Steak.
Salisbury Steak created by Dr. James H. Salisbury, 
a 19th century English/American physician. 
He created this special diet for his
patients suffering from anemia and 
a number of other diseases. 

For the steak patties

1/2 onion grated
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 pound ground beef
1 garlic clove
1 egg
2 tbsps ketchup
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Montreal steak spice.
or your choice of spices.
3 tsp dijon mustard or ordinary mustard.

Mix all the above together and form 5 patties.
If you find it too sticky to mix,  add more breadcrumbs.

Heat oil in a skillet and add the steaks and 
cook browning each side and 
continue cooking on medium 
heat for about 15 minutes.
Remove and place aside.

I use a splatter screen to avoid less mess.

For the Gravy

In the skillet with oil,
add 1/2 of a onion, chopped 
2 minced garlic cloves and 
about 1 cup sliced mushroom
 and cooked until soft.
I usually make my homemade
gravy with cornstarch and water
I wanted to use up this gravy mix I
had in the pantry. It is very good.
I used 4 cups of water and
about 5 tbsp. of mix.
I mixed it in a saucepan 
following instruction on the 
package, until thickened,
 and added it to the skillet.

Add the steak to the pan, add the gravy.
Season with salt and pepper and 
simmer about 20 minutes.

Serve with your favourite vegetables. 
Here I used Mashed Potatoes,
Oven baked Brussel Sprouts,
(Frozen ones) and
Carrots and Tomatoes.  


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Friday, April 2, 2021

Easter Truffles and Happy Easter.

Easter has come early this year.
We welcome Spring, the snow is melting
 and we look forward to Summer.

We cannot gather this year again.
No big dinners, like it used to be.
Hopefully next year it will
 all be back to normal.

I made these truffles to give to friends
and children, as a treat for Easter.
A no bake treat, with crushed Oreo cookies
and dipped in chocolate.

And they do freeze well.

1 package Oreo Chocolate cookies 303g
1/4 cup Cream Cheese Spread

1 cup Chocolate Chips
(or your choice of chocolate) for dipping.
3/4 tbsp vegetable oil. 

Candy decorations.
(Makes about 2 doz. truffles)

I used about 1/4 cup cream- 
cheese at room temperature.
1/4 of the package below.

 I softened/mashed the cream cheese with a fork, 
enabling it to mix better with the crumbled cookie mix.

I crushed the cookies in a food chopped.
It can also be done in a 
zip-lock bag with a rolling pin.

With an electric beater, I added the 
cream cheese to the crumbled cookies mix.
and rolled the balls, approx. 1 inch.
Place the balls in the freezer for at least 1/2 hr.
This will prevent them from falling apart
when dipping.

For Dipping, 
I used 1 cup of Chipits

Melting the chocolate for dipping:

Because I used chipits,
I added 3/4 tbsp. vegetable oil with 
1 cup of chocolate chips.

I used the microwave for melting. 
The chocolate must be stirred at intervals 
to reach the right consistency
and to prevent burning.
A glass bowl is not recommended, because
 it gets too hot and cooks the chocolate.
Use a plastic microwave bowl.

First melt for 14 minutes and stir. 
Then 10 minutes, and stir.
Then 10 more minutes and stir.

Dipping takes some practice and can be messy.

Here's how I do it.
Dip the balls into the chocolate holding with a fork,
roll the ball around in the chocolate,
 tapping the fork on the side of the bowl, 
to help the excess chocolate drip off.
With a toothpick slide the truffle off the fork 
and onto parchment paper to harden.
If you are using decorations,
 do so before the chocolate hardens.

This is my final batch of truffles for this year.
I'm all truffled out. 😃😄

I've made them for Valentines Day

Have a Blessed Easter

Thanks for your visit xo