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I was thrilled when I saw these recipes for Artisanal Toast on Cupcakes & Cashmere. Andy and I have been experimenting with different types of bread and even baking our own bread lately, and I always feel bad making something boring with something “special”. Especially when that something “special” took 3 hours to make.
Lox + Chive Cream Cheese
Ingredients: Cream Cheese, Chives, Lox, Dill, Capers, Lemon
Ingredients: Tomato+Garlic Hummus, Sprouts, Cucumber, Tomato, Feta, Olive Oil
Avocado with a Kick
Ingredients: Avocado, Radish, Shallot, Lemon Zest, Maldon Sea Salt, Olive Oil, Red Chili Flakes
Peanut Butter + Banana + Sea Salt
Ingredients: Peanut Butter (unsalted), Banana, Honey, Maldon Sea Salt, Ground Cinnamon
I guess it could be argued that incorporating a “special” ingredient counteracts the boring, but I am going to use this post as an excuse to make fancy toast for breakfast. And by me I mean Andy. You here that honey? I want fancy toast for breakfast tomorrow.
Images and recipes from Cupcakes & Cashmere.
While our Easter Brunch wasn’t flawless, it was a lot of fun. Sorry there aren’t any pictures, I was running a little behind with the food and then everyone arrived and I didn’t give my camera a second thought. Next time i’ll try to place my camera in a slightly more conspicuous location so I don’t forget.
I tried out a few new recipes, specifically quiche (which didn’t turn out half bad) and a recipe that claimed to produce the best muffins ever. I made a couple test batches and with some careful tweaking I ended up with some really great muffins. For flavor variations I chose to go with Blueberry & White Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Chocolate Chip. Are they the best muffins I’ve ever had….probably not, but the are probably the tastiest oatmeal based muffins that I’ve ever made. Here’s the revised recipe.
One-Bowl Oatmeal Muffins: Basic Recipe
Be sure to read the recipe all the way through before getting started. You will note that the oats soak in the milk 1 hour prior to assembling the rest of the ingredients, so take that into consideration before starting out.
Makes 12 medium muffins
- 1 cup buttermilk*
- 1 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly ground
- add-ins of your choosing (see above suggestions)
Combine buttermilk and oats in a large bowl and let stand one hour.
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a twelve-cup muffin tin and line with cupcake papers.
Crack the egg into the oat and milk mixture; add brown sugar and mix to combine. Stir in melted butter.
Sift remaining ingredients into the bowl: flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, & spices. Gently fold into batter, taking care not to over mix.
Sprinkle add-in and flavorings of your choice and combine muffin batter gently.
Use a large ice cream scoop or 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop batter into muffin tins. Bake until light brown and tops spring back when gently touched, about 10-12 minutes. Note: Muffins will take slightly longer to bake if you are adding fresh fruit such as blueberries or rhubarb, closer to 15-20 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool in tins. To remove, run a sharp knife around the edges and pop muffins out. Enjoy!
*You may also substitute 1 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon white vinegar for buttermilk in the recipe.
- 1 cup Raspberries, fresh or frozen & ½ cup Dark Chocolate, chunked or chips
- ¾ cup Diced Apple (Granny Smith or Russet) and ½ cup toasted Walnuts, roughly chopped
- ¾ cup Dried Cranberries & ½ cup toasted Pecans, roughly chopped
- ¾ cup White Chocolate, chopped or chips & 1 cup Blueberries, fresh or frozen
- ½ cup toasted unsweetened Coconut & ¾ cup Peanut-Butter Chips
- 1 cup diced Rhubarb, fresh or frozen & ½ teaspoon Green Cardamom, freshly ground
- ¾ cup Dates, pitted and chopped & ½ cup Pistachios
- ¾ cup Golden Raisins & ¾ cup grated Carrot
- ¾ cup milk Chocolate Chips and an additional 2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
10 Tips to Making the Best Muffins Ever
- Start with ingredients at room temperature, eggs, milk, etc.
- Take care not to over mix the batter; use a flexible spatula to gently fold ingredients together.
- Batter should be stiff enough to hold a spoon upright; if it seems runny, gently fold in a few extra tablespoons of flour.
- Use the freshest spices as possible when they are required.
- Grease the entire muffin tin, not just the holes. More often than not, the muffins expand over the sides, and if those sides have not been properly greased, you’re going to run into trouble when you try to remove the muffins.
- Fill muffin tins three-quarters full; the tops are the best part, so don’t be shy with the batter.
- Slide a baking sheet under the muffin tin to help prevent the bottoms from getting too dark in the oven. This also helps with cleanup in case there is overflow.
- Take care not to over-bake the muffins.
- Allow muffins to cool in the pan at least 10 minutes before removing them, especially if they contain soft fresh fruit.
- Enjoy them fresh. If you must, freeze them, although I prefer to freeze the batter (without add-ins), then thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake the muffins fresh in the morning.
Tips, images and original recipe without revisions from here.