Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


This recipe brings back many sweet memories of my Mom. My Mom loved muffins of every kind. When she was undergoing treatment for her cancer, she had a very hard time swallowing. She could however, still eat and swallow muffins. I would make different flavors a couple of times of week. Lemon Poppy Seed muffins were her favorite. In your memory Mom with love. 


Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 stick butter, room temperature 

2 eggs, room temperature 

1 teaspoon vanilla

Zest of  2 large lemons

Juice of two large lemons*

3/4 cup of sour cream

1 1/2 Tablespoons of poppy seeds  


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk flour, salt and soda and set aside. Blend sugar and butter together in a separate bowl. Add eggs, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice. Blend in sour cream. Blend or stir in poppy seeds. 


Line with baking cups or spray your muffin with nonstick cooking spray. I bake muffins either way, so it’s your choice. Fill each muffin cavity about 2/3 full. Bake for 13 minutes or until a cake tester is inserted and comes out clean. Yields a bakers dozen, lucky 13! Enjoy!
*Using fresh lemon juice produces a subtle taste of lemon. If you prefer a stronger taste, omit the juice and use lemon extract. I actually prefer real lemon juice and lemon zest. Also, make sure you microwave your lemon(s) for 15 seconds on high and you will easily get twice the juice. This tip works on all citrus.

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Creme Brûlée French Toast

I love and adore French Toast. It’s always my  pick over waffles and pancakes. I do consider myself a French Toast snob since it has to be really good or I will have eggs. In this recipe, the bread is dipped into a custard mixture and then into a yummy cinnamon sugar mixture. While cooking, the cinnamon sugar turns into a crispy carmelized topping like the topping on Creme Brûlée. 


It all starts with buttet!


First side is cooking and caramelizing. 

Ingredients:

1 cup heavy cream 

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups of cinnamon 

6 – 8 slices of one inch sliced day old Brioche Bread, or your favorite bread sliced an inch thick

Butter, some for your pan, and more for your French Toast if desired

Maple Syrup, if desired


Combine cream, egg and vanilla in a swallow bowl and set aside. In another shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Start out by melting a tablespoon of butter in your pan or griddle. Once your pan is heated and butter is melted, start dipping the bread into the egg mixture. Make sure you cover all side well. Next, dip the bread into the cinnamon sugar, coating the bread on both sides. Cook the French Toast on medium heat until the cinnamon sugar has carmalized and flip over to caramelize the other size.  I did not put any butter on my French Toast and I used very little syrup. That was my personal preference, this delicious and decadent French Toast didn’t need much. Enjoy!

Perky Peach Coffee Cake

I like coffee cakes. I have been asked several times if I have one on my blog.  I don’t!  This is my first time making one and I don’t know what took me so long to get one on my blog. I hope you enjoy my Perky Peach Coffee Cake.  


Ingredients for coffee cake:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened

1 cup sour cream

2 eggs 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 1 teaspoon almond extract

2 cups  flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 (21-ounce) cans peach pie filling



Crumb Topping:

1/2 cup  flour

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup chopped pecans, optional

2 teaspoons cinnamon

6 Tablespoons butter 


Heat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour 13 X 9 baking pan (I use spray with flour), set aside.

Combine sugar and butter in a bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add sour cream, eggs and vanilla and almond extracts, continue beating until mixed well.  In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add slowly and mix at low speed until combined.

Spread half of batter into prepared pan. Spoon pie filling over batter. Spread the remaining batter over pie filling.

Whisk flour, sugar, pecans (if you are using) and cinnamon in bowl. Cut in 3 tablespoons of butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle crumb mixture over batter. Bake 45-50 minutes until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean and topping is golden brown.


Breakfast Brunch and Brinner Quiche

I love breakfast any time of the day. Love quiche for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a nice salad and vegetable. I created a quiche with a hash brown crust, to bring the breakfast, brunch or dinner (Brinner) quality to this yummy quiche!  Enjoy!

  
Baked hash brown crust. 

Ingredients:

Hash Browns, I used Simply Potatoes, Southwest variety, plain would be fine too

1/2 cup or more of cheese, I used Colby Jack, use your favorite, grated

1 cup ham, chopped, I just bought about a half a pound of ham from the deli, about a 1/4 inch ham steak

8 ounces ground sausage, I used mild, cooked and drained

5 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled

5 eggs, I used extra large

1 cup while milk, half and half is even better, I used milk 

1/4  cup onion, chopped, I used 3 green onions 

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Chives, chopped optional for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 -9 1/2 inch deep dish pie pan with cooking spray.  Press package of hash browns in the pie pan, forming a crust on the sides and the bottom. Spray with cooking spray to help the hash browns brown and stay together. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn on broiler and broil the hash browns to brown and crisp them up. That should take an additional 4 – 6 minutes. 

  
Put in ingredients and bake. 

Put grated cheese on top of browned hash browns.   Add meats, ham, bacon, sausage and onion on top of cheese. In a bowl whisk eggs, milk and seasonings together. Pour egg mixture over the meat and cheese. Bake in oven for 40 – 50 minutes or until egg is set and cooked. Enjoy!

   
   

Breakfast Pizza

I love pizza. I was actually thinking of another recipe when this idea popped into my head. I mentioned the recipe to my little ones and they loved the idea. Just like any pizza, the toppings are whatever you want them to be. The pizza I made had the kids favorite, bacon and breakfast sausage. This can be made vegetarian by just using veggies. The combinations are endless.

Ingredients for crust:
1/2 bag of frozen hash browns
Disposable pizza pan, I used Hefty

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Break apart frozen hash browns and microwave in the oven to thaw them out. Place thawed hash browns on pizza pans to form a crust. They will not be cooked. Bake for 10 minutes. Next, turn on the broiler and brown them for at least 8-10 minutes. You want brown so they do not get soggy after adding your eggs. See picture below, please excuse the shadow of my hand.

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Pizza Ingredients:
9 eggs, scrambled, I used jumbo

Scramble eggs and pour over browned hash browns. You want to cover the surface of the hash browns.

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Toppings:
2 cups of cheese, I used sharp cheddar, use what you like
6 precooked breakfast sausage links, cut with kitchen shears
4 slices of bacon, cooked, broken into pieces
*Any topping you like on pizzas, veggies, ham, etc.

Put your toppings on top of the egg mixture and cover with grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until egg is cooked and set. Slice and serve. I had this for dinner one night with a salad. Enjoy!

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The Best Banana Bread

I love banana bread. I think sometimes when I buy bananas, I let them get too ripe on purpose so I have an excuse for making a loaf or two! I do a lot of baking that calls for buttermilk. I knew buttermilk would be too thin to use in my recipe so I thought of the next best thing, sour cream. It adds the perfect zip in this bread. I know you will love it!

  
Ingredients:
1 stick of butter, melted
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 t salt
1 t baking soda
2 eggs
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
3-4 bananas medium to large, mashed roughly (I leave mine kind of chunky)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan, 9 x 5 or several small ones.

In a large bowl, mix sugar and butter together. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Combine all dry ingredients together and add that to the wet batter. Fold in sour cream, mashed bananas and walnuts. Pour into prepared loaf pan(s).

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and remove and cool on a wire rack until it’s cooled completely.

*I have added a cup of chocolate chips to this recipe and it’s yummy!

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