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Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Muffins October 15, 2011

Filed under: Breakfast,Muffins — annalope @ 4:45 am
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Why does the world need yet another recipe for banana muffins? It’s true, there are plenty of them out there, and I know there are a lot of bakers who find a decent recipe and never deviate from it. And there’s nothing wrong with that. My mother-in-law makes the same banana bread every time there are extra ripe bananas around, using a family recipe that has withstood the test of time, and I do absolutely love it. But when it comes to making banana bread or muffins in my own kitchen I find it impossible to not tinker with whatever recipe I might start out with (if there is one). These came about when I had set out to make Banana Mocha Muffins – a recipe I’d recently come up with and really loved, but by the time I’d blended the first few ingredients I started mentally drafting something drastically different. I’m not sure if this suggests creativity or just a lack of focus, but either way the results make me happy and appreciative of my restless mind.

One reason you should try this recipe is because the taste of molasses, coffee, and bananas together is pretty unbeatable. Or you could try my Banana Mocha Muffin recipe which also uses these ingredients. This recipe also has less sugar and less butter than your typical muffin, and uses only whole grains.

Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Muffins

¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

½ cup natural cane sugar

1 T. molasses + brown rice syrup to equal ¼ cup

1 t. vanilla

½ cup milk or milk substitute

½ cup coffee, room temperature or cold

1 egg

1 egg white

2 extra ripe bananas, mashed

1 T. flax meal

4 t. baking powder

½ t. salt

1 ½ cup white whole wheat flour

½ cup + 2 T. whole wheat pastry flour

¾ cup ground walnuts, reserving 2 T. to garnish muffins

Preheat oven to 375°. Combine butter, applesauce, sugar and molasses/rice syrup in medium bowl; blend well. Add eggs and bananas, mix well. In measuring glass combine vanilla, milk and coffee. In separate bowl combine all dry ingredients, including the walnuts. Add flour and milk mixtures to butter mix alternately; gently mix to fully incorporate.

Butter and flour 12 large muffin tins (or 18 small cups). Pour a heaping ¼ cup of batter into each (or fill small cups ¾ full); top with ground walnuts for garnish. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Muffins freeze well once completely cool. I suggest eating half a batch and freezing the other half, which means less time before you get to try/create yet another muffin recipe!

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Pumpkin Kale Quiche October 13, 2011

Filed under: Breakfast,Eggs,Lunch/Dinner — annalope @ 5:15 am
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My daughter is a big fan of eggs, so when I told her we were having quiche for dinner and she gave me a serious, disapproving look and shook her head no, I knew she still wasn’t clear on exactly what a quiche is made of. “Egg Pizza!” I exclaimed, and immediately encountered an excited face with big eyes and some of my favorite words to hear: “Ella help.” She always says “help” with such anticipation and hopeful uncertainty, really drawing out the word as she enunciates every letter and places her face, eyebrows raised, squarely in front of yours where she can lock eyes with you so there’s no mistaking how committed she is to her request. Then she runs looking for a big chair to pull up to the counter, and I make sure to hide any extra eggs I don’t want her cracking. Destruction – creation – destruction – creation…this task was designed for a toddler.

Pumpkin Kale Quiche

Note: I use a large quiche pan for this dish (not a standard pie pan). If you don’t have one, or a suitably sized dish (who says quiche has to be round?) you’ll want to use 2 pie pans and make 50% more crust.

For Crust:

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

½ cup white whole wheat flour

½ t. salt

4 T. coconut oil

6 T. cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

¼ cup iced water

Combine flours and salt in medium bowl. Cut in coconut oil and butter until pieces are no larger than pea sized. Add water and mix very gently, kneading only a couple times to form a ball. Flatten slightly into a disc, place on plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes while assembling other ingredients.

For Quiche:

5 cups roughly chopped kale

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

¼ cup pumpkin puree (homemade or canned)

10 eggs

½ cup half and half

½ t. sage

1/8 t. black pepper

½ t. salt, divided

In large sauté pan, combine kale with 2-3 T. water, cover and cook over medium heat until kale has steamed (3-5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Add ¼ t. salt to kale, place in bowl; shred cheese into same bowl. In large measuring glass or 1 qt. bowl combine pumpkin puree, eggs, half and half, sage, pepper and remaining ¼ t. salt. Cover and keep egg mixture cold while crust prebakes.

Preheat oven to 350°. Roll out chilled dough on a lightly floured surface to cover quiche pan and gently press into pan. Poke the bottom of your crust several times with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes.

Place kale onto prebaked crust, top with cheese, then cover with egg mixture. Bake for 20 minutes or until egg mixture is set.