Apple Cinnamon muffins a wonderful way to fill the kitchen with wonderful aromas. These muffins are full of diced fresh apple and those lovely autumn spices- cinnamon and nutmeg. I wanted to marry up the amazing taste of apple pie with the satisfying bite of muffin without the overwhelming sweetness of a dessert and I think it hit it with this recipe.
Late fall is harvest time for cranberries here in Northern Ontario. The beautiful red jewelled berries grow in marshy areas and you need good rubber boots to go picking them. These berries are quite tart and most recipes incorporate them with a lot of sugar to balance the tartness but I like to let the tartness shine through. This recipe for Fresh Cranberry Lemon Muffins is the perfect backdrop to showcase the tart flavour of the little berries. The lemon zest and cardamon spice play up the cranberries quite nicely.
My daughter was home from Law School for our Thanksgiving long weekend and she requested a Soft Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookie. Now that is a recipe that was not in my repertoire so some google searching was in order. The first one that caught my attention was on Pinch Of Yum and I used her recipe for soft cookies as my base. I made mine without using any appliances as I thought that the softer touch would be key to keeping the texture chewy. A soft chewy cookie is a difficult beast to master without having to add bad things like corn syrup or shortening to your recipe, but I think this one nails it just right. I think it is the mixing by hand and just slightly underbaking the cookies that are the important points.
Who says you can’t eat cake for breakfast? This Apple Breakfast Cake is like one big muffin that you can cut into little slices or big slices depending on your appetite. The mixture of apple, raisins and dried cranberries add sweetness without being over-powering because it is the spice of the cinnamon and the fruit that you want to taste not sugar. Cutting back on the sugar content of recipes really does let the other flavours shine through.
If you are a chocolate lover then this recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Loaf is just for you. It is a double chocolate recipe as there is both cocoa and chocolate chips in the loaf. And of course there is zucchini so as that is a vegetable this loaf is technically healthy, but you would never guess that there was zucchini in it. Dessert is a great way to sneak some veggies into those anti-veggie in your house as they would never be suspecting it.