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Monday, August 26, 2013

Best Streusel Muffins!

These muffins are divine, the muffin itself is just perfect, not too flaky a little more dense, and the taste is out of this world, when licking the bowl (shhh, don't tell my kids) it almost has the flavor of cookie dough its that good, I mean really, who licks muffin batter?  I DO!   We Love these warm right from the oven!  Use the base muffin recipe for whatever muffin you want, we prefer blueberry or apple.

Base Muffins:
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
4 Tbls melted butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup + 1 tsp. lemon juice, let rest for about 5 minutes)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 Cup flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

2 cups blueberries
2-3 apples peeled, diced small + 2 tsp. cinnamon

Streusel topping:
3 Tbls. sugar
4 Tbls. Brown sugar
2/3 cup. flour
5 Tbs. melted butter
1 tsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spray 24 muffin tins, or line with liners.  In a large bowl wisk together sugar and eggs.  Add in oil and butter.  Whisk in buttermilk and vanilla.  Add flour, baking powder and salt, and blend.  Fold in berries or fruit.

Make Streusel topping by combining all the ingredients.  sprinkle over muffins and Bake for 16-18 minutes.  Makes 20-24 standard muffins.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fudge Brownie Pie

3/4 cup flour
1 cup of regular sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 ounces butter, melted OR MARGERINE
2 large eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
2 handfuls of mini marshmallows

For the frosting:

2 ounces butter, melted (1/4 cup)
1 ounce cocoa powder, sifted (1/4 cup)
2 ounces evaporated milk (1/4 cup)
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted (8 ounces)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 inch spring form pan set aside.

Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Beat together the butter, eggs and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Stir in the toasted nuts. Pour into the prepared pan.

Bake on a middle shelf of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Immediately sprinkle the marshmallows on top and return to the oven for a few minutes to melt the marshmallows. Remove from the oven and carefully spread the chocolate frosting over top.

To make the chocolate frosting mix all ingredients together in a bowl, beating with an electric whisk until smooth and thick. Spread on the hot marshmallows. Let cool completely. Cut into wedges to serve.