Sunday, February 13, 2011

Marmalade Morning Muffins and Cat Sitting

Here is my cousin's lovely cat George.  I am sorry to say that he passed last week.  My cousin was heartbroken and I loved spending time with the little guy. We snuggled and played. I whispered sweet nothings into his ear telling him he was such a good cat and that I loved him.  I miss him now that he is gone.

Today I made some muffins from the cookbook Muffins Galore by Catherine Atkinson.  Muffins Galore
I made the Marmalade Morning Muffins which I found on page 60.
Here is a single muffin...

and here is the recipe...

Marmalade Morning Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose white flour
3/4 cup unrefined superfine sugar—-granulated sugar will work too
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
3/4 cup unsweetened orange juice
1/2 cup sunflower margarine, melted
2 medium ripe pears, peeled, cored, and chopped

For the topping
1 tablespoon unsweetened orange juice
4 tablespoons orange marmalade

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan or line the cups with paper muffin cups.

For the muffins, mix the flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, marmalade, orange juice, melted margarine, and two-thirds of the chopped pears. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing briefly until just combined.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, dividing it evenly. Scatter with the remaining chopped pears, pressing the pieces gently into the batter. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until risen and golden. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Meanwhile, for the topping, genly heat the orange juice and marmalade together in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally until melted and combined. Spoon and brush over the tops of the warm muffins. Serve warm.

They look divine and they taste out of the world.

Whip up something new and have an appreciation for new experiences.

Cassandra
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