Friday, July 26, 2013

Devin and the Gourmet Muffins

As promised. .
I wanted to share some of our recipes with you all. .
It's no secret that am a bit of a food snob. .
I like different. .
Fresh. .
And, while we MOSTLY eat normal things that everyone else would eat too. .
I LOVE trying recipes that are intriguing!
I also believe that uncommon recipes do a little better with a judge during competitions. .
And so, we usually try to take a narrow route as far as recipes are concerned. .
Often I go through magazines. .
 or my huge array of cookbooks. .
or the internet. .
And dog ear recipes to let the kids look through later to decide.
This year, I was searching up muffins. .
And Devin tried several recipes first, all of which were pretty tasty.
This was not his favorite. .
But it did have great flavor. .
And a bit of the unusual.
White Chocolate Apricot Muffins. .
Adapted from some website!
He also made Quadruple Chocolate cookies. .
which featured Special Dark baking cocoa. .
and were DELICIOUS!!
He took home a blue ribbon on them.
These muffins were the last thing to bake the night before the fair. .
And we made a double batch. .
which helps sometimes when trying to find 3 products that are the same size, same color, etc.
Unfortunately. .
I got busy trying to get the recipes adapted and copied off my files for the judging. .
And we ALL missed the timer going off by several minutes. .
SO. .
His muffins were slightly overcooked. .
Thus earning him a red ribbon. .
And here's a little judging/baking tip. .
Devin squirted the muffin tins with spray oil to keep them from sticking. .
And must have gotten a little too much at the top of each muffin cup. .
The judge suggested wiping the tops off a bit. .
because the muffins couldn't raise up the side of the muffin tin correctly because of the oil!
BUT. .
The flavor is sooo yummy. .
that you should give the recipe a try out!
I loved the way his shelf turned out. .
He used the tea finish and steel wool/vinegar combo. .
And it looks like we took the wood from a barn!
I am excited to put it up on the wall near my laundry area. .
And place pictures of messy kids on it (a great pinterest idea I found).

He also learned a LOT from the poultry judge, as mentioned the other day. .
And his two hens took a blue ribbon.
We are hopeful that the other 19 chicks will thrive and prosper. .
So he will have a choice of specimens next year!!

Hope you try out the muffins and enjoy them too!
Enjoy your weekend!!
Next up. .
If you don't like muffins. .
I can't imagine anyone NOT liking fruit. .
and pastry!!
Stay tuned!!

                    White Chocolate Apricot Muffins
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon minced crystallized ginger (I actually had this in my freezer because I had wanted to try it once earlier. .They add a bit of spicy undertone to the muffin. .but they would be fine if you opted not to put them in!)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces premium white baking chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
3 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, melted
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Cooking spray
1/2 cup apricot preserves

Preheat oven to 400°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through chocolate) in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine milk, butter, and egg; stir well with a whisk. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.

Spoon about 1 tablespoon batter into each of 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Spoon 2 teaspoons preserves into center of each muffin cup (do not spread over batter); top with remaining batter. Bake at 400° for 22 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.


  1. Do we get the recipe for the quadruple chocolate cookies too?! (I've always gotta go for the unhealthy stuff, don't you know?!)

    It looks like your kids did really well - and fantastic that they know how to cook. So few people seem to know how to do that from scratch anymore.

  2. Wow, that white chocolate apricot muffin recipe sounds good!

  3. I have to admit that I am NOT one to be very adventurous with food or recipes. Usually, if I don't like one of the ingredients in a recipe then I pass right by it. But, those muffins do sound pretty good :)