Chocolate Chip Muffins

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A good muffin recipe is hard to find. I’ve tried so many that resulted in dense, short, and tasteless muffins that I began to give up hope. Behold the King Arthur Flour recipe! Not only are these muffins moist, domed, and filled with chocolate chips, they’re super easy to make. Eight ingredients and two bowls means easy baking and minimal cleanup.

Plus, if you don’t like chocolate chips in your muffins (I’ll pretend you didn’t say that.), you can easily swap them out for raspberries or another fruit. This recipe is really versatile and works with any kind of mix-in.

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients
2 cups pastry flour or all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil or softened butter
2 large eggs

Preparation
Preheat oven to 500°F. (Don’t panic, the temperature will be reduced later.)

Blend together the dry ingredients and chocolate chips.

Beat the liquid ingredients (milk, oil or butter, and eggs) together until they are light. I used my OXO egg beater for this, and it worked perfectly.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Take a fork or wire whisk and blend the two for 20 seconds. The batter will be lumpy, but that’s fine.

Fill cups of a lightly greased muffin tin two-thirds to three-quarters full. Place muffins in the oven and immediately drop temperature to 400°F*. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until muffins test done.

Yields: 12 muffins, 24 mini-muffins, or six jumbo muffins.

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.

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Mini Wonton Lasagna Cups

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Mini foods are not only cute (seriously, people always oooh and aaah over them!), but they’re also great for parties. You know what I mean–you’re standing talking to someone, juggling a plate, silverware, and of course a cocktail. It never works, and something always ends up spilling or you stuff your face when the conversation is over.

Mini Wonton Lasagna Cups

Behold the mini lasagnas! Perfect for parties (or really, anytime), these are baked in a mini muffin tin, so they’re really tiny and can be eaten in two to three bites. No fork and knife required! And they’re simple to make too–no boiling pasta noodles, just use wonton wrappers in their place. Easy peasy, and a huge hit!

Mini Wonton Lasagna Cups

Ingredients
1/2 lb ground beef or ground turkey
1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
15 oz ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
48 wonton wrappers (32 full size and 16 cut in half diagonally)

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown meat in a large skillet over medium high heat and drain. Add pasta sauce to remaining meat and stir to combine. (You may have some sauce mixture leftover. I did, and just froze it.)

In a large bowl, add the ricotta, 1 cup of shredded cheese, and salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Coat mini muffin pans with cooking spray, and place a wonton wrapper in each cup.* Top with 1 tsp of the ricotta mixture, followed by 1/2 tsp of the meat sauce. Place a cut wonton wrapper over the sauce, and repeat the layers by adding ricotta cheese, meat sauce, and a sprinkle of shredded cheese. Fold in corners of wonton wrappers.

Bake at 350 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the wonton wrappers are golden. Allow to cool in the muffin tin for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Makes 32 mini lasagna cups.

*I did every other cup so it’s easier to see the process in the photos, but you don’t have to leave space.

Recipe adapted from a bunch of recipes. Thanks Google!

The Perfect Apple Pie

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Over the years, I’ve tried various pie crust recipes–butter only, shortening only, butter and shortening combination–and have finally found the perfect one. The use of both butter and shortening gives this recipe the kind of flaky, buttery crust that apple pie dreams are made of. The filling is layers of apples and delicious goo (as my family refers to it) with just the right amount of sweetness. Perfection.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

This recipe is actually a mashup of two recipes I’ve made in the past. I used the filling from one and crust from another, with a little tweaking to make it just right. The crust is foolproof, easy to work with, and versatile–I’ve used it to make lattice crusts as well as cut outs, so have fun with it.

Thanksgivukkah pie
I used dreidel and menorah cut outs for one of the pies. It was Thanksgivukkah after-all! p.s. See that goo? Yum!

During Thanksgiving dinner, this pie was declared “the perfect apple pie” by everyone at the table, so my apple pie recipe search is officially over. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Crust Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
1/2 cup cold water

Crust Preparation
Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor; pulse several times to mix. Remove the lid and scatter the butter pieces over the dry ingredients. Pulse the machine 5 or 6 times to cut in the butter.

Remove the lid and fluff the mixture with a fork, lifting it up from the bottom of the bowl. Scatter the shortening pieces over the flour and pulse the machine 6 or 7 times. Remove the lid and fluff the mixture again.

Drizzle half of the water over the flour mixture and pulse the machine 5 or 6 times. Remove the lid, fluff the pastry, and sprinkle on the rest of the water. Pulse the machine 5 or 6 times more, until the pastry starts to form clumps. Overall, it will look like coarse crumbs. Dump the contents of the processor bowl into a large mixing bowl.

Test the pastry by squeezing some of it between your fingertips. If it seems a little dry and not quite packable, drizzle a teaspoon or so of cold water over the pastry and work it in with your fingertips. Using your hands, pack the pastry into 2 balls, as you would pack a snowball. Make one ball slightly larger than the other; this will be your bottom crust. Knead each ball once or twice, then flatten the balls into ¾-inch-thick disks on a floured work surface. Wrap the disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before rolling. About 10 minutes before rolling, transfer the pastry to the freezer to make it even firmer.

Roll the bottom crust to fit a 9-inch pan and chill for 15 minutes before baking.

Filling Ingredients
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
5-6 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Turbinado sugar for sprinkling

Filling and Assembly
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pre-bake the bottom crust for 15 minutes, using pie weights on top of a piece of parchment paper.

Peel, core, and slice apples. Add cinnamon and mix. Set aside.

Melt butter in a saucepan then stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar, and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.

Place pie plate on cookie sheet (to catch drips while baking). Fill bottom crust with one layer of apples, pour 1/3 of the filling liquid over the apples, then repeat with a second layer. Cover with a lattice top crust (or cut outs) and gently pour the remaining filling liquid over the crust. Sprinkle crust with turbinado sugar.

Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees F, then reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F. Continue baking for 25 to 45 minutes, or until apples are soft.

Crust recipe adapted from Apple Pie by Ken Haedrich. Filling recipe adapted from All Recipes.

Fall Recipes

Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you’re like me, you can’t decide what to make. So to help, here are some of my tried and true fall favorites, perfect for Thanksgiving!

Apple Brown Sugar Tart
Apple Brown Sugar Tart

Apple Pie
Apple Pie

Apple Tart with Salted Caramel
Apple Tart with Salted Caramel

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze
Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze

Brown Sugar Cookies
Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Shortbread, oh yeah
Brown Sugar Shortbread

Chocolate Salted Caramel Tartlets
Chocolate Salted Caramel Tartlets

Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies
Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies (lowfat)

Jewish Apple Cake
Jewish Apple Cake

Maple Chocolate Chip Shortbread
Maple Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Pecan Sour Cream Biscuits (minus the pecans)
Pecan Sour Cream Biscuits

Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins
Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Happy baking!

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