Cupcake/Muffin Do’s & Don’ts

13Nov08

                     DO                                           DON’T

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DON’T…

…think you are a Bobby Flay and throwdown with Magnolia, New York’s most popular bakery. 

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…think just because you went to spin class the other day, you now have the muscle power to challenge an electric mixer in creating “a light and fluffy batter.”

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…leave your butter right next to the stove when the recipe calls for “room temperature” so that when incorporated into your icing, it turns it into white gloop.

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…apply your cost cutting logic to red velvet cupcakes.  

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DO…

…buy a can of pumpkin puree and make homemade pumpkin spiced muffins.

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…reduce the fat in a given recipe by cutting the butter and sugar for a healthier breakfast muffin. 

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…freeze remaining muffins and enjoy for breakfast along with home-brewed coffee every morning.

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…skip your next brunch date, pick up a real hard copy of the NY Times, and enjoy the calm and comforts of breakfast in bed. 

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Pumpkin Spiced Muffins

(adapted from The Joy of Cooking)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together:

¾ cups all-purpose flour

¾ cups whole wheat flour

1 ½ tspns ground cinnamon

1 tspn baking soda

1 tspn salt

1 tspn ground ginger

½ tspn nutmeg

1/4 tspn ground cloves

¼ tspn baking powder

Combine in another bowl:

1/3 cup milk (whole or skim)

½ tspn vanilla

In a large bowl, beat until creamy, about 30 seconds, 5 tbspns of unsalted butter

Gradually add and beat on high speed until lightened in color and texture, 3 to 4 minutes, ¾ cups of brown sugar, packed

Beat in 1 egg

Add 1 16 oz. can of pumpkin puree

Add in milk mixture

Gradually fold in flour mixture in 3 parts, making sure to not over mix. Mix until smooth.

Fold in 1/3 cups of chopped pecans, walnuts, or whatever nuts you have on hand.

Divide batter into muffin tins. Bake for about 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

 

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7 Responses to “Cupcake/Muffin Do’s & Don’ts”

  1. 1 Shanna

    we should make these for our new years party.

  2. 2 smelly

    we should make these for my face!!

  3. 3 Zahra

    they may not have been all that aesthetically pleasing but the red velvets were still YUMMY

  4. 4 Heather

    ames, remember my frozen muffins and coffee every morning? i totally started that trend!! 🙂

  5. 5 Melody

    Please tell me you’ve tried the red velvet at Sugar Sweet Sunshine!

  6. 6 Melody

    Please tell me you’ve tried the red velvet at Sugar Sweet Sunshine!

  7. 7 foodyi

    @Heath: Yes, now that I think about it, that’s probably why I do it-cus I miss you! 😉

    @Melody: No, I haven’t been there yet. BTW, that bakery next to me Pinisi that you like so much? Not a fan….I’ve tried like 5 things from thereand every time, it’s a “mehh..”


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