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Muffins - Scones

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Moist, rustic, healthy muffins with a deep-autumnal flair. Healthy, flavourful, bit tops – absolutely gorgeous and superb taste and an amazing crumb.

Tender, spice-kissed pumpkin cupcakes, light, moist and Halloween fun. Nothing to get spooked about. These take a light orange-hued frosting, that is accented with orange flavor and a kiss of spice. A cream cheese frosting, as for carrot cake, makes these adult fare. Candy corn finishes off these treats just so.

Every once in a while I create a recipe that rocks (even modest) me to my baker’s core. This is one such exceptional recipe. These glorious muffins are a cradle of spice and brown sugar pumpkin batter on which a silky filling of cheesecake bakes and fuses itself to the muffin batter. On top, there is a crust of caramelized brown sugar. It’s easy as pumpkin pie but a totally ‘wow’ muffin. Mini ones would be perfect for Thanksgiving dessert. For the best pumpkin pie spice – forget the store variety. Check out King Arthur Flour – (and their cinnamon is worth its weight in gold!)

Canned pumpkin is convenient and the variety of pumpkin that canners use is best for baking. "Jack O'Lantern" pumpkins look pretty but they recycle into somewhat watery pumpkin pulp.

A unique way to present homey, sweet, spicy quick bread.You may use regular muffin pans or mini loaf molds. This recipe is also good if you want pumpkin quick bread or loaf or mini loaves. These are just nicely spicy, moist and delicious beyond compare.
 

I cannot resist these which is a surprise because the whole point of them was to make an extraordinary healthy muffin. I made them in muffin tops so as not to have a dense, thick, ‘tall’ muffin; muffin tops take a heavier batter and make them a bit more approachable. However, these are so absolutely, mouth-wateringly scrumptious, it wouldn’t matter if you baked them in an old pair of Nike running shoes. You can also substitute Splenda for the sugar and agave syrup for the honey and maple syrup (in which case, add ¼ teaspoon maple extract to retain the maple echo). A small amount of quinoa offers 15% of your daily iron intake.

 

 Whenever I stop at a cafe I usually have just coffee. Or sometimes, just a chamomile tea. But on a certain day at a certain cafe I happened to be famished and I spied these amazing scones. I assumed they were plain old raspberry scones. They were anything but! Raspberries vied with chunks of white chocolate and hunks (somehow) of cheesecake-like filling. Here is my rendition of these decadent, but somehow, spring-y bites.

 

What do you get when you cross a muffin with a scone? Scuffins! Big, beautiful crusty scones/muffin hybrids, crisp, pastry outsides with cake-like interiors and a cache of raspberry preserves. Whipping cream makes them high-rising and the cache of raspberries are a nice surprise.

Any tart/sweet plum would do nicely, such as Santa Rose or mini Damson Plums,  in this simple scone, dusted with spiced sugar before baking. You can substitute peach or nectarine for the plums.

Yes, that old chestnut -that recipe that is everywhere and that they tell you you can bake a bit of it each day, ultimately holding the batter for 6 weeks. Ummm, no thank you. The notion of raw eggs handing around has no appeal not to mention, 6 weeks in a cold, wet environment tries the patience of even Clabber Girl's outstanding baking powder. But that stuff notwithstanding, you know –these are rather good.  Bake it the whole batch (double the recipe if you want), and freeze the muffins. These have been respun with a touch of honey and banana chunks. You could even use half peanut butter to replace the oil.

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