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Rhubarb is a favorite food of mine but now it's finding mainstream fans. Blood oranges seem to be the kiwi of the 21st Century. Together, they are a perfect union. This is a new spin on something old but ambrosial: stewed rhubarb of oven compote. Rhubarb marries well with sweet blood oranges (who also do their best to tint the rhubarb a deep rose colour). A touch of brown and white sugar and pomegranate molasses (honey is a fine substitute) make this rustic and sophisticated all at once. Serve over ice-cream, pound cake, with scones, or on with yogurt or Scottish oatmeal for a sweet, tart banquet. I tend to slice two of the blood oranges called for and grind up the last one but just slicing all three is fine.
This is the most flavourful banana muffin I know. It also features huge, umbrella sprawled tops, and is flecked with toasted sweet walnuts throughout. I also sometimes, use part flax seeds and part walnuts. These freeze like a dream and look gourmet but homemade in taste. This makes 18 muffins so feel free to half the recipe.
What I love about these rustic scones is they are they are very pure of taste – there's no chocolate chips, chunks of Snickers, no vanilla extra or hunks of candied ginger - there's just amazing taste and texture from the basic (but choice) ingredients. This is the real deal, old-fashioned baking, with a not-too-sweet, satisfying wholesome taste.
Big, beautiful crusty with both whipping cream and fresh buttermilk makes these scones extra rich and flaky. Then they get drizzled with warm caramel sauce. Incredible! (Save leftover caramel sauce for chocolate cake toppings or for ice-cream, or even on top of yogurt).
This is simply, the best banana muffin I have created since Lawsuit Muffins. The very hot oven insures the most gorgeous hued muffins ever. These feature nice big umbrella caps and a heavenly taste and texture. You can also replace the buttermilk with brewed coffee for a very sultry tasting banana muffin.
I like my muffins rustic no matter what and I see them as carriers for nutrition. So I don’t mind scaling back on fat to make a muffin that is ‘skinnier’ and a storehouse of nutritional goodies. But taste is the first criterion. This muffin has it all! You can try this using Splenda if you want to avoid the sugar. You can can also substitute ½ cup of the white flour for white spelt or kamut flour. It will make for a heavier muffin but benefits from the ancient grains.
I can't stop fiddling with cornbread and this one is over the top delicious. A little sweet milk for flavor, some sour cream and some buttermilk for the extra acid and th extra rise it affords. Stone ground cornmeal is best – the rest is like yellow sawdust. Make this in a graniteware pie pan to authenticate Americana corn bread baking or use a 10 inch cast iron skillet (The Lodge, America's best know cast iron cookware makers offer the best cast iron skillets(a square one is another good choice for cornbread). Nowadays The Lodge cast iron classics come pre-seasoned – for the prettiest cornbread ever, check out www.Lodgemfg.com)
Use barely ripe, fresh peaches make this muffin, which is as delicate as a coffeecake. Each crumb is absolutely sublime! A wonderful way to use August peaches.
Our New York Tester pronounced these ‘fantastic’, cursed them for a temporary weight gain and said she would make them ‘again and again’. What more could you ask for in a summery corn muffin? These are big, bold, corn muffins that are moist and yet have that wonderful texture you get in those mushroom capped café style muffins –dense, sweet, and crumbly all at once. Raisins are really spectacular in these but blueberries or nothing at all (!) is perfect. Corn flour is available from Hodgson Mill or you can sometimes find it in a supermarket. If you don’t have it, use the cornmeal called for and replace the corn flour with all-purpose flour. This recipe is easily mixed up by hand with canola or vegetable oil but melted butter is also fine. The butter extract called for (if you have it) adds a buttery taste the oil, while nicely cholesterol free, cannot provide - just another baker’s trick of the trade.
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I’ve always been skeptical of how just four main things: cream, flour, salt and sugar could possible result in a lofty, crusty and deeply satisfying baking powder biscuits. Surely you need butter to make great biscuits. Nonetheless this recipe, made with a goodly amount of fresh, dairy-fat delicious whipping cream makes astoundingly great biscuits and all you do is stir them. Take note of my special trick to make them one-step more buttery. Tuck an omelette into one of these for a marvellous breakfast sandwich with homemade pedigree.