It is common knowledge by now that I like muffins, and I like to try to make things just a little bit healthier. That is where these chocolate muffins come in. I know you are saying to yourself; “chocolate muffins, healthy? Yeah right!” Just hear me out!
I am late to the #ChocolateParty this month, but I am still here! How could I miss out on an excuse to make something with chocolate? This month the challenge was to pair chocolate with buttermilk. I love baking with buttermilk, it gives a great flavor and leaves everything so tender and moist. Muffins are always a hit here, and my freezer was actually empty of them, so I decided to do a chocolate chip muffin using buttermilk.
Hi everyone! I’m Erin from Texanerin Baking and I’m so excited to be here today! I was thrilled when Erin asked me if I’d like to do a guest post for her while she’s in Japan. Erin has been a huge help to me with all things blogging so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to do something in return.
Ever since Erin left for Japan I have had the “Turning Japanese” song stuck in my head and dancing to it at my desk at work has earned me some really weird looks along the way… But I know for a fact that Erin is going to be having the best time. I was an exchange student in Japan and had the most wonderful time meeting so many kind and generous people and experiencing a culture that balances the past and their deep rooted traditions with all the hype and movement of the future. It’s a place to behold and I know she is going to remember it for years to come. But while she’s away, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite recipes from my site, Country Cleaver.
These Quick Cream Cheese Danishes are every bit as great as the original but you can make them at home in a snap. I adore these danishes because the puff pastry is light and flaky and doesn’t feel weighed down by excessive amounts of butter that store bought danishes have. The cream cheese is the word offender to your waistline in these, but subbing neufatchel cheese will cut the fat and the guilt you might feel. These are perfect for your Saturday morning coffee or well just because.
So Erin, have a great time in Japan. Take it all in and relish it. We can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back!
A quick and easy cheese danish you can make at home in minutes!
1 sheet Puff Pastry dough, thawed
8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 tsp Lemon Zest
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
4 Tbsp Sugar
1 Egg + 2 Tablespoons water, whisked for egg wash
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
On a lightly floured surface roll out thawed puff pastry into a 12×9″ rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise, yielding 2 4-½” strips. Cut those two strips crosswise into thirds, to yield six 4×4 ½” pieces.
With a knife, score ½” border around the edge of each piece of puff pastry. Use a fork to make five or six pricks into the dough within the border of each piece. This will help keep the middle of each piece from rising.
In a bowl, stir together softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest. Spoon about 2-3 tablespoons of mixture into the middle of each piece of dough and spread around evenly, ensuring the mix stays within the borders. Brush evenly with the whisked egg wash.
Bake for 20 minutes, on the middle rack and rotate the baking sheet half way through baking. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
Thanks Megan for being here today!! Can’t wait to see you in May!
Today is Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!! I made muffins, are you surprised? By now, you all know that I am a big fan of muffins. But this month, I have been on a kick to clean out my pantry and freezer before we leave on vacation. The muffins did just that! They used up some bananas in my freezer, and an open bag of chocolate chips. The fact that I now have muffins in my freezer is beside the point.
I am so excited to share this new program with Kraft Foods that I am a part of. Kraft has a new product line out called Kraft Fresh Take. You may have seen it in the cheese case at your grocery store. Kraft Fresh Take is a cheese and seasoned breadcrumb mixture, and it is a busy cooks dream. I was given the Spicy Chipotle Cheddar variety for my challenge.
Red Velvet is all the range come February. It always amazes me what people can come up with to do with red velvet. I am originally from the Mid-West, so red velvet was not something we ever had growing up. I have really only learned about it in the last few years. Doesn’t matter what part of the country you are in, these pancakes would make a great breakfast for tomorrow. Just a little something special for your kids before they head off to school!
It is a new year, it is time for a new muffin recipe. You all know that I am obsessed with muffins, so this should come as no surprise. And because we are nearing the second weekend of the new year, I am going to keep your resolutions going. I made a healthy muffin with oatmeal, no butter or oil, flax meal, and even whole wheat flour. I added some chocolate, because life is just better with chocolate.
Many of you probably know of Jessica from The Novice Chef. To say she is talented seems like an understatement. And her new book Mini Donuts: 100 Bite-Sized Donut Recipes just shows you how right I am. Not only did she come up with all the recipes, but she photographed them too! Every picture is perfect, and droolworthy, and that is no small task.
I had a really hard time picking which recipe to make. I thought maybe having my 7 year old look through the book would help narrow it down, but he wasn’t any better! Between all the chocolate varieties, the various candy versions, fruity ones, and everything in between I was getting hungry! Finally I went with “The Cookie Monster”, because let’s face it; is cookie dough ever wrong?
This was my first time making donuts, and it will definitely not be my last. They were so tender, soft, and just plain cute. Everything is cute in mini form, right? I am used to cake donuts and are tough and dry, which is why I had previously ruled them out. But these were anything but, and I can’t wait to make them again! a Rafflecopter giveaway