the best corn muffins

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I know it’s a bit bold to say that these are the best corn muffins, but in my humble opinion they are. I’ve sampled many corn muffins over the years, and these bad boys are basically what a corn muffin should taste like. They’re moist, a bit sweet and savory and have a nice texture and crunch from the cornmeal. They also brown up perfectly. I mean take a look at the above muffin, it’s nicely browned on the top and the bottom, perfection! Another reason I declare these the best corn muffins is that they’re SO easy to whip up, I mean they are virtually foolproof. They take 10 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook, (25 minutes total) so they’re …

best ever banana bread

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Hey, I’m not claiming this to be the best banana bread ever. Let’s face it, banana bread is banana bread, plain and simple. Paul McCartney gave this title to the bread and I liked it, as reminded me of something a toddler would say, so I kept it.  This banana bread was super moist, and stayed moist before it was all consumed.  I loved that it used some whole grain gluten-free flours instead of the traditional white flour, and my kids loved it even though there were no chocolate chips hidden in it.   Best ever banana bread: recipe from The Meat Free Monday Cookbook 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup superfine sugar 2 large or extra large eggs, at …

whole-grain skillet corn bread

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whole-grain skillet corn bread

Remember when I went crazy over the November issue of Whole Living Magazine?  I made about 4 recipes from that one issue and they were all fantastic.  This corn bread recipe was in it as well, and I couldn’t wait to make it, but I wanted to wait till Santa brought me the cast iron pan I had asked for.  Well, Santa came through and my pan was under the tree Christmas morning wrapped in a big red bow tie.  Thanks Santa. I use my cast iron pan all the time now and recommend picking one up.  They’re a workhorse of a pan and so inexpensive.  This 10″ pan cost $22 and the 12″ costs $28.  I think that is …

Tangerine bundt cake with citrus glaze

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I saw this cake on the most recent cover of Everyday Food Magazine and said to myself, “I just have to make that.”  I was looking for a breakfast cake for Thanksgiving morning and this one fit the bill perfectly because it looked so refreshing and it gave me an excuse to use my bundt pan again. This bundt cake was a bit labor intensive as you have to zest and squeeze about 8 tangerines.  It was well worth it in the end, as we all enjoyed an extra large slice of this on Thanksgiving morning. Note:  It’s best to make this cake a day ahead so that the glaze can set overnight.  Just cover and store the glazed cake at …

Cranberry Orange Bread

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cranberry orange bread

This is my favorite bread to make and give during the Holidays.  Cranberries and oranges always remind me of the Holidays, and when I bake up this bread my house smells like Christmas.  Cranberries and oranges are the perfect combination.  The citrus from the orange compliments the tartness of the cranberries, making each bite the perfect balance of sweet and tart. This bread is moist, full of flavor and a total crowd pleaser.  I love having this bread with a cup of tea as an afternoon snack, or with a slab of butter and some coffee in the morning. cranberry orange bread: recipe from Joy of baking 1 cup cranberries, coarsely chopped 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 …

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bundt Bread

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chocolate chip pumpkin bundt bread

I don’t know about you, but when my kids come home from school, they are HUNGRY! The first words out of their mouths are, “hi mom, what’s for snack?” I get it, they’re growing fast, had lunch a couple of hours ago and so they need some fuel, and they need it NOW!  When Zoe gets home and smells something baking in the oven, she does her leap of joy and yells a big “Yippee!”  It doesn’t get any better than that. Here’s a great fall afternoon snack, or anytime of the year snack.  It almost qualifies as a dessert, because it’s that yummy.  I serve this up for the kids with a tall glass of milk, and after its …