Archive | October, 2010

Muffins.

19 Oct

Hello, world,

I made muffins over the weekend. We had family coming to visit, and I wanted some ‘finger food’ to go with the coffee and tea and chatting. I chose apple muffins (front) because beautiful apples are everywhere to be had at the moment, and carrot hazelnut muffins (back) because I had a craving for them.
So here we go.

Carrot muffins (makes 12):

3.5 ounces carrots, finely grated (roughly half a cup)
4 ounces soft butter (roughly 9 tbsps.)
1/3 cup sugar
vanilla to taste
2 eggs
2 tsps. baking powder
1/3 cup ground hazelnuts
1/3 cup flour

In a bowl, combine butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Beat until the sugar has dissolved and you have a fluffy cream. In a sencond bowl, mix flour, nuts, and baking powder. Fold the dry mixture into the wet, adding the carrots.
Distribute evenly into your cupcake pan and bake for about 20 mins. at 400°F. Let cool before serving.

Apple muffins (makes 12):

1 cup flour
3 tsps. baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
vanilla to taste
2 eggs
2 apples, roughly grated
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil

In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sugar, and vanilla. In a second bowl, whisk eggs, milk, and oil. Combine both mixtures, add the apples, and mix thoroughly.
Distribute evenly into your cupcake pan and bake for about 20 mins. at 400°F. Let cool before serving.

There! Obviously these are nothing special, and next time I’ll hopefully have the energy to make some cream cheese frosting to go with the carrot muffins, and add some cinnamon to the apple muffin batter, but on the whole, I was happy with these muffins. So was the family. Good times.

xoxo, F.

Fall.

15 Oct

Fall has arrived in my little corner of the world. My favorite part of the year.
Cold air, fogs, rain, wind… bring it on!
You should, however, have a new hat to wear.

You should also have plenty of time for taking walks, drinking hot cocoa, picking rose hips, taking naps, baking apple muffins, and collecting colored leaves, all of which I’ll totally be doing this weekend.

xoxo, F.

Good times.

8 Oct

Enjoy your weekend!
xoxo, F.

Image via Oh No They Didn’t! (Thank you, Internet, you’re awesome.)

Apple Tarte for Dummies and Other Stuff Which Is Great

5 Oct

Hello there,

please consider making the following dessert when you’re up for one:

It is: store bought puff pastry (you can make your own, if you’re awesome), sprinkled with grated marzipan (again, feel free to make your own), covered with apple slices, and dusted with brown sugar, then baked. Serve with ice cream, of course! Dude… this is so good. I’m not even posting this because I did such an awesome job making that ‘tarte’, but because it honestly is so easy and rewarding.

In unrelated news, I have developed an addiction to capers:

I put them on EVERYTHING these days, for example on my cream cheese w/ tomato sandwich. I dunno, though; why do capers taste good? They are basically salty and sour, right? They shouldn’t taste so good, they should taste awful, but they don’t. So much for philosophical questions today.

Lastly, I am probably the last person on planet earth to discover this, but I came up with a how-to-finally-really-use-up-that-jar-of-Nutella-and-not-have-leftovers-in-it-that-no-knife-can-reach: fill it with hot milk, shake, and voilà: hot chocolate.

Allright, then: goodbye for now!
xoxo, F.