Jan 26, 2013

Sparkly Love Muffins!

Mama Can Cook and the Kids are Learning Too!

 Muffins...oh Yum!  Who doesn't love a tasty muffin?
Princess Sweetness stepped into the kitchen with a recipe that was created as I looked into the pantry to see what was left after the ravages of 4 weeks of this Mama having the flu.

 I found a piece of math scratch paper left on the counter, post homeschool and scribbled out the recipe for her to follow- coaching her from the sidelines. The recipe came out of my love of creating, a little of this and a little of that and soon something yummy!

Princess Sweetness has much Ethiopian cooking experience, but is still learning a lot of other kitchen skills. It has been 3 years since she arrived on American soil and joined our family, so really her cooking skills are coming along nicely! This year we have put in a little extra time each week, so as to make sure cooking and kitchen skills would be part of our homeschool learning.

I told her we would publish this, if the muffins turned out to be a hit with everyone...

  I grouped the how to in three steps: 
wet ingredients, dry ingredients and last minute touches.

Sparkly Love Muffins-the recipe!

tools needed: 
large bowl
measuring cups and spoons
wooden spoon
fork (optional)
oven set to 350 degrees
rubber spatula
cooking spray  
 wet ingredients:

3 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil 
4 Tbs. softened butter  
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs. pure vanilla extract 

3 mashed up bananas 
(ours were pulled out of the freezer earlier in the day and were very squishy, so it was included in out wet ingredient area.  If yours are not frozen, stir them in at the end of the recipe).

Dry ingredients:

1/2 cup oatmeal
3 cups white flour
 (can use whole wheat, I was out.)
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 Tbs. cinnamon 
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt. 

last minute detail: 
Turbanado sugar to taste
(a crystalized brown sugar)

In a large bowl beat eggs and sugars together until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes)- start on a low mixing speed, then kick it up to full speed ahead!
Add butter one tablespoon at a time, until incorporated.  Slowly stream in oil, beater should be on low speed.   Add the rest of the wet ingredients. Set aside.

Now let's get our dry ingredients together in a nice large bowl.  Mix with a fork to make sure they are well combined.  

Add the dry ingredients in quarters until all is in, careful to not over mix or your muffins will be little heavy muffin bombs.   You can either mix dry into wet with a wooden spoon, or over low speed with your mixer.  

*now would be the time to add your mashed bananas if you are not using up frozen ones.

Prepare a 12 serving muffin tin with cooking spray.  Add batter to top of the cups.  Generously sprinkle the turbinado sugar on the top of each muffin. 

 Bake for 17-20 minutes until golden and sparkly.  Set muffin tin on wire rack to cook for 5 minutes.  Release muffins from tin and allow to cool on wire racks. 

 Eat and say, 
"Those are some awesome
 Sparkly Love Muffins!"

The head chef! 
Princess Sweetness loves herself some sugar, 
so these Sparkly Love Muffins were sugared up, 
ready for those you love.

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mom said...

They sound delicious, Kimmie! We will try them someday soon :-)

Tammy ~@~

Adina said...

Yay! and Yum!

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