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As per request, here is the recipe for the ever popular banana chocolate chip muffins! 

  •  3 ripe bananas
  • 6 tbsp. melted shortening or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1, 1/2 cups all-purpose baking flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  1. Mash bananas in mixer
  2. Add shortening, sugar and salt 
  3. Mix well  and add egg and vanilla 
  4. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and baking powder 
  5. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture along with walnuts and chocolate chips 
Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Yields 18 muffins. 

 

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The combination of sweet and salty make these a favourite.

Serve them with drinks, soup, salad, ice cream or cake to give them a crunchy addition or pack them up prettily for gifts.

  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Pinch each cayenne and cinnamon
  • 2 cups of no salt whole nuts – pecans, almonds, walnuts etc
  1. In a bowl, mix together maple syrup, sugar, salt, cayenne and cinnamon. Add nuts and stir well to coat evenly.
  2. Spread over parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake in 325 degree F oven (160 degree C) for 8 minutes.  Stir the nuts to make sure they are not sticking to each other and bake for up to 10 minutes more or until golden.  Let cool completely.  Break apart any nuts that are stuck together.

Storage: Store in airtight container for up to 1 week

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Pomegranates are flavourful and nutritious but can be tricky to eat. The most simple (and under-rated!) way to de-seed can be done in three steps…

  1. Roll the pomegranate gently, pressing down on it like you would an orange before you juice it. This loosens the seeds.
  2. Cut the pomegranate in half.
  3. Over a large bowl, hold the half upside-down and tap it with a wooden spoon. The seeds should fall out into the bowl!

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Apple-Cheddar Muffins 

ImageThese muffins are from Williams-Sonoma The Best of the Kitchen Library: Baking book. Lucky me, I woke up to a fresh tray of muffins this morning! 

  • 1 large Golden Delicious apple 
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats 
  • 2 tbsp sugar 
  • 2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 3/4 cup milk 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Cheddar cheese 
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups 
  2. Peel, halve and core the apple. Cut into 1/8 inch dice; set aside. 
  3. In a bowl, stir together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and melted butter until smooth. Stir in the apple and cheese. Add to the combined dry ingredients and stir just until blended. 
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling each cup about three-fourths full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes. 
  6. Let cool in the pan for 3-5 minutes, then remove and enjoy! 

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