Baking

Quick chocolate chip muffins

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Tuesday evening, I was talking to a friend an invited her over the next morning for coffee, a good “natter” as she calls it.  Translated, that means coffee & chatting with friends, about anything or everything.  I didn’t give much thought to what little thing I would bake to go with the coffee till later that evening.  There was a honey muffin recipe I wanted to try that I found in an old vintage cookbook.  Yup… I tried it and it was a total flop!

While I was washing up the dishes I was trying to figure out what I could bake with the ingredients I had on had.  The stores were closed by now (yes everything closes by 8 pm during the week).  Even if they were open the temperature was -14 Celsius, I wasn’t too enthusiastic about bundling up and heading out on foot, in the cold in the dark to buy butter and more eggs.

My last-minute solution is always to run to the bakery on the corner first thing in the morning and pick up a delectable treat but of course I had to stay home to wait on a delivery.   Isn’t it always something?

The next morning came, and I still did not have an idea of what I could bake.  I really need to go shopping and replenish a few items in my pantry too.  My mess of recipes had failed me so I headed over to google and typed, muffins, easy, few ingredients and voila!  There it was!  The recipe that I would bake.   Allrecipes has saved my coffee chat!  I only had 2 hours now.  The only ingredients I altered was the last part.  The recipe says to sprinkle a mix of brown sugar and sugar to the top of the muffins.  Since the brown sugar available in Europe is a slightly different consistency than in America, I just stuck with the brown sugar.

The muffins were really moist and delicious.  I nice accompaniment to coffee.  Here is the link to the recipe.

I will definitely be adding this muffin recipe to my recipe box/binder/folder, which ever way I come up with to organize them.

So… we went on to enjoy a good “natter”,  as they say in England.

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Random · Recipes

How do you keep your recipes?

I have been having a bit of a recipe assembling crisis lately and wonder if there a secret formula that works for storing your recipes and being able to actually find them at a moments notice.  I have always kept my written recipes in a box that I purchased many years ago.  It has always worked, kinda….  not only did it contain recipe cards, but it also became a storage place for the tooth fairy’s treasures, rubber bands, paper clips, old shopping lists and the occasional box top.  In fact, the lid would not close all the way and I could never find the recipe I was searching for.  I guess that defeats the sole purpose of the recipe box.

I tried to go the binder route, but never completed it.  I thought that having all my recipes in a binder would be a good idea.  That way when I travel back to the States, I could throw them in my carry-on bag.  I do enjoy cooking in my moms kitchen.  Its I great concept, but it seems a bit bulky.

As I am no longer in the “tooth fairy” season of life it is time to at least clean out my box and change it up to actually assist me in my meal planning.

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to how they store their recipes.  I recently visited pinterest to see if I could find that perfect secret formula for storing my recipes.  There are so many wonderful ideas out there.

As I am still on the fence about which way to go with my recipe storage, I would be only too happy to have some input from you.  How do you store your recipes and does that system work well for you?

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**All images from Pinterest

 

 

cookies · Recipes

White chocolate pecan cookies; truly decadent

010I have discovered a most decadent cookie.  Luxuriously, self-indulgent truly describes it.  I am happy to say that the discovery of adding pecans to this recipe was purely by accident.  This original german recipe called for pine nuts and I have made it true to that before and it is good.  Pine nuts have just been a bit too expensive lately but I really like that cookie.  I looked at the nuts I had on hand and decided to substitute the pecans instead.  I am so glad the pine nuts were too pricey!

Too make a long story short…. let’s get baking!

Here are the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

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pecans, white chocolate, all-purpose flour, sugar, egg, butter, salt, baking soda

First chop the chocolate into small chunks and set aside.

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Next, break or chop up your pecans into smaller pieces.

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Brown slightly in a pan.  Keep stirring them over medium heat because they will burn easily. Then also set aside.

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In a bowl combine your butter and sugar and mix until creamy.

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Then beat in the egg.

Now, combine the flour, salt and baking soda.

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It will become quite a thick consistency.

Stir in with a spoon the pecans and chocolate.

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It should look like this.

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Roll into balls about the size of a teaspoon and a half.  The dough is quite sticky.

Bake in a 300 degree (150 Celsius) pre-heated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden.

Then cool on parchment paper.

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Now the fun part, enjoy!

You can click on this link,  whitechocolate-pecan-cookies to find this recipe in Imperial and Metric measurements.

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