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Preheat oven to 400F

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl:

  • 1 3/4c Cornmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar (optional)

In a separate bowl:

  • Whisk 2 eggs until foamy
  • Whisk in 2 c plain yogurt (I used nonfat)

Stir the dry ingredients in to the wet ingredients and add one finely chopped jalapeño (I included the seeds). You can also mix in a cup of finely grated cheese, but I haven’t tried that version yet.

Line muffin tin with papers, or oil the tin, distribute batter evenly. bake for approximately 17 minutes (until toothpick/knife comes out clean)

These muffins are very fluffy because of the yogurt in the mixture, the jalapeño adds a delicious bite.

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Preheat oven to 400F

Whisk together in a large bowl:

  • 2c flour
  • 1/2c sugar
  • 4tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/4tsp baking powder
  • 1/4tsp powdered ginger

Whisk together in another bowl:

  • 1 lg egg
  • 1c plain yogurt
  • 3 1/2tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1tsp vanilla

Combine contents of both bowls stirring until just mixed

Fold in 1 1/2c blueberries

Line muffin tins with muffin papers, scoop dough in to tin distributing evenly (makes 11 muffins)

Bake for 15 minutes or until knife/toothpick comes out clean.

These are super fluffy and delicious, with a bit of tartness.

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During grad school Thursdays were my designated weekly pajama day. Staying in PJs was my note to the world (and myself) that while I may be working, I would absolutely not leave the house. Lovely PJ days.

Today I declared PJ day for myself, and it’s been rather productive! Over 250 posts read from my google reader (only about 100 to go), dishes washed, fancypants lunch made (Mango-Chicken salad: in a hot pan cooked chicken and mango with cayenne pepper, ginger, and marsala, served over spinach), applied to jobs, RECEIVED A JOB OFFER!!!

I asked to think it over for the evening, but I’ll take it. It’s a level higher than the one I applied for, and I really like the manager I interviewed with. I would start training in on the 27th, which means I have some time to enjoy being unemployed instead of feeling alternately relaxed, guilty, stressed, broke, grumpy, nervous, bored by being unemployed.

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Preheat oven to 350F

Bowl 1:

  • 2 sm. very ripe bananas
  • 3/4 c. lowfat plain yogurt
  • 2 lg. eggs

Bowl 2:

  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Combine both bowls until just mixed
  2. Fill 12 muffin cups
  3. Bake about 35 min

I found these rose fairly well and had a light texture, but they stuck to the muffin papers I used (probably because there wasn’t oil in the recipe). Next time I would try foils, or lightly greasing the muffin tins. I might also use a little bit of vanilla.

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Breakfast

Apple Muffins
Preheat oven to 400F

Grate 1 1/2 c. apples with their juice (I guesstimated and used two Fuji apples)
Stir in 3/4 c. sugar (I used demerara) and 2 large eggs, let sit for 10 minutes

In a separate bowl combine:
1 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda (I didn’t have any, but the muffins still turned out fine)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves (next time I’d add more of these spices, or possibly ginger/nutmeg/etc)

Melt 5 tbsp. butter and add to apple mixture, then fold in the flour mixture, do not overmix!
Distribute batter in muffin tin (line with paper)
Bake for 14-16 minutes (mine were just done at 15 min)

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Cherry Tea Cake

This afternoon I remembered I have two pounds of cherries in my fridge, and decided they’d be perfect in a tea cake. I slowly cooked about a pound of them with a little bit of sugar to make a complementary sauce. SO DANG GOOD.

2 oz butter (1/2 stick), at room temperature
3/4 c. sugar (superfine or caster is best, if you have it)
1 egg, at room temperature
1/2 c. milk
1 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
10 ounces of fruit

Grease a 9″ baking dish (I use either a spring-form pan or this cake pan where the bottom pops out) and preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and beat to combine, then blend in the milk.

Sift over the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just blended (do not over-mix at this stage or your cake will not be fluffy). Fold in fruit if you’re using something like berries, for plums wait until after the batter is transferred to the baking dish.

Transfer batter to baking dish and smooth out top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or about 35 minutes.

Recipe from mimknits. I’ve made a plain cake and spread lemon curd on it, blueberries, melted chocolate (with more chocolate across the top), and now cherries! I love that the base is basic enough to just add whatever is on hand, before the summer is over I definitely want to try peaches.

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Watermelon Cereal

Yum!

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