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Laurie Colwin’s Gingerbread

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Recipe Source: Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin, care of Marisa McClellan of Slashfood.com

Directions: (all parenthetical notes belong to Colwin)

1. Cream one stick of sweet butter with 1/2 cup of light or dark brown sugar. Beat until fluffy and add 1/2 cup of molasses.
2. Beat in two eggs.
3. Add 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and one very generous tablespoon of ground ginger (this can be adjusted to taste, but I like it very gingery). Add one teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves and 1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice.
4. Add two teaspoons of lemon brandy. If you don’t have any, use plain vanilla extract. Lemon extract will not do. Then add 1/2 cup of buttermilk (or milk with a little yogurt beaten into it) and turn batter into a buttered tin.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for between twenty and thirty minutes (check after twenty minutes have passed). Test with a broom straw and cool on a rack.

Marisa’s notes:

I used a fairly shallow 9 inch round cake pan and had a mess all over my oven. I think next time, I will use a deeper, square 9 x 9 pan. Also, in my oven, which runs fairly true to temperature, this cake took nearly an hour to bake. I don’t know if that had something to do with my choice in baking vessel, but don’t be discouraged if it takes far longer than her instructions indicate.

Cheesy Bacon Bites

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Recipe Source: Ganet, Hueytown Baptist Church / Hueytown, AL

Ingredients:

1 can flaky buttermilk biscuits
8 oz. cream cheese
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons chopped onions
1 jar real bacon bits
2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Separate each biscuit into 3 layers. Press each layer into bottom of mini-muffin pans. Mix cheeses, bacon bits, milk, and onion; place a small amount on each biscuit. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Bran Muffins

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Recipe Source: Betty Meyer / Delaware, OH

Ingredients:

2 cups boiling water
2 cups raisins
5 teaspoons baking soda

Combine above ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

1 cup margarine or butter (2 sticks or 16 tablespoons)
2 cups sugar
1 quart buttermilk
5 and 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 cup chopped nuts
4 cups all-bran cereal
2 cups 40-percent bran flakes
4 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream sugar and margarine. Combine beaten eggs with buttermilk in a separate container. Mix together flour, cereals, salt and nuts in another bowl. Alternately add dry and wet ingredients to creamed mixture until just moistened. Stir in raisin mixture last. When ready to bake, fill greased muffin tins three-quarters full and bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Yields four dozen muffins.

Tip: For a smaller batch, reduce recipe by half.

Chipper Banana Muffins

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Recipe Source: From Weight Watchers Simply the Best. Recipe by Marsha M. Williams, Boise, Idaho

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup skim buttermilk
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line eighteen 2 3/4 inch muffin cups with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the sugar, applesauce, eggs and oil until frothy. With the mixer at low speed, alternately add the bananas and buttermilk with the flour mixture; stir until just combined (do not overmix). Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Remove from the cups and cool completely on a rack.

Sugar and Spice Muffins

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Recipe Source: Verona / allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 35 Min

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 12 muffin cups.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat together oil, 3/4 cup sugar, egg and milk. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture, just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

While muffins are baking, mix together 3/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. While muffins are still hot, dip tops in melted butter and then in cinnamon sugar mixture.

Classic Bran Muffins

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Recipe Source: Janet Kalman Villada / allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep:20 Min / Cook:20 Min

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

Mix together wheat bran and buttermilk; let stand for 10 minutes.

Beat together oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and add to buttermilk/bran mixture. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Stir flour mixture into buttermilk mixture, until just blended. Fold in raisins and spoon batter into prepared muffin tins.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!

Baked Eggs, Basque-Style

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Recipe Source: Franklin Biggs, Franklin’s Homewood Gourmet / MyFoxAL

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp olive oil
2 onions, diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
1 Tbsp roasted chopped garlic
1 cup ham or cooked sausage, diced
2 cups tomato sauce
to taste: salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, red chili flakes
6 eggs

Directions:

Saute onion and red bell pepper in oil until soft. Add garlic, ham (or sausage) and heat through. Add tomato sauce and season to taste. Simmer 5 minutes. Pour sauce into flat baking dish and smooth flat. Make 6 indentations with a spoon and break an egg in each. Bake at 350F until eggs are done.

Bacon Cheddar Chive Muffins

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Recipe Source: Shelley Albeluhn / allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

6 slices bacon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 teaspoons dried chives
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup condensed cream of mushroom soup

Directions:

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and lightly grease 12 muffin cups or use paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, chives, Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon.

In a separate bowl, combine egg, milk, cream of mushroom soup and vegetable oil. Stir this mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

Breakfast Burritos

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Recipe Source: allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 40 mins

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground pork sausage
12 eggs, beaten
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers, drained
8 (10 inch) flour tortillas
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 cup milk

Directions:

Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings; set sausage aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Add the eggs and green chiles to the skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until eggs are scrambled and set.

Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan. Place the tortillas on a counter top or other clean surface. Cover each tortillas with portions on sausage, cheese and eggs. Roll up the tortillas and place them seam side down in the baking dish.

Heat reserved sausage drippings in the skillet. Sprinkle on the flour and stir. Add milk, stirring constantly, until the gravy begins to thicken. Pour the gravy on top of the tortilla rolls.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until gravy is bubbly.

Orange Chocolate Muffins

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Recipe Source: allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 25 Minutes / Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
4 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, grated
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons margarine, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup buttermilk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin pan, or line with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, semisweet chocolate, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate medium bowl, cream together margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the orange zest, orange juice, and buttermilk. Pour into the flour mixture, and mix just until evenly moist. Spoon batter into muffin cups.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

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