Kitchen Sink Muffins

I have avoided making this kitchen sink muffin recipe for many years. Not because I don’t like muffins, but simply because I found the combination of ingredients rather surprising. These muffins really contain everything but the kitchen sink! Apples, carrots, pineapple, coconut, sunflower seeds, raisins, you name it!

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Maple Raisin Scones

The main reason why I decided to do these scones was because I had almond milk in my fridge, a rare event, and thought it was the perfect opportunity use it for a recipe. I must admit that I had serious doubts about how good this recipe would be. Not because I don’t like scones, I love scones, but I thought the texture of the raisins would be very strange in a fluffy crunchy scone. I am a texture person, after all.

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Banana Walnut Bread

With a lot of time suddenly freed up after being done teaching a lab course, I took the opportunity during the weekend to bake a couple of things. It had been a while! Since I had some very ripe bananas in my fridge that needed to be used, I started with this vegan banana and walnut bread. It was simple to make, but the first time that I tasted it I wasn’t too impressed. I found it a bit too salty and not sweet enough. I thought that it was perhaps because my bananas were beyond saving.

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Apple Cheddar Walnut Scones

This weekend I had the good fortune of remembering that scones are delicious: crunchy on the outside yet moist and tender on the inside. As such, I made these apple cheddar walnut scones and was very pleased with the result! The cheddar cheese called for in this recipe adds a tangy kick that is very pleasing.

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Chocolate Cranberry Sticky Buns

The third and last dessert I made this past weekend were the scrumptious-looking chocolate cranberry buns. As always, I was craving chocolate when I was baking, thus my primary motivation for making these pull-apart sticky buns. Unfortunately, however, what I obtained was not so scrumptious-looking and definitely not pull-apart gooeyness.

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Currant Scones

The second baked goods I made during my baking day were these cute-looking currant scones. I actually did not know exactly what currants were, but I assumed that they were probably a dried fruit of some sort. They are dried red grapes, as it is (probably everyone except me knows that, oh well). I found out when making the white chocolate and pepper scones that I love scones, and the texture of these were similar: a crusty outside and a moist, warm and flaky inside.

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Special Sticky Buns

Like many other desserts from Anna’s cookbook, I had never made “sticky buns” or, as we called it in French, brioches. With anything else that I had never done before, I thought that sticky buns were very complicated to do. It is not so! This recipe was so well-explained that even a novice like me was able to do it.

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Banana Chocolate Bread Pudding

Bread pudding. This is a concept I never really grasped. Why would you want to purposely wet bread and eat it so? In my mind the result would be a soggy and unpleasant mixture. This recipe, however, yielded a dessert that was none of that. Admittedly, I think that I slightly undercooked the bread pudding and as a result it was a bit “wet” still, but I could tell that perfectly cooked it would have tasted even better.

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White Chocolate Black Pepper Scones

Confession time: I have never had a scone! Until recently, I never actually realized that such a thing existed. Since I have come to realize what a scone looks like, however, I have not been enticed to try one. I always wondered: what are they supposed to be? A cake? A cookie? Some type of bread snack? To my inexperienced eyes, scones looked dry and crumbly. How wrong I was!! Today I made the white chocolate and black pepper scones and…. my oh my.

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Old School Blueberry Muffins

Yield: 18 muffins Recipe: 32/200 “Back to Baking”, pp. 211      Along with cheesecake and carrot muffins, blueberry muffins are one of my favorite dessert foods. There are not a lot of things that I prefer over a good, warm out-of-the-oven classic blueberry muffin. If you enjoy blueberry muffins as much as I do,…

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