Baking · Breakfast · Secret Recipe Club · Side Dish

Money, Money, Money

Honey Muffins

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Bonus SRC post!  Not only is today Lead Day it is also the 5th Monday of the month which means a bonus themed Secret Recipe Club post.  This month is all about spring recipes, which is much needed given that winter does not want to leave.  To me spring is about early berries, greens, and flowers – and insane amounts of rain!  When I saw Emily of Life on Food‘s Honey Muffin post I knew I had my perfect spring recipe.  If not for bees there would be no spring so hello, honey!  For the honey, I used some Killer Bee Honey from The Bee Folks which I pick up on a yearly basis at the MD Ren Faire.  I normally walk out with Killer Bee Honey (sticks) and something fun because I have a true honey issue.

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After you’ve enjoyed your muffin I suggest using any extra honey to top off some kosher pickles for a real sweet/sour treat.  Or you can just make another batch of muffins – no wrong answer!!!  While not a “spring” recipe I also have to mention Emily’s Bailey’s Milkshake because boozy milkshakes are my thing and I’m looking forward to having one sometime soonish.

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Baking · International Incident Party

Falling on my Head

Honey Apple Cobbler

International Incident Party time!  This is one of those months that really flew by, to the point that I’m typing this while my cobbler finishes baking.  Between the birthdays, the hurricanes, the flooding, and the allergies time just kept slipping by.   Luckily cobbler is one of those recipes that come together in no time, especially when I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use apples.  Apples are everywhere in Virginia this time of year and every year I wind up with at least 15lbs of the crisp delicious fruits.  While i was able to go apple picking the past few years, that has not happened this year, so I had to rely on the local market to get my Virginia apples.  This year I switched things up and got Cortland Apples, instead of my normal super tart Pink Ladies.  So far I have tested two new apple recipes and hopefully have enough apples to do two more.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Cortland apples, quartered and then halved
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey (blueberry!)
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • dash salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Combine the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, honey, cloves, and butter in a large casserole dish.  Bake for 10minutes.
  3. In a large bowl mix the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Cut in the softened butter .  Spoon the mixture over the cooked apples.  Bake for 30minutes, or until sauce is bubbling and the topping has browned.

Nothing like a delicious dessert that comes together in well under an hour, and also smells incredible.  This cobbler really highlights the essence of fall, nothing like the smell of cinnamon apples to know that fall really has arrived.

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Home Cooking

Like a Bridge

Certain kitchen devices have always made me a little nervous, items such as: potato ricers, meat tenderizors, certain types of graters/mandolines and bread machines. Most of them are because I am a klutz, I am really good at hurting myself by doing stupid stuff…like not letting go of the cheese and trying to grate my knuckles instead. Bread Machines on the other hand, well I have this fear of forgetting about it and either waking up to a fiery inferno or coming home from work to a pit of ash. I understand that this is not a rational fear but then again I’m the girl that is terrified of going over bridges so rational fears aren’t really my thing. However I love bread and Joe loves bread and the delicious fresh bread at Wegmans just doesn’t fit in the budget so I bit the bullet a few months ago and got a bread machine. There have been a few mistakes, like not adding water…or yeast…but for the most part I’m rocking it out. This being me I then decided I needed to experiment with recipes and make something totally mine own. Since I had apples from the local farm, and some apple cider as well, I decided to mess around with those ingredients in an attempt to make an Apple Cider Bread. To add to things I also decided I needed to use the Killer Bee Honey I picked up at the MD Ren Fest the other week. I have now made this bread four times, and three of those attempts were edible! This is the final recipe and it was only tested in my Panasonic Bread Machine so I can’t be 100% sure how this will translate to other machines.

Ingredients
– 1 1/4 tsp yeast
– 3 cups 2tbsp all-purpose flour
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1/4 cup white sugar
– 2tbsp butter/margarine
– 1 1/4tbsp dry milk
– 1 1/2 tbsp honey
– 1 cup apple, finely diced
– 1/2 cup apple cider
– 1/2 cup water
In my machine this makes one medium loaf on the basic setting.  I tend to turn the crust setting to low, but that’s a personal preference so feel free to crank that up!