Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cherry Muffins

My blogging friend and author of children's books, Beth, from Of Muses and Meringues recently shared this King Arthur recipe for muffins. John and I love muffins of all types so I couldn't wait to whip up a batch, especially since I had a can of cherries in my pantry that needed using.
Beth recommends fresh or frozen cherries but the canned cherries worked well too.
Oh, I made them a bit lighter by substituting unsweetened applesauce for half of the butter :)
Cherry Muffins

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups cherries, pitted, coarsely chopped, and drained (either fresh or frozen)
1 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted
1 tsp almond extract
granulated sugar for sprinkling

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.

Combine dry ingredients and add them to butter/sugar mixture alternately with milk. Stir in almond extract, then gently fold in almonds and cherries.

Spoon muffin batter into 12 muffin cups (either greased or lined with paper liners). Cups will be quite full. Sprinkle each muffin with a little granulated sugar. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes, or until muffins test done.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sweet and Sour Sauce

A very easy but tasty and pungent sauce goes well on pork tenderloin and chops.

It isn't the type of sauce you would stir your meat into but rather one that is best spooned on as a condiment.

Since this recipe doesn't use cornstarch as a thickener, it take about thirty minutes to reduce to desired consistency. Begin when you put your meat into the oven.
Sweet and Sour Sauce
recipe easily halved or doubled

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water (you can substitute pineapple juice for the water, if desired)

Whisk all ingredients together in a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

Any of the following can be added and heated through at the end of the simmering time.

Sliced bell pepper
well drained pineapple chunks
sauteed sugar snap peas
drained water chestnuts
Maraschino cherries
sliced mushrooms
diced or thinly sliced carrots
sliced onions


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