Lemon Poppyseed Muffins ðŸ‹

These muffins are a perfect morning pick me up & are a great to make for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. 

This is my first time making an actual recipe from start to finish. There was a lot of research of the differences between baking powder and baking soda to make sure the muffins didn’t turn out like bricks. In order to make sure they turned out good and give myself something to compare them to, I decided to also make the ones sold in the box. I also made both because at first I couldn’t find poppy seeds, turns out they aren’t located near the flax and chai seeds but rather in the spice section, so I went ahead and got the box as well. 

  

I went ahead and made both and thought it would be fun to do a blind taste test with Kyle, the muffins were compared in three aspects: appearance, taste and overall rating on a scale of 1-10. 

   
   
Muffin 1: (from the box)

Appearance: yellow and “lemony” looking, good density, golden brown

Taste: lemon, crunchy seeds and neither dry nor moist. 

Overall: 7 

Muffin 2: my recipe

Appearance: good, golden & good density

Taste: not as lemony, more vanilla flavor, carmelized crust almost like a shell, more texture and more moist and spongy

Overall: 8.5 (he said 10 if the lemon flavor was more prominent)

Keeping in mind he didn’t know which one was mine, he liked mine better! (Yay)

  

Taking into consideration all his comments I tweaked the recipe again and here are the magical results:

Ingredients:

1 1/3 c. All purpose Flour

1 c. Sugar

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

2 Eggs

1 cup Plain Greek yogurt 

1 box Lemon Pudding Mix

1/4 c. oil

3 tsp. Poppy seeds 

2 Lemons zest

1/2 tsp. Vanilla

1 tsp. Lemon extract

1/2 fresh lemon juice 

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl and wet ingredients in another. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet and scoop into either paper lined or greased muffin tin. 

Bake:

450° for 14-18 minutes. 

  

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Easy as Pie

  Did you get voulentold to bring dessert at your next family or work event? Maybe it was a school bake sale? Or maybe like me you choose to bring the desserts because sweets are your thing.. Well do I have the recipe for you. Apple pie is one of the best most American desserts to serve during the holidays. Well Apple pie just got a whole lot easier. Three simple ingredients-

2 cans Apple pie filling (20 oz)

2 sticks of butter 

1 spice cake mix

So, I lied maybe you need five items 😉

& one crockpot- nothing fancy

Layer the filling then mix then softened but not melted butter on top crank that crockpot up to high and time it for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if your into that kinda thing. Trust me your house will smell amazing and you can’t get an easier homemade dessert. 

 

before & during

 
 

after

 
 

want some scotti??

 

Caramel Pumpkin Bread

  So many fall recipes to try & so very little time. In the spirit of honesty, I got the recipe originally from TASTY’s Facebook page. That being said I have some tweeks I’d recommend. 

The original recipe calls for:

3/4 cup pumpkin purée

1/2 brown sugar

1/2 chopped pecans

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp melted butter (optional)

Pizza dough

Caramel topping
After reading some of the comments I decided to try one of their suggestions to use puff pastry instead of pizza dough so it wouldn’t be so heavy on the stomach. Well that turned out to not be such an awesome idea. It looks delish tastes delish but it wasn’t really in the spirit of pumpkin bread. In all honesty the purée mixture weighed down the puff pastry too much and made it more soggy and didn’t let the pastry puff to its full potential. I tried it a second time however, with pizza dough and it does live much more up to the name of pumpkin caramel bread. I would still suggest using less pumpkin to make it less wet. 

After you combine all the ingredients it’s very easy to whip up and spread on the dough which you can but don’t necessarily have to butter. Cut into rectangles and stack onto each other before putting it in a 8.5 by 4 by 2.5 pan and cook at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Decorate with caramel topping 🙂

Caramel Apples 🍏 & Caramel Mocha Candy Bars

Autumn time means doing autumn like things so of course we had to do some caramel apples. We bought the mix at the grocery store and 6 Granny Smith apples followed the directions and botto-bing botto-boom we had dessert for dayyyss. To spice things up a bit we decided to make apple balls- bite sized caramel apples covered in milk chocolate chips, toffee bits & sometimes even sprinkles. 

To make things easier we used a metal scoop to carved up two of the apples- it made about 14 pops. I wish I had made more of the ball sized because they are so convenience to eat and have a perfect topping to caramel to apple ratio. 

Because there is only two of us it seemed a little outrageous to make all ten of the apples the caramel mix said it could cover so with the left over caramel we mixed in the remaining toppings (toffee and milk chocolate) & coconut on top & poured it over a precooked graham cracker crust and now have homemade candy bars as well. They taste a lot like fudge on crust and delicious, so very delicious.