Breakfast, Sweet

Marmalade Muffins

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I love orange marmalade.  It is my favorite thing to slather on crunchy toast or a warm scone.  Two years ago, when we visited London, I brought back several jars of marmalade.  Now with the last jar, I thought I would try something different.  So, I decided to use it as a sweetener in my morning oatmeal muffins.   If you enjoy the sweet, bitter taste of orange marmalade, you will most certainly enjoy these.  Oh, did I mention that these are gluten-free too?!

Ingredients:

2 cups of quick-cooking oats

1 cup of almond flour

2 tsp of baking powder

2 eggs

1/2 cup orange marmalade for the batter, another 1/4 cup for the top of the muffins

1/2 cup yogurt

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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Method:

Preheat oven to 350F

In a small bowl, heat the marmalade till it is runny, about 30-45seconds.  You will 1/2 cup fo the marmalade in the batter and reserve the rest to spoon on top of the muffin

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In another larger bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.

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In a large measuring cup, mix in yogurt, milk, vanilla, marmalade and 2 eggs.  Whisk together till everything is fully incorporated.

Mix in the wet and dry ingredients, fold to incorporate.

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Divide the batter into a lined muffin tin, you will have enough batter to make 12 muffins.  I use a 2-inch ice cream scoop to divide the batter evenly.

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Use the remaining 1/4 cup “runny” marmalade (warm in the microwave if it has cooled down) and spoon (about a 1tsp) on to each muffin.

Bake for 20 minutes.

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Cool and store in an air-tight container, in the fridge, for up to a week.  Warm in the microwave before eating.  Enjoy your morning!

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Breakfast, Classics, Quick-breads, Sweet

Hot Cross Buns-no yeast

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This was a Good Friday/Easter tradition for me when I was growing up.  My mother would make them when we lived here in the United States–you can find that recipe here.  When we moved back to India, we would get them from Nahoum’s,  Kolkata’s first Jewish bakery in  Hogg Market, or better known as “New Market.”  This year, amidst the COVID19 crisis, finding yeast was impossible.   After reading a few “no-yeast” recipes, I combined a few different recipes and came up with this.  I was pleasantly surprised with the results!  Please make these buns, this week and here is hoping that next year I will have access to yeast, to make a huge batch and share with loved ones.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus an additional 2-4 tbsp of flour for the kneading process
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder, make sure it’s not expired, or it won’t rise
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Zest of 1 small mandarin orange (any orange will do, the amount of zest should be approximately 1/2tsp)
  • Zest of half of 1 lemon (1/4 tsp of lemon)
  • 1 egg, the egg white goes in the dough, save the yolk for the egg wash
  • 3/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt, not regular yogurt, it will be too sticky
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 3 tablespoon raisins (but really, should you measure raisins? Just add as much as you like, but know that some might fall out of the dough during the kneading process)
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon milk or water

Method:

Preheat oven to 375F.

Place parchment paper or a silpat on a baking sheet. If using parchment paper, spray with oil to avoid sticking.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, spices, zest, raisins and salt and whisk well.

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Add the yogurt, milk, and egg white in a bowl, mix with a fork or whisk until well combined.

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Using the additional flour, lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl, knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 10 to 15 turns (it should not leave dough on your hand when you pull away).

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Divide into 8 equal balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

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Top with egg wash (leftover egg yolk with a few drops of water).

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Bake in the middle rack of the oven for 25 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before icing.

 

 

For the icing,  whisk the powdered sugar with milk, in a bowl, until smooth. Transfer to a small ziplock bag and cut the tip. Ice the tops of the rolls in a cross pattern.

 

 

I was not patient enough to wait as you can see from the pictures, my icing started to melt off when I applied it.  No worries, it still tastes delicious!!!

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Breakfast, Sweet

Baked Oatmeal with Walnuts and Figs

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Oatmeal is good for you.  It can also be really bland and boring.  The store-bought instant packets are also filled with sugar.  So, I resort to baking my oatmeal.  It usually add some combination of fruits (fresh or dried) and/or nuts –but the base is always the same; oatmeal, yogurt, almond milk, honey and eggs.  I bake it in a casserole dish, or in a muffin tin; it really depends on what I am in the mood for.  I found some off-season figs and just had to buy them.  I also had half a bag of walnuts left from baking a walnut cake .  So, this week, my breakfast will consist of oatmeal, walnuts and figs ! I hope you make this recipe and remember, feel free to add any kind of fruit and/or nut that you like.

Ingredients:

3 cups oatmeal

2 eggs

8 oz plain or vanilla Greek yogurt

1.5 cups of almonds milk

a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of vanilla extract (I rarely measure these!!!)

chopped walnuts and figs for the topping

drizzles of honey

Methods:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix eggs, yogurt, almond milk with cinnamon and vanilla

 

Fold in 3 cups of oatmeal

Pour mixture into a greased 7×11″ baking dish.

 

Top with chopped walnuts and figs and press down with your hands

Drizzle with as much honey as you like (maple syrup would be a great alternative)

Bake for 25 mins.

Serve warm!

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Breakfast, Brunch

Gluten-free Blueberry Corn Muffins

  • 1 1/4 cup stone ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (one 6-ounce cup) vanilla yogurt Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • Blueberries (fresh or frozen ones that have been thawed)
  • sugar for sprinkling.
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin. (You can use liners, but I find the muffins can stick to the papers.)
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal,GF  flour, oatbran, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl or a large measuring cup, beat the eggs, yogurt, milk, honey, and  oil and whisk to combine well.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together until just incorporated. Add the zest and mix again.
  6. I like to use my ice cream scoop to fill the 12 muffin cups easily and without mess.
  7. Add  4-6 berries into each cup.
  8. Sprinkle sugar over each cup.
  9. Then bake 12-15 minutes or until the muffins are just cooked through. As all ovens vary, check a few minutes early; they will cook quickly at the high oven temperature and over-baking will create a dry baked good.   
Breakfast, Brunch

Blackberry Almond Breakfast Custard

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Another delicious breakfast recipe ! Perfect warm or cold and a healthy yet decadent looking change from that boring bowl of oatmeal

Ingredients:

1/2 cup liquid eggs

1/2 cup almond milk

1 pint blackberries

2/3 cup of slivered almonds

1/4 cup honey

1Tbsp of coconut sugar

Method:

Blend honey, milk and eggs in a blender

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Spray a 9″pie plate with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the custard

arrange the blackberries all around the plate, so that each slice gets 2-3 berries

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top with almonds and coconut sugar

bake for 40-45mins in 350F oven till the top is golden and the custard has set.

enjoy warm or cold.

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Breakfast, Brunch

Frittata of Ham, Mushrooms and Roasted Red Peppers

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Happy New Year ! With the holidays behind us, I am sure we all trying to eat a little better–however, our fridge is probably still full of leftovers.  Ham and eggs are sure to found in the fridge or positively on sale at the market.  With help a jar of store bought marinated mushrooms and peppers you can whip up this super healthy, speedy meal suitable for breakfast, brunch or lunch.

Ingredients:

16 oz of liquid egg whites

1 jar of marinated mushrooms and roasted red peppers

1 ham steak, cubed

1/2 tbsp of dried parsley

1 tsp of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F

Saute the cubed ham steak in oil till brown in a oven proof skillet

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Add the jar of peppers and mushrooms and sauté till most of the liquid is drained.

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Add the eggs, parsley, salt and pepper and finish the dish by baking in the oven, for 25-30 mins or till the eggs are set.

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Serve hot or room temperature !

 

Breakfast, Brunch

Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Muffin

 

This muffins were created after I finished making the pie recipe (scroll down).  Granted I could just eat my berries with granola and yogurt but since I won’t be home for a few days, I decided to make these muffins and bring these with me for breakfast !

Ingredients:

8oz finely chopped strawberries
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 pint of blueberries
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp melted unsalted butter

Method:

Preheat oven to 325°.

In a blender, puree strawberries until smooth, you should have 1 1/2 cups when done. If you have more, discard the rest.

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.

In a medium bowl, mix eggs, melted butter, vanilla and strawberries. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in remaining berries.

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Pour batter into 12 lined muffin tins and bake at 325° for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes.  Enjoy !

 

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Breakfast

Ham and Egg cups

 

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Hello everyone ! Long time no see ! Well, as all the other PhD students might sympathize with me, I will be qualifying this semester so I have not had a minute to myself.  I also realized that I have not been eating right too ! Lots of saltines, soda and microwave dinners—everything I dislike about being a student and why I started the blog a year ago in the first place !!!! Anyway, I am trying to cook again so the upcoming recipes will be super quick and super simple ! This is what I made for myself Easter morning since I did not have time to celebrate Easter !

You will need:

Ham slices–the thicker rounds cut in half.  You can you deli meat, just use 4 or 6 slices so that you can generously line the ramekins.

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Once the ramekins are lined, crack one egg into the center.

season with pepper and tarragon.  No salt since the ham tends to be salty.

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Place the ramekins  ( I made a batch of 6) in a baking dish and fill with water.

Bake in a 325 preheated for 15-20 min till the egg sets.

Enjoy hot or warm.

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Breakfast, Pastry, Treats

Doughnut Muffins

This is a super quick recipie that you can whip up even on the busiest weekday mornings.  The muffins are buttery, moist and rich and where originally made in a shop in Rockport, Maine.  I got the recipie from “The New Boston Globe Cookbook”.

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 Tbsp ( yes Tbsp) of baking powder

1/2 tsp of salt

1 egg

3/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup sour cream ( I used greek yogurt)

Method:

Preheat oven to 375F

In a bowl whisk together all the dry ingrdients and set aside

In a separate bowl, whick together egg, sugar, buttermilk, oil and yogurt ( or sour cream).

Now, mix the dry and the wet ingredients together with a wooden spoon.

Divide the batter among 12 muffin cups and bake for 20mins.

Sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar on the muffin tops as soon as they come out of the oven.

Cool in the muffin tin for 5 mins and then take them out.

Serve warm with a cup of coffee ! They do tast like doughnuts !!! No more drive through breakfasts !

Breakfast, Treats

Baked Custards

This a take on a microwave pudding my mother would make.  I am lactose intolerant in  weird way.  I can have single slice of pizza and be fine, but slice to would kill me.  Yogurt is ok, only if I a stick a single serving cup ice cream is a sugar bowl of death for me.  However, milk cooked down in custards and puddings never bothered me and once my mother figured that out she would always make this pudding ! It was her super quick way to get me to ‘drink my milk’.  I took the basic recipe and instead of microwaving the mixture I bake it in ramekins and store it in the fridge–it makes breakfast for the week-cold with a drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of fruit preserves is a perfect protein packed breakfast.  This is also a good go to for an after dinner sweet treat.  Enjoy !

Ingredients:

10 eggs

1 cup Almond milk

1/4 cup sugar ( This will not make it sweet, just enough to add a little flavor to the eggs)

A dash vanilla extract and nutmeg

Method:

This is the simplest recipe ever.  Preheat the oven to 350 and wait till the oven is ready.

Get your ramekins ready.  I only own 5 ramekins which is perfect for the 5 days of the week !  Arrange them in a 9×13 baking pan.

Blend all the ingredients thoroughly and immediately transfer to the ramekins, filling them up to the top.

 

Fill the 9×13 pan with warm water, about half way up the ramekins.

Top with some more nutmeg ( or other warm baking spices) and bake for 30 min or till custard set in the center.

Cool and enjoy !