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Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

10 Jun

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I’ve been reading back through older posts from Soule Mama, and came upon this recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb muffins. A few of my friends have rhubarb in their gardens, and when one had more than she could handle (it was literally covering her kitchen counter), I knew just what to do with it.

Shhh, don’t tell, but it’s actually the first time I’ve tried rhubarb! I think the name (and the fact that it looks like celery) scared me away, but it’s delicious. Just the right amount of sour and sweet, especially when it’s combined with other fruits. I froze the extra chopped rhubarb, so we’ll be enjoying these muffins for quite a while. They’re perfect for breakfast, or as a snack (especially if you cut them in half and warm them on a skillet with a little bit of butter.

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Soule Mama’s Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

1.5 cups unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp baking soda

1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 stick melted butter
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp grated orange rind (optional, but oh-so-good)

1 cup chopped rhubarb
1 cup sliced strawberries

Mix dry in a large bowl. Mix wet separately. Add wet to dry. Stir in berries and rhubarb. Spoon into greased muffin pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Devour.

The Joy of Baking

7 May

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I’ve always loved to cook, but I haven’t typically been a big baker. I went through a spell where I made my own bread for quite a while (using the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day method), and I did a few more adventurous desserts, but nothing too regular. Now that I’m a mama, I feel like it’s a skill I need to hone a bit more. As a family, we’ve also been trying to be hospitable at least once a week (whether it’s taking someone dinner or having people over). Finally, there are so many measurements that I’m trying to get the hang of over here (hello mL and grams), so the more I use them the better.

These things led me to my new challenge: baking one thing each week. I’m using Pinterest as a springboard, but the goal is to bake one thing (usually dessert) to share with others, every week. The first week, it was Nigella’s Everyday Brownies (oh man were they good) to share with our neighbors and the ladies at my church Bible study. Next, it was Jamie Oliver’s Pizza Dough when we had friends over for dinner, as well as this Snickerdoodle Apple Cobbler (not as heavenly as I’d hoped it would be, but alright nonetheless).

I have been trying to decrease my sugar/carb intake a bit (which is a lot harder to do over here than it ever was in the US), but treats are, well, treats. I figure once a week is decent moderation, provided I’m always sharing it and not devouring whatever I make as soon as it’s out of the oven.

I’m hoping to keep challenging myself as well–meringue¬†nests, a sponge roll, filled cupcakes, etc. I don’t know that I’ll blog all of my projects, but I’d like to share when I can, both for posterity’s sake and so I can keep myself accountable.

Do you have any suggestions for things I should try out? This weekend I made¬†Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Smitten Kitchen, and they were perfect, so I’m thinking maybe some more cookies would be good.

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