I wish..."Looking back on when I was a little nappy headed boy. Then my only worry, was for Christmas what would be my toy. Even though we sometimes would not get a thing, we were happy with the joy the day would bring. I wish those days would come back once more. Why did those days ever have to go - 'cause I love em' so." _Stevie Wonder
Hey all, it's been awhile since my last blog but I'm back just in time for the holidays. I bring you seasons of great tidings and joy and a few small treats for you to try during this most festive occasion. Sweet potato Corn MuffinsFor the filling:
2 large yams (sweet potatoes) peeled - medium diced
1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons (unsalted) butter - melted
1 pinch (Kosher) salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 medium eggs (beaten)Step 1:
In a large pot boil the diced sweet potatoes until done - fork tender. Let cool and place in a large mixing bowl.Step 2:
Add all other ingredients and mix well with electric beaters or mixer. Set aside until ready for use.
For the muffins, follow the box directions of your favorite corn muffin recipe (I use Jiffy without shame) which requires 1 egg and 1/3 cup of milk (whole) for every box. For this recipe you will need three boxes (3 for $.99) Yeah, you know what I'm talking about;)
After the muffin batter is made, combine with the sweet potato filling. Bake in muffin tins, yeilds about 18 muffins.
P.S. If you want to be more festive, add some whole cranberries to the batter.
Make some Honey Butter
by adding 2 parts softened butter to 1 part honey and whip well with an electric beater until light and sweet.
If you really want to get old fashioned try this Scripture Cake
Christian or Atheist, this is good eating:)
3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (1 Kings 4:22
2 teaspoons baking powder (Amos 4:5)
pinch of salt (Leviticus 2:13)
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon(1 Kings 10:2)
1 teaspoon ground allspice (1 Kings 10:2)
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (1 Kings 10:2)
1/2 teaspoons ground cloves (1 Kings 10:2)
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (Judges 5:25)
2 cups granulated sugar (Jeremiah 6:20)
6 tablespoons honey (Exodus 16:31)
6 eggs, room temperature (Isaiah 10:14)
1 cup milk (Judges 4:19)
2 cups seedless raisins (Samuel 30:12)
2 cups dried Figs coarsely chopped (Nahum 3:12)
2 cups sliced almonds (Numbers 17:8)
Confectioners sugar and cocoa powder for dustingStep 1:
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-by-13 inch pan with vegetable cooking spray and dust with flour.Step 2:
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cloves.Step 3:
In another bowl combine the butter, granulated sugar and honey. Using an electric beater, whip together until well blended (about 1 minute on medium high speed) Add the eggs one at a time beating well with each addition before adding the next, While still beating, gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk until well mixed.
Step 4: Using a rubber spatula fold in the figs, almonds and raisins.
Step 5: Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake on the middle baking rack until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean - about 45-50 minutes. Cool comepletely and dust with cocoa powder and confectioners sugar
"Let the church say amen! This cake is good ALL THE TIME! And all the time THIS CAKE IS GOOD!"
Let me know what you think...
From Chef E, that other jolly big man!!!