Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sour Cream Bran Muffins

Sour Cream Bran Muffins
Adapted from Epicurious

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, beaten lightly
1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup oat bran (available at Trader Joes)
1/2 cup flaxseed meal

In a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the butter and the brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, beat in the egg, the sour cream, and the molasses, and stir in the raisins. In a bowl whisk together the flour, the baking soda, the salt, and the bran, add the mixture to the sour cream mixture, and stir the batter until it is just combined. (The batter will be lumpy.) Spoon the batter into 12 well-buttered 1/3-cup muffin tins and bake the muffins in the middle of a preheated 400°F. oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and springy to the touch. Turn the muffins out onto a rack and let them cool.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Aloha Bread

Aloha Bread
Adapted from Loma Linda University Medical Center's Cafeteria

1 c margarine or butter
2 c sugar
4 eggs
1 c mashed bananas
4 c sifted flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt (optional)
1 tsp baking soda
1 15.5 oz can crushed-pineapple
1 c shredded coconut

Cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy; add eggs, mix well. Stir in bananas. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture; mix well. Fold in undrained pineapple, coconut, and nuts. Pour into greased and floured 9"x 5" loaf pans. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until tested for doneness. Remove from pans and cool.


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