Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Morning Aromas

Every once in a while, I daydream of the day when I will wake up on a weekend to the distinctive aromas of goodies baking in the kitchen... but alas, until hubby decides to dabble in the kitchen, it looks like I have to create those wafting seductive aromas fully alert in my pyjamas!
Hole in One!
Nothing beats the aromas of muffins baking in the oven interlaced with the fresh smells of good coffee as it drips and collects in the coffee-maker. Recently, I tried Bill Granger's Blueberry and Bran Muffins from his book, Bills Sydney Food.
  • What attracted me to this recipe in the first place was the addition of bran cereal to the muffin mix as I will try anything that will help get a little more fibre into hubby's system.
  • To balance the potential dryness from the bran cereal and flour mixture (consisting 1/2 cup bran cereal, 3 cups plain flour, 2 tsps baking powder and 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon), the recipe provides the addition of an entire grated apple, two mashed bananas and a whole punnet of blueberries, resulting in a muffin with a slightly more dense texture than the usual light muffins.
  • And since we're almost halfway up the path of a healthy muffin, we might as well go all the way - this recipe does not call for butter and the fat content is replaced with the use of 1/2 cup of vegetable oil (I used a light-flavoured olive oil), whisked together with 1/3 cup of milk and 3 eggs.
  • Finally, instead of sugar, a slightly caramelized honey and butter mixture (I used slightly more than half a cup of honey with a heaped tablespoon of butter - caramelize honey with butter in saucepan for 5 minutes or more) is added as the final step to this muffin mix, before spooning batter into muffin cups, topping with a strawberry half for color, and baking in a preheated oven (180C) for 25 minutes or so.
1 for U, 1 for ME, and the last?
A muffin which will hopefully not add too much guilt-laden calories in the morning and yet allow me to fill the home with inviting baking smells as I pull up a chair with my cup of coffee and the weekend papers!

11 Comments:

Blogger Brilynn said...

I love your muffin wrappers, where did you get them?

8/23/2006 04:49:00 AM  
Anonymous evan said...

this is so pretty cath! i've got the same napkins from ikea too :p

8/24/2006 12:55:00 AM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

@brilynn, you can try Phoon Huat's (the baking specialists) - I got the muffin cups at one of their branches in Hougang Central.

@evan, IKEA does have lovely napkins, doesn't it?

8/24/2006 01:06:00 AM  
Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

1 for U, 1 for ME, and the last ?

for me ? *wishful thinking*

8/24/2006 06:12:00 PM  
Anonymous evan said...

mike, cath definitely made more than 3 :p

yup cath, IKEA does hv nice napkins and they're rather cheap too, only $3.90. i must have like 5-6 designs at home LOL. any idea where else i can get other nice looking ones, be it paper or cloths? they make such great accompaniment to taking photos =)

8/24/2006 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Tanna said...

That looks really terrific.

8/24/2006 09:11:00 PM  
Anonymous slurp! said...

fabulous muffins! great for teatime too. prefer them with butter or even corn oil over olive oil hehehehe ...

8/25/2006 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous bea at La tartine gourmande said...

I have the same dream as you! ;-) And like you, if I do not do it, it does not happen ;-) Lovely adorabel muffins!

8/25/2006 11:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Nindi said...

Hi Cath..I was just wondering if you know of a good place to find bakeware in Singapore? thankssss

8/25/2006 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous evan said...

hi cath, just to let u know i've moved to blogspot. i havent been able to access blogdrive for quite sometime already n its driving me crazy! i think blogger will be more stable and i managed to do up my layout exactly the way it is. when i'm able to access my blogdrive acct, i'll make an official note that i've moved & transfer everything over. so pls change yr link accordingly. im at :

http://bossacafez.blogspot.com

see ya around =)

8/27/2006 06:06:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

@mike - yeah, evan is right, I did make more than 3 but all have been happily consumed!!

@evan, other than IKEA, how about Cold Storage, Jason's, party assessories shops (like the one in Holland Village)? Got your message about Blogspot - but see my latest post and my latest frustrations :-(

@tanna, thanks :-)

@slurp, butter is good but olive oil is lighter (at least I think so)

@bea, hahaha, it's nice to daydream every once in a while, who knows it might come true one fine day!

@nindi, you can try Phoon Huat's, the homeware sections in Tang's Dept Store or Takashimaya, and there's this huge cookware shop called Sia Huat along Temple Street in Chinatown which is quite well-stocked.. a cook's haven!

8/27/2006 11:39:00 PM  

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