When I saw these strawberry muffins, I knew that they would be a perfect addition to my tried and true strawberry recipes. They were very tender and minimally sweet- a perfect summer breakfast.
This recipe was adapted from Bake from Scratch, via Cooking with Aunt Juju.com. I incorporated whole wheat flour and modified the topping. The recipe also included a ricotta glaze for the topping which would also be a tasty option (see link above). Nice.
Yield: 16 muffins
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat or white whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp lemon juice or 1 tsp lemon zest
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
2 large eggs
2/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups diced fresh strawberries
turbinado sugar, for topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
Spray 16 regular muffin wells with cooking spray or use liners.
Whisk the flours, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl; set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk the ricotta cheese until smooth.
Add the eggs, milk and lemon zest or juice; whisk until smooth.
Add the oil and vanilla and stir until combined.
Add this mixture to the flour mixture and fold in with a spatula; gently fold in the strawberries.
Divide the batter among the 16 prepared wells, filling about three-fourths full.
Sprinkle the top of the batter in each well with turbinado sugar.
Bake for 15-25 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. (mine were ready in about 17 minutes.)
Cool in the pans for 5 minutes; remove. Finish cooling on the racks.
Yes! Another sourdough recipe- all so good! I love that this recipe combines two of the most popular items to bake during this period of self-isolation- sourdough and banana bread. 🙂
This recipe was adapted from theperfectloaf.com. I incorporated whole wheat flour, added turbinado sugar to the topping, and baked the loaf in a Pullman loaf pan, adjusting the baking time accordingly. I loved that this version included olive oil for moisture and honey for sweetness. Lovely.
We ate it as-is, but the original recipe recommends spreading full-fat Greek yogurt over the top of each slice.
Yield: One standard or Pullman loaf
240g (2 cups) spelt, whole wheat, all-purpose flour, or a mix
3g (1/2 teaspoon) baking soda
3g (1/2 teaspoon) sea salt
125g (1 cup) chopped walnuts or pecans, divided
126g(1/2 cup or 1 stick) butter, at room temperature
100g (1/2 cup lightly packed) brown sugar
125g (3/4 cup, stirred down) sourdough starter
42g (2 tablespoons) raw honey
3 super ripe medium mashed bananas (almost black and mushy)
28g (2 tablespoons) extra virgin olive oil
4g (1 teaspoon) vanilla
zest of 1 lemon, optional
turbinado sugar, for topping, optional
Preheat your oven to 350ºF, preferably on convection.
Coat a 9×5-inch loaf pan or Pullman loaf pan with cooking oil spray.
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a small bowl, mix a handful of chopped walnuts or pecans and a teaspoon or two of turbinado sugar. Set aside to be used as the topping later.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time. While mixing, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add in sourdough starter, honey, mashed bananas, and olive oil.
Add in the vanilla.
Add the flour mixture slowly, pausing to scrape down the sides if necessary.
By hand, fold in the remaining walnuts or pecans and lemon zest.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
Sprinkle on the reserved chopped nuts and sugar.
Bake for 45-50 minutes in a Pullman loaf pan or 55-65 minutes in a standard loaf pan. (It’s better to undercook this than overcook: you want it moist.)
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then gently remove onto a wire rack to thoroughly cool.
Note: This banana bread will stay moist for days after baking, but be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place in an airtight container to prevent moisture loss.
I love making muffins with my sourdough starter discard. Both of these muffins were very wholesome, minimally sweet, and had a wonderful crumb/texture. I incorporated whole wheat flour into both varieties and also sprinkled the top with cinnamon sugar prior to baking. I think that the sweetness on top was an essential addition.
The Oatmeal Raisin Muffin recipe was adapted from Food.com, contributed by Yankiwi. I weighed the ingredients, incorporated whole wheat flour and cinnamon in the batter, and sprinkled the tops with cinnamon sugar prior to baking. I also reduced the baking time for a convection oven.
Sourdough Oatmeal Raisin Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins
90 g (1 cup) rolled oats
1 cup milk (I used whole milk)
113 g (1/2 cup) sourdough starter, unfed
1/3 cup canola oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup raisins
120 g (1 cup) all-purpose flour
57 g (1/2 cup) whole wheat or white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
cinnamon sugar or turbinado sugar, for sprinkling (see Note)
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C), preferably on convection.
In a medium bowl, combine rolled oats and milk. Set aside to soak.
Grease 12 muffin cups; set aside. (I used cooking oil spray.)
Stir sourdough starter, oil, egg and raisins into soaked oats; set aside.
In a large bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and brown sugar.
Add oats mixture. Stir until dry ingredients are just moistened; don’t over mix.
Divide batter among the 12 cups. (I used a cookie scoop.)
Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar or turbinado sugar.
Bake in preheated oven 15 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove promptly from muffin cups.
Can be served hot or cold.
Whole Wheat Sourdough Apple Cinnamon Muffins
The Whole Wheat Sourdough Apple Cinnamon Muffin recipe was adapted from tastykitchen.com, contributed by baking barrister. I weighed the ingredients, added salt, incorporated brown sugar and reduced the total amount of sugar by half, modified the proportions and baking time, and used a Pink Lady apple. They were very moist and tasty.
Yield: 12 muffins
170 g (3/4 cup) sourdough starter, unfed
113 g (1 cup) whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour
50 g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
100 g (1/2 cup) light brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1 T ground cinnamon
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 T (1/4 cup) canola or vegetable oil
1 large apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch chunks (I used a Pink Lady apple)
cinnamon sugar, for sprinkling (see Note)
Preheat your oven to 350F, preferably on convection.
Thoroughly mix the starter, flour, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, egg, vanilla extract, and oil.
Fold in the apple chunks.
Using cooking oil spray, generously grease a muffin tin.
Divide batter among the 12 cups. (I used a cookie scoop.)
Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar or turbinado sugar.
Bake for 17 to 24 minutes, until they pass the toothpick test. Promptly remove from muffin cups.
Serve warm or at room temperature. Let cool completely before storing.
Note: I usually have leftover cinnamon sugar in my kitchen. Proportions vary, but 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon is a nice start. More sugar can be added to taste.
This pie is Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen’s updated Perfect Apple Pie to her “Even More Perfect Apple Pie.” I had to try it because the filling is loaded with an enormous amount of apples. Yum.
She introduced me to a new technique which I was very surprised to have never seen before or thought of myself! She covers the pie with a foil dome to prevent the crust from over-browning. Absolute genius.
This recipe was adapted from Smitten Kitchen.com. The updated pie recipe modifies the baking temperature and cooking time, increases volume of apples (with a link on how to choose pie apples), decreases the thickness of the apple slices, omits the lemon juice and zest, and uses tapioca as the thickener.
The incredible mound of apple filling keeps the finished pie from becoming concave after baking. Beautiful and delicious.
Yield: Serves 8 to 12
For the Filling:
1/2 cup (95 grams) light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
1/4 tsp coarse salt
2 tsp ground cinnnamon
freshly grated nutmeg, to taste, or about 1/4 teaspoon ground
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
4 1/4 to 4 1/2 pounds baking apples (I used a combination of several types of apples)
3 T tapioca flour or starch (I used minute tapioca)
For the Crust:
2 1/2 cups (315 grams) flour
1 T (15 grams) granulated sugar
1 tsp coarse salt
2 sticks (8 ounces, 225 grams tablespoons or 1 cup) unsalted butter, very cold
1 egg, lightly beaten, optional
coarse or raw sugar for sprinkling, optional
vanilla ice cream, optional
Make the Filling:
Combine sugars, salt, and spices in your absolutely largest bowl.
Peel, halve, and core your apples and cut them into thin (scant 1/4-inch) slices, adding them right to the big bowl.
Toss to coat the slices as much as possible. Set aside for 1 to 4 hours at room temperature.
Make the Crust:
Gather your ingredients: Fill a one cup liquid measuring cup with water, and drop in a few ice cubes; set it aside.
In a large, very wide bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt.
Dice two sticks (8 ounces or 1 cup) of very cold unsalted butter into 1/2-inch pieces. (If the butter becomes slightly warm, re-refrigerate until very cold.)
Sprinkle the butter cubes over the flour and begin working them in with a pastry blender, using it to scoop and redistribute the mixture as needed so all parts are worked evenly.
When all of the butter pieces are the size of tiny peas — this won’t take long — stop- even if it looks uneven.
Start by drizzling 1/2 cup (120 ml) of the ice-cold water (but not the cubes, if there are any left!) over the butter and flour mixture. Using a rubber or silicon spatula, gather the dough together.
Add an additional 1/4 cup (60 ml) of cold water to bring it together, one tablespoon as a time. Once you’re pulling large clumps with the spatula, take it out and use your hands to gather the damp clumps together into one mound, kneading them gently together.
Divide the dough in half, and place each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. I like to use the sides to pull in the dough and shape it into a disk.
Let the dough chill in the fridge for one hour, but preferably at least two, before rolling it out. (I make my dough a day in advance.)
Once the dough is chilled and ready to go, roll out the first half on a well-floured counter into a 14-inch circle and transfer it to 9-inch standard (not deep-dish) pie plate.
With scissors or kitchen shears, trim overhang to one inch all around. Refrigerate dish and dough until needed.
For a regular pie lid, roll out the second dough half into the same sized circle, transfer it to a large parchment-lined baking sheet and chill this as well until needed. For a lattice or woven pie lid, you can use the same sized circle, or you can just roll it into a rectangle at least 14″ in one direction, and then as long or wide you can get it in the other. Transfer it to a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill this as well until needed. (I made a 10-piece lattice top.)
Do ahead: Dough will keep in the refrigerator for about a week, and in the freezer longer. If not using it that day, wrap it in additional layers of plastic wrap to protect it from fridge/freezer smells. To defrost your dough, move it to the fridge for one day before using it.
To Make the Pie:
Heat the oven to 400°F, preferably on convection.
Stir tapioca starch into the apple pie filling.
Pour filling into prepared bottom crust and use your hands to pack and heap those softened apples as mounded as you can get them, then add a few more.
Pour any juices that have accumulated carefully over apples; do not leave any behind.
Either place your second pie dough round over the filling or cut it into strips to lattice the top.
Trim the top crust or lattice strips to the edge of the pie dish. Fold the overhang from the lower crust over to form a thick rim, and crimp it together with your fingers or a fork to seal it.
Brush top crust with egg, then sprinkle with sugar if desired. If your top crust is in one piece, cut a few vents in it with a sharp knife.
Place a sheet of parchment paper on the large baking sheet for easier cleanup, then transfer your prepared pie onto it.
Bake for 75 minutes, turning once or twice for even color. If your pie is browning too fast, take a large square of foil, mold it over the back of a large bowl into a convex dome, then use that to cover the pie in the oven for the remaining baking time so it doesn’t brown much further. The pie is done when juices are bubbling visibly through the vents or lattice, or when the internal temperature reads 195°F. A tester inserted into the pie shouldn’t hit any overtly crunchy apple pieces. (I added an additional 10 minutes to the baking time t achieve the 195°F internal temperature.)
To Serve: Cool pie for at least one hour at room temperature before cutting into it. However, your filling will not fully thicken until it has fully cooled, ideally in the fridge for a couple hours. You can rewarm slices as you serve them, if desired. Leftovers keep at room temperature for 2 to 3 days, and in the fridge for 1 week. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
As if my CSA zucchini wasn’t enough, my friend brought me more beautiful zucchini from her garden. I made four loaves of this bread (two batches) with a single zucchini! Amazing.
This recipe was adapted from Smitten Kitchen. I incorporated whole wheat flour. As suggested, I used less sugar and also omitted the add-ins. We ate some, shared some, and froze some for later. This loaf improves with time- perfect to make the night before serving it for breakfast. I imagine it would also be delicious lightly toasted and topped with butter.
Yield: 2 loaves or 24 muffins
3 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sunflower oil (can also used olive oil or another vegetable oil)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (can also used half (or even all) turbinado or half light brown sugar)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp fine sea salt
2 cups grated, packed zucchini, not wrung out (from about 10 oz zucchini)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional
1 to 2 cup dried cranberries, raisins, or chocolate chips (or a combination), optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
Generously grease 2 loaf pans (8×4 or 9×5) with butter and flour or with nonstick spray. Alternatively, grease 24 standard muffin cups or line with paper liners.
Whisk eggs, oil, butter, sugar, and vanilla in the bottom of a large bowl.
Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt over the wet ingredients and whisk them in well.
Stir in zucchini.
Gently stir in flours, mixing only until incorporated.
Fold in any add-ins, if using.
Divide between prepared pans and bake for 55 to 65 minutes for a loaf, 20 to 25 minutes for muffins, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cool for 10 minutes on a rack before inverting and removing from the pans. The loaves can also cool completely in pans.
Store wrapped in foil at room temperature for up to 5 days. Loaves also freeze well.
The New York Times was stalking me with this recipe. I had already cut the recipe out of their Food section and bookmarked it on my computer- on separate occasions. But I also received multiple emails from The NYTimes and Bon Appétit recommending this “wildly popular” recipe. I finally made them for our Super Bowl Sunday dessert. Delicious!
This recipe was adapted from Alison Roman’s cookbook, Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes, via The New York Times. I used Trader Joe’s Cultured Salted Butter from Brittany, France as well as Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chunks. I sprinkled the top of the cookies with Fleur de Sel prior to baking. They were big cookies- quite indulgent and chocolatey.
Yield: 20 to 24 cookies
1cup plus 2 tablespoons/255 grams total (2¼ sticks) salted butter, cold (room temperature if you’re using a handheld mixer), cut into ½-inch pieces (I used 250 grams of room temperature Trader Joe’s Cultured Salted butter from Brittany, France)
½cup/101 grams granulated sugar
¼cup/55 grams light brown sugar
1teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½cups/326 grams all-purpose flour
6ounces/170 gramssemi-sweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped (not too fine; you want chunks, not little shards)
1large egg, beaten
Demerara or Turbinado sugar, for rolling
flaky sea salt, such as Fleur de Sel, for sprinkling
Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or an electric hand mixer, beat the butter, both sugars and vanilla on medium-high till it’s super light and fluffy (3 to 5 minutes for a stand mixer; 6 to 8 for a hand mixer).
Using a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl and, with the mixer on low, slowly add the flour, followed by the chocolate chunks, and mix just to blend. If necessary, knead the dough with your hands to make sure the flour is totally incorporated. At this point, the dough should be smooth and feel like Play-Doh with no pockets of flour.
Divide the dough in half, placing each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic over so that it covers the dough to protect your hands from getting all sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a log shape; rolling it on the counter will help you smooth it out, but don’t worry about getting it perfect. (Don’t be afraid to make them compact. Shortbread is supposed to be dense. That’s part of why it’s so good.) You can also do this using parchment paper, if you prefer, but plastic wrap is easier when it comes to shaping the log. Each half should form a 6-inch log, 2 to 2¼ inches in diameter.
Chill until totally firm, about 2 hours. I positioned the dough logs upright in the refrigerator and chilled them overnight.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
Brush the outside of the logs with the beaten egg and roll them in the Demerara or turbinado sugar (this is for those really delicious, crisp edges).
Using a serrated knife, carefully slice each log into ½-inch-thick rounds (if you hit a chocolate chunk, slowly saw back and forth through the chocolate). If the cookies break or fall apart, just press them back together — the dough is very forgiving.
Place them on the prepared baking sheets about 1 inch apart (they won’t spread much). Sprinkle with flaky salt. Bake until the edges are just beginning to brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
Note: The cookie dough can be made ahead and stored, tightly wrapped in plastic, up to 1 week in the refrigerator, or 1 month in the freezer. Cookies can be baked and stored in plastic wrap or an airtight container for 5 days.
One of our family traditions is to go strawberry picking in June. This year, we were able to pick them at the organic farm that produces our CSA share. The berries were absolutely perfect. The farm also grows many different varieties of berries, so it was fun to pick from different areas of the patch. We kept buying more containers to fill! We went home with eight quarts. 🙂
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times. I adapted the recipe by using an all-butter crust from Martha Stewart. I also used an additional cup of berries in the filling, used a 6-piece lattice crust, and sprinkled the top crust with turbinado sugar prior to baking. I also covered the edge of the pie throughout the baking time to prevent over-browning.
Fresh and fabulous. 🙂
Yield: one 9-inch pie, serves 8 to 10
For the Pate Brisee:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 to 2/3 cup ice water
To Prepare the Crust:
Pulse flour, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor until combined.
Add butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds.
Drizzle 1/3 cup ice water (5 tablespoons) evenly over mixture. Pulse until mixture holds together when pressed between 2 fingers (dough should not be wet or sticky). If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse.
Shape dough into 2 disks, and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (I made the crusts a day in advance.)
For the Filling:
2 ½pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and halved to make 6 to 7 cups
1tablespoon fresh, strained lemon juice
4 T cornstarch
pinch of coarse salt
1tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg, lightly beaten
turbinado sugar, for sprinkling
vanilla ice cream, optional, for serving
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, preferably on convection.
Make the Filling: In a large bowl, toss together the strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and salt. Set aside.
Between layers of plastic wrap or on a lightly floured surface, roll out one dough round to fit a 9-inch pie plate.
Fit the dough in the pie plate and spoon in the filling. Scatter the butter evenly over the top.
Roll out the remaining dough, cut it into 1-inch strips (I cut mine into 6 pieces with a fluted pastry wheel) and weave a lattice top over the filling. Trim and crimp the edges.
Brush the egg over the crust and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
Cover the edge of the crust to prevent over-browning.
Place on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any drips and bake for 15 minutes.
Turn the oven down to 350 degrees. Continue baking until the crust is nicely browned and the filling bubbles thickly, 40-50 minutes.
Place on a rack to cool completely, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day. Cut into wedges and serve, with or without vanilla ice cream, as desired.