Best Bran Muffins

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen started off with a sweet recipe first.


This high fiber Best Bran Muffin is freezer friendly.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups ground wheat bran
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons oil (or coconut oil, melted)
  • 1 cup raisins


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Chocolate Beet Muffins

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made some muffins with beets too.


The beets gave this Chocolate Beet Muffin a reddish hue.


  • 2 medium sized beets cooked and pureed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk or milk
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


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Mandarin Loaf Cake

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a Mandarin Loaf Cake for dessert to end our meal.



  • 3 Mandarins
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup to 1 1/2 cup flour (depending on how juicy is the Mandarins)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 Mandarin


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Zucchini, Oat and Dark Chocolate Chips Cookies

The South Arm Community Kitchen rounded up the meal with some healthy cookies.


We made this Zucchini, Oat Cookies in two batches, one with chocolate chips and another with raisins. This is a healthy breakfast cookie and great for snack too.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (we used half all-purpose and half whole wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (1 medium)
  • 1 1/3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (we used walnut)
  • 1 2/3 cups (10oz pkg) chocolate chips or raisins


Source: this recipe is adapted from Neslte @ Very Best Baking

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4 Ingredients Banana and Peanut Cookies

The South Arm Community Kitchen made a very simple cookie with just 4 ingredients.


You can substitute the dried papaya with dried pineapple, raisin or any dried fruit or even chocolate chips.


  • 2 large or 3 small over ripe bananas
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons peanut butter (depends on how ripe the bananas are)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit or chocolate chips


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Yield: 18 to 20 cookies.

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Easy Morning Glory Muffins

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made some easy and tasty muffins that are a glorious way to start any day.


These Easy Morning Glory Muffins combine the great taste and chewy texture of carrots with the wonderful flavours of apple, raisins, coconut, walnuts and cinnamon.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 apple – peeled, cored and shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


This recipe yields 12 very large muffins. These muffins freeze well.

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Simple Scones

This is a recipe from the South Arm Community Kitchen which I missed. I was away on vacation.


It is a recipe for Simple Scones. Photo credit to Hong Cui.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or dried currants)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in the butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.
  4. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together).
  5. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7 to 8 inch circle about 3/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles (we cut into small round dough); place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

In the same kitchen, the South Arm Community Kitchen also made a Might Grain Salad and Edamame Dip which I had blogged before.


Mighty Grain Salad

Edamame Dip

Edamame Dip

Cranberry Rum Cake

Agnes demonstrated a second cake recipe after the snack break.


The second cake is a Cranberry Rum Cake.


The Cranberry Rum Cake was also light and fluffy and the rum flavour was quite pronounced.


  • 140 grams rum soaked cranberry
  • — > make this by blanching 120 gram dried cranberries in boiling water and drain
  • — > soak the blanched cranberries in 120ml rum overnight
  • — > measure 140g out of the rum soaked cranberries
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50 grams granulated sugar
  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • 85 ml warm milk
  • 40 ml honey
  • 85 grams cake flour (or 68 grams all-purpose flour + 17 grams cornstarch)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 egg whites
  • 50 grams granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (we omitted this)
  • powder sugar for dusting


Agnes prepared the rum soaked cranberries ahead of time as it requires to be soaked overnight.

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Sesame Chiffon Cake

The praise dance group from RCEFC had a cake demo session during the spring break.


Agnes is kindly enough to open her house for the cake demo. She brought the above Sesame Chiffon Cake to one of the praise dance for sharing for the after dance snack break. It was a great hit and everyone was asking her how to make it. So, she decided to do a demo during the spring break.


The Sesame Chiffon Cake was light and fluffy and the sesame flavour came through.


Egg White

  • 6 egg whites
  • 60 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Egg Yolk

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 30 grams granulated sugar
  • 64 grams all purpose flour + 16 grams cornstarch or 80 grams cake flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 25 grams ground black sesame
  • 50 grams vegetable oil
  • 80 ml milk


Source: this recipe is adapted from

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Greek Yogurt Cake

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen ended the Greek theme meal with a Greek Yogurt Cake.


The Greek Yogurt Cake is moist and a great dessert to end a meal.


  • 1 cup any flavour yogurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • powdered sugar for dusting


Source: this recipe is adapted from AnItalian in my Kitchen

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