Apple Muffins

Michelle shared an Apple Muffin recipe in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club as apple is abundant and cheap now.

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This Apple Muffin is very moist and it does collapse after being remove from the oven.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple cider or juice
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 medium apples, peel and grate

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Source: Earth to Table

Makes 12 muffins

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Banana Oat Chip Muffins

Michelle also shared another of her favourite muffin recipe, Banana Oat Chip Muffins for the South Arm Baked Goods Sale.

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Mushy, blackened bananas from the freezer are always best for baking. Defrost them on the counter for a few hours ahead of time or microwave them for about a minute before baking.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1/4 cup flaxmeal
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • up to 1 cup chocolate chips

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Source: mintgreenapron.blogspot.com

Makes about 14 to 16 medium-sized muffins

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Crackled Gingersnaps

Another new addition to the South Arm Christmas Craft Fair baked goods sale is Crackled Gingersnaps.

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If you like a thicker, more chewy cookie, leave it in a small ball; you don’t have to press it down with the bottom of a cup.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar for coating

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Makes 18 to 20 cookies

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Best Bran Muffins in South Arm Christmas Craft Fair Today

Today, South Arm Community Center is having it’s annual Christmas Craft Fair from 10am to 4pm. There are over 70 vendors registered for this fair.

As previous few years, the South Arm Older Adults helped to make baked goods for sale at the Christmas Craft Fair. The South Arm Community Center contributed CAD$250 for the ingredients and supplies for the baked good sales. All the proceed will go to the Richmond Food Bank.

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The South Arm Older Adults baked cookies, muffins and brownies for the occasion.

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One of cookies is the popular Chocolate Chip Coconut Oat Cookies which sold out quickly in last year’s event.

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The South Arm Older Adults also baked 3 trays of the ever popular Decadent Brownies. Besides baked goods, there will be sale of sandwiches too. The baked good sale runs from 9am to 3pm or until sold out.

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This year, Michelle added her Best Bran Muffins to the repertoire of the baked goods.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups wheat bran
  • 2 cups buttermilk (or substitute 2 tablespoons vinegar and enough milk to make 2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

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You can substitute the dried fruit with any fruit that you like. If you use frozen berries, toss them with 1 tablespoon flour and add them right at the end so it does not colour the entire muffin.

Source: mintgreenapron.blogspot.com

Makes 24

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Cheesy Garlic Bread

Michelle also shared a Cheesy Garlic Bread to go with the Creamy Kale & Vegetable Soup.

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This recipe is far better for you than the super market garlic bread that is loaded with preservatives and unhealthy fats. You can always substitute half olive oil for half the butter or just do olive oil if you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette or ciabatta, horizontally cut in half
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened or partially melted
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

Optional:

  • 1 to 1.5 cups shredded cheese (any type you like, we used mozarella)

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Source: this recipe is adapted from savourysweetlife.com

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“Any Fruit” Cake Bars

The South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club made a Pear Cake Bars for dessert. This is in line with adding more fruit in our diet idea.

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Michelle served the Pear Cake Bars with a scoop of frozen yogurt.

You can freeze small portions of this treat wrapped well in plastic wrap and foil.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups berries or chopped fruit (rhubarb, apples, peaches, pear, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon or orange zest

Batter

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • icing sugar, if desired

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P/S: the pears are from Michelle’s backyard pear tree

Source: adapted from Guilt-free Sweet Treats

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Cupcakes with Fresh Fruit Icing

Michelle prepared a recipe of Cupcakes with Fresh Fruit Icing for a lesser guilt dessert at the South Arm Cooking Club for Older Adults.

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Michelle used strawberries for the fresh fruit icing. Here are some health benefits of strawberries from Besthealthmag.ca.

  • excellent source of Vitamin C
  • good source of potassium and fiber
  • considered an immunity booster”
  • may promote eye health and help prevent cataracts
  • may also help reduce inflammation in joints
  • helps to regulate blood pressure
  • helps fight bad cholesterol
  • best health dubs strawberry ‘one of the most heart-healthy fruits you can eat’

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup milk

Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups berries (raspberries, strawberries or blackberries), plus extra fruit or crystallized flower petals for garnishing
  • 1 1/2 to 3 cups or more icing sugar

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source: Jamie Oliver.com

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Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

For dessert, Michelle prepared a Cinnamon Sugar Muffins for the South Arm Older Adults Kitchen. She would love to have churros for the Mexican theme but it will be too tedious to prepare in the 2 hours kitchen.

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We baked the muffins in regular muffin tin. You can use mini muffin tins to make little morsel of this. Instead of using paper cup, you’ll have to grease the miniature muffin tin. It will take lesser time to bake the miniature muffins.

For a more luxurious dessert, dip the miniature muffins in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar. Serve warm.

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • melted butter, optional
  • cinnamon sugar

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Source: Taste of Home

12 servings

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Lemon Loaf

We also made a Lemon Loaf in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.

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Due to time and oven constraints, the Lemon Loaf did not finish in time for lunch. Almost all the recipes for this kitchen require to use the oven, except for the salads. Michelle will freeze the loaf for enjoyment in the next kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Syrup
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Ina Garten, foodnetwork.com

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Ricciarelli – Italian Almond Meringue Cookies

To round up the pseudo Italian menu, Michelle shared an Italian Almond Meringue Cookie recipe in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.

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These Ricciarelli are chewy and sweet. If you like it more crispy, add the flour which we omitted.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ground almonds or almond flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 2 tablespoons flour, optional
  • few drops of almond extract
  • icing sugar for dusting

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Source: Michelle

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