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Does anyone else make muffins with dinner? Or is it just me?
I know muffins are typically a "breakfast" thing or even a "snack" thing, but I love a good muffin with my dinner sometimes.
I have had a recipe for Brown Sugar Muffins for awhile. They were good, but they weren't outstanding. And if I'm going to eat a muffin, I really want it to be worth it, you know?
So I went in search of ideas to improve this muffin recipe, and after making a few small but important changes, I made a muffin that is light, fluffy, and sweet (but not too sweet).
The addition of browned butter and an extra egg just gives it a richness that my recipe was lacking before. I also used buttermilk instead of my usual plain milk.
These muffins were absolutely delicious right out of the oven. They are definitely best served warm!
Here's the recipe: (thanks to A House in Holland for the suggestions!)
Browned Butter Brown Sugar Muffins
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups flour (I used all-purpose)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. In a small sauce pan, brown the butter, letting it cook over low heat for 5-7 minutes. Butter should turn a golden brown color and have a slightly nutty taste/smell. Remove from cooktop and let cool for at least five minutes before using.
3. Meanwhile, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set off to the side.
4. In the bowl of a mixer, combine brown sugar and eggs. Beat until light and fluffy. Add browned sugar and vanilla.
5. Add half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix by hand until combined. Add the buttermilk and mix. Then add the rest of the flour mixture and mix until just combined, without any dry ingredients showing.
6. Divide batter evenly into 12 lined muffin cups. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out cleanly. Serve and enjoy!
July 16, 2014
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Now that I had the perfect setting for my card it was time for my creativity to kick in. I am most likely going to use this for an upcoming wedding, so I cut out some cute little birds on my Silhouette, used crafting wire for a nest, stamps for my words and a button brad to pull it all together!
Now for a review of the stencil. I love how sturdy the Cutting Edge Stencils are. Even this one was very easy to work with. I didn't find myself slipping and making mistakes, even when I was trying multiple color combinations. I was, however, surprised at the size of the stencil. My card is your standard 4x6 size, and the stencil is obviously much larger. I could only use a portion of the stencil for the card. If you're interested in using their card stencils, they have two sizes, card and page. I think I was sent the page size instead of the card size, so be sure to pick accordingly. Still, I made it work and love the results!
You can see the entire collection of card stencils here, and be sure to check out everything they have to offer! I've been wanting to brave my textured walls and try another wall stencil again!
July 11, 2014
LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stealth Shell in Pursuit
LEGO Star Wars Jedi Interceptor
LEGO Creator Treehouse
LEGO Super Heroes Artic Batman vs. Mr. Freeze, Aquaman on Ice
July 8, 2014
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Labels: crafty friends
July 3, 2014
Try this patriotic wreath with necklaces from the dollar store!