Blueberry Muffins Protein

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Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

2 eggs

1 cup heavy cream

2 level cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 scoops Isopure Protein Powder (0 carbohydrates)

1 cup blueberries

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream together the butter and sugar.  Add eggs, cream, protein powder, flour, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt.  Mix well.  Stir in the blueberries.

Use a muffin tin lined with 18 cupcake papers.  Fill the cupcake papers with the batter and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.

 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 18.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 89
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6 g 9 %
Saturated Fat 3 g 16 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 40 mg 13 %
Sodium 118 mg 5 %
Potassium 84 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 2 %
Sugars 5 g
Protein 4 g 8 %
Vitamin A 7 %
Vitamin C 6 %
Calcium 6 %
Iron 1 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Hoe Cakes (Paula Deen’s Recipe)

Paula Deen’s Hoe Cake Recipe makes the most delicious hoe cakes you will ever taste!  My husband and I first had these hoe cakes when we visited Paula Deen’s Buffet in Tunica, MS years ago.  The cooks were constantly at the grill cooking up these yummy delights to keep up with all of the guests.  They are great hot off the griddle with soft butter and a little syrup as a side with your lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup self-rising cornmeal

2 eggs

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil (or bacon grease)

Butter, (or oil) for frying and more for spreading

Directions

STEP 1

Mix all ingredients together (except for frying oil and butter for spreading).

STEP 2

Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Drop mixture 3 tablespoons at a time into hot skillet. Brown until crisp; turn and brown on other side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with butter, for spreading. Leftover batter will keep in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

NUTRITION (PER SERVING): 123 calories, 10g fat

 

 

Flat Belly Mini Muffins

Here’s the exact recipe created by the USDA and tested at the University of Maryland

Preheat Oven to 325 degrees F.

Ingredients

1 Cup Safflower Oil

½ Cup Packed Brown Sugar

½ Cup Sugar

½ Cup Egg Beaters or 2 Large Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 ¼ tsp Baking Soda

¼ tsp Salt

½ Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

¼ Cup chopped nuts (Almonds, Walnuts or Pecans)

 

Directions:

Lightly coat two mini muffins pans with cooking spray or use mini muffin liners.

Mix all ingredients together.  Fill each muffin cup with 1 Tbsp batter.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until baked through.

Cool.  To maximize freshness, use doubled storage bags to freeze any muffins you won’t consume within 2 days.

Defrost in wrapping at room temperature overnight.  Makes about 48 mini muffins.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 18 g
Amount Per Serving

Calories

89

Calories from Fat

51
% Daily Value*

Total Fat

5.7g
9%

Saturated Fat

0.7g
4%

Cholesterol

8mg
3%

Sodium

49mg
2%

Potassium

20mg
1%

Total Carbohydrates

8.7g
3%

Sugars

4.5g

Protein

1.1g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
Nutrition Grade D
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Cranberry Carrot Bread

Thanksgiving side dish recipe: Cranberry carrot bread

INGREDIENTS

Nonstick floured baking spray

1¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour (such as King Arthur’s Whole Wheat White Flour)

¾ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup applesauce

¼ cup skim milk

1 large egg

2 egg whites

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups shredded carrots

⅓ cup dried cranberries

⅓ cup pecans, chopped

FOR THE GLAZE

½ cup powdered sugar

3 tablespoons orange juice

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with baking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine the applesauce, milk, egg, egg whites, canola oil and vanilla. Add mixture, carrots, cranberries and pecans to flour mixture and gently combine until just moistened. Do not to over-mix (the batter will be thick). Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Combine the powdered sugar and juice and stir until smooth. Spread the glaze over the top of the bread while it is still warm. Allow the bread to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

Sourdough Waffles with Fried Chicken

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For a great breakfast, brunch or dinner, make these Sourdough Waffles with some Golden Fried Chicken.  There is nothing like good Southern Comfort Food to hit the spot when you  crave something sweet and savory!

Ingredients

Waffles

1 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

8 ounces sourdough starter (Sourdough Starter Recipe is in this blog Bread Section)

3 tablespoons butter, melted

Chicken

Whole Chicken, (3 pounds or less)

1 cup self-rising flour

Milk

2 Eggs beaten

Seasoned Salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder

Vegetable oil for frying

Directions

For the Waffles

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk until well combined.

In separate medium bowl, whisk eggs and milk until combined. Add sourdough starter and whisk until completely blended. Add flour mixture and butter and stir until combined. Depending on thickness of starter, you might need to adjust batter. It should be the consistency of pancake batter. Add flour or milk as needed to reach that consistency.

Cook in waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions.

For the Chicken

Cut chicken into eight pieces.  Rinse pieces in cold water and let them soak in fresh cold milk and egg for at least 30 minutes. Mix thoroughly flour, seasoned salt, pepper and garlic powder to make the fried chicken flour.

Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat (375 in an electric skillet).

Dredge chicken through the breading, coating well on all surfaces. Pat off excess breading and place chicken in hot oil, making sure pieces are not touching each other. When the chicken is browned (approximately 5 minutes), turn pieces over and reduce heat to medium (300). Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Then remove lid, bring heat back to medium high and turn chicken, cooking an additional 5-7 minutes. Let chicken drain on a paper towel before eating.

Serve the chicken with the waffles along with butter and warm maple syrup.

Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding

 

The secret to making Yorkshires (as they are known in the UK)   is to pour well rested, cold batter into slightly smoking hot fat and put immediately back into a really hot oven. It is as simple as that.  Keep in mind that this recipe came from my grandfathers family from Old England and the way it is written is from their time.  I changed to oven temperatures to match our ovens.

Ingredients

4 large fresh measured into a jug

Equal quantity of milk to your measured eggs

Equal quantity of all purpose/plain flour to measured eggs

Pinch of salt

2 tbsp lard, beef dripping or vegetable oil

Directions

Heat the oven to 450°F or the fat may burn.

Pour the eggs and milk into a large mixing bowl and add the pinch of salt. Whisk thoroughly with an electric hand beater or hand whisk. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.

Gradually sieve the same volume of flour (as the eggs) into the milk and egg mixture, again using an electric hand beater or hand-whisk to create a lump free batter resembling thick cream, if there are any lumps pass the batter through a fine sieve.

Leave the batter to rest in the kitchen for a minimum of 30 minutes, longer if possible – up to several hours.

Place a pea-sized piece of lard, dripping or ½ tsp vegetable oil into your chosen York shire pudding tin or a 12-hole muffin tin and heat in the oven until the fat is smoking. Give the batter another good whisk adding 2 tbsp of cold water and fill a third of each section of the tin with batter and return quickly to the oven.

Leave to cook until golden brown approx 20 minutes. Repeat the last step again until all the batter is used up.

Serving Yorkshire Pudding

In Yorkshire serving the pudding is traditionally with gravy as a starter dish followed by the meat and vegetables. More often smaller puddings cooked in muffin tins are served alongside meat and vegetables.

Yorkshire pudding isn’t reserved only for Sunday lunch. A large pudding filled with a meaty stew or chili is a dish in its own right.

Cold left-over Yorkshire Puddings make a lovely snack with a little jam or honey.

Graham Crackers

Graham Crackers

Do you know why graham crackers are called graham crackers? Sylvester Graham, a minister who lived and preached in the first half of the 19th century, carried on a dietary crusade in favor of whole wheat flour, arguing that to separate the bran from the rest of the wheat berry was against the will of God. Thus whole wheat flour, or graham flour — flour milled from the whole wheat berry, rather than just the endosperm. And thus graham crackers — sweet, crisp crackers made from whole wheat flour.

These crackers aren’t as light as the ones you buy in the store. But they’re crunchy and delicious, just the ticket for spreading with peanut butter and enjoy with a cold glass of milk.

Ingredients

1 cup (4 ounces) Whole Wheat Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 cup (4 1/4 ounces) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg
1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) vegetable oil
1/4 cup (3 ounces) honey
2 to 3 tablespoons (1 to 1 1/2 ounces) milk (approx.)
additional milk for glaze
cinnamon-sugar (optional)

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. In a separate bowl, beat egg till light, then add oil, honey and 2 tablespoons milk. Stir into dry ingredients until you have a fairly stiff dough, adding additional milk if necessary. Wrap dough in waxed paper and chill until firm, about 1 hour (or longer, if it’s more convenient).

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently until it holds together. Roll dough out till it’s about 1/16-inch thick; make sure rolling surface is well-floured, or you’ll have trouble transferring crackers to baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 375°F.

Cut dough into 3-inch squares, prick each square several times with a fork, and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Brush the tops with milk, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar if you’re so inclined, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until crackers are lightly browned. Remove crackers from oven, transfer to a wire cooling rack, and cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen graham crackers.

Ice Cream Bread

Ice-Cream-Bread

 

Ingredients

2 cups of softened ice cream, any flavor

1½ cups of self rising flour

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8.5″x4.5″ pan.  In a mixing bowl, mix together the softened ice cream and the self rising flour until combined. Do not over mix, just until combined.

Using a spatula, pour into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top with the spatula.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out relatively clean with just a few crumbs.

Remove from oven and allow bread to rest for about 5 minutes.

Remove from the pan and allow bread to cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.

Enjoy warm or at room temp. Keeps for 2-3 days.

ZUCHINI BREAD MOM’S RECIPE or (Banana Nut Bread)

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This recipe won a nationwide cooking contest.  My mother, Mae Wooton, put this recipe together and it is the best zucchini bread out there.  You can also make banana bread with this recipe; just substitute 3 ripe bananas for the zucchini.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Ingredients

3 large eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups zucchini, shredded (to make this a banana nut bread replace zucchini with 3 ripe bananas)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup walnuts

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

Glaze

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Enough milk for consistency you want

1 tsp vanilla

Directions

Mix first 4 ingredients until blended.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well blended.  Grease and flour 6 mini loaf pans or one large loaf pan.  Bake until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool, then drizzle glaze on top.

Easter Greek Tsoureki

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This traditional Greek Easter bread is terrific for Easter brunch, slathered with butter; and any leftovers make the world’s most outrageous French toast! A nice thing about this recipe is that the work is broken up into two sections. The first day you make and knead the dough in the evening, then pop it into the fridge for a long, slow rise. On the morning of the second day you shape the dough, then let it rise again and bake it. The traditional flavoring for the bread is a spice called “mahlep.” In a pinch you can substitute vanilla, but the mahlep is worth finding. It adds a distinctive cherry/almond, sweet-nutty flavor that’s unlike anything you’ve tried before.

Starter

1 1/2 cups  Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

1 cup lukewarm water

4 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast

Dough

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons Baker’s Special Dry Milk

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon ground mahlep, or the same amount of vanilla extract

3 large eggs — 2 for the dough, 1 to brush over the loaf before baking

Optional Decoration

5 hard-boiled eggs, dyed red

1 tablespoon canola oil, for brushing the hard-boiled eggs

Directions

To make the starter: Mix the starter ingredients in a large bowl. Cover the bowl and let rest at room temperature for 1 hour. The mixture will initially be the consistency of thick pancake batter; after an hour it should be very bubbly, airy, and doubled in size.

While the starter rests, ready the dough. Melt the butter over low heat and set it aside to cool. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour with the sugar, dry milk, salt, and mahlep.

Mix 2 of the eggs into the risen starter. Stir in the cooled melted butter.

If you’re substituting vanilla extract for mahlep, stir it in. Add the flour/sugar mixture and stir until everything is incorporated.

Add the remaining 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups flour 1 cup at a time, as needed to make dough that’s stiff enough to form a ball but is also soft and slightly sticky.

Knead the dough — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — until it springs back when pressed gently with a floured finger. If kneading by hand, try to use only the lightest dusting of flour on the counter and on your hands. The more gently you knead, the less sticky the dough will seem. When done, place the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours, or overnight.

The next morning, remove the dough from the fridge and knead it gently a few times, to deflate it.

Liberally butter a 9″ round cake pan, or line a sheet pan with parchment. Divide the dough into three pieces, and set them aside, covered with lightly greased plastic wrap.

If you’re using the dyed eggs, rub each one with a paper towel dipped in vegetable oil and set them aside. Press the large piece of dough evenly into the prepared pan.

Make three16″ strands with the dough; pinch the ends together at one end. Braid for 4″ to 5″; tuck an egg into the braid. Continue to braid, placing another egg into the braid at 2″ intervals.

Cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap, and let the loaf rise at room temperature for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the top is just barely level with the top edge of the pan. During the last 45 minutes of the rise, preheat your oven to 350°F.

To bake the bread: Lightly beat the remaining egg. Brush it over the loaf. (Alternatively, omit the egg wash if you’d prefer to brush the loaf with honey when it comes out of the oven.) Press the last hard-boiled egg firmly into the center of the risen loaf.

Bake the bread for 20 minutes. Open the oven door, reach in, and carefully press each egg farther down into the bread.

Continue to bake the bread for an additional 40 to 50 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 190°F. Tent the bread with aluminum foil for the last 30 minutes, to prevent over-browning.

Remove the bread from the oven, and turn it out of the pan onto a rack. If desired, heat 1/4 cup honey with 1 tablespoon water until warm, and brush over the loaf. Let the bread cool completely before serving.