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Mardi Gras Mambo

King Cake '09It wasn’t until later this afternoon I realized why I’ve been such a crank ass today– tomorrow’s fat tuesday and I haven’t had any king cake yet. So i remedied that this evening by making two reduced fat Apple and Cream Cheese filled King Cakes. I’m sure there is something wrong with making them reduced fat, but it makes me feel better about eating it so it’ll do. I’m sure mine taste better than the two sad ones in the bakery at Giant this evening.

I have this one on the cake pedestal I bought for $10 at the “garage sale” at Suzie’s Bakery this weekend.

Pear Muffins, are you serious?

I don’t usually go gaga over pictures of food; well sometimes I do, but not often. But these Glazed Pear Muffins on the WW website today make me want to skip work and go bake:

Glazed Pear Muffins

2 spray(s) cooking spray
2 large pear(s), ripe, Bosc, with skin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup(s) sugar, granulated
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup(s) sour cream
1 large egg(s), beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
2 cup(s) all-purpose flour, unbleached
1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup(s) powdered sugar
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp water, warm, or more if necessary

Preheat oven to 375ºF and coat a 12-hole muffin tin with cooking spray or muffin liners.

Core and chop pears into tiny cubes; place in a large bowl. Add cinnamon, granulated sugar and lemon juice to pears; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream, egg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and milk; set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

Make a well with a spoon in center of flour mixture and pour in sour cream mixture and fruit mixture, alternating in small batches; mix until barely blended. Do not over beat. (NOTE: Batter will be very thick.)

Drop batter by heaping tablespoons into muffin holes until about 2/3 to 3/4 full; bake until top is golden, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes in muffin tin; remove from tins to racks and cool completely. (Or leave slightly warm to dip into glaze for easier preparation.)

While muffins are cooling, make glaze: Mix powdered sugar, ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and warm water together in a small bowl (add another teaspoon of water if glaze is too thick) . Spread a thin layer of glaze over each muffin. Yields 1 muffin per serving.

Cranberry Banana Muffins

I’ve never actually bought fresh cranberries, but this has been a year of firsts so when the huge bag was calling to me at Sam’s Club this week, I caved. Of course, then comes the challenge; to find things do do with the pounds of cranberries that are now taking up residence in the refrigerator. Since I also left four little bananas to die on the counter this week, I began the search for a cranberry banana muffin recipe for this morning.

After finding several recipes that were pretty high in points, I came across one that used honey and molasses along with the natural sweetness of the ripe bananas. Here is my adaptation along with a lovely picture of the results. The pan is my grandparents so no jokes about the condition; they old up  much better than my five year old Wilton one.

2 Egg beaters — whipped
3 tablespoons Applesauce — at room Temperature
3 tablespoons Honey
3 tablespoons Molasses
3 tablespoons Orange juice — at room Temperature
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup Banana — mashed
1 cup flour — sifted
½ teaspoon Baking powder
½ teaspoon Baking soda
1 cup Cranberries — chopped

Preheat oven at 350. Prepare muffin tins.

In a mixing bowl, combine egg beaters, applesauce, honey, molasses, orange juice, vanilla, and banana. In another mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and cranberries. Use an ice cream scoop to fill prepared tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Yield 12 servings. 2 WW points per muffin.