Friday, May 29, 2015

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

As promised, I've been baking!
The icing is coming but I've done the cupcakes so for now you'll get the recipe for those.
With a small child who requires entertaining, baking these days gets done in stages or not at all. 
I'm only blogging because she's been napping like a champion today. I suspect a growth spurt.

For John's birthday we're doing a 'Ron Swanson' theme (from Parks and Recreation) because they share many likes and dislikes. 
Taking Ron's love of breakfast food I googled some bacon cupcake recipes.
This one does not disappoint.
Recipe from the glorious website Bacon Today

Maple Bacon Cupcakes
(makes about 10 cupcakes)

  • Fry 6 pieces of bacon then mince into small pieces. Set aside about 1 tbsp of bacon grease and allow it to solidify in the fridge.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin.
  • In a bowl, cream together 4 1/2 tbsp butter with 5 tbsp brown sugar. Add in 1 tbsp bacon grease. Add in 1 egg and 4 tbsp maple syrup.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together 1 1/4 cup flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 pinch salt. 
  • Mix half of the flour into wet ingredients, then add 1/4 cup milk and the rest of the flour.  Fold in the minced bacon (about 1/4 cup).
  • Pour into muffin tins (filling about 3/4 full) and bake for about 20 minutes. 

Maple icing recipe coming up soon :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday's Child : 21 Weeks

Guess who made the most of baby's short nap to blog?
This mama.
Read all about it here!
Now we're off to pick up passport photos and cat litter. 
Busy day.

P.S. John's birthday is on Saturday so stay tuned for a savoury cupcake recipe!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday's Child : 19 Weeks

Someone was up at 6 and then took a nice snooze from 7:30-8 so that I could get todays post up!
My first mother's day was wonderful and got me thinking about what being a mother means to me.
Read it here!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Coffee Cake Muffins

This week has been long with my little monkey who can't stay asleep for naps after noon. 
She gets so overtired and fussy and I get irritable and am now completely spent.
I'm very much looking forward to the weekend!
Especially since Sunday is Mothers Day.
I'm hoping for an hour long bubble bath.

Also maybe muffins.
Here's a recipe for some delicious coffee cake muffins you could make for your mom!

This recipe is pretty much word for word the recipe on the Martha Stewart site, only I substituted  raspberry yogurt (full fat. It's tastier) for sour cream (which I didn't have).

  1. Preheat oven to 35o degrees. Prepare streusel topping: In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 tsp salt. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled butter, cut into small pieces until mixture resembles large coarse crumbs; refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Butter and flour a jumbo 12-cup muffin tin (or two 6-cup muffin tins). I used a silicon pan which made removing the muffins without only taking out the tops SO easy. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 3/4 cup flour, 2 tsp baking powder, and 1 tsp baking soda.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup yogurt (I used raspberry), 1 cup granulated sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in 2 eggs, one at a time, until well combined. With mixer on low, beat flour mixture into butter mixture.
  4. Divide half the batter among prepared muffin cups. Top with half the streusel mixture, then remaining batter, and top with streusel. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

    Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tuesday's Child : 18 Weeks

Last week I finally got around to making those coffee cake muffins. 
This week I will post it.

It all depends on the doodle-bug taking some much needed naps....
Read why this week has felt long already here (it has to do with naps and squealing)!