Category Archives: breakfast

Dutch, Dutch Baby

Dear Dutch Baby,
How have I lived three decades without you? Your buttery goodness, golden top, and puffy interior bring me delectable satisfaction. You are the result of an improbable union between a crepe and fried dough. Plain, soft, and easy to eat, you are the perfect “mommy and me” breakfast. I fed my child powdered sugar without guilt, while I slathered my slices with homemade blueberry jam.
Let me bask in your image…

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And you are so easy to make!

I adapted from this recipe. There are endless variations. Use one egg, 1/4 cup flour, and 1/4 cup of milk per person eating the pancake. Mix well in a blender or by hand. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place a huge hunk of butter in the center of a skillet. I used 1/4 of a stick. Place the skillet with the butter in the oven. Let it melt while the oven preheats. Pour the batter in and bake 20-25 minutes, until it is golden and puffy, like a popover. Top with powdered sugar or other topping of your choice! Also feel free to add some spices to the dough-I will be adding some cinnamon and sugar to my Dutch Babies in my future.

Till Next Time, oh glorious pancake,
-Spicy P.

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Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin…Muffin

Of all pumpkin delights, pumpkin muffins are truly my favorite. They walk the delicate line between sweet and savory, with all delicious sugariness one expects of a muffin; yet, their resolute brown color and spicy substantialness give me the feeling that I am eating something to squelch my hunger pangs. After I have a pumpkin muffin and some coffee, I feel I can go, like, plow the fields with Pa all day.

And yet, with great pumpkin power comes great pumpkin responsibility. So many pumpkin muffins are lacking-too few spices, leading to a flat, dull flavor. Or too many bells and whistles, leading to a mooshy, smooshy, icing and crumble topping sugar explosion.

This Recipe was suggested to me and upon looking over the ingredient list, I felt sure they would deliver.

Now, baking and I are often a tragic match. I have oppositional defiant disorder when it comes to baking recipes. When I don’t have an ingredient, or enough of an ingredient, I substitute with wild abandon. This often does not go well. Thus, my use of organic baby food pumpkin and canned pumpkin as a substitute for the fresh pumpkin the recipe calls for.

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Wow, love my to be composted pile in the background there. That is some sexy food photography.

But I digress! Back to the muffins!

Also, I had no allspice. So I left it out.
Despite these substitutions, looky here….

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Epic muffin greatness! And they taste as good as they look.

Next time I make them I am going to include the allspice and make this cream cheese icing to drizzle across the top.

One more note: this made enough batter for 12 muffins and a mini loaf pan of pumpkin bread.

I truly believe if Linus had these, the great pumpkin would have landed.

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In Search of the Great Pumpkin…food

In New England, with the advent of autumn, comes the onslaught of all things pumpkin. Candles, cookies, muffins, cakes, and…coffee.

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Due to my current lack of time or motivation to be a domestic goddess, I thought I would share for you my quest for the perfect fall pumpkin product. Particularly since, last fall, that quest drove me to purchase, but never bake, the ingredients for a divine sounding pumpkin cream cheese muffin.
My thirst for this seasonal specialty led me first to the great purveyor of caffiene- Dunkin Donuts. And so, I share with you, an open letter to Dunkin Donuts in which I offer feedback on their pumpkin offerings.
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Dear Dunkin Donuts,
Thank you for offering such a plethora of pumpkin products. It was with an eager palate that I purchased myself a hot pumpkin latte and a pumpkin munchkin.
The latte smelled divine. Unfortunately, upon first gulp, I found myself gagging. It was frighteningly sweet. Shockingly sweet, actually. Moreover, it tasted like a candle. If I wanted to drink a pumpkin harvest candle, I would head over to Yankee Candle, buy one, and imbibe the wax. I have long held, since my days of being tortured by endless brewings of Pumpkin Spice Coffee, that coffee and pumpkin do not belong together. You have proven me correct. Secondly, it was a more like a “spice and extra extra sugar” flavored coffee. I get that pumpkin really doesn’t have much flavor, but whoa, in this latte, it was nowhere to be found.
About the munchkin: inside, was a lovely orange swirl. I am assuming this was to give it more pumpkin flair. Well it was flashy, but it did NOT, in any way, taste like pumpkin. Making things orange does not immediately make them taste like pumpkin. You may have well called it a cantaloupe munchkin.
Still thirsting for pumpkin,
Spicy Pepita