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Double Chocolate Zucchini Cakes

4 Sep

Today is the first day I have the house to myself in two months.  The kids started school this morning and everyone was a little emotional.  The kids were excited and nervous and I had the end of summer melancholy that goes with sending the little ones off on the bus and returning to an empty and quiet house.

More than anything it’s the silence that I always have to get used to.  I’ve been used to hearing footsteps up and down stairs, kid’s conversations and giggles, lego being poured onto the floor and doors being opened and closed.  And now….nothing.

So to fill this empty and quiet house I decided to make some muffins for the kids to celebrate their first day back at school.  Just the sound of the mixer running and the oven on was enough to make me feel a little less alone this morning.

These little cakes (or muffins…I’m not sure what they would be classified as) are really delicious and moist.  And FULL of vegetables.  Seriously, there are 2 cups of grated zucchini in them!  The zucchini gives them a rich, dense consistency and leaves absolutely no zucchini taste at all.  I’m curious as to whether my kids will notice the little green bits that you can see every now and then in the cakes.  Continue reading for recipe.

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Applesauce Spice Muffins

16 Nov

Is it just me or does this photo of  my muffins have a radioactive green tinge to it?  Yikes. This past week-end I made some very delicious Apple Spice Muffins for the family.  It’s an easy recipe and the muffins are so moist and tasty.  My kids ate about 4 each before I realised what was going on.  Not a lot of dinner was eaten that evening.    Here’s the recipe if you want to give them a try as well.  I found it on http://www.food.com. I didn’t use the spice topping but I’m sure it would be really nice with it as well.

The Absolute Best Applesauce Spice Muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder(heaping)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon(can use more or less)
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (can use more)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped nuts

SPICE TOPPING

  • 6 -7 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Set oven to 350°F.
  2. Set oven rack to second-lowest position.
  3. Butter 12 muffin tins or line with paper liners.
  4. For muffins: in a small bowl mix together first 7 dry ingredients.
  5. In another large bowl whisk together eggs and brown sugar until well combined.
  6. Add in melted butter whisking continuously until mixture is creamy.
  7. Stir in applesauce.
  8. Fold in flour mixture until JUST combined.
  9. Stir in nuts.
  10. Divide the batter evenly between muffin tins.
  11. To make the topping: stir together all ingredients then sprinkle over tops of muffin batter.
  12. Bake for about 20-22 minutes, or until muffins test done.
  13. Cool in pan for 5 minutes then remove to a rack to cool.
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