Friday, February 23, 2007
The silver lining: At least I am not sick. Everyone else is, but I maintain a modicum of health. I made muffins this morning to cheer all my sickies up, and it worked. Until they were gone. The kids and the husband are all grumpy again because of the lack of ability to breathe without coughing. I am grumpy- out of sympathy I guess.
The muffins are a favorite at our house and I am sure they will be at your too! They are the first muffins with a crumbly top that had a bottom as tasty as the buttery crumbles.
Delicious Pineapple Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour muffin pans, or line with paper liners.
In a large bowl, stir together 2 cups flour, white sugar, baking powder and salt. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour in the reserved juice, egg, milk, and 1/4 cup melted butter. Mix just until blended.
In a separate bowl, stir together the cinnamon, brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, and 1/4 cup melted butter to make the topping.
Spoon batter into muffin cups, then spoon crushed pineapple over the batter and sprinkle with the cinnamon topping.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the crown of the muffin comes out clean.
And yesterday, in a desperate effort to ward off the germs, I made homemade chicken noodle soup. THe noodles are old fashioned eggs ones, just like grandma used to make. I learned how to make them from my great grandma, to whom I will be forever grateful.
I just take three eggs and whisk in some salt and pepper, then add enough flour to make a dough. need a few minutes, roll out and cut into strips.
Later, I add them to chicken stock, shredded chicken, and toss in enough onions to scare a preschool class of onion haters, and enough garlic to kill ever vampire in history. Throw in some carrots and celery and you have a yummy chicken noodle soup, far superior to Campbell's. The onions and garlic, besides the number they do on vampires and children, also seem to frighten away germ monsters. Except yesterday. Yesterday the germ monsters won.