|Yogurt/Mixed Berries Muffins|
When I was tidying the shelves in the dining room, I went through a binder of recipes I had copied or cut from magazines, tossing those that I don't think I will make. These days, I am more likely to look for recipes online, but, this binder still contains a few recipes that I want to try. One of the recipes I had was for muffins using yogurt to replace eggs and oil. I still have most of the huge container of yogurt I received in one of my grocery orders, earlier this month - I had ordered a 32 oz. container, but, I received a 64 oz. container, instead! That's a lot of yogurt for one person to eat (my daughter doesn't like yogurt)! Today, I tried that muffin recipe and both my daughter and I agreed that the muffins were delicious.
The recipe called for 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2/3 cup plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt (I used full fat yogurt as that's what I had), 2/3 cup skim milk (again, I used whole milk), and 1/2 cup blueberries or grated apples (if desired; I added frozen mixed berries). Combine the dry ingredients, gently stir in the yogurt and milk (and fruit - recipe omitted that step!), fill greased or paper lined muffin cups 3/4 full, bake at 400F for 18 minutes or until well browned. Makes 12 muffins (I made 11 because my muffin tin has only 11 cups; the 12th cup broke off). I sprinkled the tops of the muffins with a little sugar before baking them. The muffins turned out really well and as I said, my daughter, who doesn't like yogurt, said they tasted delicious. I will keep this recipe and make these muffins, again. Next time, I might reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup, especially if I am sprinkling some on the top.
I also have a recipe for a loaf cake using yogurt, that I want to try, but the muffins take less time to bake!
Apart from baking muffins, it has been a fairly relaxed day. It was sunny with a high of 68F, a bit windy at times. I did two loads of laundry, watered some of the plants in the front garden with water I had collected from the shower while waiting for the hot water to run, helped my daughter set up the small charcoal grill she had bought for me as one of her Christmas gifts to me (the one I plan to use as an alternative cooking source if I don't have access to natural gas or electricity; I have a big grill, as well, but, the smaller one is more convenient). did a bit of paperwork, and chatted with my aunt. I also froze some of the chicken curry and the cashew curry for daughter to take back with her.
The clinic called and rescheduled my Friday's appointment to next week Friday, because the medication for my bone density injection has not been received yet. It gets shipped from a lab in another state and they've been having some severe weather, which might be the cause for the delay. I was fine with the appointment being rescheduled, but, I do need to start the car and let the engine run a bit, since I won't be driving to downtown and back, tomorrow.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to try out a new muffin recipe and having it turn out well
- Working appliances
- Chatting with family and friends
- Relaxed days
- Sunny and warmer days
Today's joyful activity was baking muffins.
Plans for Friday include starting the car, cleaning the bathroom, and tending to the garden with M.
What are your plans for Friday? Have you tried baking muffins or cakes with yogurt replacing some or all of the eggs and oil? Is it something you might try?