March 10, 2012

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Miss made two batches of Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins on Friday, one of which was for our Shabbat breakfast. These are her absolute favorite muffins, well possibly with the exception of chocolate chip muffins, the girl loves chocolate too.

The Recipe: adapted from the Joy of Cooking

2 cups Whole Wheat, freshly ground/hard white wheat
1 tablespoon of Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Real Salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 large, organic, eggs
1 cup of raw cream
2/3 cup organic sugar
5 tablespoons oil - olive, butter or coconut oil
1 teaspoon [make your own] vanilla
1 tablespoon lemon zest, freshly grated from organic lemons
1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Add all the ingredients together in a large bowl, yes...she threw them all in one bowl...and mix thoroughly. Pour the batter into your paper lined muffin tins, fill about half way full, and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. Test muffins with a toothpick for doneness, let cool slightly before removing from the pan. Store in air tight container once completely cooled.

Grinding your own wheat sounds like a lot of extra work, and some days is can be, but think of the alternative... besides fresh ground wheat tastes better, and from what I have studied it is healthier and more economical in the long run. We currently use The Kitchen Mill for daily use, but have a hand mill for those days when the electricity goes out and we still need flour.

Raw cream, or real milk, is something we are very thankful for and I know that not everyone has access to this whole food, and considering the country we live in, to say this is sad is an understatement. But why raw milk? This article explains things pretty clearly. See also: Raw Milk Vs. Pasteurized Milk

{Real} Butter is not a bad fat, it is a good one and we try to make as much as we can with the cream we skim off the top of our milk jars. Often times we have enough butter to use for the whole week, unless I desire the cream for other kitchen use, so go ahead ... eat the butter. Here is a great post on the benefits of eating butter, and other 'good fats'.

When we choose to use the excellent things for our foods, we will delight in the taste of them. When we choose to spend our time wisely, again choosing the excellent things, our lives can be lived full of purpose and joy. As a mother, the joy came as I was watching my daughter create her favorite muffin, and being in 'her time' while in the kitchen.  

~tasting them was pretty joyous too!

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