|A warm, tasty muffin.|
When the girls and I started baking we found a basic muffin recipe that is versatile and simple. We worked on it for a long time and finally have it to our liking. From that basic recipe we make many different versions.This version is a family favorite.
Muffins are forgiving and easy for even the youngest helper to assist in creating. Making muffins is also the time when the girls learned basic cooking skills like cracking eggs. Cooking with my girls started as a way to keep them occupied and quickly changed to teaching them basic kitchen skills.
Here is our first attempt at a how-to video:
I hope you forgive my cutting off the recording so early. I will learn for next time. On to the recipe!
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (whole wheat pastry flour is best, but not necessary)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup crushed pineapple
- 1/4 cup or so of butterscotch chips (to your taste)
Mix flours, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. In another medium bowl mix egg, oil, pineapple juice, and brown sugar. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently stir in cherries and pineapple. Place batter in 12 greased muffin tins and sprinkle butterscotch chips on top. I like a few but the girls like to add a lot. To each his own. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until done. Stick a tooth pick in the center of a muffin and if it comes out clean the muffins are ready. Cool in the tin 5-10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack or a plate to cool. Whatever you do, don't leave the finished muffins on the kitchen counter for the two year-old to help herself in the morning for breakfast. All of your butterscotch chips will disappear.
|Waiting for her next task.|
|Filling the tins.|
|Baby bird waiting for her one chip.|
After your helpers are done and the muffins are ready to cook you should reward them for their hard work. Have them open their mouths and drop a butterscotch chip inside. This baby bird act is repeated each time we work with any type of chip.