Sunday, July 8, 2012

Pineapple Not-Upside-Down Muffins #SundaySupper

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:

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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.

The #SundaySupper Group was excited to have the Kids in the Kitchen this week.  They quickly met with their loved ones and inspired each other to come up with these fabulous recipes that we will share with you this week starting at 3 pm EST.

Start your day:
Healthy Snackers:
Main Squeeze:
Sweet Treats:
Brenda is hosting this special event  and we would love for you to join us.  We will be sharing great family recipes all afternoon and want you to share yours with us! Our #SundaySupper live chat will start at 3 pm EST.  Follow us on twitter by using hashtag #Sundaysupper or using Tweetchat.
We love to feature your recipes on our #sundaysupper pinterest board and share them with all our followers.


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39 comments:

  1. These look delish! Audrey can cook for me anytime! Love that you promote our #SundaySupper Mission through Kids in the Kitchen!

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    1. The two go together naturally. We cook as a family and eat as a family as well. #SundaySupper is a great project.

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  2. Such a big little helper! The muffins look yummy!

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    1. They are getting bigger every minute. I remember when Maurene was still in a high chair and Audrey was my only helper. Now I have two!

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  3. Impecable muffins your little ones baked! I like the title

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    1. I love pineapple upside down cake but don't love all the sugar. With this recipe I get all the taste with much less sugar.

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  4. Nice muffin recipe! I like the butterscotch chips to go along with the pineapple flavor.

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    1. It was out answer to the sugar crust usually found on pineapple upside down cake. It works pretty well as a substitute.

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    1. Thanks! They are a handful but so energetic. When they want they can be very helpful.

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  6. She did a great job cracking that egg! That's something I still have a hard time with some days! And these muffins sound amazing!!!

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    1. She has been practicing a long time. We still have shells sometimes but no more than if I cracked the eggs.

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  7. Yum! I love the sound of a pineapple not-so upside down muffin. They look delicious. Happy #SundaySupper!

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    1. Happy #SundaySupper! They were so good they were consumed very quickly.

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  8. "Is it my turn yet?" Love the background commentary - glad you left it in!

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    1. I wanted to remove it but I am not good enough yet. That is my Maurene, always wanting to get into anything. Audrey started in the kitchen at 22 months but Mo at around 13 months. She has been begging for her turn every since!

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  9. Glad to see two such eager kitchen assistants! I'm sure they'll be well on their way to happy lives by the time they're older. And with a muffin recipe in tow. Not a bad thing.

    The muffins look amazing as well. I'm going to have to give these a shot soon.

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    1. I was an adult before I learned to cook well. My girls will have a much better time in the kitchen when they are finally on their own. We are working on some e-books as well so they will have their own cookbooks.

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  10. We LOVE muffins in our house and they, too, were one of the first things I started making with my kids when they were very little. These look delicious--love the combo of pineapple and dried cherries!

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    1. Since I was new to cooking and baking when I first started helping Audrey it took me a while to learn about the ease of muffins. Now they are a go-to dish for everything!

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  11. Oh my gosh she is ADORABLE! Your muffins looks absolutely fantastic and I want one. I love that they aren't upside down - just saying - that gets messy :) Your muffins are all neat and beautiful and I love them!

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    1. I really wanted them to be toddler friendly. The girls were very young when we started on this recipe so I could not have messy muffins.

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  12. You have adorable assistants! And pineapple muffins? YUM!

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    1. Thanks! The pineapple and cherries really are a great combo!

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  13. So cute! My niece recently said she wanted to make pineapple upside down cake...I bet she'd love making these.

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    1. These are so tasty and easy. The real thing is heavenly, in my opinion, but these are pretty good!

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  14. These look tasty and the girls are so cute!!

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    1. Thanks so much! They love to help!

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  15. Pineapple muffins? Are you kidding me? If it wasn't 100 degrees here I'd be making these now!

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    1. It is sort of difficult cooking in this weather but these muffins are worth it! Try first thing in the morning before it heats up.

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  16. Gotta love when you find a base recipe and can do anything imaginable to it and know that it'll be a success. Great idea!

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    1. I had help with the original recipe. Once we figured out how to make it work the rest is easy.

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  17. I love this. I must try doing this. We love pineapple upside down cake so this is a cool twist.

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    1. I have to admit I am as big a fan of this as the girls. It is as simple as it is tasty.

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  18. Your daughter's look like they are having so much fun helping. I cant' wait until my daughter is old enough to help me with cooking. We are going to have so much fun.

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    1. It really is fun when they start helping. Maurene started baking, Audrey with a family favorite salad.

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  19. It's so much fun to see children helping out in the kitchen. Those muffins sound really good. I am a sucker for butterscotch chips!

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    1. So is Maurene! She ate them all out of each of the muffins.

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  20. Honestly, I never tried making pineapple muffins at home or even. You make me wanna make a batch of them now with my nieces. Thanks!!

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