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Banana-Pear Muffins

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Aug 17th, 2017

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Banana-Pear Muffins

Makes 12  

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dry ginger or cardamom
  • 2 large very ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk (well-shaken before measuring)
  • 1 ripe pear, unpeeled, diced
  • Turbinado sugar (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners, or grease tin wells well with baking spray.
  2. Whisk flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt and ginger in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash bananas very well. Stir in sugar, oil, egg and vanilla. Stir in buttermilk.
  4. Add liquid mixture into flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, stir until just combined.
  5. Before mixture is fully incorporated, add pear and stir just 3 or 4 more times or until barely combined. Immediately spoon or scoop into prepared tin. Sprinkle each muffin with a little turbinado sugar.
  6. Bake 5 min then reduce heat to 350F and bake another 20 to 25 min, or until tops are golden and a cake tester inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 min then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  7. Make ahead: Freeze cooled muffins in zip-lock bags for up to 4 weeks. Thaw at room temperature.

Recipes by Claire Tansey.

Clairetansey.com

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Caramel popcorn & spicy almonds

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Dec 16th, 2016

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Enjoy the holidays indoors, with your family by preparing these simple and delicious snacks!

Tools and Equipment:

  • Sauce Pot x 2
  • Wooden Spoon x 6
  • Stainless Steel Bowl x 6
  • Wire Piano Whisk x 2
  • Portable Burner x 2
  • Half Size Sheet Pan x 2
  • Wooden Barrels x 2 small size
  • Teflon Sautee Pan x 2

For the popcorn:

Ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • ¼ Teapoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking soda

Method:

  1. Add 2 tbs water to sugar & start caramelizing.
  2. Add butter.
  3. Next, add baking soda. Stir even more vigorously now
  4. Add cooked warm popcorn and stir again

 

For the almonds:

Ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup White sugar
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 ½ Cups Whole Almonds
  • 1 Teaspoon Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil

Method:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread the almonds onto a baking sheet, and toast until the nuts start to turn golden brown and become fragrant, about 10 minutes. Watch the nuts carefully as they bake: they burn quickly.
  2. Stir together the sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper in a mixing bowl; set aside.
  3. Stir together the water, honey, and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the mixture begins to bubble, stir in the toasted almonds until evenly moistened. Pour the almonds into the sugar and spice mixture, and toss until evenly coated. Spread onto baking sheets in a single layer, and cool to room temperature
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Sweetango Apple Dutch Baby

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2016

sweetango apple dutch baby

Ingredients: 

  • 2pc SweeTango Apples cored and divided by 16 (peeled or un-peeled)
  • 1pc Lemon Zest
  • 4pc Large Eggs room temperature
  • 1cup Whole Milk,  room temperature
  • 1cup Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 1tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 2tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2tbsp White Granular Sugar
  • Unsalted Butter as needed
  • Confectioner’s Sugar optional for garnish, as needed

Method:

  1. Position the rack in the center of the oven, preheat convection oven to 425°F (220°C)
  2. Combine flour, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl, whisk to combine
  3. Combine milk, eggs, vanilla and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl, whisk to combine
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients into dry ingredients, whisk to combine, cover and set aside
  5. Heat a large cast iron or heavy-bottom sauté pan over medium-high, add butter
  6. When butter melts and bubbles add apples, top with sugar, tossing occasionally sauté until golden brown
  7. Place cast iron ramekins or sauté pan in the oven to preheat
  8. Carefully remove the ramekins or sauté pan from the oven, add butter to coat the bottom and sides
  9. Arrange apples in the bottom of the ramekins or sauté pan, pour batter over apples
  10. Return to the oven and bake until batter puffs and golden brown at the edges, 10-15 minutes
  11. Transfer the ramekins or sauté pan to a cooling rack, garnish with confectioners’ sugar to finish

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