Banana Muffins, Lemon Drizzle, Clafoutis, Brownies, and Popovers — Oh, my!

14 Oct

I’m not dead, I promise.  I know it’s been almost a week since I last posted, and that’s not up to my usual standards.  I’ve been wondering if I should go for NaBloPoMo — like I did last year in November — but then I finally got around to looking it up and apparently it is happening in October this year.  Or it happens every month, and isn’t special any more.  Whatever, I seem to have missed it.  So … yeah.  Maybe I’ll do NaNoWriMo this year, like I did a few years ago.  That was fun.  I have a whole two weeks to pretend to myself that there is even the remotest possibility that I will find time to do that. So … yeah.

It’s been a busy week of baking, of reading, of baking, of attending book talks, of baking, of fighting off a flu, of baking, of madly driving the children from one activity to the next, of baking, and of baking.  Oh, and trying to get ready to race in my very first ever 5k.  And … baking.

These mini Banana Muffins made with a Joy of Baking recipe.  I pretty much love every recipe from Joy of Baking.

For this Cherry Clafoutis, the Joy of Baking’s recipe is a good place to start, but I’ve developed my own version of this classic.  No, I won’t tell it to you.

Lemon drizzle.  Zzzzzzzzzzle.  Where from?  You know it: Joy of Baking’s Lemon Frosted Lemon Cake.  Only I add a cupful of white chocolate chunks.  Just because.

Sometimes you just need to go with the box mix.  I have no problem with Betty Crocker brownies, but I do like to add my own thing to spruce them up.  Added in this version:  two tablespoons of instant coffee, walnuts, white chocolate, and a generous dash of cinnamon.

Finally, a dinner-sized serving of cheesy popovers.  Recipe comes from my other joy:  the Joy of Cooking.  I modify the recipe about like this.

(PS – Going to be doing a lot of US-measurement baking in your UK kitchen?  Here, try these conversation charts.)


9 Responses to “Banana Muffins, Lemon Drizzle, Clafoutis, Brownies, and Popovers — Oh, my!”

  1. Zazzy October 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    The cheesy popovers look especially good. I have the Joy of Cooking – perhaps someday I’ll look up the recipe and agonize over whether to make them.

    NaBloPoMo is still November. But they started this stupid monthly thing – which I agree takes away from the November push – a couple years ago. I may do it just to get in the habit of writing more again.

    • Monique October 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      Good to know that the big push is still in November. It was such fun last year — and I met so many new and wonderful bloggers! 😉 — and something to kick myself into higher gear would be helpful. Sigh.

  2. Sarah October 15, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    “No, I won’t tell it to you.”


    • Monique October 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      So not mean. I’ve practically drawn you a map, lol! Anyway, even if I won’t tell you, I’ll *always* feed you.

      • Sarah October 16, 2012 at 9:11 am #

        You’re right! So not mean! You know I heart you with all my heart.

  3. satnavandcider October 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    It all looks so good!

    • Monique October 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      Thanks! None left, so I guess it was ok! 😉

  4. Lisa October 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    Hey these all look amazing! If your ever interested in a blog swap email me! ;0)

  5. Sally October 16, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    Conversion chart useful – think I’ll be using!

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