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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Butternut Squash Muffins

I had 3 butternut squashes in my fridge that I needed to use. I love squash. The Fireman doesn't -- and the kids will eat it sometimes. I cooked 1 for dinner tonight and the other two I cooked an pureed to be used in a couple of recipes.

Tonight I made these really good muffins. I found the recipe at allrecipes.com. They are not too sweet and very moist. They would be good served as a side dish for dinner or for breakfast. I imagine they would also be quite good with chocolate chips in them. I actually didn't want to take the time to peel the squash so I just cut it in half and baked it.

Ingredients

1/2 pound peeled, seeded and cubed butternut squash (I used one whole squash)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin pan.
2.In a medium saucepan with enough water to cover, boil squash 20 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat, drain, and puree in a food processor.

3.In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, white sugar, salt and pumpkin pie spice.

4.In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix together milk, egg and butter. Stir in squash. Fold the squash mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened.

5.Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling cups about 1/2 full. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from muffin pan and cool on a wire rack.

Lime Cookies -- a Spring Time Treat

I have found myself with SEVERAL limes in my fridge. I wanted to find something new and simple to make. I found this recipe at allrecipe.com. I decided to try it because I had all of the ingredients on hand. These are YUMMY!!!

Ingredients

2 teaspoons lime juice
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons lime zest
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup white sugar

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine the 2 teaspoons of lime juice with the milk, let stand for 5 minutes.

2.In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the lime zest and milk mixture. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda, blend into the creamed mixture. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the ungreased cookie sheets.

3.Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges are light brown. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

4.To make the glaze, stir together the remaining lime juice and sugar. Brush onto cooled cookies.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010