Thursday before Easter is the day when, in Sweden, the witches fly off to “Blåkulla”. You can see small versions of them walking from door to door tonight, dressed with aprons, a head scarf and with freckles painted all over their cheeks. They will give you a hand painted little Easter greeting and hopefully they will get some Easter candy as a thank you. It’s a very cute tradition, and I love the trading spirit (Easter greeting – candy). I thought for today I will not give you a new recipe, but instead make a few suggestions from all the recipes we already have here at Lieselathome – what would fit for the Easter holiday? Read on for some of my favorite sweets and treats!
The perfect grain free chocolate muffin with a texture very similar to a normal old school muffin with plain flour. Possible? Yes, by coincidence I made up the recipe and it was a hit!
This was a Sunday morning recipe. I wanted to treat the family to something special for breakfast on our last Sunday before the schools started again after the holiday. The muffins turned out lovely and we ate the remaining ones on a walk in the nice weather – like a picnic. Now I need to buy more of those freeze dried strawberries so I can make them again!
Recently I have discovered how useful a hand held mixer is. These days I use mine for almost all baking and when my old one suddenly died – I bought a new one the very next day. This recipe can be done without a hand held mixer, but if you have one – use it!
A few days ago I baked lemon muffins for the opening of a Pilates studio here in Luxembourg. As the incredible fragrance of sweet lemon filled my kitchen, I got thinking… How could I improve these? A few days later – here’s an amazing recipe for lemon cranberry muffins. The step certainly wasn’t big! But the cranberries does make the muffins just a little bit extra special. And they look very cute with the red dot!
After a nice sunny week of holiday the kids were back to school today again. I thought I should make a treat for them to bring as snack to make it a little nicer for them. A quick check in the fridge – I found zucchini and lemons. OK I thought – that could work! And it did! Great combination in fact!
For some time now my son has told me that my normal chocolate muffins – good as they are – always tend to be a bit dry. OK – he is obviously spoiled, living in this house! But to be honest, he is right. So I have been trying to make a new recipe giving them more moistness – and after a few trials this one is a winner! We let a carrot add moisture and an orange give extra taste. Try it! You will be delighted!
When combining ingredients to new recipes, I like to think of three things: taste, color and texture. In this recipe I think all three really stands out and the result is lovely, soft sweet muffins. You can easily turn them into cupcakes as well if you have a few extra minutes.
The new year has come and I’m sure most of you are thinking of all the ways you are going to be better this year. Nothing bad in that, as long as we strive for better and not perfect. A short workout is better than no workout, and a grain free home baked muffin is way better for you than any stuff you can buy at the bakery! Try this one for example!
I have no idea how this happened! I walked into the kitchen one morning (admittedly still a bit tired) with a clear idea of the Coffee and Chocolate cake that I wanted to make. And somehow I ended up making strawberry muffins! Not even close – but never mind. These are great! The Coffee and Chocolate cake will have to happen another day.