Snickerdoodle Angels

Snickerdoodle cupcakes and Snickerdoodle Angels

Snickerdoodle cupcakes and Snickerdoodle Angels

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I remember my Aunt making Angel Cakes for family occasions. Birthdays, Anniversaries or Sunday post-church gatherings she would present a tupperware container full of fluffy vanilla cupcakes, stuffed with jam and cram and finished with powdered sugar. I’ve taken her tradition and my new-found love of snickerdoodles and kind of smashed them together. It occurred to me that cinnamon, apples and bacon is a marriage made in heaven .. et voilà!!  Snickerdoodle Angels 🙂

Orange and Almond Cake

Orange and Almond Cake,

Orange and Almond Cake,

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Variants on this recipe can be found historically all over the mediterranean, Middle East and Northern Africa.  I’ve heard it described as “Moorish”, “Sephardic”, “Persian” or Spanish Orange Cake. Whoever came up with the idea of boiling oranges so that they could be pureed and mixed into sweetened, spiced almond flour was a genius, wherever they came from. The cake is moist, flavourful and packed with nutrition. I like to serve it with a gooey orange syrup and Menya D’Àngels.

Nutty Spiced Banana Muffins

Nutty Spiced Banana Muffins

Nutty Spiced Banana Muffins

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There are always a few lonely bananas that hide at the bottom of the fruit bowl for a day or two longer than it takes to ripen, or a few with skins blotchy enough that even the Fruit Monsters shun them.  These poor forlorn ‘nanas have a delicious destiny as these particular muffins are best made with soft, very ripe fruit. They make a good lunch-box treat, midnight snack or after-school filler-upper. They can just as easily take pride of place on a fancy platter for tea parties. 

Decadent Apple Muffins

Decadent Apple Muffins

Decadent Apple Muffins

One of the unforeseen consequences of moving to the country, and the elder offspring moving away, was that I have had to radically overhaul our menu. Gone are the massive baking days and banquet sized portions. Gone is the pantry full of preserves, sauces and jams. No more trips to the market requiring twelve Sherpa and a mule to get everything home. Three of us just don’t get through it all before it goes bad. Some things I refuse to go without however, and lemon curd is high on that list. So I have come up with some creative ways to use it so it doesn’t go to waste. These tasty morsels could easily pass as chunky cupcakes, especially with the luscious curd-cream filling. (The difference between cupcakes and muffins is textural and mostly in your mind anyway). Whatever you call them, they are as delicious as they are decadent

Orange, Cardamon and Poppyseed Muffins

a plate full of bliss

a plate full of bliss

There are a very few things that I simply can’t grow here .. yet. The tropical gingers, including Cardamon, are high on the list of those that I truly regret not having fresh supplies of. Rich and earthy, it pairs so well with oranges that I am always surprised that it’s left out of these traditional treats. Let me do something about that ..