Sunday, June 10, 2012

Back and Baking!

After climbing the Great Wall of China
Yes, this Young Idealistic Baker has returned from a long hiatus… much longer than intended. My apologies.

Since my last post in early May, I have traveled to 5 very new and exciting countries, packed up all my belongings to move yet again to a new apartment — this time for a full year — and then proceeded to move loads and loads of heavy things up two flights of stairs to make this apartment a place to call home.

Somewhere between battling jet lag, returning to my fast-paced work environment and moving to my new home, I did find time to bake… once. Twice if you count the first failed attempt… but I don’t.

Last weekend, as I was first beginning to move things into my new digs, I thought it would be fun to make a batch of treats so my new roommate and I would have something to reward ourselves with after carrying all our belongings up so many stairs.

However, after a week of work, I was too tired to bake. After a day of moving things, I was too tired to bake. Anxious to avoid starting a trend, I set out to bake some mini muffins last Sunday, and man was that a good idea!

I know I said I failed with my first batch — I attempted to make some gluten-free banana muffins that decided not to rise or set in the oven. As the edges were beginning to burn, the innards would just not cook, and I ended up pulling a batch of doughy mildly banana-flavored blobs out of the oven. With batch number 2, I tried a somewhat less ambitious approach, but one that was still every bit as delicious and rewarding!

I whipped up a bunch of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins made with Greek yogurt — adapted from a recipe I found while killing time at the airport. Delicious, simple, light and fluffy — these muffins REALLY hit the spot and made a splash at the office!

Apologies again (but not really) — I forgot to photograph these muffins until I spent the night at my friend’s apartment with a container of gifts at hand, but no camera. Instagram to the rescue! I snapped this picture with my phone:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins (recipe adapted from Zestuous)

Makes 30-40 mini muffins
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 ounces fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups flou
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • Cream together the butter, peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs and yogurt and mix until combined
  • Slowly add flour and baking soda, mixing until incorporated
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Scoop into prepared mini muffin pan
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes until tops just begin to brown

To make up for my long hiatus, I promise to bake and share delicious recipes in the upcoming months — there will be:
  • Chinese-inspired desserts
  • Southeast Asian-inspired desserts (Thai, Cambodian, and Laotian)
  • Homemade versions and adaptations of some of my favorite cookies and treats
  • Plenty of recipes incorporating fresh fruits and farmers' market favorites
  • More fun stuff as it occurs to me!
Til then, thanks for your patience and happy baking!

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