Sunday, October 2, 2011

So I Needed a Quick Recipe for Eggless Muffins.

Tomorrow we have an old/new doctor coming.  Old because he was at our hospital before...New because now he's working there full time so we won't be sharing doctors with 3 other hospitals...

So, as a "Welcome to Saints" gesture my supervisor and I discussed bagels and fruit.  And coffee.  He is a coffee freak, much like me only he consumes way more than I do.  And he is a vegetarian, so that limited what we were bringing.

I had been thinking about this fact (the food issue) off and on all weekend.  Not enough to actually DO something about it, but still it was in my brain, bubbling to my attention once in a while, but I would swat it back down and cuddle the puppy.  Or take a two hour nap.  Or spend three hours getting groceries.  For the record, other than several gallons of milk I had not bought one grocery item in 15 days.  We were a little low on a few things...

And completely out of some things like conditioner, soap, lotion, and deodorant for myself.  So, considering I didn't want to be a smelly frizzy haired person (more so than usual, that is) I decided to drag myself to Walmart and Crest on Saturday evening.  I had not planned enough to coupon like normal, so there are no tales of glory for me to share with you today.

Anyhoo, back to subject matter:  I was helping at children's choir Sunday evening, and my supervisor sent me a text that she was going to Panera to buy bagels and should she buy a fruit tray...Well, my sixth sense of frugality jumped to the fore and I texted her right back that I would make blueberry muffins (I had bought a big batch of fresh blueberries from the reduced for quick sale bin) and she could bring some fruit...

Then I got home and remembered the whole vegetarian thing.  I texted to ask about eggs.  I knew he drank milk and ate cheese, but was uncertain of the egg status.  Of course he doesn't eat eggs.  And while I was tempted to say "Oops, sorry you made a bad decision to not eat meat, even though you wear leather shoes" I decided that was not the nicest decision.  So I googled "eggless muffin recipes" and "how to substitute for eggs in baking."   I perused several recipes, and settled on the two I'm about to share, with some alterations.  I am giving you the altered recipe of course. 

I think they are both going to turn out well.  They are lovely in their pans.  I was a tad concerned that the muffins call for no salt, but the batter tasted great, so I hope the muffins do too!

Eggless Blueberry Muffins
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour ( I’ve been trying to use more whole wheat flour so I use 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup regular)
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 2 tsp. more
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 Tbs. melted butter
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Heat oven to 350. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Combine flour, sugar and baking powder in a medium-size bowl. Stir in milk by hand and melted butter. Fold in blueberries. Fill each cup 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Eggless Blueberry Coffee Cake

  • All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
  • Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/8 tsp
  • Unsalted Butter - 3 tbsp
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup
  • Mashed Ripe Banana - 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla Extract - 3/4 tsp
  • Milk 2% - 1/2 cup
  • Vinegar - 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh Blueberries - 1/2 cup
  • Brown Sugar - 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
  • Pecans - 1/4 cup

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a square pan.
2. In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients... flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a small bowl combine the topping ingredients... brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans.
4. If you do not have buttermilk on hand, then combine the milk and vinegar and set aside for 5 minutes.  This is a substitute for buttermilk.
5. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until well blended.
6. Add the bananas and vanilla extract and blend.
7. Add the dry ingredients and milk to the butter/sugar mixture in 3 parts, starting with the dry and ending with the dry.  DO NOT OVERMIX!
8. Fold in the blueberries.   
9. Pour the batter into the baking dish.  
10. Top with the cinnamon-pecan topping.
11. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  I baked these 25 minutes exactly.
12. Cool before cutting into squares.  Be careful, this cake is extremely soft.

So there you have it.  Tomorrow I'm on call, and I plan to make Brent a fabulous cheese cake.  I bake him one every year for his birthday.  I'm sort of kicking myself for that two hour nap when I could have been working on his cake.  A cheese cake is not something you can assemble and have completed in an hour like I did the two above recipes...
Oh well.  Who needs sleep?  It's not like we're getting much anyway considering somebody's puppy is awake every two hours to go potty!

P.S.  It is now Monday morning.  I had made a few extra muffins for the girls.  They are good, but I find them a little sweet.  I will let you know about the coffee cake tonight.


Crazy Sister said...

Always test that stuff first. I made gluten free scones once for an important person without testing the recipe first.

That kind of weird flour is NOT RIGHT!

Dawn said...

Ummm you are not supposed to be taking the puppy out!! It might turn into 'your' puppy. Again. So I never buy unsalted butter and almost all recipes call for it. Does it really matter?? Those looked really good!