.. oh yeah, we've all got it bad here this morning. First day of Term 4....'the home stretch'.... 90 more packed school lunches until the Christmas holidays! As my boys's school motto states, 'finish hard'.
Ok, yep, we'll try.
Poor big son has been inflicted with the monster of all colds. He never gets sick so it's all very melodramatic here. His biggest concern?... "do you think the lizards will get my cold?.. if they do, that's the end of them"... ahem, what about your respiratory compromised Mum?... with the perpetually tragic lungs? ... if I get it?... still gasping from the last 'atypical'.
So... we're (aka big son) learning how to swallow medicine in tablet form, seeing we qualify for the '12 years and over' demographic now. Oh yeah, more melodramatics.... co-mastication with bananas and/or my/Donna's sensational 'Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins' (recipe below) seems to do the trick. Hubby's impatient "oh don't be ridiculous, just swallow the damn thing" approach was just not working...... heartbreaking in fact.....so we're going through a lot of muffins and bananas... hey whatever works! There are no rules to 'tablet ingestion methodology' I say.
So these muffins... I can't take any of the credit for the recipe... it's Donna Hay's... with a few slight dietetic modifications of my own (can't help myself)...idiot proof... even for 'non bakers' like myself. Hey but my skills are improving exponentially ... see I'm even modifying recipes... if you call substituting full cream milk with skim milk a modification! Practice makes better I say.
Ok, so this Monday thing... it's officially starting now with coffee (brought to me by ever faithful hubby). Bottoms up... if you too are starting the school run this morning... deep breaths :)
Donna Hay's Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins (A-M- ified)
2 cups (300g) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder, sifted
1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil
1 cup (250ml) milk (I use skim, every calorie and gram of fat counts.. tastes just as good)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups (320g) frozen raspberries
1 cup (175g) roughly chopped white chocolate ( I actually leave this stuff out completely as little one has a peanut allergy.... I suppose making them.... just Raspberry Muffins)
icing (confectioner's) sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350F).
Place the flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs, oil, milk and vanilla in a large bowl and stir until just combined (don't you love recipes like this!... take all ingredients and chuck in a bowl!)
Fold through raspberries and chocolate.
Spoon the mixture into a 12 x1/2 cup capacity (125ml) muffin tin lined with cupcake wrappers.
Cook for 20-25 mins or until cooked when tested with a skewer (or, if your skewer is in a box somewhere in your storage shed, get 'em out when they're golden on top and spring back when poked).
Dust with icing sugar to serve (if ANYONE can wait to put the icing sugar on)
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Makes 12 (or 13!).