It’s 9:00 p.m. on a quiet Wednesday night. The dishes are drying in the sink, the floors have been swept and there’s nothing but re-runs on television. My mind begins pondering other things…naughty things. I switch on my iPad and begin surfing Google images. After a few attempts, I hit the jackpot. My iPad and I make our way into the other room. I adjust the lights, setting the mood, slip into something more comfortable and then…
I preheat the oven to 350 degrees, un-nest my mixing bowls and get right to it. Carrot Apple Oat Muffins – oh yes, baby, YES! What did you think I was talking about?
At the point I added cream cheese frosting, I think these stopped being muffins and moved into cupcake territory.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup Quaker oats
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 Granny Smith Apples, grated
- 2 carrots, grated
- ½ cup currants, softened in boiling water
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup molasses
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin or use papers. Combine flour, oats, , sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a large bowl. Add apples, carrots and currants and stir until they are coated in flour. Beat together eggs, buttermilk, oil, molasses and vanilla in a small bowl. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and combine thoroughly. Do not over-mix.
- Fill each muffin cup ¾ full. Baked for 15-20 minutes and until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in muffin tin for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack until cooled completely.
To gild the lily: Frost cooled muffins with cream cheese frosting.
Originally posted July 2015
“Don’t you want what I have?” she asks, feigning innocence. Her eyes say, “I am better than you.” I hesitate, not shameful, but convinced she couldn’t understand. “What you have is banal, unremarkable. I yearn for the exalted, more than I deserve, beyond your comprehension. I will endure rather than choose less.” I profess contentment, yet possess the greatest of restlessness. I’m content in this restlessness, perhaps.
I take a bite of my onion tart. Don’t you want what I have?
Zwiebelkuchen – Alsatian Onion Tart
A savory tart for the Alsace Lorraine region – richer than quiche. I expect nothing less from my Alsatian heritage. To gild the lily, cubed bacon can be sprinkled over the tart before baking. Adapted from Andre Soltner.
- 1 9” tart crust recipe (pâte brisée or premade refrigerated shell)
- 2 onions cut lengthwise and thinly sliced (with mandolin, if possible)
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- pinch salt
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup grated Muenster cheese
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 pinch grated nutmeg
- Freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 9” tart pan with dough and dock using a fork. Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Sauté onions in a large skillet with butter and salt until they are golden and tender, 15-20 minutes. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, cover tart shell with parchment paper and fill with rice, beans, or pie weights. Blind bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove parchment and rice and bake another 5 minutes until sides of tart are barely starting to color. Remove from oven.
- In a bowl, whisk together egg, heavy cream, Muenster cheese, thyme, nutmeg, and pepper. Add egg mixture to cooled onion mixture, scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan. Pour onion mixture into tart shell and spread evenly.
- Bake 25 – 30 minutes until filling and golden brown and set. If the edges brown too quickly, cover edges with foil. Cool 10 minutes and serve hot.