Cardamom Chocolate Chip Muffins

My Favourite Muffins

Cardamom Chocolate Chip Muffins myfavouritepastime.com_8313I made these muffins in 2013 when I started blogging. I just can’t remember why I never posted them. I made them again, today for afternoon tea, and then decided to post them. Like all muffins, they are extremely simple to make. I added pure ground cardamom seeds to the flour to give them that unique cardamom aroma.

Cardamom is the third most expensive spice, after saffron and vanilla. I used the green cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), which is also known as the true cardamom and has a unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance. Cardamom is used for both savoury and sweet dishes, like Pilau, Indian sweets, Masala tea, traditional Swedish bread, pulla and Christmas bread Julekake, just to mention a few. I hope you’ll love these muffins. I wish you a fabulous weekend!

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Spicy Chocolate Chip Apple Muffins

Spicely Delicious

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A little while ago I bought several tubs of unsweetened apple sauce hoping I would use them in baking as a substitute for oil, eggs or sugar. I did use a few tubs for making the Pineapple Banana Loaf and I really loved the end result but after that, I don’t know what happened. Apple sauce used to be very popular during winter but now it’s used all year round for several foods: as a condiment for roast pork; to accompany pancakes; as a sweet dip for vegetables or fries; as a relish for hamburgers; or mixed with smoothies or yoghurt and for baking many different goodies like: muffins, cakes, cookies or even pies.

Spicy Chocolate Chip Apple Muffins myfavouritepastime.com_1480I am in the process of trying to clear the tubs of applesauce that I’ve been buying and stocking. If you have a nice recipe that requires apple sauce please swing it my way. I found this site with many suggestions on how to use up apple sauce like: incorporate into a curry as part of the liquid (is a curry supposed to be sweet or savoury?); incorporate into batter of pancakes and waffles, and forget about maple syrup or honey,  or make a butternut squash and apple sauce soup (interesting) and then I came across the ultimate suggestion that said: “apple sauce freezes indefinitely”, is this true? Today I want to share with you applesauce chocolate chip muffins. They tasted extremely nice. I hope you’ll enjoy them too!

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Butterfly Cupcakes with Raspberry

Great for a Quick Dessert

Butterfly Cupcakes with Raspberry myfavouritepastime.com_6502It’s such a beautiful orange day today with some nice soft sunshine. I can’t wait to go outside and bask. Last night we had a very simple dessert. I tend to be on the lazy side so I love recipes that can be made in under 30 minutes and the Butterfly Cupcakes take just 3 minutes to mix and about 15 minutes in the oven and you’re ready to go

Butterfly Cupcakes with Raspberry myfavouritepastime.com_6139I finished the cupcakes off with raspberries and raspberry jam. I find this combination just perfect. You can also serve the cupcakes with some custard or ice cream if you want but I usually just eat them without any extras and finish off with a cup of coffee. You can also add other innovative fillings (cream cheese, sour cream, whipped fresh cream, honey or maple syrup) and other fruits. I leave it to your imagination.

Butterfly Cupcakes with Raspberry myfavouritepastime.com_6509The great part of this dessert: my 14-year-old loves assembling the cupcakes and she does it in such a professional manner I doubt if I can ever be able to do it better than her. The deal: I bake, she finishes off and then we sit down and enjoy the cupcakes. I hope you’ll love this simple dessert the way we do. You can also eat them as a snack, if you want.

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Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Goodness

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes myfavouritepastime.com_0529Have you ever felt like eating cupcakes without all those elaborate niceties or toppings that adorn them and appear in all tastes, colours, shapes and sizes? That’s exactly how I felt, several weeks ago, when I made these cupcakes. I just wanted to eat a nice, plain, cupcake with lots of chocolate in it, so please, do not expect any elaborate frosting or niceties on these ones.

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes myfavouritepastime.com_0540After eating three cupcakes, which I did enjoy so much, I ventured to find out the definition of a cupcake and wondered whether they must always be elaborately adorned or topped. According to Dear Wiki, a cupcake is any small cake that is about the size of a teacup. If you normally serve your tea in a mug, then you are thinking of the wrong size. The real definition of a teacup is: a small cup used with a saucer for serving tea, and the amount of liquid held by a teacup should be about 150ml (5fl. oz). Cupcakes may be topped with frosting or other cake decorations. They may be filled with frosting, pastry cream or other fillings. I am glad it says, may be.

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes myfavouritepastime.com_0450Well, so much for trying to define a cupcake. After eating my three cupcakes, I actually forgot to post this recipe and today, I just stumbled upon the photos while looking at the hundreds of photos I have accumulated since I began blogging. It’s never too late to share and I hope you’ll enjoy the teacup-sized-cakes, if you ever try to make them.

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Coconut Topped Cupcakes

With Raspberry Jam

Coconut Topped Cupcakes myfavouritepastime.com_6518We are having rain right now with big gusts of wind. It reminds me of the early days in school when the phrase “it was a dark and stormy night” was the popularly used to start a story. How did you start your week? We had a long weekend, so I am still in the holiday mood.

I was actually writing this last night and then, I feel asleep. I have just woken up and yes, the sky is grey and it continues to growl. The rain is pouring and thank God for first time in many years I have a green lawn and I don’t have to worry about watering.

Coconut Topped Cupcakes myfavouritepastime.com_6492Raspberries are one of my favourite fruits. They are high in fiber and are an excellent source of vitamin C. They always look very pretty too.  The only thing that exasperates me, is, how quickly they perish. I always end up making a smoothie I didn’t plan for, or throwing them in the freezer to save them from spoiling.

Coconut Topped Cupcakes myfavouritepastime.com_6470Today I want to share with you a simple recipe for cupcakes topped with raspberry jam and coconut. I ate mine for dessert,  with with homemade custard. It was very delicious. I hope you enjoy them too! Continue reading