Jam or Jelly Filled Muffins

Jam-or-Jelly-Muffins-(cropped)Great for brunches or a family treat, try making your own fresh blueberry jam or jelly with Mrs. Wages® Fruit Pectin Home Jell® Fruit Pectin or you can use prepared blueberry jam to save time.

Servings: 12 muffins
Prep: 25 minutes
Bake: 20 minutes

Ingredients
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup blueberry jam or jelly
Confectioners’ sugar, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat; set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  In another large bowl, combine the yogurt, milk, egg and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  4. Spoon half of batter into 12 greased or paper-lined muffin cups.  Place 1 tsp jam or jelly in the center of each; top with remaining batter.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack.  Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired.  Serve warm with remaining jam or jelly.

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Rhubarb Coffee CakeCheck out this tasty coffee cake recipe from the kitchens of Mrs. Wages Kitchen.

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 25 minutes
Bake: 45 minutes

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 large egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups thinly sliced rhubarb (about 6 stalks)
Topping
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Place the sugar, butter, sour cream, milk, egg, baking powder, vanilla and salt in a large bowl; beat until smooth.
  3. Stir flour into sugar mixture until well blended.  Fold in rhubarb.
  4. Transfer batter to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  5. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter,
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.  Serve warm.

In Search of Perfect Pepper Jelly

Green Pepper JellyJust the other day, I received a question from Alisha about pepper jelly:

I’m looking for a pepper jelly recipe, that utilizes a large variety of hot peppers (jalapeno, habanero, serrano, etc), with the minced pepper fruit suspended in the jelly. Have you come across any? We had a dear friend that used to make it… but she passed, and never shared her recipe. I remember she said it contained 6 different peppers… they were a variety of colors. And it was remarkable.

This raises a few interesting questions:

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