Steel Cut Oats in the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker

Ingredients:

3/4 cup steel cut oats

1 1/4 cup water

3/4 cup 2% milk (although I am sure whole milk tastes better)

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

@ 2 tablespoons of raisins

Optional ingredients once oats are cooked:  Brown sugar & cinnamon


Directions:

Place all the ingredients (from raisins and above) in the rice cooker, hit porridge setting and around 40-45 minutes later I had perfect steel cut oats

Top with brown sugar and cinnamon as desired

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Apple Muffins from Scratch

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Easy recipe and kid helper friendly.   Without a kid helper, prep time is 15 minutes.  With a kid helper … 🙂

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Pull out your butter to start softening.  Prep all ingredients until butter is soft prior to creaming it.   This apple muffin is a little more tasty and less healthy than my other apple muffin.  It is a better brunch muffin and presents more upscale.

Makes 12 regular sized muffins.

Muffin Batter:

1/2 Cup White Sugar

1/4 Cup Butter (half of a typical US stick of butter or  4 tablespoons ).   Soften approximately 15-20 minutes.

1 Egg

1 Cup Milk (2% fine)

2 Cups Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon (will need again for topping)

1 Teaspoon Allspice

1 Teaspoon Nutmeg (optional but I used)

1 1/2 Cups Peeled Small Diced/ Chopped Apple

Muffin Topping:  

1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

 

Directions:

In a large bowl add flour, salt, baking powder and spices for batter.  Stir to mix ingredients.

Mix in another small bowl the two muffin topping and set aside

Cream on a medium speed in mixer with paddle attachment the softened butter and sugar.  Add egg and mix some more.  Add milk and mix on low speed some more.

Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and blend/stir until all is lightly moistened.  It is properly mixed when you do not see much flour but batter is still lumpy.

Add diced apples to batter and blend throughout.

Evenly fill a well-greased muffin tin or use liners.  These muffins do stick some.  I recommend spraying your liners some if you are using with some non-stick spray but is not totally necessary.   In a normal 12 muffin pan the batter will be a little more than half filled prior to cooking.   Sprinkle with a spoon the muffin topping across all muffins.  You may not need all the topping.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Test after 20 minutes with a toothpick but in most cases 2-3 more minutes gives a more done muffin without any harm.

 

 

 

 

Savory Cheesy Waffles – Kid Helpers Welcomed

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Some times a change up in a waffle is good.  This is a pleasant tasting savory waffle.  The recipe is from C is for Cooking, Recipes from the Street by Susan McQuillan

This recipe goes well with crisp bacon or grilled ham.  A dose of sautéed apples also makes a nice topping.

Makes: 9-11 circle waffles depending (on amount of batter used per waffle) or 12 (4 inch) squares

Preheat your waffle iron now.  It only takes about 5-10 minutes to prepare this batter

Ingredients:

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2 eggs

1 cup low fat milk

1 cup low fat yogurt

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar, swiss, or jack cheese (6 oz)

Directions:

  1. Preheat waffle iron
  2. In medium bowl, beat together two eggs
  3. Add to same medium bowl the milk, yogurt, and oil.
  4. In a larger separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt)
  5. Pour the medium bowl into the larger dry ingredient bowl and mix until evenly moistened
  6. Stir in the cheese until it is mixed in.
  7. Pour enough batter over the hot iron (about 1/2 to 2/3rds filled in the center)
  8. Bake the waffles until the beeper or light indicates done (otherwise stop when crisp and brown)
  9. If not using waffles right away, cool on a wire rack so waffles stay crisp.  Can keep warm in low heat oven (250) on a baking sheet
  10. These waffles freeze well for up to two months.

 

Eggs, milk, yogurt, oil

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Add in Dry Ingredients

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Add in cheese and stir

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Drop bater on waffle iron

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Breakfast Hits with kids – Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes Below

IMG_5469My very first entry is banana pancakes courtesy of a William Sonoma Kid’s Cookbook.

Everyone in the family loves these, including the adults.  I always 2X the recipe and freeze extras two or three at a time in a freezer sandwich bag so they don’t stick.  If frozen, I suggest defrosting the night before and then warming in the toaster the next day 325 preheated toaster for about 7-10 minutes depending on how solid the pancake still is.  If previously in the fridge for 24 hours I just use the toaster setting on the pancake and that works well or I use the pre-heat method above.

Tip: use a ripe banana, as it will be easy to mash.

Ingredients for one batch (12 small pancakes or 8 large pancakes):

  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter – If you are using a non-stick indoor griddle you will only need 4 tablespoons (half a stick) per one batch of pancakes.  ( i.e. 4 TBSP are meant to be melted and combined in the recipe below; the other two are meant to grease the griddle or frying pan.  With our indoor Breville Smart Grill & Griddle, I found the extra butter is not needed)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small, very ripe banana, peeled (if your banana is super large just leave a few slices to top the pancakes)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup for serving
  • Sliced bananas for serving – optional

Directions:

For each batch, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter either 40 seconds in a microwave or melt in a small saucepan using low heat over the stove.
Set it aside to cool.  The cooling is an important step so do this before you start pulling out the other ingredients.In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix with a fork until well blended.Put the banana in a medium sized bowl. Mash with a fork until almost smooth. Add the milk, eggs and vanilla and stir with the fork until well blended. Pour the banana mixture and the melted butter into the flour mixture. Mix gently with a rubber spatula or a spoon until the batter is just blended. The batter should still be a little bit lumpy.Put a griddle over medium heat until hot. To test if the griddle is hot enough, flick a drop of water onto it. It is ready if the drop dances quickly and evaporates.  If not using a non-stick pan, put some of the remaining unmelted butter onto the griddle and spread it with a metal spatula. Drop the batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the griddle, spacing them about 3 inches apart.Cook until a few holes form on top of each pancake and the underside is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Carefully slide the metal spatula under each pancake and turn it over. Cook until the bottom is golden brown and the top is puffed, 1 to 2 minutes more. Using the spatula, transfer the pancakes to a serving plate.Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve the pancakes while still hot with maple syrup and sliced bananas. Makes twelve 4-inch pancakes.  (very accurate output)Adapted from Williams-Sonoma The Kid’s Cookbook, by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Time-Life Books, 2000).
Kid Helper Stirring Batter (Below)
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Color Seeking Before Flipping (Below)
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