Friday, April 11, 2014

A Fabulously Funny Flop

Every time I open our Southern Living Cookbook to the pineapple muffin recipe, I can't help but laugh...

These are the infamous toothpaste muffins. Once, a long, long time ago (about a year) I made this recipe accidentally substituting 3 tablespoons of baking soda for the baking powder. 

If any one of you has used baking soda for toothpaste before I’m sure you can relate. It was awful! And I mean awful! Anyway, these muffins were hardly eatable. But we don't waste food. So... we ate them. All three dozen! The funny thing is that the next time I made pineapple muffins I did it again. (On accident. Again.) And guess what! Reluctantly, slowly, we ate all those too. 

Daddy and Spiderman joked that I would need to go back to first grade because I couldn’t tell the difference between s.o.d.a. and p.o.w.d.e.r. So now the word powder in the recipe is underlined, boxed in, and surrounded by exclamation points.

When these muffins are made the right way they are delicious. (Actually, it is not the way written in the book, but with substitutions for whole food ingredients.)

By now, either you really don't want to make these or you really do.

If you do.... here is our revised recipe.

 Pineapple Muffins (with variations)
 6 cups whole wheat flour
 1 ½ cups sucanat
 3 tablespoons baking powder
 1 ½ teaspoons salt
 3 eggs
 3/4 cup melted coconut oil
 1 cup water
 1 ¼ cups orange juice
 1 twenty oz. can of crushed pineapple in its own juice
 ¾ cup grated, unsweetened coconut (optional)
 ¾ cup slivered almonds (optional)
 ¾ cup crasins (apple juice sweetened) (optional)

Mix the first four ingredients together. Make a well in the middle. Add the next four ingredients, and mix thoroughly. Spoon into 3 greased medium muffin tins. Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes. 

Last time I made these, I put in grated coconut, slivered almonds, and crasins. It turned out absolutely delicious! I've also made them with just almonds and coconut, and they're really good with only pineapple too. 

I've never tried this, but I think blueberry pineapple muffins would be pretty good. I may try it someday. 


P.S. Another baking soda incident... Yesterday, I was making a quiche with Superman and Curious George. I had left the baking soda on the counter to reach some seasonings behind it, and I turned around to put something on the opposite counter. 

When I turned back to the little boys, Superman had dumped a few tablespoons of baking soda into his hand. (I guess he wondered what it tasted like.) I sighed his name and I think it scared him a bit because he tried to dust off his hands into the box of baking soda.

When he couldn't get it all off, he started licking his hand.... you can imagine what happened. I don't think he will be sneaking baking soda "licks" for a while!!