Coffee Cakes And Savory Muffins

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Here are some fast-to-fix recipes for sweet coffee cakes and savory muffins you can enjoy without spending hours in the kitchen.

The tasty results are great accompaniments to a delicious breakfast, lunch or supper.

Before sharing the recipes, let me share an article about smiles written by an unknown author:

Smiles: A smile costs nothing, but gives much; it enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give.

It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and no one is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad and it is nature's best antidote for trouble, yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile, give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

This edition's recipes are for Cinnamon Coffee Cake Loaf, Pecan Coffee Cake and mouth-watering Rosemary Lemon Muffins. Which ever you choose to make, don't forget the key ingredient is love, and it must always be served with a smile.

Happy baking,

Shirley

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Loaf

2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/4 cups sugar, divided

3 teaspoons baking powder

3-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

1-1/4 teaspoons salt

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

In a bowl, combine the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, combine the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until smooth. Pour half of the batter into a greased 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan. In a small bowl, combine remaining sugar and cinnamon; stir in melted butter and drizzle half over batter in pan. Cut cinnamon mixture into batter with knife using swirling strokes. Add rest of batter to pan, topping with remainder of cinnamon mixture. Again, swirl cinnamon mix into batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

Pecan Coffee Cake

1, 18-1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix

1, 3.4-ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix

4 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2/3 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons orange juice

In a mixing bowl, combine first six ingredients. Beat with mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into greased 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan.

Combine pecans, sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over batter. Use knife to cut pecan mix into batter using swirling strokes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and place on wire rack. As cake cools combine confectioner's sugar and orange juice in small bowl until smooth then drizzle over warm cake.

Rosemary Lemon Muffins

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

In a saucepan, combine the milk, rosemary and lemon peel. Bring to a simmer; cook and stir over low heat for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Combine flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. Whisk eggs until foamy then add butter, sugar and milk mixture, and stir until combined. Add liquid to dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.

Put batter in greased or paper-lined muffin tin, filling cups two-thirds full.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of center-most muffin comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack.

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