Now, if I could only find the recipe...
A long long time ago, I wanted to find a place to keep recipes - both those I had tried and those I was interested in trying.I bought a 3 inch binder and covered it in spunky wrapping paper, and then contact paper. It was cute. I used those sticky pages - you know, the ones that are terrible for archival work, the ones that trap your pages and don't let go of them, the kind that turn your newspaper clippings yellow and scream, "She's a fraud!!"
Yeah. One of those binders.
Over the years, I've added clippings to the binder, pulled recipes that flopped out of it, shoved magaizne pages and recipe cards in pell mell, and referred to it again and again. In the past couple of years, though, Pinterest and my computer have taken over the recipe organization. Pinterest is prettier. The computer is easier. I can use my iPad in the kitchen (if I keep it away from water and such) and that binder - well, it's looking kind of ragged.
Sometimes, it pains me to admit - when I need a recipe, I will look online to see if it's there before I look in my binder - there's no loose pages flying all around, I don't get distracted, there's no "Oh, that recipe was terrible, let me try to pull it off the sticky sheet, no, that didn't work, find something to cover it!" drama that goes on.
Just find the recipe and go.
Yesterday, I swore that I was going to make muffins. My kids eat the heck out of muffins. It's nothing for me to make 3 or 4 dozen and they are gone in ten hours. I'm one of those weirdly odd Want to cook from scratch as much as I can food snobs, which means that I don't buy muffins at the store.
So, muffins it was. I pulled out the binder for the Double chocolate banana muffins that are my kids favorites, and as soon as the first pan was in the oven, the "I've gotta fix this binder!" started.
And among my sifting and sorting, I saw my very favorite muffin recipe - one I haven't made for at least a year.
Peanut butter and jelly muffins.
Yes. I have a kid with a peanut allergy. And I still make these muffins. The pan makes 12, and the only people who like them are me and my big kids - and my FA kid is 13 and knows to stay away. I practice safe cooking practices and everything is labeled.
But that binder still annoyed me. It's sloppy. It's disorganized - and everyone knows I'm a fan of being organized. There's papers everywhere, and it just makes so much work.
What if I could find the recipe here on my blog, though? Hmmmm. Now THERE'S a thought.
Without further ado, I present to you: Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins!
- 1/3 cup flour
- 3T brown sugar
- 3 T butter, cut into chunks
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 1/2 t baking powder
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 t vanilla
- jam or jelly (I typically use strawberry jam that I made, but for this batch, I used pumpkin butter)
Combine all streusel ingredients in a bowl and cut (I use my fingers) until it makes a crumb. Set aside.
in a separate bowl, combine the peanut butter, the milk, the oil, the vanilla and the egg. Stir until well combined. Mix in the dry ingredients. Spoon a tablespoon of batter into the bottom of each greased muffin cup (you can use paper liners, but you need to grease those as well, or it's difficult to get the paper off the muffin). Top with a teaspoon of the jam, being careful that it doesn't go to the edges of the batter. Top with an additional tablespoon of batter. Sprinkle with streusel topping and bake at 350 for 20-25 min.