Breakfast, Cake, fruit, Recipes

Spiced Quince Muffins

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One of the reasons I love living in California is the expansive list of fruits and vegetables that we can grow here. Recently I tried my first quince, a fruit from the same family as apples and pears, with hard flesh but a tart and tropical flavour.

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After my first taste of this fruit, I decided it would make the perfect Autumn muffin when paired with a few spices here and there. I added hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, and combined it all into a fluffy and incredibly tender muffin. I also mixed equal parts sugar, butter, all purpose flour, and almond flour to make a simple streussel crumble to top each muffin.

Spiced Quince Muffins

makes 6 large muffins

157 g fresh quince, diced small

2 each cinnamon sticks

1 g allspice

10 g brown sugar

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100 g unsalted butter, soft

90 g brown sugar

140 g cake flour

1 g salt

1/2 g nutmeg

1 g allspice

5 g baking powder

110 g egg

8 g vanilla extract

115 g buttermilk

Toss together diced quince, 10 g brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and allspice, then saute over medium heat until sugar melts and quince has softened slightly. Let cool to room temperature, and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together cake flour, salt, nutmeg, allspice, and baking powder, set aside. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and brown sugar until very pale. With mixer running on medium/high, slowly stream in eggs and vanilla extract until combined, scraping sides and bottom of bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add dry ingredients and mix on low. Scrape sides of bowl again, and with mixer on low, stream in buttermilk. Discard cinnamon sticks, then fold in quince into batter.

Divide batter between muffin papers, then bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely in pan before removing.

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Cake, Chocolate

Cake Orders and a Busy Week

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As you can tell from my lack of posts lately, my week has been quite busy! I worked 6 days this week at the hotel, and it’s another 8 days until my next day off. Let me just say, thank god for California Law and overtime pay!

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This cake is a mini (5-inch) red velvet cake that I made for my brother’s 30th birthday. No frills since it was just our family having dinner together, just clean and simple. Hopefully everyone enjoyed it!

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This one is a cake that my cousin ordered with both Disney’s Pocahontas and Mulan theme. I’m a little annoyed that the letters ran together but she loved it nonetheless!

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Inside are layers of vanilla sponge cake and milk chocolate chantilly. I tried to keep the decor minimal while still keeping the theme recognizable. With any cake geared toward children’s movies, it’s easy to go over the top with the details.

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I feel pretty satisfied with how this cake came out, and I’m glad that it looks tasteful (i.e. not gaudy haha). My cousin just picked it up, so hopefully it will last the ride home! The next couple of weeks will be quite hectic, as Robert’s birthday is coming up, and after that is our anniversary! I’m looking forward to all the fun we’ll have, but not so much all the sleep I’ll lose, haha.

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