Muffin Mondays | Dulce de Leche Doughnut Muffins

Some friends recently returned from a short visit to New York, while other friends are currently visiting the big apple as we speak. I am jealous. I miss New York. When I think about their fun travels eating their way through the city my mind instantly drifts to doughnuts. If you’re in the city it is undoubtedly Doughnut Plant, but if you’re in Brooklyn then you go to Dough– they fry in Bed Stuy.

So doughnuts have been flooding my thoughts of late. Specifically the fluffy fried delights from Dough. That spring back texture, that supple dough, that sweetness. If only I were in Brooklyn to enjoy these doughnuts. But since I am not, I needed something to quell my aching need for Dough.

This morning I bring you Dulce de Leche Doughnut Muffins. Why? Because Dough serves a dulce de leche doughnut and that is exactly what I wanted this morning.  Rich sweetness, tender dough, strong caramel tones and a touch of salt to round it all out. These defintiely don’t beat Dough, but these muffins do satisfy a dulce de leche craving.

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Ice Cream Break | Bennett’s Homemade Ice Cream

I came upon the realization that not enough ice cream breaks are taken during the summer. Are you having this problem too? I need more ice cream in my life. I think we should all take weekly ice cream breaks and enjoy a creamy ice cold treat while summer is still here. Are you with me?

For this week’s ice cream break I went to Bennett’s Ice Cream shop in the Original Farmers Market. It seems that most of my farmers market time is consumed by the sweets at Short Cake or the fried doughy delights at Bob’s Donuts so sadly until recently I did not even know Bennett’s existed. Then one fateful day my darling friend Bakelab introduced me to the ice cold wonders of Bennett’s.

You should get the Fancy Nancy. It is Bakelab’s favorite. The Fancy Nancy: coffee ice cream, caramel, bananas. All sounds good right? All flavors amazing on their own, but when put together even better.

Or if you’re feeling classic and comforting I say go for the Butter Pecan. I mean sweet buttery pecan filled goodness never disappoints.

Where will you take an ice cream break? What flavor will you order?

Muffin Mondays | White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Muffins

Lately I’ve been craving white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, in a bad way. I don’t know what started this craving, but it has been all I can think of.  When I was younger they were my favorite cookie. In fact the only cookie I really liked. As a special treat my mom would by them for me from The San Francisco Cookie Company in the mall. They were always warm and fresh. Soft medium rare center and crispy buttery edges. These cookies make me swoon.

To satisfy my cookie craving I decided to bake muffins. Doesn’t seem to make sense but it does. I baked white chocolate macadamia nut muffins and they tasted just like the cookies. Cookies muffinized! The center of the muffin was a touch gooey, the edges were crispy, the white chocolate melty, the macadamia nuts warm and tender. It was delectable. Craving satisfied in muffin form.

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Muffin Mondays | Plum Muffins

When I wake up in the morning I’m starving. Does this happen to you too? I mean stomach growling, need to feast, starving. That and I’m tired. I never wake up not tired. Does this happen to you too? So when I finally stumble into the kitchen I just want to eat. Muffins aren’t always the best solution, sometimes toast is a better option, but muffins just taste so much better!

So tired and hungry I bring you Plum Muffins. One bowl for dry ingredients that you can gather while your butter and sugar are creaming in the mixer. Fold in the dry ingredients and sour cream then the juicy plums. The batter begins to get lucious streaks of red from the plum skin. The whole mixture has an incredible vanilla and stone fruit perfume. The muffins are suple and sweet. They satisfy my morning hunger.

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Muffin Mondays | Peach Shortcake Muffins

Peaches check. Shortcake check. Muffinized yes! The glorious beauty of summer stone fruits, in this case ripe juicy peaches, stuffed into crumbly shortcake all tucked into a muffin form. Break them open hot out of the oven and slather them with fresh whipped cream and more fresh peaches, I mean what can be better? Enjoy these on the patio in the warm summer sunshine. Happiness.

I am so obsessed with summer stone fruits and want anything plum, peach or nectarine. Throwing them into my favorite baked goods only extends the pleasure. These muffins take no time to whip up. Butter is cut into the flour creating a biscuit like texture. The fragrant sweet peaches add umph to the dough. The whole thing is just lovely I tell ya!

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Muffin Mondays | Cherry Sour Cream Muffins

Cherry sour cream muffins. Juicy, sweet, nutty. The sour cream gives them a richness that almost tastes like cheesecake. The muffin is loaded with ripe cherries that bleed sweet fruit juice with each bite. I used half almond meal and half flour to create a light crumbly texture that is buttery and luscious.

I topped a few with a brown sugar almond meal crumble, I topped some with toasted sliced almonds and the others I left simple and unadorned. I loved the varitety.

Enjoy summer cherries in muffin form!

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The Sycamore Kitchen | Los Angeles

Yesterday was opening day of Quinn and Karen Hatfield’s new restaurant The Sycamore Kitchen. I love Hatfield’s so was eager to try their new spot, especially Karen Hatfield’s baked goods!

The space is sleek and rustic with exposed brick and wood tables, very minimal and clean. It is easy to miss when driving down La Brea so look for the patio out front and the colorful metal grated fencing.

I decided on a selection of four pastries and was delighted by each.

My favorite of the four was the lemon polenta pound cake. The pound cake was moist throughout with a pleasant grittiness from the polenta, gave it great texture. It was light with subtle citrus notes. Loved it!

Isn’t a good scone so good? Not chewy, not dense, just wonderfully light yet crisp. That is how this scone was. Must be the buttermilk. The sour cherries were gooey soft and tart and the scone had a slightly sugar coated crust. All around delish.

I want anything with plum. Really. It love plums. The plum crostata was an obvious choice for me. I really enjoyed the crust of this crostata. It was perfectly baked and uber flaky. The addition of toasted almonds on top made everything even better. BUT was there pear in this crostata? I think there was. I tried to call and confirm but no answer. Nevertheless it tasted like pear not plum. So sad.

The blueberry almond financier was so almondy, sticky and super sweet. A perfect little cake. Simple and delicious.

I can’t wait to visit again and try some more sweetness like the brown butter date mini bundt cakes or the salted caramel babka.

Cook’s County | Brunch, Los Angeles

With so many great brunch options in LA, I find that when the weekend finally rolls around I am at a loss when deciding where to brunch. All the places that I tell myself I really want to visit are suddenly lost from my memory.

If you find yourself trying to choose a place to brunch do yourself a favor and remember this picture of these incredible pastries and treat yourself to brunch at Cook’s County.

I saw donut on the menu and I was sold. Seeing all of the other delectable pastries options only confirmed that I would be ordering an entire basket of goodies. I don’t generally order jelly donuts, they just aren’t my jam, however the Cook’s County strawberry rhubarb jelly filling really enticed me. The donut was nicely fried with a light crust and delicate doughy center. The strawberry rhubarb filling was a great counterpart to the fried dough. Light, fresh and screaming sunshine weather. My only complaint is that there was only a tiny dollop of jelly. I with the donut was stuffed throughout with that delicious strawberry rhubarb jelly.
I’m ready for this jelly!

Coffee cake muffin. Let’s pause right there. If you read this blog you know I love things in muffin form or as I like to call it “muffinized”. The muffin was light, fluffy and bursting with cinnamon. The muffin top was wonderfully thick and crunch. This was a coffee cake accurately captured in a muffin body.

Ginger scone with lemon curd and clotted cream, you’ll never find a scone so delicate and moist while at the same time have a great crumble and crunch. Specks of crystalized ginger are dotted throughout the scone giving it a nice sweet and spicy chew. The tangy lemon curd was a great accompaniment and the clotted cream made it all the more decadent.

Buttermilk biscuit is served with a thick pat of butter tucked in the middle. It creates a hidden surpise of melty, salty, gooey dough. I loved it. It reminded me of my favorite part of a short stack of pancakes when the butter melts through the center of the stack.

Their basket of pastries will knock your socks off (and there are plenty of incredible savory items too! try the smoked trout tartine).

Cook’s County

8009 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90048

Muffin Mondays | The Perfect Banana Muffin

Banana muffins may just be my favorite muffins. They never disaapoint. Even the worst banana muffin is still better than the average blueberry muffin. Did that make sense? You know when you’re starving so you go into your local Starbucks or Coffee Bean and you look at all the sad pastries sitting in the case, but then your stomach growls and you’re forced to choose one for hunger’s sake? They always disappoint me – too oily or dry or worse yet, stale and cold. But something about bananas in muffin form keep things springy and fresh even in those sad coffee shop pastry cases.

This banana muffin is my go to recipe. It is easy to whip up and never goes wrong. The resulting muffins are light and jam packed with juicy gooey bananas. There is a hint of coffee, a splash of rum and a big scoop of sour cream. Just be carefull, these muffins hot out of the oven are so fragrant and tasty you may just want to eat the whole dozen in one sitting. It really is the BEST banana muffin/bread recipe out there!

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Muffin Mondays | Ginger Aprium Muffins

Are you as excited about stone fruit season as I am? I get so excited when I see apricots, plums, nectarines and peaches appear at the farmers market. Nectarines are by far my favorite stone fruit, but I have recently grown to love apricots. Especially apriums. Have you had an aprium? I hadn’t either until last weekend, but since the first bite I’ve been desperately craving these plum apricot hybrids. They are ¾ apricot ¼ plum with a nice honey sweetness.

Inspired by my farmer’s market finds I bring you Ginger Aprium muffins. They are bursting with apriums and singing with ginger heat and sweetness. Honey rounds out all of the flavors. These muffins are sweet, juicy and tender. They scream summer. Perfect when enjoyed in the sunshine.

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You can enjoy apriums, red velvets, pluots, nectarines and peaches from the Arnett Farms stand at the Hollywood Farmers Market every Sunday. They are the best!

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