Monday, May 2, 2011

Drinks for Breakfast?

Let's just come right to the point. When I sat dreaming of New Year's Resolutions and thought "Food! Blog! Food blog!" I didn't factor in the possibility of pregnancy. Yeah, we were thinking of having a kid already, but I wasn't applying that to every single thing I was thinking of doing. Also, I couldn't have imagined just how much being pregnant would impact how much time I spend in the kitchen, or how much I want to (don't want to) cook.

Don't panic, this isn't a white flag of surrender. This is just me saying that my idea of posting once a week is probably out the door. And, while I'm at it, the types of things I'm going to be making are going to change, too. There's going to be a lot more crock-potting and breakfast making going on, know what I mean?

Ok, so now that that's out of the way... guess what I did this week! Remember that thing I said I don't ever do cause I suck at it and you'd never see me do? Baking. BAKING! I baked. And, I didn't completely suck at it! Bonus.

I've been drawn to things lately that involve cooking with alcohol or which claim to taste like alcohol. I can't IMAGINE why this would be. So when I saw a recipe that claimed to make muffins that taste like Pina Coladas, I was sold.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
*1/2 cup coconut flakes
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons melted butter
½ teaspooon vanilla extract
*1 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained

*I starred these ingredients because I honestly felt like there could have been a lot more of both of them in the mix.


This is how I work. No, I don't remember what I was watching.

Pre-heat oven to 350
Combine the dry ingredients- flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, coconut in one bowl


Combine wet ingredients except for pineapple in another bowl

...oh my God, I said ANOTHER bowl!

Now look what you did.

Mix dry and wet ingredients together and then fold in pineapple

Spoon into lined cupcake pan and bake for about 25 minutes.

Done! Fluffy.

Do these taste like Pina Coladas? No. They taste like plain muffins with some pineapple and coconut mixed in. But they were tasty and they keep nicely. Mr. Panda has eaten 4 so far! If I were to make these again, I'd try more coconut/more pineapple as stated. Although, I'm not sure I'll make them again. How often am I going to be able to bake things without burning down the house or creating bricks instead of muffins? Just going off past experience, I'm going to say it's an experiment unlikely to be repeated with the same success.