Too many things to write about, too little time:)
Anyway, today my husband's Polish colleagues are celebrating Fat Thursday because Lent begins next week (this weekend the Carnival will begin). Apparently, you are supposed to eat sweet breads filled with jam. So even though we aren't Polish and are, in fact, Protestants, I baked this:
The recipe is a modified version of the one published in a 2006 issue of Taste of Home, an American cooking magazine.
To make 12, I used:
ab.1/4c soft butter
ab.1/4c of lard
4tbsp of sugar
ab. 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
some lemon peel
1c white + ab. 3/4 c mixed rye + wholewheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
ab. 1/2 tsp baking soda
ab. 1/2 c creme fraiche (a bit like sour creme but with 30% fat)
For glaze you'll need lemon juice and powder sugar to taste.
Here I'd like to point your attention to how sugar is overused in modern baking, especially in American recipes since the original one called for 1c sugar and even reduced amount that I used made the muffins sweet enough.
Cream the butter, lard and sugar, add the eggs, the peel and extract, mix thoroughly. Add salt and baking soda, then the flours alternately with creme fraiche. Fill paper-lined muffin pan cups (or separate cups) approximately 3/4 full, bake at 200*C/400*F for ab. 20 minutes or until done, cool a bit, remove from the pan and drizzle the glaze all over. Serve warm or cold.
In the picture, my kitchen is dirty. I cleaned it afterwards and it took me more time than making the muffins which brings me to my next point. There are currently lots of homemaking videos on YouTube which is fine, I guess, but some of them give advice on how to clean your house in 30 minutes. My house isn't that big but I never could manage to really clean it in 30 minutes, in my opinion this time is just enough to maintain some semblance of order but to clean mine more or less thoroughly takes me about 3 hours.
What about you?