Monday, November 5, 2007

The Fruit (Rather Vegetables) of Our Labours and Putting Them to Use...

Saturday afternoon, after our trip to the farm,
I was eager to use up the sweet pototoes
that we had picked.

I admit that we are not exactly sweet potato lovers,
especially my sweet beloved,
but since he isn't home to be bothered by them
I was determined to try, again...
especially since we had an abundance of them. ;o)

I decided to boil, peel, and mash them...

And freeze them in portions
to use for future baking...

Then I pulled out a wonderful cookbook
that I found months ago at a local Mennonite store...

(May I say that I LOVE how it is alliterated?!)
The Practical Produce Cookbook:
How to Plant, Pick, Prepare, and Preserve Produce
(I did find it listed online, too. You can click on the pic)

From the sweet potato section of the book,
I chose to make their
Sweet Potato Muffins with Walnut Streusel
and altered it a bit.

They turned out delicious!
And didn't even taste like sweet potatoes at all!
If you hate or dislike sweet potatoes,
this is a great recipe. lol
It's great if you do like them, too.
I think that even my beloved would like them.
Perhaps we'll find out when he comes home. ;o)

Even the children liked them!
Here is the altered recipe that I used...
Oh, we also renamed them "Harvest Muffins"
so the name wouldn't make some of us cringe. LOL

Harvest Muffins

1 C mashed sweet potatoes
1 C milk
1 egg, beaten
1/4 C butter, melted
2 C unbleached flour
1/2 C sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 TBS cinnamon or more
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

2 TBS brown sugar
1 TBS sugar
4 TBS chopped walnuts
1 TBS flour
1 TBS butter, softened
1 tsp cinnamon

Beat sweet potatoes, milk and eggs
until smooth; add butter.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder,
spices and salt.
Stir into sweet potato mixture
just until blended.
Divide batter evenly among 12 muffin cups.
Combine remaining ingredients
and sprinkle on top, pressing tightly.
Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.


Ron and Ginny said...

Well, hooray for you! What a nice feeling to have stuff put away in the freezer. I'm glad you tried a recipe and liked it. Yummy nutrients! :-D

Pam--in Jerusalem said...

They sound wonderful! I'm sure you're glad to have them all prepared and waiting in the freezer.
(BTW--stop by my place & check out my latest project. I think you'll like it for your girls too :)

Karen said...

Oh, that's funny. I'm the only one in my home that loves them baked, then sliced and fried in an iron skillet with butter and brown sugar. It sort of carmelizes. It must be a husband thing. ;0)
It looks like you've been busy as ever. I'm guessing the farm you went to is one we will be visiting in December for a chilly hayride at Christmas time! We're looking forward to it.

debhmom3 said...

I love sweet potatoes already, but those look yummy!

Sally said...

Sweet potatoes also make a wonderful, thick chocolate cake... :o) If you don't have a recipe in your new cookbook, I am sure you will find one at
Sally (booklover's mom)

Mrs. T said...

Good for you! :D Sometimes it seems like so much work to process a bunch of produce, so it's sooo gratifying to see it all done. Those muffins look delicious, btw. Mmmm! Do "harvest muffins" include the alterations you made, or is it the exact recipe from the book?


I love sweet Potatoes and so does my husband so thanks for the new recipe. Will be happy to try it. connie from Texas

Hope you and your family have had a wonderful day.

Julie's Jewels said...

Yum!! Those look great!! I know I would love them!! I love sweet potatoes.

Marci said...

I am glad you liked them. By the way that cookbook is my favorite!!!

Happymama said...

I love that you renamed them Harvest Muffins. I would try that!



Pure and Sensible said...

Only 2 of us, including me, like sweet potatoes. I will have to try your recipes though. Just stopping by to say Hi! Haven't been here in awhile.

HsKubes said...

Thank you, ladies, for your comments. ;o)

Mrs. T ~ This is the altered recipe, though it may not be exact... I may have added more cinnamon. ;o)

~ Christina


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