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I really, really wanted cake. Or muffins. Or whatever. In addition, I was going to visit a pregnant friend of mine with two kids, so I had the perfect excuse to make muffins. A lot of muffins. I also had a jar of unsweetened applesauce that I needed to finish, so the muffins would even be healthy! šŸ˜›

I searched for applesauce muffins that are quick and easy. Also, my friend is slowly going towards being vegan, so I thought that non dairy would be a plus. I stopped cooking with margarine, so I needed an oil-based muffin. Jeez, it’s getting more and more complicated, isn’t it?

I found a great recipe here. It’s egg free and dairy free, quick and easy… perfect! What would I do without the Internet? šŸ™‚

My husband has been trying toĀ convinceĀ me we need a tablet, so that I could use recipes from the Internet without printing recipes (waste of paper) or going back and forth from the kitchen to the computer, or using a laptop for this (my laptop is usually at work, my husband is usually working on his laptop). Also, I like reading books online in onread or epubbud, and this way I would be able to read in bed or in the kid’s room and not only in front of the computer. So he brought a tablet from a friend for a “test drive”. I opened the recipe in the tablet and brought it to the kitchen. It certainly saved time and trouble. On the other hand, I used to claim that I could eat the sweets I madeĀ becauseĀ I lose calories going back andĀ forthĀ making them šŸ˜‰ Yet another excuse gone…

Tablet with recipe

I made mini muffins in small paper muffin liners. Each muffin came out to be 2-3 bites. They turned a great, with a strong apple taste. So… Apple Bites!

Ingredients

1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/3 cup applesauce (I put an extra tablespoon, finishing the jar. It was still great)
1 cup spelt flour
1 cup white flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon (my kids like it in small amounts only)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 180C. Mix sugar, oil and applesauce together until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients without mixing between each ingredient. Mix only when all ingredients have been added, until just combined.

The mixture – half gone…

Put 1/2 tbsp in each muffin liner.Ā Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean (or with big crumbs, that also worked great!). Let cool and eat!

First batch

Mmmm…

My kids loved this, and so did my friend. And so did I! Maybe I won’t wait again until I’ve got applesauce to use up šŸ˜‰

Bon Apetit!

Packed and ready to go

Notes:

1. The original recipe had raisins or similar. My kids accept chocolate chips, but nothing else, so I just did without.

2. Tablet update: It is impossible to read online on these sites with a tablet. It might still be good for pdf ebooks, but not online reading. Not worth the expense.

3. Recommended reading on onread.com: I just finished reading “The Witness” of Nora Roberts. Spectacular!

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My husband and I went to a wedding yesterday, and I promised my kids a surprise today if they’ll be nice with the babysitter. So this morning I made them chocolate cake in a bowl. After it was done, I cut it into quarters, and then arranged in each plate two cucumber slices (for eyes) two chocolate chips (nose) and a quarter cake (mouth).

My husband asked the kids, “Does it taste good?”

My eldest answered that he hadn’t tasted it yet becasue the cake was still too hot, and he doesn’t like cucumbers. My youngest, who doesn’t mind eating slightly warm chocolate cake, said “Yes!” cheerfully.

My husband asked, “Did you say ‘Thank you!’ to Mommy for making such a nice breakfast?”

My youngest said sweetly, “ThankĀ you mummy for such a nice breakfast!”

My eldest thought a bit, and then said, “Thank you mummy for giving me cake that is too hot to eat!”

šŸ™„ šŸ˜†

Cake in a bowl

I use a bowl and not a mug, for the following reasons:

1. It cooks more evenly in a shallow bowl

2. You see how big it really is. This is a a lot of cake, soĀ definitelyĀ more than one serving. I found that it makes 2-4 servings, and 2 is if you’re really hungry (or if your children really love cake šŸ™‚ )

Basic chocolate cake:

4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cocoa (unsweetened)
generous pinch baking powder (or 1/8 tsp, if you prefer)
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp water or milk
1 beaten egg
few drops vanilla
chocolate chips (optional)

Mix dry ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Add wet ingredients and chocolate chips. Mix. Cook in microwave on high for 2.5 minutes. If still sticky, addĀ anotherĀ 30 seconds. Cut into quarters and eat!

Variations:

Choco-Vanilla cake:Ā 
This makes a vanilla flavoured cake with chocolate chips. Same procedure as before, with slightly different ingredients:

6 tbsp flour
4 tbsp sugar
pinch baking powder
1 beaten egg
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp milk or water
1/2 tsp vanilla
chocolateĀ chips.

Almond-chocolate cake:

Substitute up to 3 tbsp flour for finely ground almonds or other nut. If it still seems too liquid, add more flour (almonds absorb less moisture than flour).

Banana/applesauce cake:

SubstituteĀ mashed banana or unsweetened applesauce for the oil (I’ve tried it in other cakes, not in this one, so I can’t promise… but it should work!) You can also try variations on this recipe.

Have a sweet year! And may your kids always make you laugh…

Laugh!

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I’ve always loved making popsicles at home. I just don’t like the bought stuff – full of fakeĀ flavouringsĀ and sugar. I tried many times before, and always have the same problems: The popsicles take up a lot of space in the freezer, they leak in the freezer, they make a huge mess when the kids are eating them, etc. But I thought it was worth it.

And a week ago when I was innocently waiting for my insoles to be fixed, I caught sight of a box of colorful plastic tubes that promised “no mess!”,”Fill, Freeze and Twist!”. I took one packet to try. The things are pure genius: It is built like a large tube of lipstick: you pour whatever you want to freeze in, you cover and freeze, and when you want to eat, you remove the top and use it to twist the bottom part, making the frozen popsicle rise so it’s easy to eat. The kids enjoyed it thoroughly, and there was really no mess! Also, as it stands on its own in the freezer, it takes up less space and doesn’t spill; and there is no needĀ toĀ remember to stick a spoon in it half way through.

Easy!!

My first try was with a mixture of coconut milk, unsweetened applesauce and maple syrup; my second was with apple and pear juice (we haveĀ anĀ excellent juicer, and the apples and pears were beginning to look suspicious in the fridge). To fill four twistixes I juiced two apples and 4 pears. The result? Yum!

Popsicle

I bought Twistix at “On the table” at Wolfson Mall in Jerusalem. More information on Twistix here.

Twistix

Gotta beat the heat!

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