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"I just couldn't get enough of these muffins and this cookbook, Moufflet, by Kelly Jaggers. I'm so pleased to have this cookbook as part of my collection and I highly recommend that you get Moufflet for your collection, too." --A Well-Seasoned Life Blog
"I'm always looking for tasty new recipes. Moufflet provides a selection that will keep me happily baking until spring. What this book offers are combinations of flavors and ingredients that are unique and new. Moufflet is a great addition to any baker's library and will provide plenty of fresh ideas, just in time for all your holiday baking." --Wired.com/GeekMom
About the Author
Kelly Jaggers is a recipe developer, food blogger, and founder of The FoodBuzz Blog Award–nominated EvilShenanigans.com. She specializes in creating indulgent recipes featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients . . . and lots and lots of butter. Jaggers has worked as a caterer and personal chef, and she also creates wedding and specialty cakes. Her recipes have been featured in The Food News Journal and the Cooking Club of America, and she is a member of the Learning Channel's Cake Crew. She lives in Dallas, TX.
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Kelly Jaggers is a recipe developer, food blogger, and founder of The FoodBuzz Blog Awards nominated recipe blog Evil Shenanigans (http://www.evilshenanigans.com). She began blogging in 2006, the same year she entered culinary school for an associate's degree in Bakery/Pastry. She specializes in creating indulgent recipes featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients ... and lots and lots of butter.
Kelly has worked as a caterer, personal chef, and creates wedding and specialty cakes. Her recipes have been featured in The Food News Journal, Gourmet Live Blog, The Cooking Club of America, Fine Cooking, and she is a member of The Learning Channel's Cake Crew. Kelly lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three dogs.
I was very enthralled with this little book as soon as it first arrived. And really could not wait to try the muffins! It seems like you find pretty much the same old muffin recipes in most cookbooks, if they have any at all. I love muffins. They make a quick grab and go breakfast, and are so much more filling than their sweet counterpart, the cupcake!
The book is beautifully formatted, with easy to read recipes. The measurements are based on cups, not weights. There are beautiful color photos, but not of everything. They are intended to be gourmet, so a few of the ingredients in a few of the recipes might not be in your pantry.
Here are the sections of the book and some of the many muffins I could not wait to try:
Uniquely Sweet Creations
Dark Chocolate Orange Zest Muffins Double Shot Espresso Muffins Gingerbread Crumble Muffins Peppermint White Chocolate Muffins
I'm always looking for new muffin or scone recipes.....they're so easy & quick & just scream 'comfort food', so I was looking forward to getting this book. I'm glad I did, it has some wonderful recipes in it that go a little beyond the every day & are so good. I love the Chocolate Cherry Swirl muffins, the Coconut Lime muffins & my favorite was the Blackberry Ricotta Streusel muffins. My husband's favorite was the Chocolate Chip Candied Bacon muffins. There are also savory muffins to go with soup or stews as well as 'main dish' muffins for a light lunch or dinner. Overall, I'm very happy with this book & look forward to trying many more recipes....there are over 100 to chose from!
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Baking Notes: (the author does not state the following, but it is what I have been taught ...)
* Eggs - assume size "large" unless otherwise stated; shell color does not matter * Muffin Tin size - author mentions "regular" or "standard". Each muffin section should hold about 3 ounces of water when filled. (But you never want to actually fill the tin.) * When filling muffin tins, fill only 2/3 full.
Moufflet by Kelly Jaggers is being published at an opportune time for me. In my active quest to reduce portion sizes, I have vowed to discover tasty yet interesting recipes. I immediately flagged about a dozen recipes on first glance alone, and now my copy of the book looks like it is sporting a paper Mohawk.
I particularly like that Jaggers includes a substantial amount of savory recipes, along with a separate section for toppings. For instance, one chapter focuses on spreads and butters (Smoky Cayenne Butter, Chorizo Cheddar Cream Cheese, Candied Jalapeno Spread), and another chapter is for crumbles, streusels, drizzles, and glazes (Limoncello Glaze, Parmesan Crumble, Smoked Paprika Bacon Crumble).
Following are some recipes worth mentioning, with my actual test results at the end. I will keep updating this review with my comments and results like I usually do.Read more ›
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While I collect dessert cookbooks, this is my first one for muffins so I have nothing to compare it to; but I suspect that it is a fine collection of recipes-- I counted 110 or 111-- for muffins as you are likely to find. There has to be at least one for the most discriminating of bakers. I found at least half a dozen recipes that I want to try. They include blueberry crumb muffins, blueberry ricotta streusel muffins, fresh blueberry compote sour cream muffins (I obviously like anything with blueberries), dulce de leche, peppermint white chocolate muffins, coconut and lime muffins, chocolate strawberry muffins (the photograph sold me on this one), strawberries and cream muffins, white chocolate cranberry banana muffins and rum-soaked raisin muffins. (If I can only bake one recipe this one has to be it.)
There are also chapters on savory muffins-- not usually my cup of tea but many of them look interesting-- and chapters on spreads and crumbles and glazes. Ms. Jaggers lets you know which spread or glaze would accentuate the various muffins, a fine touch indeed. Additionally, I knew I had found a cookbook I like when the author gives only one page of instructions on how to bake muffins with only four steps to the process. And the color photographs throughout the book -- the title of which means "muffins" in French--will make you salivate. Finally, these small mouth-watering treats should keep some of us from having to buy larger trousers if they keep up away from those huge three-layer cakes during this holiday season.
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