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Baking Breads Breakfast Healthy cooking Recipes

Oatmeal and bran muffins

Looking for a delicious way to increase your fiber and fruit intake? Tired of overpriced bran and fruit bars? Need a little excitement in your life?

These muffins are really easy to make, and the recipe is adaptable for whatever fruits, nuts or other fillings you have on hand or want to add. For the muffins in these photos, I added frozen blueberries, almond slivers, chocolate chips, and a prune center for each muffin.

Here is the basic recipe:

1 1/4 cup milk
1 cup oats
1/2 cup bran
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter or vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Optional: nuts, fresh or dried fruits, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, etc.

-Combine milk, bran and oats in a small bowl. Allow to soak for 15 minutes.
-In a separate bowl, beat the egg, sugar and oil together.
-Add the egg, sugar and oil mixture into the oatmeal mixture.
-In another bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
-Stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture.
-Mix the optional fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, etc., into the batter.

-Spoon batter into the muffin cups until about 3/4 full.
-Bake at 190 degree Celsius for approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean.

If you find the batter a little dry, try stirring in a little milk at the end before spooning the batter into the cups. Be careful when adding fresh fruits as the batter may become too moist; in this case, try adding less milk.

Wasn’t that easy?

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Za’atar Manakish

Manakish is a type of Lebanese food made of dough that is rolled flat and baked. Popular toppings include za’atar (a mixture or spices including thyme, oregano, majoram, savory, sesame seeds, and salt), cheese, and minced meats.

My favorite is from a Lebanese store called Al-Taib on Guy street in Montreal. They have a wide variety of Manakish, but my favorites are the za’atar one, and the ‘half-half’, which is half covered with za’atar and half with cheese. They bake the manakish in a large hot oven upon ordering, and hand it to you wrapped in a piece of paper or in a paper bag, hot. They also have Lebanese vegetables you can put on the manakish to make a roll.

The manakish is best fresh, of course. However, when I bring a bunch for my sister in Toronto, we freeze them, and then toast them in a toaster oven when desired. They taste just as good.