#MuffinMonday: Shoofly Muffins

Muffin Monday It’s time for another Monday filled with muffins!

#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins to brighten their Mondays. There isn’t a theme to #MuffinMonday posts so anything goes, as long as it’s a muffin!

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The Shoofly Muffins I’m sharing with you today come from our favorite cookbook of all time,  Brunch at Bobby’s! It’s the only muffin recipe in this book yet is quintessential Bobbby Flay. The molasses in this muffin gives this sweet breakfast treat that punch of flavor and slight smokiness the chef is known for in his cooking.

If you’re making gingerbread cookies this holiday baking season, save some of that molasses for these muffins!

In the summer of 2012 my husband had corrective eye surgery. It’s crazy to think that our kids have never known their dad with glasses! We were married in 2010 and it’s incredible to look back at pictures from our first two years of marriage.

“People change after marriage” is a common adage that’s typically given a negative connotation. Unlike the cartoon figures of men gaining weight and “giving up,” my husband has done the opposite! (With the exception of getting grey hairs; love you, hun!)  He’s dropped the video game play and picked up adventure racing and Crossfit. Looking at photos from our wedding day, he looks like such a baby!

While in Biloxi (sorry about that detour there!) we had dinner at a restaurant called Shoofly…something. I don’t even know if it’s still around. To be honest I don’t even remember anything about the food, but it was in a beautiful setting on the water with an incredible sunset.

Now I’ve never had a shoofly pie so I can’t provide any insight on if this muffin really does taste like the pie that requires shooing of flies. 

This recipe makes one dozen muffins.

Shoofly Muffins


  • 2 C flour
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • pinch of allspice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 stick cold butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C boiling water
  • 1/2 C molasses
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, brown sugar, allspice, and salt. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Set aside 1/2 C of the mixture.
  3. To the remaining flour and butter mixture, add the baking soda, boiling water, molasses, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Fill each muffin cup 2/3 of the way full. Top with the reserved butter and flour mixture. Bake 20 – 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

*This recipe is adapted from Bobby Flay’s  Brunch at Bobby’s*

Shoofly Muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook

And don’t forget to check out these other muffin recipes:

Apple Butter Muffin Tops from Farm Fresh Feasts

Apple Streusel Muffins from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Beet Muffins from Passion Kneaded

Candied Fruit Christmas Muffins from Food Lust People Love

Crab Corn Muffin from Kelli’s Kitchen

Fruitcake Muffins from Palatable Pastime

Jim ‘n Nick’s Cheesy Muffins – Copycat from Making Miracles

Shoofly Muffins from Sew You Think You Can Cook

#FantasticalFoodFight: Ice Cream


Fantastical Food Fight has done it again, a food fight worthy of returning to my blog.

I’m laughing a little bit because my uncle teased me for blogging so much after declaring I was taking a break. (Thanks for being a true fan, Uncle Lar!)

The kids and I spent the end of June at Lake Geneva with my parents while my husband was doing a two week stint at the Pentagon. While on our trip, we went strawberry picking in Bristol. A lot of strawberries! We used those strawberries to make pie, sorbet, and no-churn ice cream.

Because I was at my mom’s house, sans ice cream maker, I had to go with a no-churn method for ice cream making. Luckily this food fight allows no-churn varieties of ice cream!

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream


  • 1 qt frozen strawberries
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pt heavy cream


  1. Place a metal pan in the freezer to chill (we used a bundt pan!).
  2. Thaw strawberries 10-20 minutes.
  3. Place strawberries in a food processor and pulse until pea-sized. Add the condensed milk, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Pulse until combined.
  4. Using a hand mixer, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks are formed.
  5. Fold 1 C of the whipped cream into the ice cream base then pour that into the remaining whipped cream until blended.
  6. Pour into the chilled pan and freeze 2-5 hours.

*This recipe is adapted from Food Network at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/no-churn-strawberry-ice-cream-3364490*

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream for #FantasticalFoodFight from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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 If you would like to join our Fantastical Food Fight, you can learn more on our informational page.

#FoodieExtravaganza: Midsummer Eve


Laura of Baking in Pyjamas challenged us to create a dessert that is Midsummer Eve themed. I’m not going to lie, I had to Google “Midsummer Eve.” All I knew was that the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, falls on June 21st in the Northern Hemisphere. What I didn’t know was that in some countries it’s an official holiday! In Sweden, celebrations involve dancing and singing around a florally decorated maypole. In Scandinavia, people clean their homes and decorate them in flowers. In Denmark, traditional foods include pickled herring and strawberries.

Thankfully, Laura’s instructions were to make a dish that meant “midsummer” to us. To answer her call, I immediately thought ice cream! Though really, any time of year is good for ice cream in my book.

I found myself in possession of a massive amount of mint when the grocery store was sold out of the small packages. I’d only needed a couple of tablespoons to mix into Greek yogurt for some lamb burgers. (A recipe that is still under development here in order to be photograph-able) As such, you’ll be seeing a couple more minty recipes on the blog over the next couple of months.

Mint Gelato for #FoodieExtravaganza from Sew You Think You Can Cook (1)

But back to the recipe at hand. Fresh mint gelato. Egg-free gelato.

We are within walking distance of a very delicious gelato shop and our sweet teeth know it! I think I’ll be making ice cream much more often now so we can enjoy a cup for a fraction of the cost.

I didn’t have any chocolate in the house when I made the gelato but found that the fresh mint really did need another flavor to balance it. I decided to use some of my farmer’s market yield of berries to make a sauce. The brightness of the fruit was exactly what the gelato needed; better than chocolate even! To make the berry sauce I put some fresh (frozen works, too) berries in a small saucepan with a little sugar over medium heat until syrupy then gently mashed them with the back of a spoon to achieve the texture I wanted.

Egg-Free Mint Gelato


  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 C whole milk
  • 2 C heavy cream
  • 6 sprigs fresh mint


  1. Whisk together sugar, corn starch, milk, and heavy cream in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture starts to bubble and thicken.
  2. Place a large bowl in an even larger bowl of ice water. Pour gelato base into the bowl to cool. Put the mint in the gelato and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove the mint. Place the gelato base in the refrigerator at least 4 hours to chill completely.
  3. Place gelato in ice cream maker and follow the directions for your ice cream maker.
  4. Serve with either a berry or chocolate sauce.

*This recipe is adapted from Leigh Anne at http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/fresh-mint-gelato/*

Mint Gelato with Berry Sauce for #FoodieExtravaganza from Sew You Think You Can Cook (2)

Be sure to check out these other midsummer treats:

Blueberry Slab Pie by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Carrot Vanilla Custard by Sneha’s Recipe

Chocolate Fondue with Strawberries by Making Miracles

Dark Berry Gelato by Baking in Pyjamas

Kladdkaka by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Mango Souffle by G’Gina’s Kitchenette

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake by Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Nordic Walnut Cake with Coffee Icing by Food Lust People Love

Simple Peach Crisp by Cooking with Traci

Swedish Cheesecake with Strawberries by Caroline’s Cooking

If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you’re a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE.

Yeast-Free Cinnamon Rolls

I trust you all had a happy Valentine’s Day and a nice weekend cozying up. If you have President’s Day off and haven’t come down from that sugar high yet, I’ve got the perfect breakfast to enjoy with your loved ones.

Cinnamon rolls are usually our Sunday morning breakfast – without fail. Although, I’m talking about the ready made dough in a can. Unless it’s Christmas – then I’m making Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls with my mom. While those are seriously the best cinnamon rolls, they require a lot of time and a good amount of effort. Not ideal for a weekly breakfast.

When I saw these easy cinnamon rolls on Fantastical Sharing of RecipesBest Breakfasts of 2014 Countdown I had to make them. And make them I did. That weekend! There isn’t any yeast to proof or dough to rise. And it uses buttermilk! We’re new lovers of anything buttermilk in our breakfast batters/doughs. I will say that I found the clove to be too strong for my taste, Stuart quite enjoyed it though.

Yeast-Free Cinnamon Rolls


  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C + 3 tbsp sugar, divided use
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 7 tbsp butter, melted, divided use
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 C buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 C powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl combine brown sugar, 1/4 C sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and 1 tbsp melted butter with a pinch of salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, whisk together flour, remaining 3 tbsp sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt. Add the buttermilk and 2 tbsp of melted butter. Knead dough until it comes together around the dough hook and is smooth.
  4. Roll dough out on a floured surface into a 12″ x 8″ rectangle. Brush the dough with 2 tbsp melted butter and press the brown sugar filling over top. Roll the dough lengthwise and slice into 8 rolls.
  5. Place rolls cut-side down in a lightly greased 9″ round cake pan. Brush the tops with the remaining butter. Bake 20 – 25 minutes.
  6. Make the glaze: whisk together cream cheese, milk, and powdered sugar. Pour icing over cooked and slightly cooled rolls.

*This recipe is adapted from Sarah at http://www.fantasticalsharing.com/2014/03/quick-easy-peasy-buttermilk-cinnamon.html*

Yeast-Free Cinnamon Rolls | Sew You Think You Can Cook


Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Making homemade ice cream can be an intimidating project to tackle. There is always that fear of scrambling the eggs when making the custard and having to start all over. But it’s the eggs that create that creamy texture we all know and love.

Or so I thought.

When I saw this recipe for ice cream, and noticed the ingredient list did not include eggs I was skeptical. But I was also anxious to give it a shot! It looked very simple to make and should be fail proof.

The base of this ice cream could be used for multiple applications – add whatever “toppings” you want! I went with classic chocolate chips. The recipe makes the perfect amount to serve 4 people.

Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C mini chocolate chips


  1. In a saucepan over low heat, dissolve sugar in milk. Add in the cream and vanilla. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Follow the instructions for your ice cream maker. Towards the end of churning, add in the chocolate chips. Freeze until ready to serve.

*This recipe is adapted from Amber at http://www.sprinklewithflour.com/2012/08/homemade-chocolate-chip-caramel-swirl.html*

Choc Chip Ice Cream