Friday, April 20, 2012

Semi-home baking

I recently went to a friend's baby shower and volunteered to bring a variety of muffins. I started to get carried away finding delish looking recipes before I realized I would never have time to make them all! So I decided to stick to making one from scratch and the others were my own "Sara Lee Semi Homemade" style.

I started with two box mixes and added extra ingredients to spruce them up...

For the Blueberry muffins I mixed in extra fresh blueberries to make them berri-rific. Then I grated the rind of one lemon and mixed it with 1/3 cup of sugar to make a lemon sugar topping. Just mix the two ingredients together with your fingers until the sugar starts smelling goooood and you're ready to sprinkle it on top.

For the Lemon Poppyseed muffins I added grated lemon rind to the mix and then made a glaze for the top. The Glaze: squeeze the juice of the lemon into a dish. Add 1 teaspoon of melted butter and then pour powdered sugar into the mix...enough to make it the consistency you prefer. I used about 3/4 a cup.

The extra ingredients really kicked the box mixes up a notch. Now onto the real homemade muffins- Strawberry cheesecake!

I found this recipe on Pinterest

I followed the recipe almost exactly...I can't help but change a few things here and there. I used skim milk instead of whole, 1/2 cup of egg beaters and fat free cream cheese and Voila!

They looked and tasted GREAT!!

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