Almond and Semolina Mini Cakes with Spiced Milk Syrup

Ronit Penso Almond and Semolina Mini Cakes These tasty mini cakes are a combination of two favorites: THIS semolina cake with milk syrup, and THESE almond-cardamom Friands.  Continue reading

Peach, Cherries, Coconut and Cacao Nibs Muffins

Peach, Cherries, Coconut and Cacao Nibs Muffins Ronit PensoWith plenty of juicy summer fruits available, I usually end up buying more than can keep fresh. One of the solutions for this “problem” is to incorporate such fruits in quick and easy to make breakfast muffins, like the ones you see here.

These light, moist and tasty muffins can also make a great snack for lunch, or any time you feel like having a not too sweet fruity snack. Try them and enjoy. Continue reading

Farmer Cheese and Raspberry Muffins

Farmer Cheese and Raspberry Muffins Ronit PensoThese beautiful and tasty muffins were inspired by thumbprint cookies, which have a tasty jam center.

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Corn Muffins with Italian Sausage and Goat Cheese

Corn Muffins with Italian Sausage and Goat Cheese Ronit PensoThese quick and easy to prepare corn muffins, are the perfect breakfast or brunch bread. They are moist and crumbly, savory and a bit sweet and hot at the same time, and with the added sausage and goat cheese, they make a meal on their own. For brunch, or light lunch, serve them with a green salad, or with a bowl of light soup.

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Beet, Orange and Apple Muffins

Nutty Beet, Orange and Apple Muffins Ronit PensoWith the cold weather and grey colors outside, bright colors can help uplift the spirit. These muffins are bursting with all-natural colors and are full of good things – just perfect for a gloomy winter morning.

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Carrot, Walnuts, Coconut and Raisins Cupcakes

Carrot, Walnuts, Coconut and Raisins Cupcakes Ronit PensoThere are so many recipes for carrot cupcakes, but it’s seems there’s always room for one more…

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Cranberry, Orange, Almond and Banana Breakfast Muffins

Cranberry, Orange, Almond and Banana Breakfast Muffins Ronit PensoFresh cranberries can be now found in the market, and I’ve been playing with ideas for using them other than in the traditional cranberry sauce. In the muffins here, the cranberries are pureed whole, along with other good ingredients like almonds, orange and bananas.

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Poppy Seeds Lemon Cupcakes

Poppy Seeds and Lemon Cupcakes Ronit Penso
Poppy seeds and lemon are a classic combination. The acidity in the lemon balances the fatty and crunchy poppy seeds beautifully.
However, in most poppy seeds and lemon recipes I have come across, the poppy seeds quantity is usually limited to a couple of tablespoons, and they don’t impart their unique flavor as much as I wanted them to.
So, in the following recipe, I have decided to increase the quantity of poppy seeds to a whopping 1 cup – and loved the result!
If you like poppy seeds, you will love these cupcakes. Continue reading

Apple-Cranberry Cupcakes with Cranberry Icing

Apple-Cranberry Cupcakes with Cranberry Icing Ronit Penso
My weakness for apple cakes knows no end. I also love cranberries in all their forms; so obviously, it was time to combine the two in one tasty cake.
The experiment ended up with these moist, sweet with a hint of sour cupcakes. A pinkish cranberry icing on top felt like a good thing and indeed added the perfect finishing touch. Continue reading

Corn, Red Pepper and Cheese Muffins Ronit Penso

Corn, Red Pepper and Cheese Muffins

Corn, Red Pepper and Cheese Muffins Ronit PensoFresh corn season has just begun and it’s time to put this great and versatile ingredient into good use. Continue reading

Banana-Carrot-Apple muffins

Banana-Carrot-Apple muffins Ronit Penso

Writing recipes for a health/diet oriented magazine, requires experimenting with transforming “regular” recipes to ones that will be friendlier to the readers’ requests. It’s not so easy, especially when it comes to cakes and desserts. The results are not always edible, to put it mildly, and it requires quite a few trials in order to come up with a texture that’s moist and flavorful, yet not rubbery or heavy due to using whole wheat flour and less fat and sugar. Continue reading