Ginger Spice Butter

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

½ stick butter, softened
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
1 teaspoon fresh cinnamon, grated

Directions

In a small bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread on warm muffins.

Ginger Carrot Muffins with Ginger-Spice Butter

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

For the ginger carrot muffins

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons fresh nutmeg, grated
2 teaspoons fresh cinnamon, grated
½ teaspoon (a pinch) ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup light brown sugar
â…“ cup honey
1 cup soy yogurt
¼ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup carrots, shredded
½ cup raisins
Coarse sugar

For the ginger-spice butter

½ stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
1 teaspoon fresh cinnamon, grated

Directions

For the ginger carrot muffins

Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, salt and sugar, and set aside. In another large mixing bowl whisk together honey, soy yogurt, coconut milk, vanilla and fresh ginger until smooth. Add in carrots and mix well. Combine together the flour and carrot mixtures a little at a time until thick but still smooth. Fold in the raisins and mix gently.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle course sugar over the 12 muffins and pat in slightly with fingertips. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick that is inserted comes out clean. Serve with ginger-spice butter.

For the ginger-spice butter

In a small bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread on warm muffins.

Coconut Mango Sweet Tamales with Ginger Butter

March 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 tamales

Ingredients

For the coconut mango mixture

1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped
1 cup shredded coconut
¼ cup sugar in the raw
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (seeds added to mixture)
â…“ cup coconut milk

For the tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 ½ cups coconut mango mixture
½ cup butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

For the ginger butter

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
½ stick butter

Directions

For the mango mixture

In a medium saucepan place all ingredients in a pan and bring to a low simmer, cook for about 10 minutes and cool.

For the tamale dough

In a large mixing bowl combine the masa harina, lime zest with the mango coconut mixture and butter , mix well. A little at a time mix the lard into the masa harina until full incorporated. Mix in the baking powder and the salt and mix well. In a kitchen aid or with an electric mixer, mix the lard until fluffy or about five minutes. A little at a time mix the lard into the masa harina until full incorporated. Mix in the baking powder and the salt and mix well. The dough is ready (well mixed) when a small piece of the dough floats in a glass of cold water.

For the wrappers

For corn husk wrappers, place the corn husks in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, take out and cool slightly before handling. For the banana leaf wrappers, pass the banana leaf over the gas stove until soft and pliable, about 1-2 minutes.

For the ginger butter

Mix the butter and ginger until smooth.

To assemble tamales

In the center of each banana leaf or corn husk, place about 3-4 tablespoons of masa harina and mango mixture. Fold over the banana leaf or corn husk like you are folding a present. Tying the wrapped package with either corn husk ties or banana leaf ties, or kitchen twine.

Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips form making tamales soggy). Steam tamales on a medium heat for about 45-60 minutes or until soft and cooked through.

Serve with butter on the tamales.

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