Monday, August 27, 2007

Muffins Aren't Sweets

The weekend was pretty uneventful, just finishing up wedding details, catching up on sleep and baking in the kitchen. Sunday, we attended a birthday brunch with several friends. I took a chance and made a tofu quiche with asparagus and sun-dried tomato. The results were spectacular...



I started with FatFree Vegan Kitchen's mini-tofu quiche recipe, making several alterations. I added garlic powder to the tofu mixture and put it in a pre-made whole wheat crust. Baking time was somewhat of an experiment, but I ended up cooking the quiche for about 40 minutes. Next time, I may let it go a little longer. This is such an easy meal though, and quiche makes great leftovers (which we already ate up....last night for dinner). Everyone was pretty curious about the vegan quiche, so quite a few people gave it a shot, even though there was a similar egg and veggie dish there as well!

I also brought along two kinds of muffins. I tried out Celine's adaptation of Strawberry Corn Muffins from Have Cake Will Travel. It took some searching to find corn flour (versus cornmeal), but the result was a delicately sweet muffin brimming with strawberry goodness. I also made Lemon Poppyseed muffins from VWAV, which I've had before. Although the batter had kind of a funky texture this time (very frothy and bubbly...strange), they turned out beautiful as well (love the crunch from the poppyseeds and the subtle lemon flavor). I'm starting to suspect that my oven though is a bit hotter than it says, both batches came out a tiny bit browner than I would have liked.



These were breakfast this morning, and dessert last night (and probably the next few mornings and nights!). I figured, this doesn't count as junk food/sweets, they both have fruit and are called muffins. Right?

10 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

your quiche is spectacular, indeed!! great job on using the mini quiche recipe to make one large quiche - I'd be afraid to do that, because my alterations would probably be way off, haha.

your muffins look stellar as well - go ahead and enjoy eating them, guilt-free! :0)

vko said...

Gorgeous looking quiche there! And yes, I agree muffins don't count as junky sweets...and anyway, yours look extra healthy.

vko said...

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Celine said...

I can't resist telling you again how yummy your food looks! :D

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

wow. what i wouldn't give to go to this brunch! yr muffins look amazing. i especially love the red strawberry swirls peeping through. i want some muffins now!!!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

right!

Vivacious Vegan said...

Way to go with that quiche. It looks beautiful. I made the mini-tofu quiche's before but I didn't think they were very flavorful. Maybe that's because I forgot to add the tahini. I really must give that recipe another try.

aTxVegn said...

Yes, muffins are healthy breakfast food! I made a quiche similar to that awhile back with the asparagus and it was so good and it looks so fancy. Great job on the breakfast food!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Everything looks lovely! You NEED an oven thermometer, it will revolutionize your kitchen! I believe any grocery store should have them for around $10.

Johanna3 said...

looks amazing, very creative!