One aspect of senior year I'm very excited about is my living situation. I am currently sharing one floor of a beautiful wood-frame house on campus with three wonderful people. The four of us share a passion for baking and cooking, which is great since we have a very spacious (and now very well-stocked) kitchen. The neighbors next door are not Wesleyan students, but have reached out to us to be friends. They wrote on their kitchen window which faces ours: "Hi new neighbors, we are Fort Awesome. Who are you?" We were quick to respond with signs in our own window, and are eager to make new friends. The best way for me to make friends (and apparently boyfriends) is to bake things for them, so we decided the next step in reaching out to our neighbors would be through food.
|All ready for the first baking adventure in the new kitchen!|
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
Adapted from the basic muffin recipe in this book.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
generous handful of dried cranberries
4 oz chocolate chips
|Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl|
|In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients|
|Stir together until mostly combined|
|Add cranberries and chocolate chips and finish stirring until combined. DO NOT OVERSTIR.|
|Spoon batter into well-greased cupcake trays. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.|
|Do not use silicone, or you will get oddly textured and slightly blackened muffins like these|
Well, I hope you have better luck if you try these yourself. Maybe tomorrow our cookies will be presentable enough to give to the neighbors so we can be friends.
Here's to a great semester of baking, studying, and friends.
Love and cookies,