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Butterscotch Pumpkin Muffins

18 muffins


Pear-Dried-Cherry-Butterscotch-Muffin-Harry-And-David-Eat-The-Love-Irvin-Lin-311 ¾ cups flour

½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar

½ cup sugar

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground mace

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

½ cup butter, melted

1 cup butterscotch chips

½ cup chopped pecans, toasted, optional


In a large bowl, mix flour, sugars, ginger, mace, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Create a well in the center of the mixture.


In another bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin, and butter. Stir in butterscotch chips and pecans and pour into the well of dry ingredients. Fold together just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Do not overmix.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spoon batter evenly into greased muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

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Greek Easter Bread ~Tsoureki

Tsoureki (tsoo-REH-kee)is the traditional sweet, braided bread of Greek Easter. Tsoureki is a rich yeast bread flavored with orange and a delightful spice called Mahlab (also called Mahlepi) that is ground from the pits of wild cherries.

Tsoureki is traditionally baked with dyed red hard-boiled eggs braided into the dough.
The three-strand braid symbolizes the Holy Trinity, and the red eggs symbolizes the blood of Christ. From ancient times, the egg has been a symbol of the renewal of life, and the message of the red eggs is victory over death.
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