Archive | March, 2012

The Perfect Ginger Pairing: Muffins and Cocktails

11 Mar

As explained in an earlier post, we’re often left with some soft, ripe delicious fruit at the end of the week.  This previous week, our fruit basket looked like this:

I decided to use these bananas and pears along with some fresh ginger in a breakfast/dessert muffin.  Yes that’s right, I wanted the muffin to rival that fabulous dress in every woman’s closet.  You know the one that she can wear during the day and then dress up for the evening by throwing on a pair of high heels.  I used a basic breakfast muffin recipe, but I replaced half of the sugar with brown sugar, and added a generous amount of banana, pear and ginger.

When mixing the dry ingredients with the wet, I mixed it on low until just a bit of dry ingredient was still visible.  I then added the pears and finished mixing the batter.  Once complete, I poured the batter into my favorite new silicone cupcake liners.  Last but not least, I added a lemon zest and brown sugar topping (this was to my cupcakes what a pair of high heels are for that day-to-night dress).

I baked them muffins at 375 for about 20 minutes, and there you go.  They came out beautiful and tasty.  I know I usually mention how me and my sous chef work together, but this time Chris was on the couch playing video games with a friend.

I had a good amount of ginger leftover, so while the muffins were baking and Chris was shouting at his game, I threw together a ginger simple syrup for an after dinner cocktail.  This essentially means taking sugar and boiling it in water.  Once the water had reduced, I added the ginger let it simmer a bit and then left it to steep in the syrup for about 30 minutes away from the heat.

I then strained the syrup to remove the ginger.

With the syrup ready to go and the muffins cooled, I divided the syrup into two glasses, and added ice, a shot of gin, and just enough diet tonic water (I thought the diet tonic water would be awful, but it turned out pretty good!).  As a final touch, I topped the cocktails off with a wedge of lime, and served my zombie video game boyfriend a ginger infused after dinner treat.

Short, sweet, and simple.  When I brought the dessert and drink over, Chris turned off the game, and relaxed with me.  The next morning I woke to one of our cats trying to steal what was Chris’ second muffin for breakfast.  I guess he, and our felines, approved of the ginger and fruit combination!  All in all, I was happy with my experiment, and they truly were perfect both in the morning and in the evening :).

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