Hey there! My name is Rachel, welcome to my newest adventure! I have decided to really learn to cook and bake like a real live human adult! I have just turned 21 and because I only have one more year of school to go, I decided it would be in my best interest to start figuring out what all of those other contraptions were in that room with the microwave and fridge.
Right now I am home from school for the summer, working at a summer camp in New Hampshire and enjoying what little time I have left in the comfort of my parent’s home with a big kitchen and tons of space for my experiments.
The whole idea for this adventure began the other day when I decided to drag the whole family to a day of blueberry picking. “What fun!” I thought to myself, and it was! That is until we had four quarts of blueberries in our fridge and not enough time to consume them all! I was throwing blueberries in my oatmeal, my salads, mixing it with yogurt, and smoothies, but we simply had too many! So then I decided to make some muffins. From scratch. Which was a big endeavor for me as I’m typically the first person to reach for the box mix recipes when baked goods are needed. I went online and used the first recipe I found and within minutes I had whipped some up!
To my extreme astonishment, they were a huge hit! I found that I had enjoyed making them so much that I wanted to make more! There was something so gratifying in making delicious treats from scratch and watching as they brought joy to those around me!
That all brings me to where I am now. I decided to start a baking blog in order to keep my new hobby interesting and alive. As for where the name “ladle by ladle” comes from, I literally just walked around the kitchen picking up various utensils and coming up with puns for them until I found one that wasn’t already in use on wordpress. It’s supposed to sound like “little by little” which is appropriate for me and this blog I think since I’m going to be learning slowly!
My first recipe is for a different type of muffin. I made them the day after I made the blueberry ones and they were an even bigger hit! my Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins were denser than your average muffin, but if you like oatmeal in your baked goods (and raspberries of course) then these are the muffins for you! Plus they’re pink and pretty (and pretty is very important!)
RASPBERRY OATMEAL MUFFINS
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup raspberries, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Mix dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking powder, and salt)
3. Mix together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a separate bowl and then add eggs and vanilla
4. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and once they’re combined, add in the raspberries
5. Put muffin cups into a muffin tin (makes 12 muffins) and fill them each evenly with the batter
6. Bake for 20 minutes!
These muffin were well received by my family, friends, and co-workers. I was concerned that maybe they were just being nice, but I ate three in one sitting so I’m inclined to think that they were actually pretty delicious!
Until next time!