I wouldn’t feed you something that I wouldn’t eat.

Before I type another word I need to get this out of my system:

Okay. I can start now. So, I have been admiring this cooking blog lately. It isn’t a health-oriented blog in the least; the recipes are very luxurious and well, you know, fatlicious. Her photography is marvelous and the food all just looks amazing. I had bookmarked 9 of her recipes to make and decided to tackle these here muffins first. So I went to the post, scrolled past the recipe, and started to read the ‘fluff.’ All of the sudden I came across this sentence:

“Normally I do not eat what I bake, I only taste-test and then away they go to a good home, where they are pampered, loved and sincerely appreciated. If I ate everything I baked I’d be 500 pounds.”

Excuse me? Giirrlll what the heck. If you wouldn’t eat your muffins, why would I want to?! After sitting there dumbfounded and slightly miffed for a little while, I started to think about what she wrote. And I get it. She wants to make the most beautiful and delicious desserts, baked goods, and meals because she can, not because she wants to eat them. I respect this approach to baking and cooking, but it is certainly not mine. I do not bake or make things for others that I would not (or do not) eat myself. And I do not blog recipes that I don’t personally utilize.

How do y’all feel about that? Do you make food but only give it away?

After reading the post, I still wanted to make the muffins. However, I doctored up the recipe to make them a bit more satisfying and nutritious. They went from calorie bombs to about 260 a piece, with 6 grams of protein and 30% of your daily needed vitamin A! They turned out wonderful and oh so delicious. They are not too sweet. They are muffins, not cupcakes, after all. πŸ™‚

Sweet Potato Muffins Stuffed with Cream Cheese

Recipe: Makes 10 muffins

Muffins –
2 cups white whole wheat flour Β  Β  (it is just as nutritious as brown whole wheat flour!)

1 Β 3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 ts table salt

1/4 ts baking soda

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp milk

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup sweet potato puree

1 1/2 tsp good quality vanilla extract Β (I also threw in some vanilla beans!)

1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

Stuffing –
8 tbsp cream cheese

1 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

& Cinnamon-sugar mixture to sprinkle on tops of muffins before baking.

1. In a medium bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and ground nutmeg. Set aside.

2. In another medium bowl combine cream, milk, sweet potato puree and vanilla extract. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and dark brown sugar with an electric mixer, until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

4. Also with the electric mixer, alternately mix in dry and wet ingredients into the butter, starting and ending with the dry; mix only until each addition is just incorporated.

5. Coat a muffin pan with nonstick spray and divide the batter into 10 cups. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a generous amount of cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until it they pass the toothpick test.

6. The stuffing: combine all ingredients and beat until well incorporated. To fill the muffins, I carved out a smallish hole and squeezed the stuffing in from a plastic baggy with a tiny hole in the corner.

Benefits:

Sweet potato * SO good for you. Loads of vitamin A (as beta carotene!), C, copper, manganese, and fiber! The vitamin A acts as an anti oxidant in the body to eliminate free radicals that harm DNA. Its important to know that the skin contains 3x more antioxidant activity than the orange flesh!

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10 thoughts on “I wouldn’t feed you something that I wouldn’t eat.

  1. I used to be like that, too. I mean, I taste test a lot, and usually I’ll split one of the finished products with my parents, then the rest I’ll pack up and give to my friends. I don’t know if it’s because I’m afraid of gaining weight. Maybe it is… I don’t know. But. These look just awesome! πŸ˜€ I looooove sweet potato.

  2. I appreciate your honesty about that quote. If I end up baking or cooking something that turns out really well, then I’ll consider making it as gifts (like muffins, or granola), or making it when I have guests. But I never bake or cook just to share recipes or photos. I eat everything that I make, with the help of my partner.

    1. Yeah, I am with you. If I make enough, I typically have a few servings myself and give the rest away as well. I’m all for giving away what you make, but only under the condition that you would eat it too! 

  3. That was a really good thing to address. I don’t think I’ve ever read anyone else’s blog that mentions the idea of baking and taking a mini bite before passing on the rest.
    I’ll admit that when I was in my ED I wouldn’t even touch some of the things I prepared. Mostly because I’d be making something for my brother (who eats like an athlete, maybe b/c he is one), so his stuff is very meaty and heavy.
    When baking I usually always have some of what I’ve made. It’s too hard not to! πŸ˜› Although sometimes it’s good that I do because it doesn’t turn out too great…lol

  4. taste testing means i have one. i don’t just take a bite and give it away. i eat my food that i create i wish i could eat it all, but i would gain a lot of weight. the reason i create so many recipes is because i’m trying to get published, not just for vanity or show on my blog. hope that helps clear things up a bit for you? hope you liked the muffins too. i should try the whole wheat pastry flour next time….sounds good.

  5. plus also i don’t give it away until it is perfect. these sweet potato muffins for example took about 4 trial runs before they were perfect…that’s a lot of taste testing for sure, not just a bite as you say.
    πŸ™‚ did i give away the other 3 batches of muffins? nope they weren’t ready. i only give away what i would devour/eat.

    1. I never wrote that you have just a bite. I didnt mean to offend you in any way; I respect you and your blog very much – I think its fantastic! And I understand your style of baking and cooking, its simply just different than my own. Keep on bloggin’ πŸ™‚

  6. I think it makes sense to taste test (or eat a small portion) and then give the rest away, especially with baked goods that get dry quickly. I’m the kind of person that if I leave sweets around the house, I’ll gobble them all up and that’s no good. Also, what is “creamed” cheese? Cream cheese?

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