Banana Bread Muffins with White Wine Glaze Recipe

Banana bread muffins with white wine glaze recipe

Banana bread muffins with white wine glaze recipeMother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you would like to treat your mom to a spring treat, you’ll want this recipe for banana bread muffins with white wine glaze. I used Harvest Mist to make the glaze, and to replace the traditional milk in these muffins, so they are dairy-free – just in case you are allergic or intolerant to milk.  Plus, the wine gives these muffins a zesty flavor twist that you don’t find normally.

Banana Muffins with White Wine GlazeDid you know red bud blossoms are edible?  They not only add a colorful touch, but they also add a small burst of sweetness to these muffins (they also make a beautiful salad topper).  They are in the pea family, so if you are allergic to those you might try nasturtium flowers or another colorful garnish like a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Banana bread muffins with white wine glaze recipeThe glaze was incredibly easy to make, and you could substitute any of our white wines in the recipe.  I used the Harvest Mist since it has a bit of a honey flavor that paired up well with the banana and walnut flavors in the muffins.

Banana bread muffins with white wine glaze recipeLike banana bread, these muffins have a dense, moist interior that hold up for several days if you keep them covered, so feel free to make the muffins ahead of time, then glaze and garnish up to an hour before you serve them.  I recommend serving these muffins with our Lemon Basil Wine Gimlet.

I hope you enjoy these, and if you make a batch, I’d love to hear your thoughts about them in the comments below.  Cheers!

Banana Bread Muffins with White Wine Glaze Recipe
 
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White wine in the batter and the glaze makes for a flavorful and moist muffin. Perfect for a brunch or hearty snack.
Peaceful Bend Vineyard:
Recipe type: Brunch
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • For the muffins:
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup shortening
  • 2 Tablespoon Harvest Mist
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2-3 medium-size bananas)
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • For the glaze:
  • ½ cup sifted powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ Tablespoons Harvest Mist
Directions
  1. For the muffins, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin pan, or line cups with paper liners.
  2. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a large bowl and electric mixer, cream the shortening and sugar together. Once they are combined, add the Harvest Mist. Add the eggs, one at a time, allowing to stir together until completely combined. Add the mashed banana and the flour mixture alternately, stirring each addition in thoroughly before adding the next. Turn off electric mixer, and fold in the nuts.
  4. Fill muffin cups ½ to ¾ full. Bake for 35-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on the counter, then remove from pan.
  5. For the glaze, stir powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 Tablespoon of the Harvest Mist together in a small bowl or cup. Add extra ½ T of Harvest Mist. You may prefer to add more wine to make the glaze even more pour-able.
  6. Using a spoon, drizzle the glaze over each muffin, and garnish with topping of choice.
Notes
Store muffins, covered for up to 4 days. You can make the muffins ahead of time, and wait until an hour or so before you serve to glaze and garnish.

 

 

2015 Favorite Recipes

Curry Turkey with Turmeric Rice

I’ll be spending a little time this week between Christmas and New Year’s posting a series of ‘favorites’ from the year.  Today focuses on the favorite recipes from 2015.  Enjoy this peek back at the year in recipes, and if you’ve missed a few of these, I hope you can give them a try!

Norton Chocolate Cheesecake
This Norton chocolate cheesecake was rich, fruity and the perfect treat for valentine’s day.

Curry Turkey with Tumeric Rice
Clyde’s recipe for Curry Turkey with Turmeric Rice turned out to be one of our go-to meals all year. This recipe combined all our favorite things in a meal: easy to prepare, flavorful, and healthy.

Lemon Basil Wine Gimlet
You probably already know my love of wine cocktails, and this lemon basil wine gimlet was a summertime favorite that I just had to make over and over again while the fresh basil was in season.

Autumn Vegetable Medley
This autumn vegetable medley recipe was another fun, healthy, and filling dish that we enjoyed this fall. It’s versatile too, so with a few vegetable changes, we are keeping this in the mix this winter too!

Macaroni & Cheese with Wine
After saying how much we liked healthy food, I have to admit, the Macaroni and Cheese with Wine recipe garnered the most rave reviews, and it was not healthy at all. But I guess sometimes you just need cheesy goodness to offset all the health benefits of wine, right?

Well, there you have my 5 favorite recipes of 2015. The next edition in this little series will feature my favorite critter photos from the past year. What were you’re favorite new recipes this year? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. Cheers!

Crock Pot Baked Apples Recipe

Baked Apples Recipe

Baked Apples Recipe

Looking for an easy and elegant dessert that’s on the lighter side to serve?  These crock pot baked apples are slow cooked in wine for about 3 hours in a crock pot, making them an ideal dessert for the busy holiday season.

Set them up before everything gets started and turn them on low just before serving dinner. By the time you are ready for dessert, these flavorful baked apples will be steaming hot and ready to serve.

recipe for baked apples with wine

I cut the apples vertically, removed the stem, and then just scooped out the core and a bit of the flesh from around the core with a regular spoon.  You can also use a small pairing knife to cut the center out of these apples.  Leave the skin on though, and place the halves skin down in the crock pot as you see above.

slow cooker baked apples recipe

 

They kinda look like hearts when they are cut this way, so I’m thinking these would make for a pretty end to a lovely, romantic dinner.

Crock Pot Baked Apples Recipe

I used our Sweet River White in this recipe to compliment the apples’ flavor and bring a little extra sweetness to the sauce.  Once baked, use a spoon to transfer your baked apples on to a platter or individual plates, then spoon the leftover liquid from the bottom of the crock pot over the apples. Get those apples sauced!

The beauty of using honeycrisp apples is that they retain a bit of crunch, so you’ll want to use a butter knife and fork to dig into these baked apples.  If you use a smaller apple, or one without as much crunch, you can just use a fork to eat the apples up.

baked apples recipe

Enjoy these heavenly, and healthy treats during the holiday season, or anytime you want an easy make-ahead dessert.  Let me know what you think of the recipe in the comments below.  Cheers!

Crock Pot Baked Apples Recipe
 
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This easy and healthy baked apples with wine recipe calls to cook apples in a crock pot; making this an ideal dessert when you are entertaining.
Peaceful Bend Vineyard:
Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large honeycrisp apples, or 4 medium-size granny smith apples
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup Sweet River White
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the walnuts, cranberries, 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  2. Cut apples in half vertically. Scoop out the core and a bit of the flesh with a spoon.
  3. Place the apples in a large crock pot so the cut side is up. Spoon walnut mixture into the center of the apples.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup brown sugar, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, and the Sweet River White wine. Pour over the top of the apples in the crock pot.
  5. Cover the pot, and turn on low for 21/2-3 hours.
  6. Take baked apples out of the crock pot with a spoon, and place on a platter or individual plates. Spoon liquid from the crock pot over the apples and serve immediately.
Notes
Feel free to use raisins, currents, or other dried fruit instead of the dried cranberries.