Due to the coronavirus pandemic we are staying more at home and some of us have spent this extra free time to try some new recipes. This is a good way to spend your time making your menu richer in good and healthy meals.
Many chefs and nutritionists recommend us to start cooking as it is very beneficial for us in terms of stress relief and relaxation, and there is always the positive side, cooking amazingly delicious meals.
Chef PatiJinich, the host of the PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table and author of the cookbooks Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking and Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens, states that opting for cooking in these challenging times is the best way to alleviate stress.
Chef PatiJinich states:
“If you’re at home, cooking is a way to nurture yourself and learn things and stay active. It’s also therapeutic because when you’re following a recipe, you put your brain to work and you’re focusing on that instead of thinking about the other worries you may have.”
Andrea Kapner, a nutritionist and the founder of Tiny Turnips Kitchen also confirms the benefits of cooking and baking emphasizing that its practice is an effective meditative technique:
Andrea Kapner adds:
“When you’re baking or cooking, it can be a stress reliever. You’re really using all five of your senses, and when you’re using all five senses, you’re really present and in the moment.”
Cooking delicious meals would be a great way to spend quality time with your partner and children. Children love to stay in the kitchen and participate in everything so this would be the best way to spent tome together and make it interesting.
In this article we shall reveal to you an excellent recipe that can be served as breakfast, a snack, or a dessert. No one will resist the muffins with savory cream cheese filling and crunchy cinnamon streusel on top.
This recipe is a combination of our favorite treats: muffins and cheesecake. It was shared on the great blog „King Arthur Flour“, and immediately went viral.
These muffins will be a great treat for your taste buds with the hidden mouth-watering cheesecake filling that would be a great surprise for your appetite. The frosting is added in the middle and not at the top making the surprise even bigger.
Try this recipe and enjoy it with your loved ones in these difficult times, here it is how to prepare it:
Recipe for Carrot Cake Muffins with Cheesecake Fillings
Needed Ingredients For the Carrot Cake Muffins:
- 1 cup of grated carrots (app. 2 to 3 medium carrots)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 1/4 cups of flour, all-purpose
- 3/4 cup of water
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Half a cup of granulated sugar
- A quarter cup of light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- A quarter teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
- A large bowl
- A cupcake pan
Needed Ingredients For the Cream Cheese Filling:
- 10 ounce cream cheese, softened
- A quarter cup and 1 tablespoon of sugar
- Half a teaspoon of vanilla
- A bowl
Needed Ingredients For the Streusel Topping:
- A cup of flour, all-purpose
- Half a cup of unsalted butter, melted
- A quarter teaspoon of salt
- 2/3 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- A medium bowl
Needed Ingredients For the Glaze:
- A quarter cup of powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon of milk
Take the cupcake pan and line it with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
First you need to prepare the streusel topping: combine the all-purpose flour, salt, sugar and the cinnamon. Next, include the melted unsalted butter, and stir everything nicely by using a fork.
In a separate bowl, beat the listed ingredients for the cream cheese filling.
The batter for the muffins is made by first mixing the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl whisk the water, eggs, and oil, and then the resulting mixture add to the dry ingredients. In the end include the grated carrots, and stir everything once again.
In the cupcake pan in each hole put around 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of the batter, and spread it nicely so that it covers the bottom. Next, put a full tablespoon of filling in each cup. Again put batter to cover the filling. The cups should be 3/4 full, and on top of each cup add the streusel topping.
Put the pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Once baked, remove the pan from the oven, and set it aside to cool down. After that, put the muffins on a cooling rack.
Prepare the glaze by combining the milk with the powdered sugar and then use it to drizzle it over the muffins.
Your super delicious muffins are ready for consumption, enjoy them!