March 30, 2011

The Perfect Recipe by Pam Anderson Cookbook Review

This week, for my own personal Single Nester Cookbook Challenge, I chose a recipe from The Perfect Recipe - Getting it Right Every Time by Pam Anderson (no, not that Pam Anderson).This cookbook tells you in great detail (no photos, just illustrations) how to cook foods such as a prime rib to cornichons and lobster.

While the instructions are very clear, I found some of these recipes a bit too stuffy for me. But, this cookbook might come in handy if I were to make such fancy schmancy recipes.

I chose to make a Basic Muffin Recipe.Here are some of the ingredients used.The author provides variations to this recipe so I chose to make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by adding 3 tablespoons of poppy seeds and the zest of one lemon. The recipe only called for 1 teaspoon but I am a lemon lover so I zested the whole dang thing. While I felt the recipe and instructions were spot on, my muffins came out dry with only a slight hint of lemon which surprised me considering I zested the whole lemon.

Was it because I used lowfat instead of full fat yogurt?

Was my flour old?

Who knows. The next time I decide to make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, I might head over to the Internet to find an alternative recipe.

"Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!" - James Beard


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

They sure look pretty! I'm wondering if the yogurt tamed the lemon flavor? Have a great day:@)

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

They sure do look good! Sorry they were dry. Maybe too much flour? Or overbaked?

Jo said...

Carmie, yum,gurl your photo's sure didn't turn out "dry", can't believe the muffins were,(I'm blown away with your cookn') hey, maybe add a couple mashed overly ripe bananas(if you like 'em) and some blueberries too, I made a banana-blueberry bread that turned out real moist and I cooked with pancake/waffle mix(yep-I was going to use bisquick(I was OUT),I'll put on my blog this afternoon,it was "off the chain" delish and soo moist too.
Lovn' these cookn' post!!

beth said...

Glad to see someone (like me) who tries new things that don't always turn out perfect!

Jeanne said...

If you find the solution Carmie, please let me know. I have been trying to find the perfect muffin recipe for years! I am liking some of the suggestions your readers have given you...I will take note!

Have a great day Carmie....I have your details for a postcard, just selecting the perfect one :)

Jeanne xx

even-star said...

While one would like to assume Ms Anderson knows what she is doing I can't let this go. My home economist mom would be horrified.

This recipe is not actually for muffins. It is for cake. Muffins are made by melting the fat and mixing it with an egg and liquid. While a cake batter is made by creaming butter and sugar and then adding eggs.

I would suggest they may have been dry because this puts a lot of air into the batter.

This would be delicious though if it were baked in like a loaf pan and then drizzled with lemon sugar syrup or glaze. Might combat the dryness.

Not sure about the lemon-ness. Maybe if your yogurt was especially sharp it would tend to interfere with the lemon sharpness?

Miz Helen said...

Your muffins look delicious. I would like to invite you to bring a recipe and link to my Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

Lolly Jane said...

mmmm this looks GOOOOD!!! thanks for visiting, been a follower of yours for a while now, glad ya stopped by!!

(: have a fab wknd!

Kristin said...

the muffins look gorgeous! i'm surprised, too, that the lemon flavor didn't come through more prominently... maybe more zest next time?! either way, they sound tasty!

thanks for linking up to mangia mondays!


Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

I love Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins but have never made my own! Thanks.


Thanks for sharing.

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