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Sweet Potato MuffCake – Basic Recipe

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This is a toss-up between a muffin and a cupcake, so I decided to give it the name ‘MuffCake’. A perfect dessert or snack.


  • 1 cup of sweet potatoes (3 medium)
  • ½ cup butter (sweet)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 ½ cups shifted flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup of milk
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Preheat oven at 375°

Preparation before cooking muffcakes

Scrub and wash potatoes in cold running water. Dry with paper towel and place in a baking pan or on a baking sheet and put in oven.

  • Bake for 25 minutes without covering.
  • Make sure potatoes are puffy to the touch before removing from the oven.
  • Allow them to cool down for about 10 minutes before removing and discarding skin.
Continue preparation before cooking
  • In a mixing bowl add potatoes and mash with a fork until potatoes have no lumps.
  • Now add melted butter, oil, vanilla, lemon juice, eggs and sugar.
  • Mix at medium high-speed for about 3 minutes making sure that the mixture is smooth.
  • In a large bowl add shifted flour, salt and baking powder. Mix with a fork for 2 minutes.
  • Combine all ingredients into your mixing bowl and mix at medium high-speed for 2 minutes.
  • Batter will be pretty thick, add milk and continue to mix for about 1 minute on medium high-speed. The batter should be well blended, slightly thick and smooth.
  • Now you are ready to begin filling your non stick muffin pans.
  • Pour batter evenly not to the top of each muffin cup

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  • Place in oven on middle rack.
  • Cook for 30 minutes.
  • Muffcakes are done when you can prick the center with a tooth pick and it comes out clear!
  • Remove from oven and wait 1 minute before removing from pan.

Preparation time: 22 minutes
Cooking time: 55 minutes
Total time: 1 hours 17 minutes
Yield: 2 dozen

♥ Chef Ann’s ‘MuffCake’ Note:
  • If you do not have a mixer, you can do this by hand. It will take an extra 15 minutes. You will need to stir ingredients very well until it is mixed thoroughly.
  • Make sure that you test the center of the muffcakes before removing them from the oven.
  • As stated earlier a tooth pick is the best gauge for testing.
Helpful information

Source: The benefits of the sweet potato | Chef Ann’s blog

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Toss it up to make it “Simply Delicious”

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Turkey Sliders – Basic Recipe

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A ‘Simply Delicious’ serving suggestion: lettuce wrap turkey sliders, with shredded mozzarella, mushrooms and onion


Turkey sliders, a quick meal or snack using basic ingredients that most should have in their kitchen.

♥ Chef Ann’s ‘Turkey Sliders’ note:

I recommend broiling vs. frying, but that is your choice.

…broiling is the best way to cook some of your meat, fish and poultry,  provided that you do it in the a stove.Source: ‘What’s Healthier, Broiled, Grilled, Or Fried Food?


  • ¾ pounds ground turkey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper (optional)
  • dash of paprika (optional)
  • ½ cup of mild shredded cheese (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


Preheat oven at 350°
You will need a grill skillet/pan or a flat pan similar to a cookie sheet.

Preparation before cooking
  • Make sure the rack in oven is at the top position (closest to the top cooking element)
  • Add turkey, black pepper, garlic powder and salt in a bowl. With a fork mash and blend ingredients very well.
  • Scoop 2 heaping tablespoons of seasoned turkey and put in the palm of your hand and use both hands to shape into a round ball.
  • Once you have formed the ball, press into a patty (thickness is your option), but make sure that you do not make it too flat, you are not forming a typical burger.
  • Repeat this process until you have formed 6 nicely formed turkey sliders (patties).
  • Sprinkle a dash of paprika on each side and lay on a flat pan or grill.
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Uncooked turkey sliders on grill skillet

  • Change the oven temperature to broil.
  • Place the turkey sliders on a grill or flat pan and place in the oven and cook for 3 minuets on each side then remove from oven.
  • You are now ready to dress your sliders with cheese (if desired) and serve. Yum delicious!

Preparation time: hours 11 minutes
Cooking time: hours 6 minutes
Total time: 17 minutes
Servings: 2-3

♥ Chef Ann’s ‘ground turkey’ Tip:

I prefer the “Jennie-O” brand when purchasing ground turkey.

Helpful information

Ground turkey is a terrific change of pace for those of you that normally choose beef.