If a big hungry moose comes to visit, you might give him a muffin to make him feel at home. If you give him a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it. When he's eaten all your muffins, he'll want to go to the store to get some more muffin mix.
In this hilarious sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the young host is again run ragged by a surprise guest. Young readers will delight in the comic complications that follow when a little boy entertains a gregarious moose.
Here's a recipe using our BAKING MIX that is perfect for any moose you entertain over the holidays:
1½ cups BAKING MIX (see recipe below)
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)
½ cups chopped apples or other fruit
½ cup plus 1 Tb. milk
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine first five ingredients, then combine milk and egg and add to dry mixture until just blended. Grease muffin pan. Fill large muffin pans 2/3 full. For mini muffins fill until level with pan. For six large muffins bake 20-25 minutes. For 16 mini muffins bake 15-20 minutes.
Chopped apples, peaches, strawberries
Whole blueberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)
Note: If using a mashed fruit, add to wet ingredients instead of dry ingredients.
Adjust milk as necessary to create a thick batter.
1five pound bag (or seventeen cups) of unbleached flour
9tablespoons (a little over ½ cup) of baking powder
2tablespoons of salt
3 one cup containers of Crisco shortening (one pound)
Put all ingredients except for shortening into a large bowl and mix thoroughly with a whisk. Cut the shortening into small pieces and then add to the dry mixture. Use two large knives to cut the shortening into the mixture. You may use a pasty blender, but it will get messy. Put the contents into an airtight container. This recipe makes about 21 cups of mix. A plastic, one gallon ice cream container (cleaned and dried and minus the ice cream) will hold about 18 cups of the mix. Store in a cool, dry place and use within 2-3 months.
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Caroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New
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