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Recipe Redo: Rosemary-Orange Ricotta Muffins v2.0

Plenty of food bloggers redo their own recipes after a couple years, but has anyone redone one after two months? I was making a double-batch of Rosemary-Orange Ricotta Muffins for Saturday-morning Fannibal (rewatching with an old friend). I didn’t have my oranges yield enough juice, so I substituted soy milk for half of the orange juice; used full-fat ricotta instead of the skim kind (hooray, reading the labels) and stumbled onto the fluffiest muffins ever.

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Heirloom Tomato Sauce | I'll Make It Myself!

Slow-Cooker Heirloom Tomato Sauce

I really missed my Crock Pot while I was in Japan. You can definitely buy a reasonably-priced slow cooker (surô kukkâ, スロークッカー) online or large homegoods stores. A rice-cooker can double as a slow cooker for many recipes, but since the purpose of the rice cooker is to get the moisture out, it may not work well for sauces.

I got a lot of heirloom tomatoes on sale at the farmers’ market, so I decided to try to make my own tomato sauce.

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Double Coconut Brownies | I'll Make It Myself!

Double Coconut Brownies (Dairy-Free)

Darlingsan had a special request for her birthday “cake”: brownies, not heavily frosted, possibly Sailor-Moon themed. I’m really glad, too, because apartments in Seattle don’t have AC, which is a helpful thing to have to dealing with butter-based decorations.

This recipe is dairy-free if you are using vegan baker’s chocolate. If you want to glaze or frost it, you can use non-dairy milk for a glaze or my favorite vegan buttercream, but the brownies are rich and moist without it.

Sailor Moon Brownies | I'll Make It Myself! (1)

To make it the brownies into an homage to the locket, I made a very basic glaze to give the pink color; a little leftover yellow buttercream to make the moon; and halved cherries to stand in for the gems.

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Honey Cream Scones with Nuts

I had extra cream from the Sailor Uranus cake, so I decided to try a cream scone recipe. Cream scones use heavy cream in place of the egg and butter, which makes them light and airy–and there’s no need to deal with cutting flour into cold butter. Very easy.

Honey Cream Scones with Nuts | I'll Make It Myself! 4

I photographed a batch I made with pecans, but you can use pecans, almonds, walnuts, or a mix of these nuts. I tend to use whatever nuts I have left over from other recipes–Right now I’m enjoying a batch of almond scones.

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The Rosette of Versailles: Apple Custard Tart with Walnut Crust

Rosette of Versailles Tart | I'll Make It Myself! 9

I offered to bring tarts to a dear friend’s family Thanksgiving and found this recipe as I was considering my repertoire. Also, geeky-dessert talk: I’m a huge fan of Ikeda Riyoko’s The Rose of Versailles (Beru Bara) fan*, so how could I pass up the tarte bouquet de roses?

Rosette of Versailles Tart | I'll Make It Myself! 10

This tart looks and tastes elegant: the freshness of the (mostly) uncooked apples with the creamy maple custard and soft walnut crust creates a great combination of flavors and textures. In Alain Passard’s version, he cuts the apples with a machine into long strips, but those of us without mandolins can (carefully) slice the apples into paper-thin, translucent pieces.

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Millet Muffins

Check out the rice section in your local supermarket in Japan for other grains, and you’re often find zakkoku (雑穀) / kokumotsu (穀物), mixed grains and beans, which often includes millet. Millet is called awa (粟) or kibi (キビ) and is often sold by itself as uruchikibi (うるちキビ ) or mochi kibi (モチキビ).

Millet Muffins @ I'll Make Myself!

This muffin recipe from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day is a great way to try millet, and it’s easy to make in Japan and the US. If you’re in the US, millet can be found with the other grains or the bulk food section. The texture of the muffins is moist and rich, and the millet adds a nice seedy pop to it.

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