Muffin Lady: Muffins, Cupcakes, and Quickbreads for the Happy Soul

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When we think of an inheritance, thoughts of money or some jewel-encrusted heirloom usually spring to mind. Well, Linda Fisher's inheritance did get her out of financial trouble, but it was nothing more than one of her mother's recipes and the values with which she was raised.

Suddenly finding herself divorced and struggling to support her son and make ends meet, Linda, rather than ask for public assistance, vowed to take care of her own. She dug up her mother's pancake recipe ...

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Overview

When we think of an inheritance, thoughts of money or some jewel-encrusted heirloom usually spring to mind. Well, Linda Fisher's inheritance did get her out of financial trouble, but it was nothing more than one of her mother's recipes and the values with which she was raised.

Suddenly finding herself divorced and struggling to support her son and make ends meet, Linda, rather than ask for public assistance, vowed to take care of her own. She dug up her mother's pancake recipe and modified it into a muffin batter. Then she loaded up her red Radio Flyer wagon and hit the pavements of Westminster, Maryland, selling mouthwateringly delicious muffins — blueberry, peach cobbler, black bottom, burnt sugar, apple dumpling, to name just a few — and soon became a local favorite, known around town as "the Muffin Lady."

Just when business started booming, however, the Carroll County Health Department told her to pack up her wagon because she didn't have a "department-approved commercial kitchen." Well, Linda wasn't going to take that lying down! She fought back, and the whole community came out to support her. Finally the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department offered her the use of their state-approved kitchen, where she still bakes muffins today.

In The Muffin Lady,  Linda shares the legacy of riches that was handed down by her mother. These gifts are useful both inside and outside the kitchen — recipes whose ingredients include sugar, flour, perseverance and pride.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060392468
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/17/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 7.37 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Meet Linda Fisher, the Muffin Lady of Westminster, Maryland. She's a single mother whose delicious recipes for muffins — and for a life lived with pride, dignity and values — make The Muffin Ladyÿ so much more than just a cookbook.

Linda has been up and down and up again, but her mother's teachings (as well as her simple pancake recipe, which Linda adapted into the secret behind her mouthwatering muffins), provided her with everything she needed.

Replete with fabulous recipes as well as anecdotes, reminiscences and the wit and wisdom of Linda's inimitable personality, The Muffin Lady is a book for all of us who have ever licked a batter-covered spoon, waited impatiently for the oven timer to ring or carried with us throughout our lives the lessons and wisdom of our mothers.

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Morning Glory Muffins

Yield: twelve 2-4-ounce muffins or six 6-8-ounce muffins

This was truly a creation born of necessity. I had a little bit of carrot, a little bit of apple, some pineapple, and a lot of walnuts. I needed another muffin "flavor of the day," and money was tight. Since I couldn't buy additional supplies, I made the muffin with the ingredients I had.

I hauled out a bowl and started dicing and chopping up the apples (with peels) and grating the carrots, and I rescued some of the pineapple from the pina colada muffins. Using the apple peel is a story in and of itself. The peel is the most valuable part of the apple, and for the longest time I had been discarding it. Then a fellow chef pointed out how much money, not to mention vitamins, was going from my peeler into the trash.

As for the name, it might just as easily have been called "everything but the kitchen sink" for all the ingredients it had. But my assistant wondered if she would have to handwrite on every muffin label that this was a "walnut, carrot, pineapple, apple" creation, so I came up with the name Morning Glory after the beautiful, bright yellow-budded flower that seemed to sum up the brightness of this muffin's flavors.

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon mace
2 carrots, grated
1 apple, grated
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup crushed pineapple
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the dry ingredients. Place the carrots, apple, oil, and sugar in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer untilwell blended. Add the eggs one at a time. Gradually add the dry mixture. Fold in the pineapple and nuts. Spoon into a wax paper-lined 12-unit muffin pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.


Heavenly Layer Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen

This is another bar item transformed into a cookie. This one in particular is distinguished by its layers. You might call it a "blondie."

The graham cracker crumbs make for the real bar, added to a cookie crust. When you throw in the chocolate and butterscotch chips, you get pure decadence. I just love that butterscotch--and all the remembrances of childhood that spill from it. And the shredded coconut is also a throwback to my mother's coconut cake, topped with that real old-fashioned seven-minute icing. It was, and remains, the real deal.

4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup (6 ounces) chocolate chips
1 cup (6 ounces) butterscotch chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour the butter into a 9 by 13-inch pan Press the graham cracker crumbs onto the bottom of the pan. Add the chocolate and butterscotch chips, coconut, and nuts in layers. Drizzle the milk over the top. Bake for 30 minutes. Cut into squares.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    Ingredients from home, Baked with love

    Every receipe that I have used from The Muffin Lady's cookbook have been wonderfully delicious. My family simply can not wait to break open a blueberry muffin fresh out of the oven. I especially like the use of wax paper for the oversized muffin tins. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to bake with generally most of the ingredients that you may already have in your cupboards and spice cabinets/drawers. I also enjoyed reading about how Linda Fischer started baking. Her story is an inspiration to me, to never stop baking with a sprinkle of love and a dash of understanding.

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