The Muffin Tin Cookbook: A Review

I recently had the opportunity to receive and review a brand new cookbook, The Muffin Tin Cookbook by Brette Sember of Martha and Me.  This book takes the lowly muffin tin and elevates it to pie plate, roaster, casserole, saucepan and more.  Brette has come up with so many cool things to do with a muffin tin;  200 things to be exact.

The book is divided up like most cookbooks with sections for appetizers, breakfast, meats, sides, breads and desserts.  Each recipe has a muffin symbol next to it that lets you know if it is meant to be made with a  mini, regular or jumbo muffin tin.    Some recipes require liners while others do not.  You will want to stock up, not only on regular paper liners, but also foil and silicone types, too, in order to make all of the recipes.  Conveniently, each recipe also has a handy nutritional analysis listing calories, fat content as well as proteins, sodium cabs, sugars and fiber.

Coffee Cake in a Muffin Tin

I made a long list of the recipes I wanted to try from this book.  Many of them are gluten free or could easily be adapted to be such.  I decided, in the end to make “coffee cakes” for my kids and “savory carrot cakes” for me.  My kids really liked waking up to portable coffee cake.  The carrots were to die for: ginger, cream cheese, carrots and more all mixed into a little bite.  I plan to made quite a few more before I am done.  I am particularly intrigued by the idea of making hard boiled eggs in the oven!!  Other recipes on my list include Squash Casserole, Shrimp Risotto, Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes, Butternut Squash Rice Cups, Nectarine Crisp with Crumb Topping, Fish Tacos,  Beef Shepherd’s Pie and Granola Bars.

Savory Carrot "Cakes"

Now that warmer weather has come to Florida, I am not turning on the oven very often, so many on my list will have to wait.  I am really wondering why Pyrex or Anchor hasn’t made a glass muffin tin that is safe for the microwave.  If I can make a cake in a mug, I could make a lot of these great foods in the microwave, too!

**note: I received the cookbook for free, but all opinions stated herein are my own.

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