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Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Carrot Oatmeal Muffins
It's good but TOO SWEET. And the texture is VERY MOIST. Sweetness already exists via coconut flakes and pineapple, didn't use more than 1/4 cup of sugar total. I substituted ALL of the oil for apple sauce to decrease fat. I made half the batch in cupcake liners and half in single tart trays, and the ones in the foil tart trays rose quite a bit compared to in the paper. That seems to alleviate the concerns here about the batter not rising. The paper liners were the worst. The muffins don't really peel off at all. On the other-hand, the foil tart tins leave very little crumb and the muffins pop right out. no need for spray or any added grease. The tins are reusable-Just soak to clean. The cream cheese filling ratio is not listed and mine came out very watery so it marbled, and did not stay in the middle as solid filling. With this part, start with the Cream Cheese first and add pineapple juice a teaspoon at a time until you get the right tartness and texture. It should still be more on the thick cream side, instead of being so watery. Roughly 1/4 cup cream cheese with about 1-2 tbsp of juice. Not too much or it will get watery. For those of you like me who don't have a food processor for carrots, I just used a regular veggie peeler to process the carrots manually. It took a bit of time but it's faster than using a knife, and i got nice thin onionskin-slice

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Reviewed On: Apr. 11, 2014
Iced Tea I
It's better if you use 1 large tea bag filter of good quality loose tea, versus the cheap bags you find at the store like tetley, or lipton. IMHO, putting 8 bags of tea for 8 cups of water is really excessive. I don't think it works the same way as single cups for steeping. Small wonder all the reviews say it needs sugar!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 23, 2011
Chai Tea Mix
Too sweet, terrible afte-rtaste. I made this with coffeemate, and whole milk powder, as well as steeped assam black tea (There are no instant tea powders in Canada, and i wouldn't trust the processing its been through either). Also, sugar is something you can always add afterwards, though really it should be sweetened with honey as that's healthier. If I were to make it again, i would try finding the unprocessed versions of all these elements and use my coffee grinder. The ginger you could grind after you've dried slices of it in the toaster oven. Understandably some people don't have the time but sometimes it is just more worth it to not take shortcuts- especially for a chai mix that can be quickly reconstituted at any later date.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 12, 2011

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