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Recipes for muffins, in their yeast-free "American" form, are common in 19th century American cookbooks. Recipes for yeast-based muffins, which were sometimes called "common muffins" or "wheat muffins" in 19th century American cookbooks, can be found in much older cookbooks.
A somewhat odd combination of circumstances in the 1970s and 1980s led to significant changes in what had been a rather simple, if not prosaic, food. The decline in home-baking, the health food movement, the rise of the specialty food shop, and the gourmet coffee trend all contributed to the creation of a new standard of muffin.
Preservatives in muffin mixes led to the expectation that muffins did not have to go stale within hours of baking, but the resulting muffins were not a taste improvement over homemade.
On the other hand, the baked muffin, even if from a mix, seemed almost healthy compared to the fat-laden alternatives of doughnuts and Danish pastry. "Healthy" muffin recipes using whole grains and such "natural" things as yogurt and various vegetables evolved rapidly. But for "healthy" muffins to have any shelf-life without artificial preservatives, the sugar and fat content needed to be increased, to the point where the "muffins" are almost indistinguishable from cupcakes. The rising market for gourmet snacks to accompany gourmet coffees resulted in fancier concoctions in greater bulk than the original, modestly sized corn muffin.
The marketing trend toward larger portion sizes also resulted in new muffin pan types for home-baking, not only for increased size. Since the area ratio of muffin top to muffin bottom changed considerably when the traditional small round exploded into a giant mushroom, consumers became more aware of the difference between the soft texture of tops, allowed to rise unfettered, and rougher, tougher bottoms restricted by the pans. There was a brief foray into pans that could produce "all-top" muffins, i.e., extremely shallow, large-diameter cups. The TV sitcom Seinfeld made reference to this in the "The Muffin Tops" episode in which the character Elaine Benes co-owns a bakery named "Top o’ the Muffin to You!" that sold only the muffin tops. Along with the increasing size of muffins is a contrary trend of extremely small muffins. It is now very common to see muffin pans or premade muffins that are only one or two inches in diameter.
Everyone knows how beneficial omega-3 fatty acids can be for human health. Doctors recommend that you get at least a few grams of omega-3 fatty acids every single day to ensure excellent health and well-being.
Finding the best omega 3 recipes can sometimes be tricky, because you never really know what the omega-3 content of different foods are. In this article you’ll learn some of the best ingredients that you can put in your omega 3 recipes.
For example, you can mix flax seeds and walnuts. Throw them into a salad and you are looking at several grams of omega-3’s. I recommend that you do not overdo them, because they are high in fat and that will slow down your digestion considerably, and in the long-run ruin your health.
If you’re a vegetarian, I recommend that you look at soy beans, kidney beans, navy beans and other beans that are high in omega-3 fatty acid.
One of the best sources of omega-3’s are of course fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna and hoki. You can do a lot with fish, you can even add vegetables that are high in omega-3’s, such as broccoli or other green leafy vegetables.
The next ingredient you can use is omega-3 enriched organic eggs. You can make a tasty omelet with a side dish of vegetables; this is a healthy snack high in vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids.
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