Two mornings ago I made Cream of Wheat. Cream of Wheat and I have a love/hate relationship. See, I love to eat it, but the family only tolerates it. I love to make it, but am usually trying to do too many things at once with a foggy early-morning brain which usually leads to the milk boiling over and a big huge mess. A friend advised me that I can cut the milk with water (do half & half) and that should solve my boiling over problem … she didn’t realize she was speaking to me – who seems to have a penchant for boiling over milk in whatever state it’s in. Because of my relationship with Cream of Wheat, I’ve started using a really big pot to cook it. Practical Sonja decided the other morning that it would be better to make more than enough so there could be leftovers. Because, well, even though they tolerate it, sometimes they ask for more. Instead of making 4 servings, that I stretch to five, I decided to make NINE. Nine servings of Cream of Wheat is a LOT. We all had big bowls and there was still a good-sized Tupperware (six cups+) leftover. No problem, I thought. I’d recently seen a recipe for leftover hot cereal muffins. I LOVE muffins, as does the fam.
Fast forward to this morning – decided I should try and make said muffins because, well, we don’t want the Cream of Wheat to go bad. So I made these –
Leftover Hot Cereal Muffins makes 2 dozen
from Real Life Home
2 cups leftover hot cereal 1 1/2 cups milk 1/2 cup melted butter 2 eggs
2 cups flour (all whole wheat or half whole wheat and half unbleached) 1 cup sugar 4 t. baking powder 1 t. salt 1/2 to 1 cup optional extra additions (craisins, raisins, coconut, nuts, seeds, etc.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease two dozen muffin cups.
Place all the wet ingredients, including hot cereal, in the blender and blend briefly to combine. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the blended wet ingredients and stir to just combine.
Scoop into muffin tins and bake for about 20 minutes. Serve warm with jam and butter or eat plain.
Cream of Wheat stretches a lot. The recipe says it will make 2 dozen. It made 24 plus a pan of mini muffins. Not a big deal, as the family loves muffins. However, I must’ve done something wrong because my muffins turned out flat and squishy. And they are a little plain. So I think I’m going to experiment. I’ll get back to you soon (there’s still half a container or more of leftover Cream of Wheat!!)!