Light and fluffy Red Currant Yogurt Muffins are sweet and tart, and soft and moist. These are a great breakfast or brunch menu item. In early summer, use fresh currants, but frozen currants can easily be used as well with the same fluffy results.
Welcome back! In this post, as promised, I’m going to bring you to the second floor of our new country home and explain it to you the best I can. Red Currant Yogurt Muffins is the fourth and final red currant recipe in my Red Currant Series and if you’d like to read the series from the beginning, start with Red Currant Cake, followed by Red Currant Jam, and lastly the Red Currant Crumb Bars.
So, when you walk in the front door, I had mentioned that there’s a staircase to the left that takes you upstairs. The banister of the staircase wraps around the top of the staircase opening completely, which is a nice touch. I can’t wait to decorate that banister for Christmas!
At the top of the stairs, you have two choices. If you turn left, you’ll walk into the master bedroom. If you turn right, you’ll see four doors. The first door is the bathroom, followed by McKenna’s room, then there’s a walk in closet/storage room, and lastly, the third bedroom which is currently plan-less.
If you follow the banister around it will take you to the front of the house. There’s a window there that looks down onto the road. More importantly, the landing has plenty of room for two arm chairs, and small table, and maybe a little bookcase. This will most certainly be a reading area, or in my case, a place to sit and crochet.
Let’s go back to the master bedroom. The room is absolutely massive in comparison to our bedroom in the apartment. The room actually spans the entire depth of the house. At the front, there’s a window with a his and his closet on both sides. At the back, there are two windows which look into the backyard and the fields beyond that. There’s a great view of a red barn and horses in the distance from those windows.
The bathroom is a little strange. There’s a huge window in there, which is great for ventilation, but weird if you’re stepping out of the shower, because you’re completely exposed to anyone standing in the backyard. The bathroom needs work. We plan to install a new vanity and toilet as well as rip out the tub and install and walk in shower.
McKenna’s room is my favourite bedroom just because of the shape. It’s an “L” shape and has two windows – one facing east and one facing north. Her closet extends the entire south wall, which is larger than the his and his closets in our room put together.
There’s really not much to say about the walk in closet/storage room. It has metal shelving right now, which John.e plans to remove and install a better system. Lastly, the third bedroom is the smallest of the three. The previous owners were crafters and used the room for their hobbies. It needs some work, but for now, we have no plans for it.
I forget to mention that there’s also an attic complete with a the pull down, spring-operated stairs. The attic is huge, but not finished. There’s so much potential up there, but any plans for that are off into the very distant future.
All in all, there’s not a lot of expensive work to do, but there’s quite a few things that we need to upgrade and change. It just seems like a lot of work to us, because we are only there for two days per week. It would be impossible to go to the house after work during the week. The commute would be unbearable.
We are off to a great start. I’ve almost removed all of the wallpaper (it was in every room!). John.e has started working on cutting back trees that are too close to the house. He’s also started working on the grading around the house’s perimeter. We’ve had the oil furnace removed and had a new propane furnace installed. We’ve had central air installed as well.
All of the furniture has been delivered and everything is sitting in the living room. Before we move the furniture where it goes, I have to sand, prime, and paint each room. John.e is working on increasing the ventilation and air-flow in the basement, so that’s going to take some time. We are spending our summer vacation there and will get a lot of work done at that time, I’m sure.
This house has been our dream. It’s an escape from the city and it’s a story of us building a home together where we can retire and reap the rewards of all of our hard work. And, of course, enjoy an abundance of red currants every summer!
Red Currant Yogurt Muffins
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups red currants
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 12-hole muffin tin by coating the cavities with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, use a hand-held mixer to beat together the yogurt, sugar, and lemon zest until well mixed.
- Add the vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and eggs. On low speed beat until well incorporated.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix just until the flour is incorporated.
- Add the red currents and fold into the batter with a rubber spatula.
- Evenly distribute the batter into the 12 muffin pan holes.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow the muffins to cool in the muffin tin for 15 minutes. Turn the muffins out onto a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.