Saturday, 30 July 2011

First Harvest and A New Toy!

I am so excited to share this with you.

I went out this morning and lookie what I found!

It's the very first tomato from my garden. Isn't it pretty?


When we were at Upper Canada Village on Tuesday, I purchased a new toy.

We were in the tinsmith house, and he was working on these little rings. Of course, I asked him what he was doing, and he told us he was making muffin rings, like what would have been used in the 1860's. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you`ll see a stack of rings on the table behind him.

They are individual tin rings that you simply fill with muffin or cupcake batter and cook them as usual. The nice thing is, unlike the muffin tins that we use nowadays, these are very easy to clean. All you do is pop out the muffin when you're done, drop them in the sink and voila! Nice clean muffin rings, ready to use the next time.

So, yesterday, I tried them out. I`ve been really looking forward to doing this!

I didn`t think to get a photo of them on the ring, sorry! I didn't think of it until after I had them filled and placed on the cookie sheet.

They are simply rings, with no bottom, so you have to be careful not to move them. If you look closely in the upper right hand corner, you'll see that's a lesson I learned the hard way! LOL!

I filled each ring about 1/2 way

And then cooked them until they were nice and golden brown.

Once the rings cooled a bit, I slid a knife along the inside of the ring, and popped out the muffins.

I have two children with very sore mouths right now thanks to new braces and wisdom teeth surgery, so these nice fluffy muffins were the perfect afternoon treat!

The rings were super easy to use and clean, plus I have something that I find very interesting and unique having been made by hand using the same technique they would have in 1860.


  1. I have never heard of these before - but what a cute idea. I love anything like this that comes from "days gone by". Much easier than cleaning a muffin pan too.

  2. I had never seen them before either, but then I don't get out much, so I wasn't sure if they were a fairly common thing or not. LOL! I love them. I can't see myself going back to using a muffin tin after these. Very handy. :)

  3. Cool new toy! I love the look of muffins produced from a muffin tin! Well, I love yours anyway, I don't know if I'd be as successful, but I agree with the other commenters, I certainly want to give it a try!

    Also, your first tomato is adorable! :)