May 4, 2011 § 34 Comments
OK, I’m just going to say it right off the bat. Today was not a good day. I woke up at 5 am to catch the bus. I found out that I wasn’t accepted into the AP United States History class I wanted to take next year. I have 3 tests to study for and now I am suffering from a terrible case of writer’s block. Ugh!
Now that I’ve gotten all of that out of my system, let’s move onto the subject of today’s post: my Spanish 2 class.
Everyone, no matter what age and education level, has an all-time favorite class. Throughout the years I’ve had quite a few favorites, but I think my second semester Spanish 2 class tops the list. Although, the reasons behind my decision are nowhere close to conventional. Sure I like the language and the culture and my teacher is OK, but the people in my class are just flat-out amazing!
You see, last year I decided to be a nerd and take Spanish 1 for my elective in order to get a head start on my high school World Language requirements. I finished the course with an A+ and am now in a Spanish 2 class with a bunch of wise-cracking sophomores who hate Spanish and a Spanish teacher with a heavy French accent. Needless to say, we have some good times and it keeps the class interesting.
Oh, you want a couple of examples? Of course!
- A few weeks ago one of the sophomores asked if he could go to the bathroom. My teacher, whose last name is Backus, said yes and wrote him a pass. Upon his departure from the classroom he shouts “I’ll be right Backus!” In writing it might not be as funny as it was at the moment, but believe me, when you are in the middle of learning the past tense of Spanish reflexive verbs everything is funny.
- Today, before class even started, another student in my class went up to my teacher and asked a question. This time it was for her to translate the word “perhaps” into Spanish. Sounds innocent enough right? Well, it turns out that perhaps translated to Spanish is quisas which is pronounced “Kiss Ass.” Hahaha!
Honestly, its times like those that get me through the class and what better way to honor it than by baking Spanish pastries?!
“The word Magdalena roughly translated to English means “small cake” and the Spanish typically eat it with a light breakfast or for dessert. I, however, think it is perfect for any time of day! The muffin is soft, fluffy and delicate with a lemon-y flavor that is to die for!”
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice + the zest from 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Measure ¼ cup sugar into small bowl and set aside.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, beat eggs with ¾ cup sugar. Beat until the mixture is light.
- As you continue to beat the egg mixture, slowly pour in the melted butter, making sure to mix thoroughly. Stir in the lemon zest, juice, vanilla extract, and milk.
- Measure out the flours, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Mix throughly. While stirring the egg mixture, add the flour mixture. Continue to stir until all ingredients are mixed well. The batter will be thick.
- Grease a medium muffin tin with butter or nonstick spray. Use a large serving spoon to spoon batter into pan, filling each one ¾ of the way full. Use a teaspoon to sprinkle each magdalena with a bit of the reserved sugar.
- Place pans on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 13-15 minutes, until the magdalenas have turned a golden color. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before taking out of the pan to cool further.
OK, I know the recipe looks rather intimidating because it’s so long, but believe me it’s really easy! What isn’t easy is looking at these pictures. Drooling. Really wanting another magdalena, but knowing it probably isn’t a good idea considering you already ate 3 today. It’s really hard and I think I’m about to give in right about now…
Now if you’d excuse me, I have a million and three pages of Spanish homework to do.