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Butternut Squash muffins

Butternut Squash Muffin

 

Sweet flavor similar to carrot cake with added white chocolate chips and chopped walnuts and a cream cheese filling.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup butternut squash puree
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ginger extract
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the butternut squash puree, eggs, oil, water, extracts and sugars until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all-spice and cardamom. Add the walnuts and chips and stir.

3. Stir the dry ingredients into the butternut squash mixture. Combine just until incorporated; do not over mix. Pour into the prepared pan.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center  comes out clean.

Yield: 16-18 muffins

 

Cappuccino Muffins

Cappuccino muffin

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cocoa
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 500°F. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners and lightly spray with nonstick spray.
  2. Blend together the dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips.
  3. Beat the liquid ingredients together — milk, oil, Bailey’s, vanilla and eggs — until they are light.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Take a fork or wire whisk and blend for 20 seconds — no more!
  5. Fill cups of prepared muffin tin two-thirds to three-quarters full. Place muffins in the oven and immediately drop temperature to 400°F. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until muffins test done.

Yield: 12 muffins

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups currants or raisins (I left them out)
  • 1/2 to 2 teaspoons caraway seeds, to taste (or substitute dill seed – milder or anise seed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • sparkling white sugar, for topping

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 500°F. Line muffin tin with papers, and grease the papers.

2) In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, currants or raisins, and caraway seeds.

3) In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk and oil.

4) Quickly and gently combine the dry and wet ingredients; Take a fork or wire whisk and blend the two for 20 seconds — no more!

5) Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, filling the cups about 3/4 full; the stiff batter will look mounded in the cups. Top with sparkling white sugar, if desired.

6) Place muffins in the oven and immediately drop temperature to 400°F. Bake for 20 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove them from the oven. Tip the muffins in the pan, so their bottoms don’t get soggy. Wait 5 minutes, then transfer the muffins to a rack to cool.

Makes 12 muffins

Apple Walnut Muffins

Apple Walnut Muffins

Instructions:

  • 2 cups  All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 small apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 500°F.
  2. Blend together the dry ingredients as long and as vigorously as you want.
  3. Add chopped apple and walnuts and stir to coat dry mixture.
  4. Beat the liquid ingredients together — milk, oil or butter, and eggs, until light.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Take a fork or wire whisk and blend the two for 20 seconds — no more! It’s OK if you’ve left some lumps.
  6. Fill cups of a lightly greased muffin tin two-thirds to three-quarters full. Place muffins in the oven and immediately drop temperature to 400°F*. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until muffins test done.

Yield: 12 muffins, 24 mini-muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or softened butter (optional)*
  • 2 large eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 500°F. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners and lightly spray with nonstick spray.
  2. Blend together the dry ingredients. Add lemon zest and juice.
  3. Beat the liquid ingredients together — milk, oil or butter, and eggs — until they are light.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Take a fork or wire whisk and blend for 20 seconds — no more! It’s OK if you’ve left some lumps that look as if they want more stirring; they really don’t.
  5. Fill cups of prepared muffin tin two-thirds to three-quarters full. Sprinkle tops with additional poppy seeds. Place muffins in the oven and immediately drop temperature to 400°F*. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until muffins test done.

Yield: 12 muffins

Pear Muffins

pearmuffinIngredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pear, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 500°F.  Line muffin tin with 12 baking cups
  2. Blend together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cardamom and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. Beat the liquid ingredients together — milk, oil, and eggs — until they are light.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Take a fork or wire whisk and blend the two for 20 seconds — no more!
  5. Scoop batter into prepared baking cups, filling them 2/3 to  3/4 full.
  6. Place muffins in the oven and immediately drop temperature to 400°F*.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until muffins test done.

Yield: 12 muffins

*When you put muffins in a very hot oven and immediately drop the temperature, you help create the high peaks that make them so appealing.

 

Cranberry Almond Muffins

Cranberry Almond MuffinIngredients:

  •  2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup  milk
  • 1 tsp pure Almond extract
  • 1 egg, large
  • 4 oz shortening
  • 1/4 almonds, finely shopped
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a muffin pan with paper muffin liners
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Microwave shortening  in a microwave-safe bowl, for about a minute, until it’s thoroughly melted. Set it aside at room temperature to cool, but don’t let it solidify again.
  4. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and then add the sugar, milk and vanilla to the eggs.
  5. Stir in almonds and cranberries.
  6. Slowly add slightly cooled, melted shortening into the egg-vanilla-milk mixture and stir it in. If the shortening it too hot it will cook the eggs.
  7. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones and mix no more than ten seconds. The batter should be visibly lumpy, and you may see pockets of dry flour.
  8. Gently pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan and bake immediately.
  9. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Yield 12 muffins

 

 

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