Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Carrot Spice Muffins

Every morning starts off pretty much the exact same in my apartment.

5:30 - Alarm goes off
5:45 - I am making breakfast with coffee in hand
6:00 - I'm seated on my couch, eating breakfast and catching up on my favorite blogs

I catch up on the lives of my blog 'friends', get updates about family (my future sister in law just started a blog!) and drool over amazing recipes shared by talented chefs and home cooks. But rarely do I ever bake something from said blogs. It's not that I don't dream of cooking from other sites, it's just that with limited time and resources, I try to save my 'recipe cooking' for things I plan to share on Espresso and Cream.

But on Monday I stumbled upon a recipe I knew I needed to bake. Natalie, over at The Sweets Life, posted a recipe for Carrot Spice Muffins from Dorie Greenspan's book Baking from My Home to Yours. I don't frequently eat muffins because I have a sneaking suspicion that many muffins are actually more nutritionally akin to cupcakes.

This recipe, on the other hand, was something I could get behind. Something I could make my own and enjoy for breakfast without guilt. To fit my needs, I cut back the sugar by 1/3 cup; my grandma, who is a wonderful baker, has a theory you can cut the sugar dramatically in most recipes without consequence because we are been accustomed to overly sweet food. Additionally, I made these little cakes with 100% whole wheat flour because white flour and I don't socialize on a daily basis. I added kosher salt for a kick of flavor and made a few other minor alterations.

Surprisingly. considering they were completely whole wheat, they were pleasantly light. And for me, the sweetness level was spot on. Though if you like your muffins a tad sweeter, go ahead and add 1/3 cup of brown sugar to the mix.

Thanks, Natalie, (and Dorie!) for sharing this recipe!

Also, a few house-keeping notes. In addition to a the new header I designed while I was home sick last week, I also created an all new Recipe Page that has some of my favorite recipes listed for easy access. I've also updated my About Me, FAQ, and Press pages!

Carrot Spice Muffins
Adapted from The Sweets Life and Dorie Greenspan

*2 cups whole wheat flour
*1 tablespoon baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
*1/2 cup sugar
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
*2 large eggs
*3/4 cup milk
*2/3 cup oil
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1/2 cup golden raisins
*1 cup finely grated carrots

*Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease or line 18 muffin cups. Set aside.
*In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. In a second bowl, combine the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just combined. Gently stir in the golden raisins and carrots. Do not over mix.
*Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve with butter.

Happy Baking!



Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

These look really good! I have so many recipes from other blogs I want to make but get a chance to try them so rarely. I really like your new header by the way:-)

Josie @Skinny Way Of Life said...

these look really good, they would be perfect for my 4 yr. old and 13 month old!

Mary said...

These look wonderful! I love carrot muffins; I'll have to try these! Bookmarked!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xx
Delightful Bitefuls

Megan said...

Yum!! Lately, I'm a big fan of substituting either applesauce or pumpkin puree for oil in baked goods...think that would work ok in this recipe??

Anonymous said...

I will have to try these, I love carrot anything. I also like ot cut back on sugar in recipes as well as sub in applesauce or yogurt when I can for oil.

Anonymous said...

looks so great! yum

Anonymous said...

Hi Madison - i first came across your blog when I was looking for larabars recipe on the internet and I absolutely love your blog!

I just wonder if you have the same problem with your muffins (well that is if you any left till the next day!): my muffins are great and very moist on the day they come out of the oven, but they turn crumbly and dry the next day even if they are put in a tightly closed plastic container and the relative humidity where I live is about 85%. I've used more than enough oil and I doubt if using more would help.

Any thoughts?

Have a great day,

Madison Mayberry said...

Hi there May! Glad you came across Espresso and Cream and are enjoying what you find here.

I will admit that I have the same problem with muffins sometimes! I've found that if I know I'm not going to be eating the muffins right away, or are going to have quite a few left over for the week ahead, I usually under bake my muffins (and cupcakes) by a couple minutes. It seems to help keep them moist in the center a little bit longer.

Some people say that they put a slice of bread in with the muffins in a sealed container but I haven't ever had great success with that method. Perhaps it's worth a try though. The theory is that the moisture in the bread will transfer to the baked goods.

Hope that helps! :)


Madison Mayberry said...

Megan -

I'm not sure about the apple sauce or pumpkin puree. I would start by using a mixture of half applesauce/pumpkin puree and half oil. The texture may be altered but I would guess that the basic integrity of the recipe would still be maintained.

Natalie said...

yay! I am SO glad you liked these and your changes were brilliant--since I was making them for Ryan, I didn't change them but now I want to make again your way! :) Have a good weekend!

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