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Saturday, June 20, 2009
Carrot Muffins Recipe
This recipe is based on a recipe from "Joy of Baking" who gives the best muffin baking advice.
They write that the pitfall with all muffin batters is in over mixing the batter and ending up with a tough muffin.
Only mix the batter until the ingredients are combined and moistened. (A few flecks of flour are fine.)
To make the job easier, plus to give the baked muffins a nice doomed shape, use an ice cream scoop or two spoons to fill the muffin cups.
If you want standard sized muffins, only fill the muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. However, if you like your muffins with a crown, fill the cups to the top. Just make sure to grease the top of the muffin pan so that as the batter overflows it does not stick to the top of the pan.
Fill any unfilled muffin cups with a little water to ensure even baking as well as preventing the pan from warping.
1/2 cup (50 grams) pecans or walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups (250 grams) white or brown (not carmlized) sugar
3/4 teaspoon bicarb (baking soda)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (3.5 grams) salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
3 large eggs
3/4 cup (180 ml) safflower or canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
The muffins do not need a frosting, but if you have a sweet tooth you can use the following topping:
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/4 cup (56 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces (1/2 cup) (110 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Prepare muffin pans by placing paper liners in 18 muffin cups. "Spray-n-cook" the lot if you have aerosol cooking oil avalible.
Toast the pecans or walnuts for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Do not overcook. Let cool and then chop coarsely.
Peel and finely grate the carrots and apple. Set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon. Stir in the nuts and coconut. Set aside.
In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla extract. Fold the wet ingredients, along with the grated carrot and apple, into the flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.
Evenly divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
After about 10 minutes remove the muffins from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.