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Thursday, January 26, 2012

morning glory muffins and the January thaw






What an odd few weeks. We have almost no snow on the ground - a surprise for this time of year, but, no, I'm not complaining! Standing on the bridge (photo just above) showed the brook running well, with snow barely covering the rocks. Unfortunately, there is plenty of ice on the driveway, and I see an awful lot of folks walking around with neon-green casts on their arms; walking can be difficult without cleats.

More freezing rain is expected tonight, and I thought I'd lay in a store of Morning Glory muffins to tide me through the hours of sanding tomorrow. Do you know about morning glories? Coconut shreds, grated fresh carrots and apple, applesauce and raisins tossed with canola oil and eggs and cinnamon, mix, bake, enjoy. I didn't realize I had run out of raisins, so this batch is sadly raisin free, but don't forget them!

Makes 10 Texas size muffins, or 20 regular size muffins.

To make:

Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease two Texas size muffin tins, or regular size muffin tins (enough for 20)

In your mixer bowl place:
2 cups grated fresh carrots
1 1/2 cups sweetened or unsweetened coconut
3/4 cup raisins, dark or golden
1 apple, peeled and grated
1/2 cup applesauce
zest of one lemon
2 t. vanilla
1/2 cup canola oil
4 eggs
2 t. cinnamon

Mix well, and then add:
1 t. baking powder
3 t. baking soda
3 1/2 cups King Arthur all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar

Mix well. Using an ice cream scoop, place two scoops of batter for each muffin into the muffin tins, or one scoop per muffin if you're making regular sized muffins.
Pop into the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins have risen and are firm to a gentle touch. Remove tins and cool for 5 minutes or so, then remove muffins carefully and set on a cooling rack.

Extras freeze beautifully - enjoy!




6 comments:

La Table De Nana said...

I love MGmuffins..Great shots..Winter has been very different here also!

katrina said...

Really? How has it been different for you? Had no idea Canada was also having a "different" winter! Merci so much, Nana - and so happy you enjoyed! They are so delicious, these muffins!

Marianne said...

Your muffins look wonderful, Katrina! And I always enjoy your photos.

We are having a crazy winter here in Minnesota. Almost no snow for us either. And it was 40 degrees today! I'm not complaining!

katrina said...

Thanks, Marianne - how interesting that your winter is also odd. Ah, well - Mother Nature is playing tricks with us:)

Barb said...

Thanks for the reminder about Morning Glory muffins - one of my favorites. I think I'll make sure I have all the 'stuff' , too, (raisins!) and make them this weekend.

Reading the other Comments makes me think that this winter is just plain strange everywhere. I have a neighbor that puts in an ice rink every winter so his kids can play hockey - he just told me that they have only been able to use it once this year!!! He's not too happy about that :( .

katrina said...

Good of you to remember the raisins, Barb! I really missed having those juicy little bits to bite into....
Some weather show, can't remember which, said something about the wind currents shifting, which might explain our weird ( but wonderful) winters so far. Around here, it's been great snow for snowballs and snowmen ( and women), not so good for skiing.
Enjoy your weekend, come what may in the weather dept!