Happy Sunday to you all! My parents are visiting for the weekend, so we had a lazy morning. After a huge feast last night of braised chicken and parsnips, a riff on this macaroni and cheese, and a kale salad with toasted almonds and dried cherries, we only needed a nibble for breakfast. Muffins!
About two weeks ago, we ordered a five-pound box of fresh cranberries from Cape Cod Select. Take a look at that great box!
… but had about 2 cups sitting in the refrigerator. We also had a TON of carrots. Why? I don’t know. I probably planned to use them in some grand scheme, so bought some at the farmers’ market, and then got some more from the CSA, and it just got out of control.
For a random muffin based loosely on a Mark Bittman recipe, these turned out really really well. Just sweet enough, but with a tart bite every now and then. The texture is great, too. I don’t usually like coffee shop muffins, because they’re too dense, but these are moist without being heavy. If I do say so myself…
Makes 12 muffins
|Amount||Ingredient||Preparation||Where we bought it|
|2 cups||All-purpose flour||Cayuga Pure Organics|
|1 1/2 tsp||Baking powder|
|1/2 tsp||Baking soda|
|4 TBsp||Butter||Cut into 1/2-inch cubes or smaller||Kate’s Homemade|
|1 cup||Maple syrup||Cooks Farm and Bakery|
|1||Egg||Red Fire Farm|
|1 cup||Fresh cranberries||Cape Cod Select|
|1 cup||Carrot||Grated and lightly packed||Red Fire Farm|
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- Add the butter pieces to the dry ingredients and use your fingers to rub the butter through the flour mixture. Keep smooshing until the butter is pretty evenly dispersed and all the chunks are pea-sized or smaller.
- Whisk together the maple syrup and egg.
- Add the wet ingredients to the flour/butter mixture and whisk until just barely combined.
- Gently fold in the cranberries and grated carrot. You’ll probably have to switch from the whisk to a spoon or spatula, but use as few strokes as possible to avoid developing gluten, the protein that makes bread nice and chewy, but muffins tough.
- Fill each muffin cup with a scant (i.e. not quite full) 1/4 cup of batter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a thin knife or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.