I have discussed muffins before. You might find this a repeat but it’s not. I recently acquired silicon muffin trays and have been joyfully happy ever since.
They are a snack that my family particularly enjoys. Case in point, I have made so many muffins in the past few weeks that I am out of sugar, dried fruit, whole wheat flour and of an assortment of grains. I have completely cleaned out my pantry.
I love this new muffin recipe I have found. I tweaked it to my tastes (vanilla, cinnamon). The recipe was originally developed by Solutions Gourmandes chef Marie-Michèle Garon(http://www.canalvie.com/cuisine/recette/4150/muffins-aux-petits-fruits/)
2/3 cups of vegetable oil (160 ml)
1/3 cup natural yogurt
1 tablespoon of vanilla
2 cups of dried fruits or dried fruit and nut combo (dark chocolate chips and dates, raisins, figs, cranberry, etc.) Dark chocolate and dates were such a hit, they disappeared in 1 day. If you mean to use dried berries, remember to incorporate the zest of one lemon and the juice of half a lemon to help enliven the taste.
1 1/2 (375 ml) whole wheat flour
1 cup of old fashioned oats
2 cups seed mix (1/4 cup of flax seed, 1/4 sesame seed, 1/4 cup sunflower seed and 1/4 cup pumpkin seed)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch of salt
2 pinches of cinnamon
3/4 cups of sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Whisk the wet ingredients
Blend the dry ingredients
Incorporate the wet and dry ingredients together
Drop a good portion of the mixture in silicon muffin trays
Bake for 30 minutes
Why the silicon muffin trays?
Because the muffins pop-out and clean up takes 2 seconds. It’s a game changer.
Why the Sexy Muffin Top Appellation?
Remember when in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of The Earth they encounter a forest deep underground with humongous mushrooms. I have had a visual of that scene ever since I was a little girl. I can recreate these humongous mushrooms with my artisanal muffins.
The silicon trays have small wholes which means the muffins are thin at the base. I fill the muffins to overflowing and thus ensure an uneven bulky muffin top. They are so sexy.
That’s how I bring sexy back! Take that Justin Timberlake. 🙂