Thursday, January 27, 2011

Muffin Lovers Rejoice

I always wanted to be friends with the Muffin Man because I love muffins. Growing up, my mom made blueberry, cranberry and fruit and nut muffins made from recipes  adapted from the famous Jordon Marsh Department Store Chain. 

As of late, muffins have gotten some bad press. They're touted as a high fat, high calorie, nutrient-sparse food. Now I do not know the nutritional profile of the muffins mentioned above but I am here to say Muffin Lovers Rejoice!

I have found (and tested) some Delicious BFY (Better For You) muffin recipes that will become your BFF (Best Friend Forever) when you want a muffin and nothing else will do.

The recipe (below) is a great grab-and-go for snacks.

Now, there are some muffin rules, which were told to me by a friend, and I feel that I should pass along to you. My friend's rule is that you must drink a glass of milk with a muffin.

She said that she heard it directly from the Muffin Man. I wonder if the Muffin Man is friends with the Milk Man.

Enjoy these Muffins and if you run into the Muffin Man tell him to friend me on facebook.

Basic Muffin Recipe 
2 cups all purpose unbleached flour (or substitute whole wheat pastry flour) 
¼ cup Florida Crystals Light Sugar 
1 tablespoon baking powder 
¼ teaspoon sea salt 
1 large egg 
1 cup plain yogurt 
4 tablespoons melted butter 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Preheat oven to 375 ° Fahrenheit 
Line 8 muffin cups with natural muffin papers (look in baking section) 
Mix first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. In a medium bowl mix next 4 ingredients together until smooth. Pour liquid mixture over the flour mix, and mix with a spoon until dry ingredients are moistened. Do Not Over Mix. 
Spoon batter evenly into each muffin cup. 
Bake 25-30 minutes. 

At 25 minutes test for doneness. 

Is it done yet? 
Testing a baked product for 'doneness' is a very delicate process. Gently insert a wooden pick (e.g., a toothpick) into the center of your baked muffin, and if it comes out clean (with no crumbs or wet batter) then your muffins are probably done. If the pick does not come out clean then put back in oven for another 5 minutes and test again. Muffins are not pin cushions so one test per muffin.

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