Pumpkin Cranberry Swirl Muffins
Got some leftover cran sauce? Have I got an idea for you :)
Thank goodness it’s only Sunday! Yesterday we ran a bazillion errands and there’s still more things to do (but most of the ones left are fun!). We also spent the evening with friends, grilled out and ate delicious kebabs and pasta salad, which was an excellent, relaxing way to end the day. AND, our friends’ baby and I bonded in a totally new way: apparently my finger tastes AWESOME.
But, time to hit the rewind button to talk about this recipe, which we made yesterday morning. In keeping with our love of delicious breakfasts and with the fact that we have four partial bags of carrots in the crisper, Dave had the idea of making carrot cake muffins for the weekend.
We didn’t do a frosting or glaze, because the recipe was so good on its own, it didn’t need anything in addition. These were only slightly sweet – even though carrot cake functions like a muffin recipe normally (so sayeth Alton), this recipe is not just carrot cake made in muffin tins. It’s less sweet and contains whole wheat flour (unless you happen to not have any on hand, which we did not 🙂 ).
This recipe was only very slightly modified from the New York Times Recipes for Health.
You will need:
It’s kind of a long list, but almost all of it is probably in your pantry.
As with all muffin recipes, this one uses “The Muffin Method.” Use a whisk to gently mix together the wet ingredients wand the sugar. Stir the dry ingredients together separately (excluding the carrots and raisins).
Add the liquid to the solid all at once, and stir as little as possible to combine. I recommend using a large whisk and stirring no more than 5-10 big strokes. When all of the flour has been worked into the liquid, add the carrots and raisins and gently fold in – it should take fewer than five more stirs to blend it together.
Pour into a well-greased muffin tin and bake at 375 for exactly 25 minutes. You can double-check if you want (or if your oven is historically funky), but this made mine totally perfect.
The recipe will make 15 smaller muffins, or if you like them to be a little bigger, the batter will all fit into 12 muffin tins and doesn’t expand enough that it would be a problem.