Thursday, 3 March 2011

Carrot and Orange Muffins


... a sweet mid-week treat this time... not that we need an excuse but these muffins are only small coronary away from being healthy... look at the ingredients... wholemeal flour... carrots... orange... vegetable oil... and they taste like sunshine... which is always a bonus during these overcast days...

... and like most muffins they take minutes to make and barely half an hour to bake... what's not to love?

... now... a word about that international coven known as the Women's Institute... you are probably aware of my love/hate relationship with the WI judges of the Aby Village Show... well for my birthday this year my dear friend Tina bought me two WI cookbooks... the thought being that if I follow the recipes to the letter I can't fail to win... and the recipes are pretty basic and easy to follow... but you know me... I cant resist having a bit of a fiddle with a recipe... in this one for instance, who uses sunflower margarine, melts it and then lets it cool...? surely this is sunflower oil...?

oh and i've added some honey... but who am I to change such hallowed traditions...? anyway, mine tasted amazing... you can be the judge...


Belleau Kitchen Sunrise Muffins


4oz wholemeal flour
4oz plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb
4oz light brown sugar
5oz finely grated carrots
3 fl oz sunflower oil
6 fl oz milk
1 egg - beaten
grated zet of one orange
1 large teaspoon of orange blossom honey (any honey will do...)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

- combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl

- make a well in the centre and add the wet ingredients including the grated carrots

- fold in roughly, making sure all the ingredients are well combined but don't over do it... a messy bater makes a good muffin

- divide and spoon into 10 muffin cases and bake in the oven at 180 for 25-30 minutes.

eat and of course, enjoy!

15 comments:

  1. Corrr these look a lot healthier than the muffins i've just made, it woud be nice to eat muffins and not feel guilty! These look like they achieve that perfectly whilst being yummy :)

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  2. The muffins look great, I have all the ingredients bar the orange, typical! Will have to save the recipe for when I go shopping!

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  3. Have to admit melted margarine sounds a bit bizarre! They look lovely and sound *almost* healthy :D

    I am slightly frightened of the WI. They always scare me when they appear on programmes like Masterchef. And there is no such thing as a scone that's too big!

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  4. One day, I will compile a cookbook full of recipes devoted just to muffins ... I have seen so many good ones posted over the last year and half of blogging! These will join the group!

    ... I'd add nuts, but I'm just a nutcase, so there you have it!

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  5. One day, I will compile a cookbook full of recipes devoted just to muffins ... I have seen so many good ones posted over the last year and half of blogging! These will join the group!

    ... I'd add nuts, but I'm just a nutcase, so there you have it!

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  6. Birthday? Have I missed something? Happy belated birthday! Hope the cookbooks help you to put those WI ladies in their place lol

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  7. I count anything wholemeal as health food - these look like a treat.

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  8. DEFINITELY on the list to make those - they look and sound yummy. And if Susan is doing a book of recipes for all things Muffin, I think I'll work on one that is solely "vegetable" cakes and the like (Carrot Cake, Beetroot Brownies and so on). Then it has to be healthy - right?!?...

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  9. I love the combinations of carrot and orange (sweet and savoury). The muffins look great Dom. When can I come over and taste it though... seriously. :)

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  10. They look delicious, I am liking the sound of the orange/ carrot combo. I can't look at a recipe without thinking about how I can faff about with it.

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  11. Great blog! The muffins look amazing, and I love that you added honey - superb addition!

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  12. Thanks all for the lovely comments. I think the carrot orange combo is great for mornings. One could add chocolate too if ones arm is twisted!

    @Nicisme. Thank you and welcome

    @ TCLP welcome too and yes. Anything with vegetables is healthy. Regardless!

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  13. I love the combination of carrots & oranges!I will so try these muffins for sunday lunch,i am afraid ,my arm is twisted...with white chocolate..yumm..:)
    I love your blog!

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  14. OMG never thought about this combination; sounds good!!! LOL

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  15. I love these muffins! gloria

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