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!

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