It’s freezing in my apartment!
I’m too stubborn to turn the heat on so early in October, so I baked. I threw these together while loosely following a recipe from a book and wondering why I have so few ingredients that are appropriate for muffins. Please note the lack of oil. I forgot to put it in. They’re still spectacular. Absolutely the best improvisational baking I’ve ever done. Go make them NOW!
1 c whole wheat flour
1 c all purpose flour
1/2 c sugar (I used white, but brown would probably be great, or honey, or maple syrup, but then you’d have to adjust the liquid)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 c apple juice
1 egg or flax egg
1 T orange zest (Ok, I didn’t measure this. It was two oranges worth.)
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1 c grated carrot (hooray for the food processor!)
1. Preheat oven to 400F and prepare a muffin tin for a dozen (grease them or use paper liners, up to you!)
2. Sift together dry ingredients.
3. Beat egg/flax egg with the apple juice and orange zest. I did this right in the two-cup liquid measuring cup I used for the apple juice.
4. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and gently stir until just combined, then fold in the carrots and walnuts.
5. Pour the batter into the muffin tins. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until lightly browned on top and a tooth pick inserted in the center comes clean. Mine took 23 minutes.
Let them cool for a few minutes before turning them out on to a wire rack to cool. Eat some while they are still warm!
Little life update, since it’s been ages since I posted regularly (I am trying to get back in the habit now that my life is calmer!): In mid-August, I moved out of the big, dirty, junky house I’d been sharing with three women and a cat in Lawrenceville. My manfriend and I are now living together in a lovely little two-bedroom apartment in Highland Park. It’s quiet and has loads of trees, and the back windows overlook a very pretty little garden belonging to some unidentified neighbor on the next street, while the front windows look out on a gorgeous old house populated with small blond children and their NYC ex-pat parents. Our kitchen is AWESOME. Massive pantry, full-size gas stove, a peninsula counter, and a dishwasher! Paradise.