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Sunday, September 03, 2006

muffins=true love forever

muffins played a key role in my finding extra special local happiness all month. i like the convenience of the individual serving size. note that my serving size is generally between 3 and 5 muffins.

it took me about a week into the challenge before i realized i was hardly eating any grains thus i rarely felt full and often felt weak. muffins saved my life.
my top 3 muffin memories:
1. corn muffins [always]
2. keri's maple spice muffins
3. failed fresh raspberry muffins
corn muffins have been my, well, bread and butter. i adapted the recipe from the angelica home kitchen's southern-style cornbread. i made them first thing in the morning before work or late at night just before bed. i ate them warmed from the broiler smothered in butter and honey or topped with sweet currant, blueberry and honey sauce. i also broke them up and put them in things like soup or baked beans. they are good friends with cheddar cheese as well.

here's the super simple recipe:
1 cup cornmeal [butterworks is the best!]
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup unbleached white flour [i've been using white spelt]
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp sea salt

preheat oven to 350. oil a 12 seater muffin tin. whisk together cornmeal, flours, and baking powder. in a seperate bowl, combine the milk, oil, maple syrup and sea salt. combine wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly, taking care not to overmix. pour into muffin cups [they only fill about 3/4 of the cup, though of course you could make fewer, bigger muffins] and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. please note: i've never timed them so i'm not sure how long they really take. this recipe is actually for corn bread.
one afternoon i was riding my bike down my street toward downtown when i heard someone yell my name. i turn and look across the street and it's keri. i recognized her long blonde hair first. she was on her way to my house to deliver maple spice muffins she'd made that day. so dang sweet! i put the foil wrapped plate in my bike basket and continued on my way. keri was actually en route to a potluck, but my house was on the way. i think she said she got the recipe from mad river valley localvores, but i'm not sure. here's the one i found [it's actually for a cake]:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup buttermilk or sourmilk [1 cup milk + 1 tbsp cider vinegar]
3/4 cup maple syrup, grade B
2/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp baking powder
3 eggs beaten thick and fluffy
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves

preheat oven to 350. in a bowl combine all the dry ingredients. mix melted butter, maple syrup, sour milk together. beat eggs until light and fluffy. add eggs to milk mixture. add milk/egg mixture to dry mixture. pour batter into greased muffin tin [or 13x9x2 baking pan]. bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean again, check the times because i'm not sure. cool on a wire rack.
variation: you can also omit the spices and have a maple cake.
recipe by our own champlain valley localvore, nicole carpenter.
last saturday i went raspberry picking at adam's berry farm with emily. i came home and made muffins using an old standby muffin recipe. for some reason, they weren't sweet enough and i over cooked them. i'm going to try again today and will keep you posted. in the meantime look at these beautiful berries! and there were so many frogs and monarch butterflies!

sunkissed salmon colored berries!

the muffins weren't a success but fresh berries and cream were at the bbq-turned-dance-party last saturday night.


i counted about 18 frogs within about a 3 foot space at the edge of the field.


At 3:02 PM, Anonymous mandeep said...

ah raspberries, joe pye weed and monarch butterflies.
three cheers for beautiful vermont summer!

or as rilke says, 'it is beautiful here because it is beautiful everywhere.'


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