Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sometimes experiments fail

I mentioned we are trying new muffin recipes. Well me made another batch and this one, didn't go so well. We tried Orange Berry Muffins and I wanted to add some fiber, so I added wheat flour. Well that made them a little to heay and dry for the kids (although I think they taste great microwaved for 15 sec. with a little bit of butter on them). The orange also ended up being too strong a flavor for the kids. I also think they would be better with the streuseal topping, I think it would add a sweetnsee that it's missing. Anyway, here is the recipe, maybe someone has suggestions for tweaking it? I may try adding some honey....or maybe yogurt instead of milk...

Orange Berry Muffins
adapted from "Betty Crocker's Big Red Cookbook"

Prep time: 10min Bake time: 25min Yields: 12 muffins
Streusel Topping (if desired- recipe below)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup (2 medium) mashed ripe bananas
1 large egg
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Trader joe's Golden Berry mix (dried golden raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried blueberries)

Streusel Topping
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons firm butter or stick maragine

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease bottoms of 12 medium muffin cups, or line with baking cups.

2. Make Streusel topping: Mix flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter, using a pastry blender or criscrossng 2 knives until crumbly.

3. Beat milk, oil, egg and orange zest in large bowl with fork or wire whisk (I used my Kitchen Aid with the whisk attachment). Stir in flour, sugar, baking powder and salt all at once until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Fold in dried berries. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, approximately 1/4 batter per cup. Sprinkle each with about 1 tablespoon topping.

3. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. If baked in greased pan, let stand about 5 minutes in pan then remove from pan to wire racks; if baked in paper baking cups, immediately remove from pan to wire rack. Serve warm if desired.

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