Sunday, October 26, 2008

Muffins make everything better

Yesterday was a nice day. I went to yoga which always makes me feel amazing. Then, I hung out at home and baked muffins. It was so relaxing just being in my pink plaid bathrobe. Everyone in my house hates my bathrobe because they say I look like an old woman in it; however, I don't care. haha It's just so warm and cozy. I can usually be seen in it when picking my sister up from school. She loves that, I'm sure. Anyway, after I got out of my bathrobe, I needed to clear my head and "get back to nature" as Emerson so eloquently puts it. I went running in South Park and watched how beautiful it was outside. I just felt so happy to be alive. The cold air going into my lungs just invigorated me and made me fun faster... okay that's stretching haha I haven't ran since August, so my speed was pretty crappy, but I still felt good. I stumbled upon a playground while running and swung on the swing-set as well. I know parents thought I was a pedifile because they were taking their kids away from the swings as soon as I got on!!! It was so funny, but I just kept swinging anyways. All in all, it was a darn good day.

Well, I've been making muffins like a madwoman these past few days. These ones were originally mini loaves, but I made them into muffins (mostly because I don't have mini loaf pans). I found them on eat me, delicious. I changed the recipe quite a bit because no one follows recipes anymore these days haha It's a thing from the past. They came out so delicious,sweet, and moist-even in muffin form. I just loved them. My main motivation for making them was to get rid of this pear that was sitting on the kitchen table. My grandma gave it to me last week because she orders pears from Harry and David. If you haven't ordered pears from there, do it now. H and D pears are sweet and huge and are great for baking. This recipe make 4 big muffins or 6 standard muffins.

Here's the recipe:
"I Want to Use Up This Pear" Muffins

3/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp yeast (quick rise)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp turbinado raw sugar
1/3 cup + 1 1/2 tsp almond milk
2 1/2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce (generous)
1 large pear, cored, peeled and cut in half (mash one-half of the pear and cube the other half)
1/8 tsp almond extract
1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp maple extract
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray or line with cupcake liners. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, almond meal, baking powder, yeast, and salt. In a separate bowl, stir together sugar, almond milk, applesauce, mashed pear, cubed pear, and pumpkin seeds. Add the extracts to the wet mixture and stir. Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture and mix together. Spoon batter into muffin tin and bake for 20-22 minutes. Since mine were bigger muffins, I baked mine for 24 minutes. Use a toothpick to check the center of muffins and let them cool for 15 minutes before popping them out.

15 comments:

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I love your really tall muffins :o)

flower said...

Thats like me and my slippers! I wear them everywhere, especially the cinema! My feet are always cold and they seem to be the only thing that keeps them warm!

Emma said...

Hey thanks for the lovely comment on my blog!

You are right- muffins do make everything better! They are fab comfort food! I wish I was better at baking....

Agnesss =) said...

Hi JOOO!!

Well...I have to tell you...I HAVE AN NEON ORANGE BATHROBE which I LOVE!!!!!!!!! =DD Yeah your right..it's SOOO cosy...and warm!! :)) I love to prepare some food in it too.. hah :D we've got sth in common!! =DD

Well,well....those muffins look cool....and this muffin tin you use...it's AMAZZING!! Sooo tall muffins!!!!! WoooW =DD

Hope to see you on my new post...?? =))

Hope to hear from you soon!!

Enjoy the time!!

Kelly said...

Those look delicious. I am a muffin baking addict so I 100% agree with you that muffins make everything better. For some reason I never think to bake with pears but your muffins look fantastic and I am sure with the H&D pear in the mix they were absolutely heavenly. Yum!

lighterportions said...

Bathrobes and swings are awesome. :)

How the heck do you get your muffins so HIGH? Is it just from putting extra batter into the muffin holes?

Elina said...

These muffins look incredible! I may have to buy some pears just to try this recipe :D

Thanks for checking out my blog... I look forward to reading yours now!

River said...

I have an unhealthy attachment to my bathrobe. There. I said it! :P

Your muffins are so amazingly tall! I love the name of the recipe! :)

CookiePie said...

Those muffins look delicious, and so hearty! Thanks so much for visiting my blog :)

VeggieGirl said...

Hell yes for HUUUGE muffins :0)

dessertobsessed said...

hahahaha how'd you get ur muffins so tall??

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm those look good. Glad you were able to modify these to suit your taste and that you liked them. =) Sounds like you didn't love the lemon miso tofu? You could try adding chile pepper/powder next time.

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

I have created many "I need to use up this (insert name of forlorn produce item here)" recipes. Your tall muffins look so good.

For the Love of Guava said...

haha... once my friends and I were at a park (as adults) and broke this swing set! We were so embarrassed but didn't want any youngun's to get hurt so we called the city anonymously to report the "malfunctioning" playground equipment... and realized we were too responsible to be delinquents...sigh... another failed career... hehee :)

Juliet said...

Those muffins look huge! :) I love my robe too -- it is pink.