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Thursday, May 26, 2011
The Glorious Morning Glory Muffin
Since having a close brush with a series of deadly tornados earlier this week, my general attitude towards life has been "every day above ground (alive/not cowering in a storm shelter) is glorious". When I came across the America's Test Kitchen recipe for Morning Glory Muffins, I knew they would be perfectly suited to my mood. What's more cheerful and soothing than a muffin fresh from the oven?
Ahhhhh... muffin therapy.
They were a little work intensive for a girl who's idea of the perfect breakfast muffin is a 70cent box of Jiffy fauxberry muffin mix. For the most part, I would say they were worth the extra effort. The recipe called for all sorts of healthy goodness - once you got past the flour, sugar and an entire stick of butter - coconut, walnuts, apple, carrot, pineapple, and golden raisins. It made a batch of 15 good sized muffins.
Dressed up in a butter hat...
Or rolling totally casual.
I ate five in a span of about 20 minutes. I have no self-control when it comes to baked goods. For my own continued health and well-being, I split the remaining muffins between the work crew and my neighbor. Everyone who ate one claimed they were excellent and went on to live a normal life, so I think I can give this recipe a thumbs up. The taste was very good particularly if you like your muffins a bit more hearty and less like a cupcake. The work involved toasting the coconut and walnuts, grinding, grating, whisking, etc. (vs. cracking open a box of Jiffy and adding an egg) seemed intensive to produce a humble muffin though. For this Morning Glory Muffins recipe, I give it...