First up: A delightful recipe call "Simple Spiced Whole-Wheat Muffins" I thought I'd give it a shot because it had a ton of options for variations. It also called for a few ingredients that I don't normally use in a muffin recipe - cake flour and sour cream.
|Shit you're going to need to make this recipe. Except for the bread flour - that was a fuck up on my part. And the slow cooker - that was for supper that night|
Add in 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tbsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp allspice. If you don't have allspice just up the cinnamon.
Now take 6 tbsp of unsalted butter that's been softened.
And beat the crap out of it.
And in one cup of sugar and keep mixing it. Until it looks like.....
Scrape down the side of your bowl. Toss in 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
Now beat in the 2 eggs, one at a time until they're combined.
Now measure out 1 1/2 cups of low-fat sour cream. I ran out of sour cream so I topped it up with plain yogurt. Worked just fine.
So the next part is basically adding in the flour and the sour cream. But if you dump both of them in a the same time you're going to have to beat the shit out of batter to get it all mixed up. So alternate adding the flour and sour cream. Bit of flour, mix it in, bit of sour cream, mix it in. Don't over mix this. Get it? Excellent.
|A little flour...|
|A little sour cream..|
|A solid mass of blueberries. Solid. And maybe only a quarter of the amount I needed.|
And the stores were all closed. I had to find a substitution for the blueberries. They gave a whole wack of options for these muffins, cherry-almond, banana walnut, morning glory, blueberry and cranberry orange.
Did I have any of the ingredients for their substitutions ready to go? Nope. Cherries - frozen solid and no almond extract. Walnuts? Check! Bananas? Check? But of course they call for brown sugar to be used instead of white. Fuck. Morning glory? No pineapple. Orange-Cranberry well kinda. I didn't have 1 1/2 cups of dried cranberries, but I did have frozen ones. Ta da! Cranberry it is.
|Apparently I forgot to rotate this photo. But it's not like you come here for the stellar photography right?|
Threw in a handful of walnuts. And folded into the batter.
Spray the crap out of a 12 cup muffin tin. And take a 1/3 of a cup measuring cup and spray it too because this batter is thick.
|I know it's blurry - but this is me holding the measuring cup full upside down. That thick.|
Shove them in a 375F oven for 25 to 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs attached or they look like this:
The verdict: Despite the shitload of substitutions - they turned out looking pretty good. I loved the frozen cranberries as opposed to the dried ones. I also like that for once a recipe that says it makes 12 muffins actually did. Taste wise - pretty good, but a little on the crumbly side. I like a muffin that I can eat while I driving and not lose half of it to the filth of the floor. Bottom line: I'd have to go out and buy more cake flour to make another batch of these and I'm not sure that they're worth it for making on a regular basis. I would however make them if I was giving them away - beautiful to look at, and this way I don't have to clean up the crumbs. Not fantastic but not a fuck-up either.