Saturday, February 19, 2011

Maple Walnut Muffins, and a Video




I am still working on the official review of the gro organic site..I want to post the design I came up with and can't figure out how to do it yet so will hold off but am posting this video about the company..they go into schools and senior centers to help create square ft. gardens as well has help homeowners....

We had two storms come in the last few days..the first was a mild one but the second has been much larger and more rain...fortunately, it hasn't been really cold..in the 50s today..
I made more muffins this morning from the same little cookbook, Mostly Muffins by Barbara Albright and Leslie Weiner....

Maple Walnut Muffins
2 cups regular flour
2 T. firmly packed brown sugar (I used date sugar)
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 c. toasted walnuts, chopped*
1/2 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. pure maple syrup (I used sugar free pancake syrup)
1/2 c. melted and cooled butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 t. vanilla (I used our  homemade vanilla)
1/2 t. maple extract (optional)
Preheat oven to 400. Grease (Pam) 12 muffin cups or 6 jumbo cups. 
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. stir nuts into the dry mixture. In another bowl, stir together the buttermilk, syrup, butter, egg, vanilla and maple extract just until blended. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk mixture. Stir just to combine.
Spoon batter into the muffin pan and bake for 15  to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. These muffins freeze well.
As per Alan's request, I did add some chopped dates so these actually are Maple Walnut Date muffins, technically speaking...

we buy the chopped seeded dates at our local Winco in the bulk department at the back of the store..they have barrels of all types of flours, dried fruits, seeds, nuts, etc. as well as cocoa, cornmeal, bisquick mix, sugars at very reduced prices..you don't pay for the packaging which saves big money in the long run...I got 5 lbs of bread flour for only $2.30 and 2 lbs of cornmeal for $1.00. 

*to toast walnuts, spread the chopped nuts in a single layer in a 350 oven for about 6 -8 minutes, stirring occasionally until they are browned slightly. It does make a difference in the recipe...
If you'd like your own copy of the muffin cookbook, you can get it through my Amazon.com widget....my copy is getting a little worn from use!
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