Baking interludes: carrot ginger muffins

I love slow, sunny weekend mornings, the kind where I relax and soak up the warmth of the day while sipping on a mug of tea and nibbling on something delicious for breakfast. This weekend’s delicious nibbles were these amazing carrot ginger muffins:

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Light and fragrant, with a delicate crunch and a powerful ginger kick, you’d never guess these muffins are made with 100% whole-wheat flour AND a generous helping of wheat germ. Add in a few carrots, and they’re practically health food. The recipe below makes 10 muffins–try out a batch for your next lazy weekend in

Carrot Ginger muffins
Cooking time: about 35 minutes

Ingredients
1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
3/4 c. wheat germ
1 tbsp baking powder
1 heaping tbsp dried ginger
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 c. soymilk or other milk
1/3 c. canola oil
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp vinegar
1 1/2 c. shredded carrots, packed (2-3 whole carrots)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a muffin tin.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the wheat germ. Mix dry ingredients together

3. In a separate bowl or measuring cup, combine soymilk, vinegar, oil, sugar, and vanilla. I’m lazy about cleanup, so I like to use a single 2 c. measuring cup to measure out my dry ingredients, and then use the same measuring cup as the “bowl” for my wet ingredients, like so:

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I do also have to use my 1/4 c. scoop measure for the sugar, but overall this method cuts way down on the number of cups and bowls dirtied up for a single batch of muffins.

4. Pour wet ingredients and shredded carrots into dry mixture and mix quickly, until the dry mixture is just moistened. Quickly spoon batter into 10 muffin cups. The batter should be fairly stiff, holding its shape well in the cups:

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5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until muffins are just beginning to brown and a knife inserted in the middle of the muffin comes away clean. Remove muffins from oven and allow to cool. Try to restrain yourself from splitting one open immediately to admire the amount of carrot these muffins pack in:

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6. Combine with knitting, a good book, and lots of sunshine for the perfect weekend morning:

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