Monday, February 27, 2012

muffin marathon

Last week I spent an afternoon baking muffins with a friend. So much fun!
Here's what we made:

Carrot Muffins
ingredients (for about 12 muffins):

50g butter
120g sugar
1 pinch of salt
zest of 1 organic lemon
2 eggs
1dl milk
200g carrots
150g ground almonds
100g flour
4 tsp. baking powder
120g powdered sugar
ca. 2 tbs. lemon juice
12 carrots made of marzipan

Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Stir the butter until soft, then add sugar, salt, lemon zest and eggs. Keep stirring.
Grind carrots, mix them with the rest. Then add almonds, flour and baking powder.
Fill the dough into the preparated molds and bake for about 25 minutes.
To cool, leave the muffins on a cooling rack.

For the icing, stir powdered sugar and lemon juice (make sure it's neither too thick nor too thin). Disperse on muffins with a knife or palette-knife. Decorate with marzipan carrots before the icing is dry.

Orange Muffins with Chocolate Chips
ingredients (for about 8 muffins):

100g butter
100g sugar
2 big eggs
100g flour
1 tsp. baking powder
100g dark chocolate, chopped in small pieces

Preheat the oven to 190°C.
Mix butter, sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder in a bowl. Fold in the chocolate bits.
Then fill the dough into the preparated molds.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the muffins have a golden brown surface.
Leave to cool in molds for 5 minutes, then put the muffins on a cooling rack.

Cranberry-Chocolate Muffins
ingredients (for about 12 muffins):

150g dark cranberry chocolate (recipe also works with regular dark chocolate, of course)
125g butter
1-2 tbs. kirsch (or some other liqour)
125g flour
200g sugar
3 eggs

Preheat the oven to 230°C.
Melt butter, chocolate and kirsch in a pan. In the meantime, mix flour, sugar and eggs in a bowl.
Stir the melted chocolate mix into the bowl.
Pour the dough into the preparated molds and bake for about 12-15 minutes. (The muffins are also delicious when the inside is still a bit liquid, but just not too much.)
Leave to cool on cooling tray.

Apple-Cinnamon Muffins with Raisins
ingredients (for about 10 muffins):

0.5dl milk
60g butter
175g sugar
2 eggs
150g Mehl
2 tsp. baking powder
ca. 220g apple, chopped into small pieces
ca. 30g raisins

Preheat the oven to 210°C.
Melt butter with milk in a pan. Meanwhile, mix sugar and eggs in a bowl.
Pour butter and milk into the bowl, stir.
Sift flour and baking powder into the bowl and mix with the apple and raisins.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Then leave to cool on a cooling rack.

I've adapted all of those recipes...I hope you like it! As we say in Switzerland: En Guete! (enjoy your meal)

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