|Fragrant, Crunchy Breakfast Treat|
Recipe adapted from Trader Joe’s
Muffins are simple to make, because you just throw the ingredients together, scoop them into the pans, and bake, right? Yes and no. Making good muffins is easy if you practice three things: mix the wet ingredients thoroughly, mix the dry ingredients thoroughly, but then mix together wet and dry ingredients only until barely moistened. Follow this method, and your muffins will be light, evenly textured, and moist on the inside and crispy on the top. Overmix wet and dry ingredients, and your muffins can be tough, gluey, and/or dense. They will resist rising and look sad compared with what they might have been. Take heed and learn from my mistakes!
|Crisp Outside, Moist & Light Inside|
|Use Measuring Spoon to Apply Topping|
|Ready to Bake|
makes 1 dozen
1/3 cup multigrain cereal or oats
2 tbsp. brown sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of allspice
dash of salt
1 tbsp. melted butter
1 cup multigrain cereal
1½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. allspice
¼ cup walnut or sunflower oil
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup lowfat milk or soymilk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil only the bottoms of the muffin pan.
Prepare topping by mixing together multigrain cereal or oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Add melted butter and mix together well.
Prepare dry ingredients for muffins by whisking together multigrain cereal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Set aside.
Prepare wet ingredients for muffins as follows: beat egg till well mixed and light. Beat in oil. Beat in brown sugar. Stir in applesauce. Stir in milk until ingredients are well mixed.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir together briefly until dry ingredients are just barely moistened. It’s okay if small bits of dry flour are visible.
Scoop batter into prepared muffin pan. Use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to add equal amounts to each muffin cup. Sprinkle with streusel topping, using a ½ tbsp. measuring spoon. When streusel is evenly distributed, press down gently into batter.