N is for … Nectarine Cobbler Muffins

N is for … Nectarine Cobbler - Candy Coated Culinista

N is for … Nectarine Cobbler – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup whole wheat flour
• 1 cup cake/pastry flour
• ¾ tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp fine sea salt
• ½ tsp ground cinnamon
• ¾ cup granulated sugar
• 1 cup 2% milk
• Juice from half a lemon
• 5 tbsp canola oil
• 1 extra large egg
• ½ tsp vanilla extract
• 1 tsp almond extract
• 3 nectarines, peeled and cubed
• Golden brown sugar, for sprinkling

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place muffin cups in the muffin pan.
3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, cake/pastry flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon and sugar.
4. In a medium size bowl whisk together milk, lemon juice, oil, egg, vanilla extract and almond extract.
5. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients slowly until just combined.
6. Fold in the nectarines and do not over mix.
7. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes covered with a towel. (If you don’t have time you can skip this step)
8. Fill the muffin cups almost to the top (not overflowing) and sprinkle brown sugar on top.
9. Bake for 25 minutes or until a cake-tester inserted comes out clean.
10. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes in the pan and then take out the muffins and let cool on a wire rack.

Tips
• Can be stored for up to two days in an air-tight container.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I can say I enjoy whole wheat muffins now. I have never been a fan since childhood and yet with the combination of half cake/pastry and whole wheat flour I really enjoyed this to my surprise. I barely noticed there was whole wheat in it besides the colour. I had to bake this recipe in two batches and noticed that the second batch raised more as the batter was resting for 30 minutes while the first batch was being baked. I will be resting my batter from now on as the result turned out so well. This was my second or third time making muffins and this is a vast improvement from my scone like first attempt.

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Cranberry Banana Carrot Breakfast Muffins

Cranberry Banana Carrot Breakfast Muffins - Candy Coated Culinista

Cranberry Banana Carrot Breakfast Muffins – Candy Coated Culinista

I’m always the person friends and family ask “do you have this” to which I reply yes give me a second. I was never a Girl Guide but I’m always prepared for any eventuality. This includes a day trip out of town I brought healthy snacks and well of course I brought too many and my bananas started to look a little too ripe for me by the end of our day. With over ripe bananas on hand I had no choice but to bake something and a new recipe at that.

Yield/Serving: 12
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 20 to 25 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1/3 cup of margarine, melted
• 1 egg
• 250g yoghurt
• ½ tsp vanilla extract
• 3 ripe bananas, mashed
• 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
• 1/3 cup frozen cranberries, roughly chopped
• 1 cup self-rising flour
• ¼ cups golden brown sugar
• Extra sugar to sprinkle

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Place muffin cups in muffin trays and set aside.
3. Over low heat melt butter.
4. In a small bowl whisk together butter, eggs, yoghurt and vanilla extract.
5. In a medium sized bowl mash the bananas and add the shredded carrots and cranberries and set aside.
6. Using a large bowl whisk flour, sugar and add the bananas, carrots and cranberries.
7. Make a well in the center and add the wet ingredients and gently stir; but don’t overmix.
8. Spoon batter into muffin cups two-thirds full and sprinkle with extra sugar.
9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This was a delicious combination, I just found it too sweet for my liking and I have reduced the sugar amount in my recipe above. I combined two types of muffins I enjoy into one and it turned out well. The burst of cranberries with each bite was a great surprise splash of tart.

Harvest Gluten Free Spiced Oatmeal Muffins

Harvest Gluten Free Spiced Oatmeal Muffins - Candy Coated Culinista

Harvest Gluten Free Spiced Oatmeal Muffins – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 12
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup gluten free flour
• ½ cup gluten free rolled oats, plus some for topping
• ½ tsp plus 1/8 tsp baking powder
• 1/8 tsp ground ginger
• 1/8 tsp ground cloves
• ¼ tsp cardamom
• 1 tsp mixed spice (cinnamon, coriander, caraway, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
• 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 tbsp molasses
• ½ cup packed golden brown sugar
• 1 large egg, at room temperature
• ½ tsp vanilla paste
• ½ cup plus 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line muffin cups into muffin pan.
3. In a medium sized bowl whisk flour, oats, baking powder and spices and set aside.
4. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed mix the molasses, butter and sugars for about 5 minutes.
5. Scrape down the sides and continue to mix adding the egg and vanilla paste for 30 more seconds on low speed.
6. Add half of the flour mixture and pumpkin and incorporate.
7. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture and pumpkin.
8. Scoop into muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
9. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then move to a wire cooling rack.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This recipe was intended to be cookies; but after I baked six cookies, the result was so fluffy that these really couldn’t be called cookies. I was hoping the batter would spread more than it did; so I grabbed the muffin pan and mad some muffins. This recipe tasted like everything autumn to me and its gluten-free.

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