Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I have a dream - the perfect muffin

I have a dream. 
Maybe it seems silly to you. 
I'd just like to make a fantastic-ly delicious and healthy muffin. 
That is huge and beautiful. 
That I can recreate and eat for breakfast. 
I would prefer that it be vegan and have a minimal amount of gluten.
But I'm ok if it's a little bit of gluten. 

Muffins just seem like the key! The perfect breakfast when I don't have time to make oatmeal or fruit just isn't enough. Grab one of your big healthy perfect muffins and head out the door! Or, instead a banana or pretzels for the kids when they get up from naps, "grab one of our perfect muffins, guys - it will fill you up longer and get some fruit in your body!". 

I know bakeries make perfect muffins but they have loads of stuff I don't want.
Whole foods makes PERFECT muffins with the PERFECT amount of ingredients, but I want a whole batch of mine to cost $3.99 (another great reason to make them), rather than just one. 

I've been googling how to make the perfect muffin. 
It's hard. 

Here are the tips that seem quite important: 
- Actually measure. This is a new one for me. I'm more of a "dash of this" kind of baker. Apparently to get the perfect muffin, I need to not only measure but document what it is I'm measuring. 
- That whole thing about mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately - that is actually important. Who knew? 
- I read somewhere to spray only the bottom of the muffin pan, not the sides. This helps the muffin to rise better. 
- I think I'm going to need one of these bad boys. Mere, that amazon gift card you gave me for my birthday, I've been hoarding it for the perfect thing but I think it's going to go to that muffin tin, this candle, and this book. THANK YOU! 
- And here's the deal, I think if I want overflowing muffin tins, I'm going to have to straight up overflow those things myself. Anyone able to make those beautiful overflowing muffins? HOW do I do it?! 

While I'm on my quest to find the perfect muffin, you can benefit from my success and failures of recipes. I made two batches today - one FAIL, here was the success (minus the non-overflowing top): 

dark chocolate/ peanut butter / apple / oatmeal muff: 
1.5 cups oatmeal
1 cup wheat flour
2 tspoons baking powder
2 tspoons salt (i like 'em salty)
.5 cup sugar
1 cup almond milk
1 chia egg (1 tbs chia seeds mixed with 6 tbs water)
1/3 cup oil (I prefer coconut) 
1 tsp vanilla
mix in: handful of dark chocolate chips
peanut butter chips
3/4 chopped apple 

22 minutes at 375. DELISH. 
Do you have a perfect muffin recipe? I don't care if it's not vegan, I'll adapt it! Hand it over sister! Share the wealth!
And especially if you know how to get those babies to overflow, spill it.

1 comment:

  1. I needed a muffin today.

    I made the following substitutions:
    -no oil or PB chips
    -added 1/3 cup PB
    -added 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
    -added 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

    I'm in love.