Today I realized that I haven't made muffins in a very long time. And what a better time to make muffins than during a busy week? Muffins are quick and easy to make. I also like their versatily: by only changing one or two ingredients you can get a wide variety of flavors. So after the great experience I had with honey in making my Sweet Ravioli I decided I wanted to stick to my new friend :)
In an attempt to make a yummy but healthy and energetic treat for the crazy week that Wally and I have ahead, I went for this honey muffin recipe from Taste of Home. The only changes I really made were to use whole milk instead of 2% milk (I like using whole milk in my baking unless there is a specific reason not to) and to add a sprinkle of pine nuts on top. I really wanted to put pine nuts inside the muffins but I was not sure Wally was going to like that so I compromised by only sprinkling them on top, in a way that if he did not appreciate the pine nuts in a muffin he could just easily take them off. I personally loved the pine nuts!
Honey Pine Nuts Muffins
yields 12 muffins
250 gr (9 oz or 2 cups) all-purpose flour
100 gr (3.55 oz or 1/2 cup) sugar
15 gr (3 tsp) baking powder
2.5 gr (1/2 tsp) salt
240 ml (8 fl oz or 1 cup) milk
60 gr (2 oz or 1/4 cup) butter, melted
85 gr (3 oz or 1/4 cup) honey
pine nuts to sprinkle
Preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Grease a muffin pan.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, the sugar, the baking powder and the salt.
In a small bowl, beat together the egg, the milk, the butter and the honey and then stir the mixture into the dry ingredients.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Remove from the pan and let them cool on a wire rack.
Note: these muffins are better served warm. If you are looking for muffins with a strong taste, this is NOT the recipe for you. Wally thought they were pretty bland in taste. I like them because they were light and because the not so strong taste made them perfect to be spread with butter and/or jam (or nutella or any yummy spread you can think of), almost like a biscuit!
Btw, if you stick to the original recipe from Taste of Home, they claim these muffins are 182 calories each, so...pretty guilt free! :)
Have a sweet day!
Source: Taste of Home