Recipe: Morning glory muffins
- 1/2 cup canola oil or another neutrally flavoured oil, plus more for the pan
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 3/4 cup walnut pieces
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 3/4 cups whole-wheat pastry flour (may substitute 1 cup regular whole-wheat flour plus 3/4 cup all-purpose flour)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- A generous 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 225g crushed pineapple with juice (1 cup)
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded (1 cup)
- 1/2 cup peeled, shredded green/tart apple
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush the wells of a regular muffin pan with oil.
- Place the raisins in a small bowl and pour hot water over them to cover. Allow the raisins to soak as you prepare the remaining ingredients.
- Arrange the walnuts and coconut on a baking sheet in a single layer; toast them for about 4 minutes, until they are fragrant and lightly browned. Let cool.
- Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ginger in a medium bowl. Whisk together the 1/2 cup of oil, the brown sugar and eggs in a separate mixing bowl until creamy and well combined, then whisk in the pineapple and its juice.
- Drain the raisins, discarding the liquid. Stir them into the pineapple mixture; then, stir in the carrot, apple, vanilla extract and the toasted coconut and walnuts. Add the flour mixture, stirring just until it is incorporated, to form a batter.
- Divide the batter evenly among the wells of the muffin pan; bake (middle rack) for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes, then remove the muffins from the pan, placing them directly on the rack to cool completely.