If you go to a grocery store right now, you’ll probably notice that the baking aisles are becoming just as sparse as the toilet paper shelves. That’s because everybody is using this time in self-isolation to start practicing what it will be like to revert back to the days of churning our own butter and making our own clothing out of curtains.
The only difference between those times and now is that the butter you’ve churred is for your homemade bread that took two and a half days to prepare and you’re actually using the curtains to sew surgical masks for everyone in your neighbourhood.
Thank you to everyone who took a break from feeding their sourdough starter to read this post. (Also, I suggest you give that thing a name because it’s going to be a permanent fixture in your house for a while).
Anyway, back to the recipe! After panic buying a Costco bag of enough carrots to feed all the horses between here and Owen Sound, I decided to make lemonade out of lemons…or more specifically, carrot muffins out of carrots, but you get the idea.
Yields 12 muffins
- 1 cup grated carrot
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 12 whole pecans for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl sift together the flour, spices, baking soda and set aside.
Grade 2 medium-sized carrots and set aside (1 cup, lightly packed).
Combine all wet ingredients with both the brown and granulated sugar in a stand mixer using a paddle attachment on medium speed until well combined and sugars have dissolved.
Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
Gently fold in the grated carrot using a spatula – do not over mix!
Scoop batter into parchment paper-lined muffin tins and bake at 350 for 13-18 mins.
Last but not least, as it’s probably the most important step of all; lather those bad boys with butter and devour so you can get back to binge-watching Netflix.