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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Zucchini Muffins

2 large eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup milk
1 ½ cups grated zucchini
1½ cups flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
  1. In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Combine eggs, brown sugar, oil and milk in a blender and blend until light and fluffy.
  3. Make a well in the dry ingredients, add wet ingredients and grated zucchini. Mix until blended but do not over mix.
  4. Fill paper lined or greased muffin pan wells and bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  5. Yield 9 large or 12 medium muffins.
Notes Tips and Suggestions
  • Try substituting half of the grated zucchini with an equal amount of grated carrots instead.
  • Remember to fill any empty muffin pan wells with water to prevent scorching pan.
  • The addition of ½ cup chopped walnuts makes a great variation.
  • Try adding 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to the dry ingredients, it gives a new dimension to the taste of this delicious, moist muffin and adds great colour.
  • When you make a batch of these muffins or any other muffins for that matter, take the time to measure out a few extra batches of dry ingredients and store in ziplock bags. When you decide to make more muffins use a bag of premeasured mix and you will only have to prepare the wet ingredients.
  • These muffins freeze very well.
The Scoop on a Great Kitchen Tool

Unfortunately, calling it an ice cream scoop only limits the possibilities of this great kitchen tool. Scoops are available in various sizes including 1, 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 inch diameters.

The 2 1/2 inch size is great for measuring out muffin batter. One full scoop is usually all it takes to measure out uniform size muffins. It’s so much easier and less messy than using a spoon.
The smaller ones are great for measuring out drop cookies, meat balls and makes scooping out melon balls very easy.

I suggest investing in good quality scoops that will last a lifetime. Less expensive ones break easily and only end up having to be replaced.

Only your imagination will limit the uses you will find for this great tool.
It may even forget that it’s called an ice cream scoop!

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