About a month ago, I purchased a used baking cookbook at a local bookstore. Upon reading through the recipes, I decided that I was going to prepare each and every one the book contained. The very first recipe was for some pretty good looking prune muffins. As I was reading through the ingredient list and the instructions, I really didn’t think anything of it.
Just last week, I was in the grocery store buying what I would need to put this recipe together. During the checkout process, I happened to tell the woman behind the counter what I was making. I said, “I’m going to be baking some really great looking prune muffins.” She sort of scrunched her nose when she heard that. I don’t think she has a love for prunes. I couldn’t help but wonder what she had against these wonderfully sweet little dried fruits.
Okay, I get it; prune muffins don’t sound nearly as good as sugar topped apple muffins, but hey, they’re really not bad. And these are incredible with butter or jam. They’re sort of like raisin muffins, but better. I mean that. Raisins are smaller and “tighter.” Prunes are nice and soft and perfectly sweet. I actually enjoy eating prunes very much, so I thought it was a bit genius to include them in a muffin recipe.
Makes: 12 Muffins
1 Cup Milk
1/4 Vegetable Oil
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
3/4 Cup Prunes, Chopped
Butter for Greasing Tray
I’d like to thank a wonderful cookbook called Muffins & Quick Breads that was put out by Linda Fraser. This book has tons of recipes for all type of breads and desserts. I’m looking forward to preparing all of them.
Adjust your oven racks so one of them is in the center position and then pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Mix Wet Ingredients
In a medium sized bowl, combine the egg, milk, oil and white and brown sugar. Mix well.
Mix Dry Ingredients
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Mix well.
Combine All Ingredients
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix everything just until there is nothing dry left. Add in the prunes as well. Mix them in thoroughly.
Fill Muffin Tray
Grease a muffin tray with butter. Divide the batter in the bowl between cups in the muffin tray. Be sure the batter is even throughout.
Bake the Muffins
Place the tray in the oven for 20 minutes. When the tops of the muffins are golden brown, remove them, turn off the heat and allow the muffins to cool.
The Final Muffins
These were pretty good muffins. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles, but you knew that from looking through the ingredient list. The addition of nutmeg was nice and the prunes are very good as well. Give these a shot and let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!
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