Easter Bunny Carrot Muffins
Happy Healthy Holidays!
Lots of healthful ingredients in these tasty muffins: Raisins, walnuts, orange zest, and grated carrots. Butter Crumb Topping to finish them off.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Grated zest of 1 orange
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup packed grated carrots
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place paper liners in 12 muffin pan cups.
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir in the raisins, walnuts, and orange zest.
Crack the egg into a medium-size mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk, brown sugar, and oil. Whisk well.
Make a well in the dry mixture. Pour in the liquid all at once and stir until the ingredients are almost blended. Then fold in the carrot.
Use a large spoon to divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. Gently press a little of the crumb topping (see below) on each one.
Bake the muffins on the center rack for 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
Cool the muffins in the pan for two to three minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Butter Crumb Topping
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Gently pressed on top of the batter just before baking, this sweet muffin topping works well with most recipes.
To make enough for a dozen muffins, combine 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of packed light brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl and mix them with your fingertips.
Add 2 tablespoons of cold, unsalted butter cut into small pieces. Rub it thoroughly into the dry ingredients with your fingers until the topping is gravelly in texture.
Note: If you like nuts, chop up a handful of your favorite ones and toss them in too.
Recipe makes 12 servings Easter Bunny Carrot Muffins.
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The Pennsylvania Dutch brought the beneficent Easter Bunny to the United States in the 1700s. Children eagerly awaited the arrival of Oschter Haws and his gifts with a joy second only to that brought about by the winter visit of Kris Kringle.