Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Muffins start with Mmmmmmm....

This evening I made these super easy muffins. They turned out perfect. Not too sweet, not too heavy, just the perfect snack. They go great with coffee as well.
The recipe is so simple anyone could make them. It is such a nice base that you could easily replace the toasted almonds with any kind of nuts or maybe add some poppyseeds? (I might try that the next time I make them.)

Olive Oil Muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons whole milk
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Powdered sugar, for sifting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin tin.
Blend together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer beat the sugar, eggs, and zests in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vinegar and milk. Gradually beat in the oil. Add the flour mixture and stir just until blended. Crush the almonds with your hands as you add them to the batter and stir until mixed. Fill the muffin tin almost to the top of the paper liners. Bake until golden on top and a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Remove the muffins onto a platter and let cool for 5 more minutes. Sift powdered sugar over the muffins and serve.

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis
The Food of Genoa

2 comments:

bree said...

i'm trying this!....i even have a zester! :)

Flyingwaitress said...

Yummy!!

I can't wait to try this at home...

 

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