Thursday, October 16, 2008

design your muffin, not your dog

In honour of all the genetically designed dogs out there, and mostly because I wanted to bake with cranberries, I present my entry for Urban Vegan's designer muffin challenge -- Chocolate Cranberry Kamutflake Muffins! With a hint of orange and cinnamon for the season, and a bit of delicate crunch from the flakes, I do think I've done okay here... I draw the line at encouraging vanity pets - but I couldn't resist throwing some of my own namesake kamut into a baked good for the fun of it. So good!

Kamut's Chocolate Cranberry Kamutflake Muffins (makes 6)

1/3 cup unbleached white flour
1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup rolled kamutflakes
2 tbsp margarine
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup sugar (I might use 1/4 cup next time)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp orange extract or 1 tsp orange zest (optional)
2 tbsp silken tofu
2 tbsp soymilk
1 cup cranberries
1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate bar pieces

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 6-hole muffin pan (and I actually recommend using liners for these guys, which I didn't do this time, but will next time).
2. Sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda in a large bowl. Add the kamutflakes and give it a stir.
3. Cream together the margarine, applesauce and sugar until smooth. Add the extracts, tofu and soymilk, then pour all the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined. Fold in the cranberries and chocolate.
4. Bake for 30 minutes or so (I'm actually not 100% on the time, and my oven is weird), or until the middles are firm when pressed and the tops are golden brown. Pop out when they're cool and enjoy!

I kinda wanna dive in that cranberry right there. :D


Jen Treehugger said...

They look sooooo good.

Jes said...

Don't worry, the cranberry wants you to dive into it too. Those look so amazing. Muffin craving!

Destiny's Kitchen said...

I'm so happy that it's cranberry season again! Your muffins are like confetti art for my mouth.

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aTxVegn said...

Nice! I love chocolate and cranberry together.

Kelly said...

Those look like some serious designer muffins. I love cranberry and orange together so those sound perfect.

Sheree' said...

These look like Christmas to me. Delish!

sarchan said...

Mmm. Those look and sound delicious. Even if the 70 degree weather in NYC makes cranberry season feel a long way off.

...barbara... said...

these look incredible......can i have one? or two? or the batch? or any batch you ever make from here on out? am i being to greedy? i think not :)

Anonymous said...

These sound trop bon! I can't wait to try them - and they are very photogenic!

Anonymous said...

These are designer muffins by definition! Beautiful and creative. great work!

Nicole said...

mmmm these look perfect!

A.M. said...

Mmm, they look delicious! i can't find kamutflakes here, but I can find other flakes - great idea to incorporate those in muffins!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

ooh, they sound SO good!