Carrot Spice Muffins



12 servings



2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
2 cups shredded fresh carrot
1 tart apple (such as Granny smith), peeled, cored, and shredded
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 chopped pecans or
3 lg. eggs, beaten
1/2 cup corn oil or
other vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla


Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease 12 regular muffin cups, 36 miniature muffins cups, or 6 giant muffin cups, or line them with paper baking cups.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, carrot, apple, raisins, and pecans until all ingredients are well mixed.
I don’t mix with a spoon. I use my hands, by lifting and sifting through my fingers until combined. I find mixing with a spoon makes the dough too heavy to mix with the liquid ingredients.

In another bowl, combine the eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir into the flour mixture only until blended. Fill the prepared muffin cups three quarters full with the batter. For regular muffins I kept filling them to the top until I used up all the batter and they came out great.

Bake until a wooden skewer inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean. It may take longer then time specified. For regular muffins, bake 20 to 25 minutes; for miniature muffins, bake 15 to 20 minutes; for giant muffins, bake 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from pans and serve warm or cool on a wire rack.

Makes 12 regular muffins, 6 giant muffins, or 36 miniature muffins.

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Author's Comments

These fast and easy to make muffins are chock full of flavor. You can make these in miniature, giant, or standard size. This recipe can go either way. Tiny muffins bake quickly and have lots of browned edges that appeal to the “crunchers” in the crowd, but you have to be careful not to overbake them or they can be dry. Giant muffins take a bit longer to bake but are satisfyingly moist and crumbly. I really like these.

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