>> Thursday, December 17, 2009
Thursday night is usually my baking night. Thursday night also happens to host my favorite TV shows, including Grey's Anatomy and -- you guessed it -- The Office. So one lucky Thursday evening, I came upon a lonely can of sliced beets in our pantry that had been there for over a year. I honestly never thought I'd do anything with it -- I think it was a "gift" from one of our parents -- we're happy to be a dumping ground for a variety of discarded ingredients.
Anyway, I thought about beets.
Then beet sugar.
Then cookies. No.
Cupcakes? Certainly not.
I mean, zucchini works. Right? And carrots. THEN I Googled "beet muffins" and found a recipe for cranberry-apple-beet muffins on Mission: Vegan. I considered for a moment some modifications I could make (and I did make quite a few) . . . With a full hour left before Grey's, I decided to go for it.
I'm glad I did. They are pretty. And taste yummy -- sweet, with just a tiny hint of beet-y goodness. Perhaps Dwight could add them to the menu at Schrute Farms.
What you'll need . . .
- 1 egg (or your favorite substitution -- I hear Ener-G works best)
- 1/8 cup pumpkin
- 1/8 cup canola oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup canned beets -- processed so they are finely grated
- 1 cup apples, chopped
- Fist-full of dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup wheat pastry flour
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- dash of ginger -- to taste
Method . . .
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease muffin tin with butter (or spray with oil). You may also use paper liners.
- In a large bowl, combine egg (or substitute), pumpkin, oil, vanilla, molasses, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, beets, apples, cranberries and stir well to combine.
- In another bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
- Add the dry to the wet and stir with a rubber spatula to JUST combine.
- Fill muffin cups 1/2 to 3/4 full and bake for 12-15 minutes. Mine took 16.