Every second Wednesday do I bake a “Carrot-Parsnip-Zucchini Bread”– and that is about all the baking I do. You that know me and my cooking habits … also knows that don’t I touch any recipe with yeast in.
Cookies I love, but I if I don’t bake them … I eat them all at once. I have such bad and weak resistance. So I very seldom bake cakes and cookies. It happens a couple of times per year.
I love cupcakes and muffins – but cupcakes I can’t eat … only adore on a distance – they are like art some of them – so cute and pretty, because I hate glazing and icing. Especially icing. So I want my cupcakes naked if I’m going to eat them – and then they really are just muffins.
So when my blogging sister, Wendy, posted her recipe for “Orange & Carrot Muffins” – I just fell weak and the next day I did them, against my better judgement.
Wendy and I have been friends for over a year now – she lived in Hamburg at that time. Now she has moved back to US and now lives on Orcas Island – in the Seattle beautiful archipelago. You can find Wendy on “Chez Chole” , which is her shops website – in May she opened a specialty food and houseware shop on her island. And you can also meet her on her blog Wendy@Chez Chloe, which is world we all want to land in.
Wendy and I had planned to met up in Seattle, last July, when we both was in town – but family matters came in the way. I know if Wendy still had lived in Hamburg I would have been visiting her by now, Hamburg is only down the road, but it wasn’t meant to be. But I hope that there will be more chances for us in future.
So now to the muffins – Wendy, she gave her muffins a Chai Glaze, which is a Chai tee and cinnamon glaze. I want mine naked … not very exciting, but that is okay for me personal.
I followed her recipe to the teeth – but I cut down on the sugar with 30%. Also I had to convert the cups to metric … and sometimes things just don’t add up. The oil and butter didn’t add up for me, but now when I look at her recipe I think I have converted wrongly. 1/2 cup is about 110ml and so it should have been 220ml of butter and oil put together, I think I got it to a lot more than that.
Wendy and I talked about it – and we decided both to stick with butter is probably the best way to go.
I baked mine in pudding dishes and got 9 in total of the recipe – and they were so good – I ate 3 straight away they came out of the oven and after that I gave myself one per day.
The orange I used didn’t have much flavor, shame .. but it’s not really season for oranges over here just now. I would have loved a much stronger orange flavor, but that’s not the recipes fault.
Be so sure that I will get more great moments of weakness … and then maybe I will use a small amount of concentrate orange juice in the mixture.
“Our strength grows out of our weaknesses”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
As cloud I have chosen ” The Weakness In Me”, both Keisha White and Joan Armatrading had a hit with this song. Here is it Lauren Clarke from Liverpool, UK that sings – great version.
Cupcakes photo provided by and thanks to: reedgourmet.it