Sunday, 29 May 2011

Cinnamon, Raisin, Oatmeal, and Coconut Muffins

What do you bring to a party when you don't really feel like baking?
The answer is muffins.
Yes, you're still using the oven, but they're soo quick you barely notice you're actually making them.
And they taste nice.
And these have oatmeal in them so you can eat the one you broke while taking the tray out of the oven for breakfast the next morning.
So after baking a batch of the Citrusy Blueberry Muffins and attempting to amputate my thumb with my microplane grater (you won't be getting any recipes involving citrus zest for a while...) I made a batch of these little lovelies and I must say I'll probably make another batch at some point during the week (because I liked them very muchly :) ).
That said, I used coconut extract. If you can't get hold of coconut extract (don't go for imitation coconut, very bad idea!) I would probably replace some (if not all) of the milk with coconut milk for the flavour.
Anyhow, let's make some muffins!

Cinnamon, Raisin, Oatmeal, and Coconut Muffins
75g Oatmeal
220g Plain Flour
150g Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
75g Raisins
250ml Milk
2 Egg-Whites
55g Butter (melted and then slightly cooled again)
1/2 tsp Coconut Extract

Preheat your oven to 190˚C and line a muffin pan with 12 cups.
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Whisk the liquid ingredients together in a small bowl.
Then fold the wet mix into the dry mix until they're just combined (it's ok if there's still small bits of dry mix that don't look properly mixed, you really don't want to overmix the batter or the muffins will become chewy).
Pour the batter into the lined muffin pan and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy one (or two, or three) with a glass of milk (or G&T...both work rather well ;) )
I hope you have a lovely rest of your weekend!

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