If you know me, I’m so anti-baking its sad. Usually everything I bake turns into a huge epic fail. Boxed mixes = fail. From scratch = fail. You get the point. So while reading the latest Everyday Food (from the queen of domestication herself Martha), I saw a recipe for “Healthy Morning Muffins” that was sent in from a reader. They looked interesting, with the base of the dough being shredded carrots. (If you want the recipe – send me a comment – I’ll email ya!)
I had a huge bag of carrots, along with all the rest of the ingredients, so I thought, what the hell!?
Lined and ready to roll….
The recipe is super simple, and doesn’t have 10842803 ingredients. A total plus in my playbook! I made a few substitutions to the recipe, including using half whole wheat flour (the non baking has multiple flours in her kitchen…go figure) and I used 1/2 golden raisins and 1/2 dried blueberries. I love dried fruit, so I have a ton of varieties in this place. I also decided to use Splenda Brown Sugar for baking instead of the real deal.
Proof that I am legit in the baking world – it’s even King Arthur! My mother would be so proud!
The other substitution I used was my secret ingredient – well I am going to share it with you:
Pampered Chef Cinnamon Plus. Truth be told – I didn’t have any nutmeg in the house. But this has nutmeg in it, along with a bunch of other goodness. I love the stuff, and sprinkle it on everything including greek yogurt and my favorite, cottage cheese.
So basically, this is what the dough looked like:
Not the most appetizing! I believe after I threw the remains out (claims to make only 12 muffins – lies) I said, out loud to myself, wow that looks like YACK.
So they bake – and I am pondering the title of this blog to be Bake Fail. A Baking Experiment of Epic Fail Proportions. Libby should stick to cooking…example one….
Ding. Times up. Test with toothpick – check. Here’s what they looked like after they cooled for a bit.
Sorry for my shady photography…but you get the point. So I taste them, and literally say out loud: “These don’t suck! SCORE!”
They are so moist – from the carrot over load, and they are just slightly sweet. I seriously love them. Now…I’ll keep you posted if the man likes them.
I remember one time I made spice muffins or something like that from Weight Watchers recipe with just pumpkin? I also attempted to make like a sugar free cream cheese topping. A friend literally put it in her mouth and immediately spit it out and yelled, I mean yelled real loud, THESE ARE HORRIBLE! Needless to say, my baking skills have not been very reliable.
The irony of this all people: my mother is a baker. I mean works in a bakery that sells goods to people and, in my opinion, she is known to be one of the best bakers/cookie makers in our corner of the world! So it is sad, that I did not inherit this baking gene that apparently has run deep in my family. We’re Polish – we’re supposed to know how to bake!
Hope you all have a good weekend – Thanks for reading by the way. Your comments make my day. If you want the recipe – let me know!
Totally unrelated side note: Does anyone else think Ellie Krieger looks like an elf? Just saying….