Sunday, January 03, 2010

Jan 3rd - Cranberry and Walnut Bran Bud Muffins

I just woke up and made muffins. D was just saying the other day that I don't make muffins. Funny thing is that I used to be the Muffin Gal. I loved making muffins. He made the point while reading the new Gordon Ramsay book I bought him for Christmas. There is a Flaxseed muffin recipe I'll have to try. Today it was simple. Bran muffins but as I've not made muffins in a while, I didn't have any whole bran in the house except for some Post Bran Bud cereal. Buds are expensive as far as cereal goes so given the option, I'd have preferred to use Bran Flakes or Fibre thread cereal... any variety can be substituted but I'd crush the flakes before measuring because you won't get the same amount to volume.

Bran Bud Cranberry and Walnut Muffins
(Cranberry and Walnut Bran Bud Muffins)
(six muffins)
1 cup Bran Buds
2/3 cup hot water

In a large mixing bowl, soak the Buds in the hot water and set aside.

Don't worry if the buds don't melt away the water. They'll stay in these sort of soggy bud forms all the way through mixing but that's okay. They'll bake up fine and you'll have a nice texture on top because of them and they'll disappear in the middle.

Pre heat oven to 400F

Lightly oil or butter muffin tins by rubbing with fingers or wax paper. I like to use the paper butter comes wrapped in.

In a separate bowl, medium, measure out:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1/8 t baking soda (if you don't have 1/8 t measure it out with a 1/4 teaspoon in half)
1/8 - 1/4 t each cinnamon, ground ginger and fresh nutmeg
1/4 t salt (use fine or if you have course crush it a bit because you don't want chunks of saltiness)

Whisk the dry stuff together.

In the larger bowl with the buds add:
1 medium egg (or half a large)
1/4 c packed light brown sugar
1/3 c milk
2 T oil

Mix well. Then add:
1/4 c dried cranberries (or apricots chopped or dried fruit of choice)
1/2 c chopped walnuts

Sprinkle the dry in while stirring. You only want to mix to bring the mix together. Don't mix more because you'll get rubbery muffins....oh you know. Portion out into your oiled tins. This actually made 7 probably because I hadn't accounted for the fruit and nuts.

Bake for 22 minutes in the middle of the oven. Take out and cool on a rack. Take out of the tin immediately to avoid mushing. Loosen with a rubber spatula or simply flip over.

Yum. VERY light and fluffy.
We were out running from Home Depot to Salvation Army drop offs to recycling depots... we just drop off milk cartons, not for the money but because the city won't take them. So we popped by a veggie place I've been meaning to try for ages. It's vegan and reknown for their delectable combinations. They are definitely more autentico than Steamrollers. Blech. What is with the steaming? Did you know there are more calories in the healthy steamer than a big mac?! Anyhoo, I've been to California alot, particularly Mission in San Francisco where the best North American burritos are. These could stand a few rounds with them. Definitely not as good as the Papalote in SFO! but pretty good. The 12" is huge but for 1$ up from the 10" seemed stupid to turn down. I should have turned it down.
I had the Henry which was a Tofurkey with Blackbeans, Mexican cheese, lettuce and tomatillo sauce. You have the choice of blackbean/refried beans and you can chose hot sauce, fresh salsa or tomatillo green salsa. I should have gone with either of the other two. The tomatillo was fairly flavourless. The cheese was crazy good and rich! The tofurkey was just okay. It was a chopped up tofurkey dog.
D had the Blair Stanley which was Tofu marinated in red pepper sauce. Much more flavour. We had the same blackbeans and tomatillo. We took home which was good because we have several hot sauces to add as well, it got messy.
Of course as luck would have it, our friend DL invited us for dinner at his for Korean after we had place the order. It was a late lunch as it was and he was doing an early dinner. Oof, the new year regime starts today (the next day) . I was realistic about the weekend new year start. ;-)
Budgies Burritos
44 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC
V5T 3H9
(604) 874-5408 (photos pending)

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