Tuesdays with Dorie: Carrot Spice Muffins (aka Morning Glories)

August 9, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in breakfast things, groups, muffins/quick breads, tuesdays with dorie | 9 Comments
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carrot spice muffins

“Muffin” is a weird word.  And I just realized that I totally spelled it wrong in the titles of my last two muffin posts.  How dumb, and obvious now that I look at those posts again.  (OK, I’ve just gone back and corrected that, so it’s as if it never happened).

These Carrot Spice Muffins are something of a substitute for when your tummy really wants a piece of Bill’s Big Carrot Cake (wow, that cake was awesome…I think about it all the time) for breakfast, but your head just won’t let you.  Like a good carrot cake, they have lots of add-ins beyond carrots…walnuts, coconut, raisins and, of course, a gentle amount of warm spices.  Unlike carrot cake, though, they are sans that decadent cream cheese frosting (but now that I think about it, a thinned out cream cheese glaze would have been fabulous!), and they are a bit dialed down in the oil department.  These seemed like they could be a vehicle for a little fiber boost as well, so I swapped about 25% of the flour with whole wheat.  I also used unsweetened desiccated coconut instead of the sweet stuff.  Then I ate two.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read The Dogs Eat the Crumbs, as it was Nancy’s pick this week.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. I so wanted to make a glaze for them , but didn’t get to it! I can’t wait to make these in the fall! Your muffin looks yummy:)

  2. Your muffin looks scrumptious! And you’re right about the word ‘muffin’, when you think about it, it is an odd little word. 😀

  3. I too found myself eating a few too many of these – after all, they’re healthy breakfast muffins, not cake, right? Your looks absolutely perfect.

  4. I also thought some kind of cream cheese drizzle, frosting would have been good. But, they were eaten before I made it, guess they really didn’t need any.
    Have a great day.

  5. These would be good with a glaze, but were great without, too. I loved the spices in these.

  6. I remember that cake like it was yesterday (my first TWD post, in fact!). And these muffins were a very nice sub for it. Love your little crumbs in the photo, too! 🙂

  7. I think with all of the sensible and healthful changes you made, you merited a second muffin! If I weren’t hosting (and already omitting the coconut) I would have used some whole wheat flour also; this recipe just seemed to ask for it. Your muffins are so pretty! Thanks for baking along with me this week.

  8. oh , yes, glaze. How perfect would that have been. And I have some left over frosting in the fridge. Ah, well, next time.

    Bill’s Big Carrot cake is one our favs. Every year for hubs b’day.

  9. I made these recently too and they are delish! I think they will become a regular feature on our baking menu 🙂

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