Thursday, July 21, 2011

Maple Muffins

With lots of training and these muffins, I ran my first half marathon in 1hr 55min! These muffins are"powerful" and I craved for them immediately after I had my last one. 

These maple syrup-enriched muffins are real intense in their favour. They are very delicious with slightly sticky and crunchy tops, and yet moist and fluffy insides.

This is another brilliant recipe from the book, Sarabeth's Bakery: From My Hands to Yours. I'm so glad that I bought this book and made these muffins.


Here's the recipe from the book, Sarabeth's Bakery: From My Hands to Yours.
(with my minor modification in blue)

Softened unsalted butter, for the pan
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups pure maple syrup, preferably grade B*
12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup whole milk
1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted*

1. Position a rack in the center of he oven and preheat to 400°F (I used 190°C fan forced).  Brush the insides of 12 muffin cups with softened butter, then brush the top of the pan (I line the muffin with baking cups instead).

2. Whisk the unbleached flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Whisk the maple syrup, melted butter, and milk together in another bowl, then whisk in the egg and yolk. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until smooth.  Stir in the walnuts. Let the batter stand so the dry ingredients can absorb the liquid, about 5 minutes.

3. Using a 2 1/2 inch-diameter ice-cream scoop, portion the batter, rounded side up, into the prepared muffin cups.

4. Bake for 10 minutes.  Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F (I used 170°C fan forced) and bake until the tops of the muffins are golden brown and a wire cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 15 minutes more.

5. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Remove the muffins from the pan and cool completely.

* Grade B refers to its color & flavor which are darker & stronger than Grade A. It does not mean that it is inferior. 
* Toast walnuts at 350°F (I used 150°C fan forced) on a half-sheet pan, stirring occasionally for 8-12 minutes.

Note: Using a standard-size muffin tray, I've made 14 muffins with this recipe.

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  1. Hmmm...mmm...I'm having my breakfast right now and you're making wanting more! :o) Have a great day, dear.

  2. Zoe these muffins look perfect! gloria

  3. WOw! you ran in a marathon huh! How cool is that! These muffins sounds amazing, am going to make this once I get my hands on some maple syrup:) Thanks for sharing Zoe:)

  4. Gorgeous and yummy looking muffins...

  5. Love how the muffin top looks. It looks so inviting - ready for a big bite! Lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. These muffins looks great! This book is on my list! Drool...drool! Both for the muffins and the book! :)

  7. It almost look like a soft cookie from the top view. ;) looks yummy. :) best of luck and cheering you all the way for your marathon!

  8. u ran a half-marathon zoe?! WOW! congrats (and i didnt know you're a runner too!) ive been trying to 'train' lately on a treadmill. i just cant get over the 3km mark lol. hahaha. *embarrassed*

    the golden colour and texture of this muffin has won me over! bookmarked!

  9. Having afternoon tea now and those muffins are a perfect accompaniment.

  10. these must be the bionic muffins that give you all the strength and energy! Maple muffins may sound a little sweet but knowing you, since you have chosen to bake these, i think these are not as sweet as what i imagine. must be yum!!

  11. Congrats on that awesome time for your half marathon! Definitely hope I can do just as good with my own first half in October! Might have to follow suit and make these muffins beforehand =)

  12. These sound wonderful, I love maple and especially for breakfast. Something about it is nostalgic for me, these sound so good!

  13. Like the look of the muffin top, so inviting. With maple syrup, sure must be yummy!

  14. Congrats on your half marathon! That's a great accomplishment - something to definitely be proud of! Your muffins look so yummy. :-)

  15. Wow, these look and sound amazing!

  16. These muffins look delicious - so moist - I could do with a few now! I just found your blog and it's lovely - I'm signing up to follow you!

  17. congratulations on the run! wow, you are fast!