Carrot and Coriander Muffins

I lik muffins for breakfast, and most of the recipes I have are sweet. These looked interesting and different, and come out at 204 cals per muffin. My normal blueberry muffins have 174, but I use non-fat yoghourt, low-fat buttermilk, sunflower spread, Splenda and non-fat egg substitute. So I expect with some tweaking I could get these down. Recipe makes 9 deep / large muffins. From delicious, September 2005.

 

  • 2 tsp cumin seed
  • 175 gms carrots
  • 50 gms pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 150 gms plain flour
  • 100 gms wholemeal flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarb
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • some black pepper – doesn't list it on ingredients but is mentioned in recipe
  • 200 ml milk (it doesn't say, but go for semi-skimmed)
  • 1 egg (try soy egg replacement)
  • 4 tbsps olive oil (think this might be necessary … the lightest you can find)

Preheat oven to Gas 5. Line 9 holes of a deep muffin tray.

Dry fry the cumin seed until toasted. Put into a large bowl, and add the carrot (coarsely grated), the pumpkin seeds and coriander.

Sift and add all other dry ingredients.

Add milk, egg and oil, stirring lightly until just mixed.

Fill each muffin hole 2/3rds full. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until risen and firm. Cool 5 minutes, turn onto wire rack. Best the day they're made but can be frozen.

 

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Baileys Custard Brioche

This is back to the severe naughtiness with Drambuie Eggy Croissants, just a different twist. Again from a Baileys ad, in Good Food December 2005. Serves 4.

 

  • 100 ml Baileys
  • 2 medium eggs and 1 egg yolk
  • 25 gms light brown sugar
  • 50 ml milk
  • 4 brioche finger rolls, sliced in half lengthways
  • 25 gms unsalted butter
  • Clotted cream and Chinese 5-spice powder to serve

Whisk eggs, yolk, sugar, Baileys and milk together until smooth.

Soak brioche for 20 mins, starting with the cut side down and turning over once.

Heat the butter and fry, 10 mins, starting cut side down and turning over once, til golden on both sides.

Top with cream and dust with spices.

This could be really gross. It doesn't have the orange tartness in the Drambuie version, which has orange zest in it as well. And it could be really sickly. But on the other hand …

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