Monday, August 3, 2009

summer sunrise muffins

I am not a morning person, neither is the carnivore. But, there are some things that will get us out of bed. For me it is coffee. For the carnivore it is bacon. There are some other things (which are a little better for us) that may not get us up, but they do make our mornings a little better. Take these summer sunrise muffins, for example. I found this recipe at crepes of wrath.

To make these morning glories you will need:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
zest of 1 orange
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup oil
1 cup milk
about 1 cup chopped strawberries

Start by adding the orange zest into the sugar. Then mix in the dry ingredients. Next, add in the rest of the wet ingredients until combined well. Finally, fold in the strawberries. Fill up your silicone muffin cups with the batter. I then topped each muffin with a 1/2 of a strawberry since I had some left over. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Let them cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then turn them onto a rack for another 5 minutes.

They are wonderful when warm, but are fine the next day at room temperature. They not only pack in lots of vitamin C, but they taste delicious. The grainy texture is great. And, it is almost like they have little bits of strawberry jam baked inside. And, the hint of orange gives them depth. They make mornings seem a little more sunny, even for those of us who aren't morning people.

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