This recipe can easily be adapted for other flavor combinations. Instead of the zucchini, add 2 cups grated apple and a teaspoon of freshly grated lemon peel, or 1-1/2 cups mashed overripe banana (about 2 bananas), and eliminate the cardamom.
Zucchini Muffins2 cups grated zucchini
2 large eggs
½ cup vegetable oil (I use canola)
3/4 to 1 cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ cup raisins or currants
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil or spray a standard muffin baking tin.
Grate the zucchini.
In a large bowl, mix the eggs, oil, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the grated zucchini.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices.
Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir to combine, careful not to over-mix. Fold in the raisins and nuts.
Spoon into muffin tins and bake 20-25 minutes, until slightly puffed and golden, and a knife or cake tester comes out clean.
From the cover of GUILTY AS CINNAMON:
Murder heats up Seattle’s Pike Place Market in the next Spice Shop mystery from the national bestselling author of Assault and Pepper.
Pepper Reece knows that fiery flavors are the spice of life. But when a customer dies of a chili overdose, she finds herself in hot pursuit of a murderer…
GUILTY AS CINNAMON is now available in audiobook! The large print edition will be available mid-August. KILLING THYME will be published in October, 2016.
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.
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