Recipes built out of necessity, you just never know how they are going to turn out. I’m actually typing this post while they are baking so this post could easily have ended up a wasted effort. Good thing they turned out. lol
I was going to make normal almond poppy seed muffins because I want to use up these poppy seeds that came with a spice rack I bought. But alas, no almond extract and no almonds even to put on top. Hmm, just enough cherry extract and it always seems to taste the same. Then I had plenty of pecan pieces so I sprinkled them on top.
That wasn’t the only thing I experimented with. May as well go all in. It’s the end of the month and I didn’t want to use up all the regular flour in case I need to make bread for sandwiches next week. Instead of mixing the whole wheat and white like I would normally do, I went all whole wheat. The oldest noticed, but she bakes so that’s a little unfair.
Whenever I bake I use apple sauce instead of oil. It’s an easy swap out. You may need to use just a little more apple sauce than the recipe calls for oil. Then I had some raw sugar so I decided to give that a try as well.
They turned out really well. The neighbor thought so too. I made sure to walk some over to him for testing. I do think they are a lot better with butter. However, what isn’t?
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- ¾ cup apple sauce
- 1 tsp cherry extract
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- ½ white sugar
- ½ raw sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp poppy seeds
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Grease bottom of muffin tins.
- In a medium bowl, mix all 5 wet ingredients.
- In large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients EXCEPT the pecans.
- Pour wet ingredients into large bowl and stir just until no longer dry. Mixture will be slightly lumpy and thicker than cake mix.
- Fill muffin cups just under ⅔ full.
- Sprinkle a few pecan pieces on top of each muffin.
- Bake for 20 mins.
- Immediately remove muffins from tins and place on cooling rack so they won't over cook the bottoms.
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