Look for millet, a round, pale yellow grain, in health-food stores or in the organic sections of large supermarkets. If you don't have a spice grinder, pulse the millet in a mini food processor or blender, or lightly crush with a mortar and pestle. If using paper muffin cup liners, coat with cooking spray before filling with batter. Make the muffins up to 2 days ahead, the butter up to 5 days in advance.
2/3 cup uncooked millet
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup fat-free buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans, toasted
1 tablespoon honey
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
To prepare muffins, place millet in a spice or coffee grinder; pulse 6 times or until lightly crushed. Set aside.
Place sugar and egg in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined. Stir in millet, buttermilk, and 1/4 cup butter.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture. Add buttermilk mixture; stir just until moist. Let batter stand 5 minutes. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 18 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack. Remove muffins from pan; place on wire rack.
To prepare butter, combine 2 tablespoons butter, pecans, and honey, stirring well to combine. Serve with the muffins.
Absolutely delightful. The millet imparted a pleasing texture, and although the tops were on the flat side the edges were nicely crisp. I used fresh-milled white whole wheat flour and increased the recipe by half to make the muffins larger. I also threw in some toasted chopped walnuts for chunkiness. I skipped the honey butter and just ate mine with some Neufchatel, as they didn't need any help. These would pair well with anything - even with dinner as a less-sweet version - and will go into the regular rotation.
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