these came out really good. Did make a few changes because I wanted to use what I had on hand. Only had candied walnuts; had only 2 eggs; used 1 cup of sugar instead of 2;had regular raisins; and I replaced 1/2 of the oil with applesauce. Loved the crushed pineapple and carrots. My toddler loves them too!
Morning Glory Muffins
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
Yield: Makes 2 dozen muffins
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Bake: 23 Minutes
Cool: 50 Minutes
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 3 large eggs
- 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained
- 2 large carrots, finely grated (1 cup)
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 15 minutes).
- 2. Meanwhile, combine flour, salt, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
- 3. Whisk together sugar, canola oil, eggs, and vanilla extract; fold in crushed pineapple and carrots. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in toasted pecans and raisins. Spoon into lightly greased muffin pans, filling two-thirds full.
- 4. Bake at 350° for 23 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans to wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
- Note: Muffins may be made ahead and frozen in a zip-top plastic freezer bag up to 1 month, if desired. Remove from bag, and let thaw at room temperature.
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