Here’s our problem: We spend all of March making maple syrup, and then have so much we don’t know what to do with it. We give away as much as we can, but still we fill an entire shelf with little bottles of our many syrup batches. I know, I know—make pancakes. But a person can only eat so many pancakes, and on top of that we don’t have very big sweet teethz. But when the sweet tooth rears its head, it comes on fast and unexpectedly. More than one night we’ve found ourselves craving something—anything!—to sate the craving, with nary a chocolate chip in sight. But these basic maple muffins are a game-changer, a life-safer, a just-sweet-enough easy, easy muffin. These maple muffins come together quickly (thank goodness), and are delicious enough to send that sweet tooth beast back into its wretched cave. For now. Recipe follows the photo!
Recipe: Easy Maple Muffins
Makes 9 muffins
Takes 30 minutes from start to mouth
1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup maple syrup (go with the big, dark, robust grades)
2 tablespoons soft butter (or oil)
2/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375F. Grease your muffin tin, or use paper muffin cups.
Sift all the dry ingredients: pastry flour, baking powder, salt. Separately, in a bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients, beat the syrup and butter and then add the egg. Add the water and vanilla and stir. Then, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the big bowl. Don’t stir too much—just enough to mix it all together.
Spoon that deliciousness into your muffin tin and bake for 12–14 minutes. Test with a toothpick.
How to Eat Your Maple Muffins:
However you dang well feel like, right? Cut it in half, slather in butter while still warm. And if you want to live a little, drizzle more syrup over the buttered muffin.
Note: Recipe adapted from Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book.
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Want to take a step back? Start by making your own maple syrup.