Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Nuts and Cherries





Last weekend, when I heard that two of my best pals were heading upstate to their beautiful cabin I couldn't help but invite myself along for the ride. After a week long heatwave it was high time to get the f out of the city and into the woods to take a dip in the swimming hole and breathe some non-conditioned air. Luckily my generous pals don't mind sharing their special spot, so to thank them for their never ending hospitality (and to ensure they invite me back) I brought a little treat. I wanted to bring something along that would be equally tasty for breakfast before hitting up the u-pick farm nearby and as a snack by the creek later in the afternoon and these hearty muffins fit the bill. They utilize lots of zucchini which is ever so plentiful this time of year along with toasted nuts, seeds and some dried cherries for a nice tart zip, but feel free to switch up the additions to suit your personal preference.


Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Nuts and Cherries
adapted from 101cookbooks
yields about 24 muffins

2c whole wheat flour
1c all purpose flour
1 1/2t baking soda
1/2t baking powder
1t salt
1t cinnamon
1/4t nutmeg
3/4c olive oil (or canola oil)
1c sugar
1/2c brown sugar
3 large eggs
2t vanilla extract
zest of 2 lemons
1'' piece of ginger, grated with a microplane
3c finely shredded zucchini (about 3 medium), squeezed gently to remove excess liquid
1 1/2c mixed chopped nuts, toasted (I used half pecans and half walnuts)
1/3c poppy seeds
1/2c dried cherries roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350ยบ and line 2. 12 cup muffin tins with liners

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Then stir in the chopped nuts and poppy seeds, making sure to reserve a few tablespoons to sprinkle on the top of the muffins.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, sugars, eggs, lemon zest, ginger, and vanilla extract.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir gently to combine. Fold in the zucchini and cherries.
4. Fill your muffin liners 2/3 full, then sprinkle the reserved nuts over top. Bake until the muffins are lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean, about 25 min.

Big thanks to the folks over at The Kitchen Generation for mentioning the Baking Co. last weekend and thanks to everyone on twitter and facebook who have been so friendly and supportive of my bloggy-blog recently.

11 comments:

  1. This couldn't come at a better time. I was lamenting about not having a good, wholesome zucchini muffin recipe. While also slightly freaking out about all the sour cherries I bought, pitted, and now have frozen in my freezer. Seasonal muffin breakdown averted. Perfect timing: thank you!

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  2. Mmm these would be incredible to wake up to in the morning - I will have to try!

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  3. New to your site and loved what I see :-) This muffins look great

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  4. Love your site! Just discovered it today :-)

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  5. Yum! I'm eager to try baking with zucchini, and I love that your recipe calls for mostly whole wheat flour. Beautiful photos, too!

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  6. Those look beautiful! The ginger in these sounds so good, and I love using dried cherries :)

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  7. You're a star! Excited to see you in a few weeks -- I should cook for you in appreciation of your hospitality, buuuuuttttttt, we both know who's a better chef ;-)

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  8. Emily/Plum - Yay, and I am really jealous of your freezer full of cherries. I have about a pie's worth and I am hoarding them until a very special day.
    Kulsum - Thanks for stopping by! I am dying to try some of the Indian recipes on your site.
    HappyHappenings - Nothing better than a fresh baked brekkie
    Ahn - Welcome! Come back anytime :)
    Cookie - Zukes are great to bake with, they add a lot of moisture to baked goods
    Heidi - I love ginger in just about any fruit dessert, I think these would be great with even more ginger too!
    BDR - COME OVER NOW!!

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  9. What a gorgeous blog! Everything looks amazing. And I think I have those same dishtowels...

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  10. Eve - Thanks! Gotta love the cheapo IKEA towels! I love 'em!

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  11. Made these today...delish

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