Monday, January 9, 2012

Spinach Orange Applesauce Muffins

Sleeping in on Saturdays, brunch with friends, trashy TV marathons, cooking actual meals that require more than 3 minutes of prep, and generally not having a care in the world. These are all things I will miss after this Thursday when school starts back up again and Accounting and Management Decision Analysis take over my life. Perhaps I will learn how to create decision trees that help me determine which Swedish butter will most enhance my French baguette. Probably not. In the mean time, here is a fantastic creation I came up with this weekend, using many ingredients from my produce co-op. Google it, I dare you. You won't find another recipe like this. I talk big, I know, but really, they're great!

Spinach Orange Applesauce Muffins
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2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 egg
1 cup spinach, pureed in food processor
1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon orange zest
juice of 1 orange
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon orange blossom water (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease muffin tin, or use paper liners. Puree spinach and set aside. Combine dry ingredients and spices in bowl. Beat egg, add applesauce, orange zest, orange juice, orange blossom water. Add wet mixture to flour mixture and stir only until just moistened. Pour into prepared muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

Ingredients for Applesauce
6 apples, peeled, cored and quartered
2 strips of lemon peel
1 cinnamon stick (about 3 inches long)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (adjust this depending on the type of apple you use)
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt

Put all ingredients in large pot, cover and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon stick and lemon peel. Mash.

This post originally ran on GenWhy Press.