Saturday, July 27, 2013

A to Z Muffins

I couldn't wait to post this recipe. I know Sue and I are doing all of our apricot recipes this month but I had to sneak this in. See...I had a dream about creating this recipe. 
Want to know why it's named "A to Z" muffins?
Because I made sure to include at least one ingredient for every letter of the alphabet. 
Cool idea, right?
The only letter that is not included is "X". I was going to use some xanthan gum but changed my mind - I don't know enough about baking with it and this recipe is funky enough already. If you have any ideas on how to incorporate the xanthan gum then please leave us a comment. ( I was also considering Xylitol but have heard some bad things about it so didn't want to try it.)
I asked the ladies at my office for some suggestions, our mom & dad, Sue, and the ladies at the local grocery store. Turns out it can be pretty tricky to find all the letters of the alphabet in food...specifically, food that will go well together in a muffin.
I had so much fun creating this. I couldn't help but think it would be great for kids learning their alphabet. 
Oh, case I forgot to mention it... it also tastes yummy. I was worried it would either be too moist or too dry....nope.....just right!

A to Z Muffins

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup yam, cooked & mashed
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain, vanilla, or Maple Syrup flavor)
1/2 cup honey
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup quinoa flakes
pinch salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp grated lemon rind (approx half a lemon)
1 cup carrot, shredded
1 cup zucchini, shredded
1 cup apple, finely diced
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup toffee bits
1/4 cup nectarine, finely diced
1/4 cup strawberries, finely diced
1/4 cup kiwi, finely diced
1/4 cup dates, finely diced
1/4 cup pecans, finely diced

1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 Tbsp plum jam (or any jam)
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup mini marshmallows

1 oz unsweetened chocolate

Preheat oven to 350. Line 24 cupcake tins with paper liners, set aside. 
In a large bowl, beat  together the butter and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in yam, Greek yogurt, honey, eggs, vanilla, and orange juice until well combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, whole wheat flour, quinoa flakes, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and lemon rind. 
To the dry ingredients add the carrot, zucchini, apple, raisins, toffee bits, nectarine, strawberries, kiwi, dates, and pecans. 

Add all at once to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. DO NOT over mix. Scoop into prepared muffin trays. 

Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until tops are very lightly browned and toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

Let cool completely before frosting.
Prepare frosting: In a small mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, butter and jam until smooth. Beat in icing sugar. In a small, microwave safe bowl, heat mini marshmallows for about 15 - 20 seconds, remove and stir. (If not completely smooth heat another 5 - 10 seconds.)  Beat the melted marshmallows into the cream cheese mixture until smooth. 
Spread about 1 Tbsp of the frosting onto each muffin. (You will more than likely have some frosting leftover.)
Grate a little of the unsweetened chocolate over each of the muffins. 
You can also make this into loaves if you prefer. You will just need to adjust your baking time accordingly.

And then you can frost it the same way as the muffins.

Whether you make a loaf or muffins, these are so much fun.
Here is the complete list of A to Z ingredients in this recipe:
A: Apple
B: Brown Sugar and Butter and Baking Powder/Soda
C: Carrots and Cinnamon and Cream Cheese
D: Dates
E: Eggs
F: Flour
G: Greek Yogurt
H: Honey
I: Icing Sugar
J: Jam 
K: Kiwi
L: Lemon Rind
M: Marshmallows
N: Nectarine
O: Orange Juice
P: Pecans
Q: Quinoa Flakes
R: Raisins
S: Strawberries
T: Toffee Bits
U: Unsweetened Chocolate
V: Vanilla
W: Whole Wheat Flour
Y: Yam
Z: Zucchini

What else would you have substituted? We would love to hear your ideas. 

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  1. Now that is clever. Very smart!!!

    Beth @ Hungry Happenings

    1. Thank you :) We had a lot of fun coming up with the ingredients list!

  2. What if you skip the x ingredient and use it in the title instead? For example: Very "X"-cellent A-Z Muffins :)

    Just a thought. They look delicious!

  3. Learning is fun. I mean tasty!
    X certainly is a challenge. I agree with Sweet Lucy...use it in the title. X-treme Muffins.
    Thank you for linking this creative and fun muffin.

  4. I really like your dish because it looks great! I agree with lucy on the title though...

  5. Hilarious! Great experiment. Cheers