Friday, February 4, 2011

Maple Oatmeal Muffins

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Maple Oatmeal Muffins
~adapted from Bon Appetit~
Makes 12

2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup regular oatmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup dried fruit, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line twelve 1/3 cup muffin cups with paper liners.  Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl and stir to blend.  Whisk buttermilk, applesauce, maple syrup, brown sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in medium bowl until well blended.  Add to dry ingredients and stir just to incorporate (do not over mix).  Add dried fruit, if using, and stir until just mixed.

Divide batter equally among muffin cups (batter will reach top of cups).  Bake until muffin tops are golden brown and tester inserted into center of muffins comes out clean, about 28 minutes.  Transfer to rack and cool.

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