Sunday, July 15, 2007

Olive Oil Muffins

This is a recipe from Giada De Laurentis, my favorite cook from the food network. I watched her prepare it a couple of weeks ago and was very intrigued by the combination of ingredients. This was a sweet muffin, but it contained olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Hmmm... I was compelled to try them and I'm glad I did because they are delicious. They also contain orange and lemon zest, but I added about one teaspoon of each zest instead of two, which gave it just a subtle hint of those flavors. I'm not a fan of heavy citrus.
They are quite moist, but, in my opinion, are best served warm with butter.

Olive Oil Muffins

1- 3/4 cups all- purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp orange zest
2 tsp lemon zest
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons whole milk
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Powdered sugar, for sifting

Preheat the oven to 350. Place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin tin. Blend together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer beat the sugar, eggs, and zests in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vinegar and milk. Gradually beat in the oil. Add the flour mixture and stir just until blended. Crush the almonds with your hands as you add them to the batter and stir until mixed. Fill the muffin tin almost to the top of the paper liners. Bake until golden on top and a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool. Sift powdered sugar over the muffins.

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