Coincidence or not today our Tuesdays with Dorie baking group is making Buttermilk Crumb Muffins and also the USA Presidential Elections are happening.
Would blog posting and commenting about muffins on Elections Day determine who is the winner? Are Presidential Candidates food preferences a contributing variable for obtaining electoral votes? If you are curious about these, please check the latest issue of the Food Network magazine.
Maybe we are part of a baking conspiracy. Is it Mitt Romney or is it Barack Obama who enjoys eating muffins? And I am talking about muffin tops and stumps and all, no matter if the butter is sinking to the bottom of the muffin.
Since the amount of oil and sugar in the recipe made me a bit uneasy, I had to attempt somehow a healthier version. I ended up using oats, half the sugar, ¼ cup of oil and applesauce in lieu of the vegetable shortening, dried pears and walnuts for some additional experimenting in food alchemy. The exact amounts are at the very end of the posting.
If you would like to get involved in Muffin-gate, please visit our Birthday Girl Alisa of Easier Than Pie who is the host for the recipe.
For the batter – 1 cup old fashioned oats, soaked overnight in 1 cup of yogurt; 1 cup flour; 1 cup light brown sugar; ½ cup apple sauce; ¼ cup grapeseed oil; 5 dried pears; spices; 2 eggs
For the topping – ½ cup coarsely walnuts, ¼ cup brown sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp nutmeg
Despite my attempts on using less oil, this is how some members of our family enjoy their muffins…