Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Every week I meet with a couple girl friends for "breakfast with the ladies" as my husband likes to call it for some yummy eats and good conversation. A while back Jen made this wonderful fool-proof 'garden cake' that the toddlers loved. Who knew there were carrots and zucchini in it?! Here's the recipe for anyone who wants to adapt their own version. I swapped out some ingredients that I didn't have on hand and subbed in some other ones, so I guarantee it is "VERY flexible" as Jen told me.
Some of my changes...
Since I was only able to harvest one pathetic little zucchini from my garden, I had to use more carrots. I also used half oil and half applesauce and then only added 1/2 c. granular sugar since the applesauce would provide a little sweetness and I didn't want my cake too sweet. Somehow, I ran out of whole wheat flour, so I had to use the good old all-purpose variety. No flax seed in house, so I added wheat germ instead. Also, I didn't add any fun stuff like dried fruit or coconut because I didn't want any picky eaters to shy away. For the topping, I didn't add nuts, but did throw in about 1/4 cup of oats...just because.
Garden Muffins (or Cake) (as given to me by Jen)
1 large zucchini, grated and patted dry
2 large carrots, grated
1 c. canola oil (or you can sub some or all with applesauce)
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
3/4 c. granular sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 3/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour
1/2 c. oat bran or oats
1/4 c. crushed flax seed
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. cloves, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg)
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
Mix dry ingredients thoroughly and add to zucchini/carrot mixture.
1 c. raisins (or cranberries, chopped dates, or chopped prunes)
1 c. walnuts or pecans
1/4 c. shredded coconut
Fold in the fruit and nut mixture.
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 T. butter
1/2 c. chopped pecans (opt.)
Cut butter into mixture, until well combined, then set aside.
Spray muffin pan/bundt pan with cooking spray. Spoon batter into muffin cups and fill 3/4 full or pour into a bundt pan. Top with streusel topping. Bake at 350 F, 25-30 minutes for muffins or 1 hour for cake.