Carrot cake muffins and an unbelievable discovery

Carrot cake muffins with molasses cream cheese icing

This has been the week of losing things, or forgetting things I suppose, which isn’t much different. Until you remember where you put your punch card or snow pants or retainer or Blue Tooth charger, all are as good as lost.

It has hit my entire family like the flu.

We have all misplaced everyday things so it has been a week of turning the house upside down in our search, and wondering things like “Do you suppose the dog ate Amelia’s retainer?

Dog

But it has also been the week of waking in the middle of the night remembering that the missing plate is at Martha’s (from the night I ran over with a slice of Linzer torte) and the punch card in in the pouch of the knapsack that got put in the basement.

Yesterday we had the greatest discovery of all… I found Amelia’s missing iPod at the end of the driveway. Lost December 21 it endured a major ice storm, a record-breaking cold snap and two torrential rain storms. We stuck it in a bag of rice for 24 hours to dry it out and voila, it works. Unbelievable.

Carrot cake muffins with molasses cream cheese icing

To celebrate I made a molasses cream cheese frosting for a yummy batch of carrot cake muffins, just to make them more of a treat.

These are light and airy muffins, with three eggs and not much butter. They’re moist but not wet like some carrot muffins can be and they’re not oily or interrupted by nuts.

Carrot cake muffins with molasses cream cheese icing

Carrot Cake muffins with molasses cream cheese icing

Muffins

Make 18 regular-sized muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and prepare muffin pans.
  2. In a small pan melt butter, remove from heat and stir in molasses.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs. Whisk in the milk and yogurt then add the butter-molasses mixture along with the vanilla.
  4. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. Carefully add the wet mixture, stirring until just combined. Stir in the grated carrots and mix until incorporated.
  6. Spoon into prepared pans and bake at 350°  F for about 20 minutes.

Let cupcakes cool before icing.

Molasses Cream cheese icing

Molasses cream cheese icing

Up until yesterday I was not a cream cheese icing fan. I had always found it cloyingly sweet I suppose in part because it’s often piled a mile high on cake. But then I discovered this approach…no icing sugar. Sure it doesn’t make as much in a batch, but the silky texture and delightful flavour mean you don’t need a lot to satisfy.

  • 1 – 250 g package of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 3-4 Tbsp. Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the molasses and vanilla.

Have you made any great discoveries this year?

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Here’s to eating well, everyday,

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Molasses glazed carrots make you want to eat your veggies

Molasses glazed carrots and parsnips a quick side dish that helps you shake the veggie blahs

Dr. Oz says to eat your veggies. And lots of them.

It’s just that sometimes a plateful of boiled or steamed veggies  seems like so much effort to eat.

Shake the veggie blahs with this easy side dish that can go with just about any meal.

Molasses glazed carrots and parsnips a quick side dish that's easy to devour

 Because root vegetables store so well there is a chance that you have them on hand, even if you have run out of everything else.

No parsnips? No problem.

Carrots are great on their own if that’s what’s in your fridge. Molasses glazed carrots and parsnips a quick side dish that help you shake the veggie blahs

 Molasses glazed carrots and parsnips with marjoram (or whatever’s on hand)

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2-3 carrots , peeled
  • 2-3 parsnips, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 3 sprigs of marjoram or thyme (or 1 tsp dried)*
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Slice the vegetables in a rough julienne.
  2. Heat oil and butter in a large pan and when the butter has melted add the chopped vegetables.
  3. Saute, stirring often, until the vegetables begin to soften.
  4. Stir in the molasses and continue to stir until the vegetables are tender to your liking.
  5. Sprinkle over the herbs and season with salt and pepper.

*Feel free to use any of your favourite herbs in this dish, fresh or dried.

Prefer your root vegetables roasted? Try roasted root vegetables with molasses cider glaze.

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