Golden Harvest Muffins

Saturday 22 April 2017

When I first moved over here to the UK, I knew I wouldn't be able to bring any of my cookbooks with me at that time.  (IS it possible that it was almost 17 years now!  
My time does fly when you are having fun!) Instead I took a small notebook and wrote down all of my favourite recipes and tried and tries that I didn't want to leave behind.  It was a lot easier to carry a notebook with me than a bookcase. 😏

Golden Harvest Muffins was one of the recipes I had written down in that book.   Adapted from a recipe which had been published in a Taste of Home Magazine, it has long been one of our favourite muffin recipes! 

That says a lot as I have been baking muffins for quite a few years now. I do sos love muffins.

No surprise there!  It is stogged full of lovely things. Not on but two flours.
There is a healthy combination of white and whole wheat flours, means that they contain an extra bit of healthy fibre.

Grated carrot and apple help towards your five a day  . . .  (don't burst my bubble, lol)You can't beat getting in a bit of extra fruit and vegetables really.

And what a way to get some of them in!

With grated coconut, and chopped toasted walnuts for a bit of crunchy, moreish nuttiness.  I like to toast my nuts first. I always do that when baking.
Toasted nuts just taste nuttier. It is a simple thing to do. Just pop your nuts onto a baking sheet and toast them in a hot oven (190*C/375*F) for about 8 to 10 minutes.  They will smell  nice and nutty when they are done. 

These are studded with sticky raisins. These lovely muffins are little powerhouses of flavour and texture! 

Filled with scrumptiously tasty goodness!

They are moist and filled with delicious!  The recipe does make a lot (36) but no worries, these are perfect for sharing.
 Of course they freeze very well. Just pop them into an airtight container and pop it into the freezer.

These are perfect for keeping in the deep freeze.  Wrap them up individually and then pop them into a hard container.  Then you can take one out as and when you want it. 
These are the perfect portable for your tea or coffee break.  They make a nice addition for your lunch also, just add some carrot and celery sticks and Bob's your Uncle!

*Golden Harvest Muffins*
Makes 24 large muffins

These are our favourite muffins.  Moist and full of beautiful flavours and textures. 

280g plain flour (2 cups)
280 g whole wheat flour (2 cups)
384g granulated sugar (2 cups)
4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 medium carrots grated (1 cup)
75g shredded coconut (1 cup)
115g chopped toasted walnuts
5 medium apples, peeled and grated (4 cups)
150g raisins (1 cup)
350ml vegetable oil (1 1/2 cups)
120ml milk (1/2 cup)
4 tsp vanilla
3 large free range eggs, beaten

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter 2 large muffin tins really well, or line with paper liners, buttering the top of the tin.  Set aside. 

Whisk together both flours, the sugar, cinnamon, cloves, soda, baking powder and salt.  Stir in the grated apple, carrot, raisins, nuts and coconut.  Beat together the wet ingredients.  Pour over the dry ingredients and mix together just to combine.  Spoon into the greased muffin tins, filling them 2/3 full.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until well risen and a toothpick inserted in the centre of one comes out clean.  Store in an airtight container.

Golden Harvest Muffins

Hearty, simple to make and most delicious!  What more could a person want?  

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  1. These are full of flavor Marie! I'm not that fond of raisins in my food, so I would put cranraisins in instead. I woke up to my pup singing (howling) to his sing on the radio. Lol. He has two songs that he likes and listens for them. When I watch him he stops and when I sing his song he barks at me to stop. He's hysterical! Hope you two have a great wkend!

    1. Craisins would work as well J! They are really good! Your dog sounds like quite a character! You have a good weekend too! xo

  2. Wow they look tasty

    Julie xxxxxx

    1. Thanks Julie! A bit of effort with all the grating, but well worth it! xo

  3. Hi Marie..please delete my last name:)

    1. Monique, I am not sure what you are talking about???

  4. The bannocks and these muffins sound really great. I'm going to try them. Your stories about the Maritimes and the cookbooks are very interesting. I've always wanted to go there but, alas, I live a continent away. We're contemplating assisted living so I'm downsizing my 12 linear feet of collected cookbooks. I've been buying up Susan Branch's small recipe binders online and filling them with favorite recipes. Also, I've done a chicken cookbook in a binder. Chicken is very inexpensive here and can be so versatile with the right sauces and ingredients. I've put some of your recipes in there. It's not for publication; just for my daughter to have after all the cookbooks are gone. I've used two older cookbooks for some of the basics: The Joy of Cooking and The American Family Cookbook, both published in the 1960's. Pre-microwave. I've also included some recipes from Gladys Tabor's Stillmeadows Cookbook, as well as from Susan Branch. Most are from my favorite blogs: yours, Octoberfarm, Cooking in Sens, Mennonite Girls Can Cook, Six Sisters, and By Taniwa, to name just a few. Each page is hand printed on 5.5" x 8.5" lined, 2-sided pages in black ink. Each binder will be indexed. I call my chicken binder "The Happy Cluck". Maybe she'll use these or maybe they'll end up in the recycling bin? Who can tell? I hope she uses them. In the meantime, it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble! Thanks so much for sharing, Marie. Kathie

    1. Oh what a lovely gift Kathie! I cannot imagine anyone not wanting it! You are a blessing to your girl! xo

  5. Hi Alice...I was just in the process of gathering ingredients together when i notice you posted 75 gr coconut (1c) and 150 gr raisins (1c). So I am assuming its 1/2 c coconut and 1 c raisins? thanks

  6. Have you tried using all ww flour?


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