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Clementine Yogurt Muffins

January 15, 2009

When I grow too stingy and/or broke to invest in expensive pastries for my monthly turn at office treats, I will attempt to make my own- time permitting, of course. I had a few clementines left over from recent forays into mulled wine and figured I could do something with them, so found this nifty recipe for clementine yogurt muffins over at this fun blog. I also happened to have yogurt on hand, so it all worked out nicely! Like a copy of a copy, my version is even more different than the original, yet no less delicious. The result was, as I’m hearing more commonly these days, “a total win.”

2 cups all-purpose flour <–(I used self-rising) 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup Stonyfield Farm plain yogurt <–(I used Lemon Soy Yogurt from Trader Joe's!!) 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 large egg 1 tbs. grated clementine peel 1 cup diced clementine <–(about 4 clementines)

In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt, melted butter, egg, grated clementine peel, and diced clementine. Pour clementine mixture into flour mixture and stir just until combined. Spoon the batter into a greased muffin tins, filling two-thirds full. Bake in 400°F. oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.

I used a regular cupcake tin, and had enough batter to make 16-18. The self-rising flour made big fluffy muffin tops, and the color and consistency was very similar to cornbread (sooo good). Using unsweetened butter might make a sweeter variation, more akin to cupcakes, but these were delicious for breakfast as is. Other things to consider for next time would be a few drops of vanilla and/or chopped pecans. Also, juicing 4-5 clementines might work just as well as using diced pieces.

photo above courtesy of BBC Good Food’s recipe for Clementine & Poppy Seed Muffins, which was a very close runner-up and might be tried out the next time around!

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