Aimée is based out of Montreal, and her book is a beautiful tribute to urban homesteading and delicious, comforting meals for the family table. The recipes follow the seasons, and are interspersed with with fascinating tutorials on things truly homemade – from sugaring off maple trees, to building raised garden beds, to canning and preserving. And, fellow Canadians, she has included an ample number of nostalgic Canadian dishes – like Quebec Tourtière, Nova Scotia seafood chowder, and Maple Cider Baked Beans.
I’m sharing her recipe for One-Bowl Carrot-Spice Oatmeal Muffins today! I love warmly-spiced muffins, and the oatmeal adds nice texture.
Food styling tip! I always reserve some of the add-ins from cookies, scones, muffins, etc. to arrange on top before baking. Here, I planted some oats and cranberries. It’s an attractive finish and shows off what’s inside.
Before you get started, keep in mind that the oats need to soak for an hour. I really preferred the muffins on the first day, so if they don’t all get gobbled up, I recommend popping them in the freezer right away to keep them oven-fresh. They’ll thaw in 30 minutes at room temperature, or in 20 seconds in the microwave.
One-Bowl Carrot-Spice Oatmeal Muffins
- 1 cup 250 mL milk, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon 5 mL white vinegar
- 1 cup 250 mL old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- 1/4 cup 60 mL raw cane sugar
- 1/2 cup 125 mL unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons 280 mL allpurpose flour
- 1 teaspoon 5 mL baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon 2 mL baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon 2 mL salt
- 1/2 teaspoon 2 mL freshly ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon 1 mL freshly grated nutmeg
- 3/4 cup 175 mL grated carrots
- 1/2 cup 125 mL dried cranberries
- Combine milk, vinegar and oats in a large bowl and let stand for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a twelve-cup muffin pan or 24-cup mini muffin pan with cupcake papers.
- Crack the egg into the oat mixture; add sugar and beat with a whisk to combine. Whisk in melted butter.
- Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into the bowl. Gently fold into batter, taking care not to overmix.
- Sprinkle grated carrot and cranberries into the bowl and combine muffin batter gently but thoroughly. Use a large ice cream scoop or 1/3-cup (75 mL) measuring cup to scoop batter into muffin tins.
- Bake until light brown and tops spring back when gently touched, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool in pans for a few minutes, then transfer muffins to a rack to cool completely.