We have a luxurious number of sweet potatoes in our pantry this winter, so when I bake them for a meal, I just fill up the pan and bake a bunch at once. After dinner, I peel the ones we didn't eat and pop them in the fridge, and then I have some all ready to go. Sweet potato pie...sweet potato casserole...sweet potato bread...sweet potato biscuits...
On Monday, I had a small amount of sweet potato in the fridge that I needed to use. I wondered if anyone had ever made sweet potato muffins. A quick Google search told me that lots of people had! I decided to try this recipe from williams-sonoma.com and it is a winner! Moist and sweet, a hint of orange enhancing the sweet potato flavor, and that crunchy cinnamon sugar topping...what's not to like?
SWEET POTATO MUFFINS
makes 12 muffins
Ingredients for topping:
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Ingredients for muffins:
2 sweet potatoes, cooked and cooled (I used what I had, about 2 cups)
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup milk
grated zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
To make the topping, stir together sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 12 standard muffins cups.
In a bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt.
In bowl of stand mixer, combine eggs, sugar, oil, and milk and beat for 1 minute. Add mashed sweet potato and beat until completely blended.
Add flour mixture and stir just until moistened.
Fold in pecans and orange zest, just until evenly distributed. Do not overmix.
Spoon the batter into prepared muffin pans. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar topping, dividing evenly.
Bake until muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes; remove from pan. Serve warm with butter.
When would you eat these? For dessert? With afternoon tea? Breakfast? (All of the above?)