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      RECIPE TITLE "Morning Glory Muffins"
    recipe from The Muffin Lady: Muffins, Cupcakes, and Quick Breads for the Happy Soul

    yieldsYield: twelve 2-4-ounce muffins or six 6-8-ounce muffins time--- difficultyeasy

    This was truly a creation born of necessity. I had a little bit of carrot, a little bit of apple, some pineapple, and a lot of walnuts. I needed another muffin "flavor of the day," and money was tight. Since I couldn't buy additional supplies, I made the muffin with the ingredients I had.

    I hauled out a bowl and started dicing and chopping up the apples (with peels) and grating the carrots, and I rescued some of the pineapple from the pina colada muffins. Using the apple peel is a story in and of itself. The peel is the most valuable part of the apple, and for the longest time I had been discarding it. Then a fellow chef pointed out how much money, not to mention vitamins, was going from my peeler into the trash.

    As for the name, it might just as easily have been called "everything but the kitchen sink" for all the ingredients it had. But my assistant wondered if she would have to handwrite on every muffin label that this was a "walnut, carrot, pineapple, apple" creation, so I came up with the name Morning Glory after the beautiful, bright yellow-budded flower that seemed to sum up the brightness of this muffin's flavors.

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    2 cups flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon mace
    2 carrots, grated
    1 apple, grated
    1 cup oil
    1 cup sugar
    2 eggs
    1/4 cup crushed pineapple
    1/4 cup chopped nuts

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      RECIPE METHOD

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the dry ingredients. Place the carrots, apple, oil, and sugar in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer untilwell blended. Add the eggs one at a time. Gradually add the dry mixture. Fold in the pineapple and nuts. Spoon into a wax paper-lined 12-unit muffin pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.


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    The Muffin Lady: Muffins, Cupcakes, and Quick Breads for the Happy Soul
    Do you know the Muffin Lady? If you don't, you're in for a treat. The Muffin Lady is part cookbook, part inspiration; it simultaneously tells the story of "Muffin Lady" Linda Fisher and offers up her mouth-watering recipes for muffins, cakes, breads, and cookies. The food is great, but the story is spectacular. In 1995, Fisher--recently divorced and the custodial parent of a young child--found herself looking poverty in the eye. She responded by borrowing from the "inheritance" her mother had left her: a very versatile pancake recipe that she used to bake cakes, muffins, cupcakes, and quick breads. She loaded these delicacies into a Radio Flyer wagon and sold them door to door, eventually making enough money to stay off of welfare. When the local health department tried to shut her down, it precipitated a community uprising: dozens and dozens of letters began pouring into newspaper editorial pages, an anonymous donor gave her the money necessary for a license, and the volunteer fire department offered her free use of their health department-approved kitchen to prepare her goods. Along with recipes for tasty treats such as Pecan Loaf, Marble Walnut Brownies, Blueberry Upside Down Squares, and the baked good that started it all--the World Famous Pancake Batter Muffin--readers can share Linda Fisher's legacy of riches handed down by her mother.

     

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