Baking is an exact science, they say. But that didn’t matter to me. When with cardamom became more than successful (I have made countless number of times now), I wanted to bake a cardamom-flavoured quick bread. While putting this recipe together, I had no recipe in mind, but a flavour – . So I added a little bit of this and little bit of that and ended up with one of the most amazing creations of mine. The muffins were moist and delicious, that every bite was a treat.
To make this enjoyable for everyone, I made ‘em vegan. Flax seeds were used for eggs and for frosting. I was quite impressed with this vegan cream cheese, it is as good as its dairy counterpart. is my favorite spread for sandwiches these days.IngredientsShredded carrots – 2 cups
All purpose flour – 1¼ cups + 1 tbsp
Crushed pineapple with juice – ½ cup
Ground flax seeds – 2 tbsp
Water – 6 tbsp
Vegetable oil – 2/3 cup
Sugar – ¾ cup
Dried currants or raisins – ¼ cup
Cashew or walnut haves – ½ cup
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Ground cardamom – 1 tsp
Baking soda – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 tspFrosting (optional)Vegan cream cheese – ½ cup
Powdered sugar – 2 tbspMethod
Preheat oven to 400F. Line muffin pan with liners. In a big bowl, microwave 6 tbsp of water till it boils. Vigorously whisk in ground flax seeds. Microwave for a minute, whisk again and microwave for an additional minute.
To the ‘flax eggs’, add oil, sugar, vanilla and cardamom and beat until creamy. In a separate bowl, mix all purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients along with crushed pineapple. Toss carrots, raisins/currants and cashew/walnut in the remaining tbsp of flour. Add this to the batter. Mix until combined.
Scoop batter onto muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes at 400F. Reduce the oven temperature to 350F and continue to bake for another 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm. This recipe yields 11 standard size muffins.
If desired, prepare frosting by creaming cream cheese and powdered sugar together. When cupcakes are cool, frost them.
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