Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Morning Spice Mini-Muffins for an Act of Kindness

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The camera I use to take the pictures you see on this blog is now ten years old and not in good shape.

Sadly it is held together with an assortment of elastic bands to keep the batteries from falling out and the digital screen is on the fritz. It's time for a new one, so last week my wife and I went to check out a new Canon T3i that was on sale.

We couldn't find any staff to help us when we were in the store so we took a shot at figuring out its features on our own. We didn't have much success because the camera wouldn't turn on.

Thankfully an older gentleman walked up beside us to jot down some information about the camera next to the one we were scoping out (we later learned he was looking to buy it for his wife). He asked if we were thinking about buying the camera we had in our hands. We said we were but were unsure because we knew little about it.

It turned out he had purchased the same camera a number of months back, before going on a trip with his wife, and absolutely loved it! The only thing he didn’t love was that he had paid double for what the camera sells for now.

What I found so amazing about this experience was a total stranger ended up spending 15 to 20 minutes of his time answering our questions about the camera. I kept expecting him to blow us off after our fifth, sixth and seventh question, but he never did. Time is a precious thing and he was willing to share his with us.

We ended up buying the camera but never did get the man's name.

I thought of that gentleman while making these Morning Spice Mini-Muffins. I wished I knew who he was because I would send him and his wife a batch of these muffins as a thank-you for being so helpful and kind!

I doubt I'll bump into him again but if I do I'll make sure I get his name!

P.S. - I'm still figuring out how to use the new camera so the ten-year old Fuji had to take a few more pictures for this post before it goes into retirement.

Three mini-muffin tips!
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Tip #1 - Any muffin recipe can be turned into a mini-muffin recipe as long as you have a mini-muffin pan. Just remember...they'll cook in half the time.

Tip #2 - This recipe calls for ground cloves which I don't happen to stock in my spice drawer. However I do have whole cloves. I simply use a mortar and pestle I bought at the dollar store to grind them up. Great kitchen utensil to have!

Tip #3 - If you find pouring molasses out of a measuring cup to be too slow for your liking, lightly coat the measuring cup with oil before measuring the molasses...it'll glide right out!

Two-Bite Morning Spice Mini-Muffins

A blend of spices make these moist and sweet mini-muffins taste so good! 

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Recipe Adapted From:  The Canadian Diabetes Association's Healthy Living Calendar 2012
Makes: 24 Muffins 
Time to prepare: 15 minutes Time to cook:  9 to 10 minutes 
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp each baking soda, salt, ground ginger and ground cloves
1 egg
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

Spray a 24-cup mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ground ginger and ground cloves.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, molasses, sugar, oil and yogurt. Add to dry ingredients and mix just until moistened. Divide batter evenly among the 24 min-muffin pan cups. Bake in a 375F oven for 9 to 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan and let cool on a wire rack.


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