Short and Sweet: Fig & Pecan Muffins

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Photo courtesy of my new iPad mini!

On my to-do list this week: veg on the couch and go through the yellow milk crate overflowing with torn-out recipes I’ve accumulated over the past ten years or so. I miss the days of the torn-out recipe; looking through it’s interesting to see what I found worthy of tearing out and keeping years ago. What’s trending in my milk crate: doughnuts and shrimp dishes. Weird.

These muffins caught my eye because I had a little dish of chopped figs leftover from whoknowswhat sitting on my counter, and pecans for the fruitcake I never made. But the great thing about muffins is that anything goes – and when it came time to mix them up I didn’t feel like rooting around for wheat bran and germ, and added oat flour and oat bran instead, and they turned out divine; wonderfully tender on account of some of the flour being gluten-free. Of course these could be made with any combination of dried fruit and nuts.

Fig & Pecan Muffins

Adapted from a page torn from Canadian Living Magazine, November 2011

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oat flour or wheat germ
1/2 cup oat or wheat bran
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon and/or 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2-1 cup chopped dried figs
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 1/3 cups buttermilk or plain yogurt, thinned with milk
2 large eggs
1/3 cup canola or other mild vegetable or olive oil
1/3-1/2 cup maple or Roger’s Golden syrup
2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours and oat or wheat bran, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon or nutmeg; stir in the figs and pecans.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, oil, maple syrup, and brown sugar; add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Spoon into 12 paper-lined or greased muffin cups.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until tops are golden and springy to the touch. Eat warm.

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December 28 2012 10:34 am | bread and breakfast

8 Responses to “Short and Sweet: Fig & Pecan Muffins”

  1. Barb on 28 Dec 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Isn’t that true about torn out receipes! I have a bunch (too many) falling out and over my recipe spot that I used to go through more often in hopes of trying or finding something new. Now I go to the internet first and my stack doesn’t get the use I had hoped for it. Are you throwing any away?

  2. EJN on 28 Dec 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Torn out recipes! I was just telling my daughter-in-law about the stash of them I have – some from 1962 onwards! And I have a little hard cover notebook that I used to write good-sounding recipes in from library books I got from the library by mail in remote places I lived. I would write them down, determined to make them soon. Rarely have I ever made any of them, but when I look through in a resolution to throw them out, I still find some that look interesting and keep them!
    These muffins, and yesterday.s scones, sound good!
    Happy New Year, Julie. Is the iPad mini useful?

  3. Happy geek on 28 Dec 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    I LOVE this short and sweet format. For me, it is all about good recipes, not necessarily 354 pictures of the process. (because I am a weirdo.) keep it up!

  4. Renee on 29 Dec 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    I have a whole cupboard of torn out recipes – some I thoughtfully stuffed into duotangs (remember the duotang?) or shoved into binders, or when I was really on top of things, cut out neatly and taped into notebooks. I still tear out recipes and have a cork board I bought last year ready for me to “pin” them up so I don’t forget about them. Alas they probably fell behind the couch. Your short and sweet format is grand – I like it!

  5. Erica B. on 30 Dec 2012 at 10:43 am #

    DH is a fig lover, I’ll be giving these a whirl for sure.

    As for the recipes clipped out–I’ve started to scan the ones I like so I don’t lose them. Haven’t been able to give up the paper copies just yet :)

  6. Laurel on 31 Dec 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Hah! I have finally begun to go through boxes of pages I have torn out. It is so much faster to just search for the recipe on a website that look through that pile in my bedroom! I love muffins, and I do love that anything goes.

  7. Laura on 08 Jan 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I love dried figs. Pinning now!

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