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Cornmeal Spice Muffins

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 20-25 min

Servings: 12

Recipe By: Moosewood Collective

From:  Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites
Used with permission of Moosewood, Inc.

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Cornmeal Spice Muffins

Prunes are the "mystery" ingredient in these dark, spicy-sweet muffins.

Ingredients
1 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup cornmeal
1  egg
1  egg white
3/4 cup prune purée*
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil or  other vegetable oil
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare a standard muffin tin with paper liners, cooking spray, or light coating of oil.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, allspice, and cinnamon. Stir in the cornmeal. In another bowl, lightly beat the whole egg with the egg white. Stir in the prune purée, yogurt, skim milk, maple syrup, and oil. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean and dry. Cool in the tins for 5 minutes, loosen each muffin by running a knife around the edge, and then tip out onto a rack to cool completely.
Chef Suggestions
*Use a commercial prune purée (often available in the baby food section of the supermarket) or make your own by simmering 1 cup of pitted prunes in 1/2 cup of orange juice on very low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft. Purée in a blender or food processor.

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