Carrot & Maple Muffins

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It’s been a good while since I’ve shared a Monday morning muffin, chiefly because I haven’t worked on Monday mornings since I moved back to the UK (long may it continue).  But even without the early start, Mondays can be a trial as we wonder why the weekend can’t be just that little bit longer.  And, you know, any excuse for cake for breakfast.

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So here we are with another little treat to get the week off to a good start.  Happy Monday!

Carrot & Maple Muffins

Makes about 22, from Ms Cupcake

Ingredients:

560g self-raising flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp baking powder

120g dark brown sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

80g pecans, roughly chopped (plus 22 pecan halves for decorating)

1 large carrot, grated

350ml soya milk

320ml rapeseed oil

100ml maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla essence

For the glaze:

120g icing sugar

2 tbsp soya milk

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Method:

1.  Preheat the oven to 180C and line a muffin tray with paper cases.

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2.  In a large bowl mix together the flour, bicarb, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and pecans.

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3.  Add the carrot, milk, oil, maple syrup and vanilla.  Mix together quickly with a metal spoon – don’t overmix, but ensure you’ve incorporated all the flour from the bottom of the bowl as well.

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4.  Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.

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5.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden brown.  Let them cool in the tin for 10 minutes.

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6.  Meanwhile, make the glaze by mixing together the ingredients in a small bowl.

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7.  Pour a spoon of the glaze over each cake while still in the tin, and secure a pecan half on top.

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8.  Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool completely (or at least until cool enough to eat).

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