Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Here are 5 interesting facts about being a blogger:

1. Bloggers can be celebrities to some.


3. Not posting for a week or so makes readers uneasy and worried for your health. Unfortunately, in some cases, this is a reality :0(

4. If you don't post for days, your already small number of followers drops, making you all kinds of depressed.

5. Reaching 100 followers is a milestone, like getting married or having a baby. I plan on throwing a party complete with Mariachi.

5. Bloggers tend to live the year almost a week in advance.
  
Not sure what I mean? Let me explain.
If you are like me you start looking for recipes for holidays a couple days in advance. Recipes for holiday parties, like St.Patty's Day or Valentine's Day must be prepared with the most delicious, awe inspiring dish. I take my time, first moving through familiar blogs seeing what kind of food they are preparing. Sometimes I find recipes from the previous year, but more often than not, the recipes I find the most appetizing were created that year... before that specific holiday even took place!

So imagine on Feb 1st many bloggers are creating Valentine's Day treats and crafts for readers. Same for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have to cook delicious recipes in advance so you all can have the appropriate menus for your party.
It may not seem that weird to you, but to me it seems so odd! Imagine cooking a Thanksgiving turkey towards the beginning of November... I'd seem so wrong. But we do it!

Hehe thats a long winded way of saying I have a St. Patty's Day recipe for you... before St. Patty's Day!

Now I haven't forgotten that were trying to healthy over here at DYKTMP? so this recipe is low in fat and full of whole wheat-y goodness.
And it's Irish!

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Ingredients: 
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp agave nectar*
1 cup low fat 1% buttermilk**
1 large egg, beaten
3 oz raisins (about 2/3 cup)
cooking spray

*Keep this stuff around. It's fantastic! We get ours at Trader Joe's.
**Who has buttermilk on hand? Not me! But have no fear, you can make it. Take 1 cup milk and add 1tbsp of white vinegar OR lemon juice. Let it sit for 5 mins and you got yourself some buttermilk! 

Directions:  

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray muffin tin with butter flavor cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients (flour,baking powder, baking soda, and salt). Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, stir together buttermilk, agave and egg until blended. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in raisins.

3. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of one muffin comes out clean.

4. Remove tin and cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes before removing muffins from tin; finish cooling on rack. Serve warm or cool completely and store muffins in an airtight container or ziplock bags at room temperature. Makes 12 muffins.

5. Eat one and say "Well whadayaknow, these are positively delicious!" with a cute Irish accent!
Happy St. Patrick's Day to ya!

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