Someone asked me recently which new cookbook of 2012 I liked best. I’m afraid I will show my greedy little sweet tooth here, but the winner is 150 Best Vegan Muffin Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury.
I use this cookbook three or four times a week (I have a lot of teenagers who eat endlessly). The things I like best about it is that almost all the recipes use easily available ingredients and the recipes are very easily customized to your family’s tastes. I have switched her recommended soy yogurt for coconut when that was all I had, with great results, which makes it very useful when cooking for someone with a soy allergy.
The author includes a tip with almost every recipe and some of them are quite useful, for example, how to choose a good mango, or how to store wheat germ. She also suggests substitutions that can change things up a little bit.
So far, I’ve only found one stinker – Mashed Potato Muffins – and, to be fair, she states to mash the potatoes with a fork, which I think must mean they should be chunky. Mine were very very smooth, potato puree really, and the muffins just weren’t anything special.
But, the others I’ve tried are fantastic!
My favorites (in no particular order)
- Gingerbread Muffins
- Dark Chocolate Muffins
- Pumpkin Spice Muffins (I see my copy has a note in it in my handwriting which says “add walnuts” and another that says “add ginger for pumpkin gingerbread”. I’ve tried it both of these ways and they were smashing.
- Chai Latte Muffins (favorite of the teens)
- Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. I add a tiny sprinkle of sugar to the top of each of these before baking to get a crunchy top.
Tonight’s menu is potato and kale soup, toasted french bread and to finish, the lemon poppy seed muffins. Can’t wait!