I’ve been enjoying the challenge of scaling full-size recipes down by using different pan sizes. It’s helpful if you have a smaller family, or if you’re concerned about not eating too much dessert. (Although that second idea is nonsense because there is no such thing as “too much dessert,” is there?)
My favorite taste tester was looking for a quick afternoon snack, so I thought I’d go for mini muffins. They are great anytime, really; breakfast, mid-day, late night. Just ask my tester because he ended up eating them all day long.
Now it was time to learn how to make smaller treats. Craftsy covers a variety of pastimes on their blog, including baking, and they had a post on how to Make It Mini. Their good advice included ingredient preparation. “Chocolate chips, dried fruit, and nuts are all excellent mix-ins because the(y) can easily be chopped down to a suitable size.” That meant I needed to chop my dried fruit so when I bit into a muffin it wouldn’t just offer a big, fat raisin. It also made me realize that cutting up the fresh apple strands would help distribute the ingredients.
Other recommendations were for greasing the mini muffin pans in lieu of using liners, and adjusting the baking time to avoid overbaking. I followed these suggestions and the result was perfectly moist muffin bites.
The article’s description of yield didn’t match up with what I produced. “Mini muffins are one-third the size of regular muffins, which means that a big muffin recipe that yields 12 large muffins will produce 36 mini muffins.” But, at altitude it’s best not to fill the muffin cups all the way (as mentioned in my post Misguided High Altitude Guidelines). Therefore my tins had batter that didn’t exceed 2/3 full, and I ended up with 47 minis.
Okay, enough prep talk. Let’s bake!
Apple Raisin Mini Muffins adapted from Allergy Free Cookbook by Alice Sherwood
2 cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
pinch fine sea salt
2.5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or more if you love cinnamon like I do)
3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons vegan butter, melted then cooled slightly
3/4 cup + 2 teaspoons non-dairy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 small to medium apples, cored, peeled, and grated into short strands
2 tablespoons chopped raisins
2 teaspoons vegan cane sugar for sprinkling on top
vegan shortening, for greasing the muffin pans
Preheat oven to 375F. Grease 47 cavities of your mini muffin pans, and set aside.
Sift the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and brown sugar into a medium bowl. Add the melted vegan butter, non-dairy milk, and vanilla and stir until almost incorporated. Add the grated apples and chopped raisins and stir to combine. The dough will be thick.
Spoon the batter into the muffin cups until the cups are 2/3 full. You may need to press the fruit bits down into the cups with the back of a spoon.
Bake for 13-15 minutes until the cupcakes are pale golden and firm to the touch. Set the muffin tins on a wire rack until the minis are cool. They should tip out easily when ready.
Mini muffins can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for a few days.
Until next time, happy baking!