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applesauce cardamom muffins

Recipe by
Garrison Wayne
La Quinta, CA

Cardamom is a relatively obscure spice in American cooking. It is found regularly in Scandinavian baked goods and Curries from Morocco and other countries. I admit I have not, in all my years of baking, included Cardamom in my kitchen regimen. I made some fresh applesauce recently and had just purchased some ground Cardamom, so I went to work and created this delightful muffin recipe. The fragrance of these muffins, fresh out of the oven, is delightful and quite pleasing. Cardamom is relatively pricey. I found my jar at World Market for $3.99.

yield 12 muffins
prep time 20 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For applesauce cardamom muffins

  • 3/4 c
    applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 lg
    egg, beaten
  • 3/4 c
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/3 c
    cooking oil
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 2/3 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    cardamom, ground
  • 1/4+ c
    walnuts, chopped small

How To Make applesauce cardamom muffins

  • 1
    Chop walnuts and set aside.
  • 2
    Measure flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cardamom in a bowl and stir with a fork to mix well.
  • 3
    Place remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk well to mix. Add flour mix and nuts and fold to mix just until no flour streaks show. Do not overmix.
  • 4
    Divide batter to evenly fill a regular 12 muffin pan. The pan should be well buttered and lightly floured on the bottom....or alternately use muffin papers.
  • 5
    Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees. When you place the pan in the oven, immediately reduce heat to 375 degrees. Muffins are done in 16 minutes.
  • 6
    Remove muffins from oven and cool 10 minutes on a wire rack before releasing to cool completely on the rack.
  • 7
    Serve these freshly baked muffins simply with softened unsalted butter to appreciate the delicate flavors.