Zucchini Muffins

For those of you who prefer to use oil over butter, be my guest (use 1 cup vegetable oil instead of the butter) but I have to tell you, I've made these both ways, and the butter version tastes better.

If you are including both walnuts and dried fruit, you may have more batter than is needed for 12 muffins.

To measure out the flour if you don't have a kitchen scale, fluff up the flour in its container first. Then do a light scoop with a measuring cup in one motion. Level off the top with the side of a knife.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12-14 muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup (280 g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (packed) grated fresh zucchini
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 3/4 cups (400 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)

Special equipment:

  • A muffin tin

Method

You don't need a mixer for this recipe.

1 Mix eggs, sugar, vanilla, then add zucchini and melted butter: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Mix in the  sugar and vanilla extract. Stir in the grated zucchini and the melted butter.

2 Mix dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, and salt.

3 Combine to make batter: Stir these dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture. (Do not over-mix!) Stir in walnuts, raisins or cranberries if using.

4 Fill muffin pan: Coat each muffin cup in your muffin pan with a little butter or vegetable oil spray. Use a spoon to distribute the muffin dough equally among the cups, filling the cups up completely, above the surface of the muffin tin.

5 Bake: Bake at 350°F on the middle rack until muffins are golden brown, and the top of the muffins bounce back when you press on them, about 20-30 minutes. Test with a long toothpick or a thin bamboo skewer to make sure the center of the muffins are done.

Set on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from the tin let cool another 20 minutes.