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Rainy day treats with flavor of fall: Sweet potato muffins

Recipe: Sweet potato muffins good for anytime

Muffins on a blue plate
Sweet potato muffins are an excellent treat to bake
on a rainy day. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

Rainy days are made for baking. That’s when I pull out the muffin tin.

Muffins are a handy treat good for anytime snacking, on-the-go breakfast or after dinner with coffee. When they include high-nutrient vegetables or fruit, they might even be healthy.

With dark red skin and orange flesh, Garnet sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. And right now, they’re available in abundance. Other varieties also work in this quick and easy recipe.

Two small sweet potatoes or one medium will yield ½ cup pulp. To cook quickly, trim ends and prick with a sharp knife in several places. Wrap sweet potatoes in a paper towel and zap them for 4 minutes on High in the microwave until fork-tender. The flesh will slip right out of the skin. After mashing, a little orange juice keeps the color bright.

Leftover mashed sweet potatoes also work in this recipe.

3 sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are in abundance now. They're packed
with vitamin A, as well as C, D and calcium.
Sweet potato muffins

Makes 1 dozen 2-inch muffins


1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

½ cup mashed sweet potatoes, cooled

1 tablespoon orange juice

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/3 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

½ cup raisins or dried cranberries

2 tablespoons Demerara sugar or white sugar

Muffin batter in orange, blue and yellow liners
Silicone liners make for easy pan cleanup.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients.

In another bowl, mix together mashed sweet potatoes and orange juice. Add beaten egg and milk. Fold in melted butter.

Add sweet potato mixture to dry ingredients with big strokes, just until blended. Fold in raisins.

Prepare muffin tin; grease cups or line with paper or silicone liners.

Fill cups about two-thirds full of batter. Sprinkle tops with Demerara or white sugar.

Muffins are great for breakfast or a midday snack,
or even dessert.
Bake in preheated 400-degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Serve warm or at room temperature.


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For week of Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower as well as lettuce seedlings.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with “eyes” about an inch below the soil surface.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

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