Tuesdays with Dorie: Great Grains Muffins

February 1, 2011

This week’s recipe for the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers is Great Grains Muffins, selected by Christine of Happy Tummy. Leave it to Christine to find a somewhat healthy recipe for us to bake! But really, when I hear Happy Tummy, I think chili. Her vegetarian chili has been in regular rotation at our house since she posted it. Sometimes I make her vegetarian version and sometimes I add ground turkey. It’s great either way!

What I did:

  • I made 1/2 recipe, which yielded 6 muffins.
  • I used raisins and almonds for the dried fruit and nut mixture.
  • To reduce the fat, I replaced half of the melted butter with plain yogurt.

How it went: Quick and easy: mix the dry ingredients, mix the wet ingredients, bring them together quickly, stir in the fruit and nuts. A lot of bakers reported that theirs baked much more quickly than the recommended 18-20 minutes, but I baked mine for 19 minutes.

How it tasted: These are a nicely not-to-sweet muffin. I had one warm from the oven with some strawberry jam. I think that honey would be good on these, and just noticed Dorie’s recommendation to serve them with cream cheese, which sounds wonderful. Next time, I would leave out the cornmeal (just my personal preference) and replace it with more oatmeal and wheat flour. My husband is more of a streusel muffin kind of guy, so I have these all to myself to enjoy for breakfast this week.

If you want to give these a whirl, look on page 8 of Baking: From My Home to Yours, or the recipe will be published today on Happy Tummy.


  1. I wish I’d thought of the yoghurt trick to reduce the fat. Nonetheless I loved these, and yours look great. Your hubby is missing out!

  2. Raisins and almonds sound like a great combo in these…we loved them and I will be making them often as they literally flew out of the basket with requests for more! Yours look wonderful, full of goodness!

  3. I think these look delicious and pretty healthy for a muffin.

  4. Raisins and almonds so sound like a nice combo in these delicious muffins! Of course, I worked hard to negate the healthy factor by adding chocolate instead 🙂

  5. Your muffins look perfect, just like the photo in the book. I changed them us quite a bit and didn’t think I liked them, but they have grown on me and are actually really good.

  6. Awww, Jill. So glad you’re still enjoying the veggie chili. I made a big pot of it myself this week. Perfect for the snowpocalypse we’re experiencing now.

    When I think of YOU, I actually think of the old header you had way back in the day, of the desert sand dune. I can’t remember where you said it was from (somewhere from your travels, I think), but it looked so exotic…and I wished I could see it in person!

    Glad you enjoyed the muffins this week–they look fantastic. Subbing half the butter with yogurt was brilliant! Thanks for baking with me!

    • I like that photo too – maybe I should switch back. It’s from Namibia!

  7. I upped the buttermilk a bit too, since I knew I’d be slathering these with butter! The cornmeal was a bit gritty at first, but I found it softened up a bit after they cooled.
    Speaking of blog headers, yours inspired me to:
    1) MadMen myself
    2) Finally watch Mad Men. I just finished season 1 and love it. By ‘it’ I mean Don Draper.
    Thanks! 🙂

  8. These look great, but you should definitely try them with chocolate chips! I’m so glad I stopped by because now I have a chili recipe to make this weekend, too. 🙂

  9. The muffins look great! I didn’t get around to making them (silly, I know – obviously it’s a quick recipe), but plan to ASAP. It’s nice to know they don’t suffer by reducing the butter a bit.

  10. You’re not the first one who said something about the cornmeal. I’ll make a note in my cookbook. Just on looks, I’m thinking apple butter would be good–at least with your raisin version.

  11. Your muffins look fabulous…I’m sorry that I didn’t make these!

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