Spiced Oatmeal Carrot Muffins

by Russell Smith August. 28, 2018 210 views

Let me get the recipe out of the way first.

2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon clove (ground)

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (ground or fresh grated )

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1 cup oats

2 eggs

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup buttermilk or I think sourcream maybe yogurt would work also

1 teaspoon vanilla

6 tablespoons butter (room temp)

2 large carrots grated

Preheat oven to 450F or around 232c
Mix brown sugar and butter until creamy then add the eggs (1 at a time and incorporate each one) then add buttermilk and vanilla continue to mix. Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine . Add carrots to the liquids and mix on low then add the dry ingredients 1/3 at a time. I stirred in the oats last . Spoon into a muffin tin ( I linden mine with the paper inserts ) . Bake for 15-18 min . My oven does not bake evenly so around the 1/2 way mark I rotated the pan so it would cook more evenly . After about 17 min I checked the muffins by inserting a toothpick and it came out clean . I took out of the oven and let sit for 10 min before removing from the pan and let finish cooling .

Now for the idea behind these muffins . I have some leftover carrots and buttermilk . Muffins sounded good so I looked for a recipe no one sounded like what I had in my mind so I cobbled together 4 different recipes and created this one . There are a few tweaks I need to make to it but I will get some input from my wife and daughter and ponder how to do it better next time .

Overhead shot

Overhead shot

Ready For Tasting and they are good . I think a bit more cinnamon and clove might do the trick .

Ready For Tasting and they are good . I think a bit more cinnamon and clove might do the trick .

Out of the oven

Out of the oven

Ready For Tasting and they are good . I think a bit more cinnamon and clove might do the trick

Ready For Tasting and they are good . I think a bit more cinnamon and clove might do the trick

For the 3rd shot . I love the texture in this shot it shows the crumb quite well . I just made a poor decision on the aperture . I should have gone up to f8 or f11 or taken opt B and focus stacked .

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 8 months ago

Nice work, Russell! They look yummy and are so well composed & exposed!

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you . They are quite nice with a cup of coffee in the morning .

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 8 months ago

My pleasure!
I know that's right!!!

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 8 months ago

What Antonio said tripled. I really like the overhead shot....standing on a ladder or the table top? ;)  The light is perfect in that shot in my opinion.

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 8 months ago

Honestly the it is stilling floor (cleaned it really well ) and that one I put in high speed burst and cranked off a burst of 5 or 6. Usually I get 1 sharp out of that and that one is natural light . I did one after the bake that I used a tripod with the column inverted but the highlight was distracting .

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 8 months ago

If that is your floor, then I believe we have the same flooring and you inspired me to use it :)

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 8 months ago

I got inspired from looking at a bts shot in a food photography group I am in on facebook.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 8 months ago

Russell if you get a chance look up Mario Cameri on Facebook. ( he has his won page and occasionally posts in photoshop and photography group). I love the way his photos turn out.The colors are superb in my opinion and his compositions just awesome.

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 8 months ago

I will check him out :)

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Russell Smith 2 years, 8 months ago

Rather than an update edit . I would consider changing salt to 1/2 teaspoon and maybe toasting the oats ahead of time (this one is something I am pondering).

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 8 months ago

You never stop my friend. I'm getting fatter just by looking at all those sweets smile

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 8 months ago

These are almost healthy and only lightly sweet hehe. If I used a bit of whole wheat flour it would be more healthy.

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