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An All-American 4th of July: New Orleans Black Muffins

An All-American 4th of July: New Orleans Black Muffins
An All-American 4th of July: New Orleans Black Muffins
Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

Muffins, they are an international culinary creation meant to be devoured with a smile. Whether sweet or savory, a muffin brings back memories of yore. There are many great muffins to please the palate but there may not be a more classic muffin than the famed New Orleans Black Muffins.

Quite obviously these muffins aren't black. They are a dark brown, a color they get from the use of molasses and whole wheat flour.They are slightly sweet and have a wonderful texture thanks to the chopped pecans. They are the rare muffins which can be served with a dinner or heated and served as a breakfast. They are also a wonderful treat to take to work for a mid-day snack.

Though these muffins may be creole in origin, they are indeed an American muffin. So this 4th of July, before you head out to fire-up the grills, start your day an American way with delicious New Orleans Black Muffins!

Ingredients needed to make New Orleans Black Muffins (makes 12 - depending on size):

  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans

Steps:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 300.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk the boiling water and the molasses until the molasses and dissolved into the water. Whisk in the whipping cream.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Stir the molasses mixture into the flour until just blended. Fold in the pecans.
  5. Spoon the batter into lightly oiled muffin tins.
  6. Place the tins on a baking sheet and place in the oven and bake 45 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.

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