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Carrot Muffins and variations

Carrot Muffins are today's offering, and the subject ranges from Carrot Cheesecake Muffins to Carrot-Pineapple Muffins to Carrot-Apple Muffins to Carrot-Bran Muffins.

For: Lisa Bonelli of Palm Harbor.

From: Alice Dawe of Brantford, Ontario.

Recipe: Carrot Cheesecake Muffins from a Carnation evaporated milk label.

Carrot Cheesecake Muffins

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1{ teaspoons finely grated orange rind, divided

cup butter, softened

{ cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

{ cup undiluted 2 percent evaporated milk

2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate

1\ cups finely grated carrots

{ cup raisins

{ cup chopped walnuts

1{ cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

{ teaspoon baking soda

{ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine cream cheese, sugar and { teaspoon of the orange rind in small bowl; set aside.

Cream together butter and brown sugar in medium mixer bowl. Beat in eggs, evaporated milk and juice concentrate. Stir in carrots, raisins, walnuts and remaining 1 teaspoon orange rind.

In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add carrot mixture; stir just until moistened. Spoon 2 tablespoons batter into 12 small greased or paper-lined muffin cups. Spoon 2 teaspoons cream cheese mixture over each. Top with remaining batter. Bake in 350-degree oven 15-20 minutes until tops spring back when touched lightly. Makes 12 muffins. Per muffin: About 266 calories and 13.3 gm. fat.

From: Iva Vickery of St. Petersburg.

Recipe: Carrot Pineapple Muffins.

Carrot Pineapple Muffins

1 cup sugar

cup vegetable oil

2 large eggs, beaten

1{ cup unsifted all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

{ teaspoon salt

1 cup finely grated carrots

1 cup crushed pineapple, undrained

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In large bowl, combine well sugar, oil and beaten eggs. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir to mix.

Add dry ingredients to oil and egg mixture; blend well. Add carrots, pineapple and vanilla to batter; blend well.

Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 12-20 minutes or until done.

From: Shirley Bailey of Largo.

Recipe: Carrot-Apple Muffins.

Carrot-Apple Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

{ teaspoon ground cinnamon

{ teaspoon salt

1\ cups granulated sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs, beaten

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2 cups grated carrots

{ cup raisins

1 apple, grated or chopped finely

{ cup chopped nuts (optional)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside. In large bowl, combine sugar, oil and eggs. Add dry ingredients to oil and egg mixture; blend well. Stir in carrots, raisins, apple and nuts, if desired; mix well. Add vanilla; mix well.

Spoon into greased muffin cups and bake at 350 degrees 20-25 minutes or until done.

From: Reinhard and Joyce Schneider of Largo.

Recipe: Carrot Bran Muffins.

Carrot Bran Muffins

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1{ tablespoons baking powder

{ teaspoon salt (optional)

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 cups bran

4 eggs

1{ cups vegetable oil

1\ cups dark brown sugar, packed

\ cup molasses

3 cups finely grated carrots

1 cup raisins

Sift together flour, soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add bran; set aside. Beat eggs; add oil, sugar and molasses. Add carrots, flour mixture and raisins. Fill 24 greased muffin tins } full. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Recipe requests

Bobbie Clark of St. Petersburg asks for the recipe for Pork Birds. It is a German dish made by stuffing boneless pork chops with bacon, onions, raisins and gherkins and braising them in beer.

Jerry Huff of Clearwater has misplaced her recipe for Serbian Pancake, or Palachinka. If you have this in your files, please send it for Jerry.

Amazin' Raisin Cake is the recipe H. Eisenbrand of Holiday wants. One of the ingredients in this large cake is eight ounces of mayonnaise.

Another interesting cake name is Almond Joy Cake, and the recipe for it is on the wish list of Helen Puckett of Clearwater.

Strawberry Bread is the recipe Olive Salaske of Clearwater wants.

Barbara Austin of Largo asks for an easy recipe for Zucchini Muffins made with or without raisins and nuts.

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