It’s time for a confession. I actually enjoy baking even more than I enjoy cooking, and that is saying something. In the winter especially there is just nothing like having that warm oven on with something in it baking. It makes the whole house smell incredible! Both of my grandmothers were such amazing bakers. I have vivid memories of spiced muffins and cookies from my Nana Lulu and Lebanese pastry from my Nana Jeanie. A few years back, I received a life changing present. It was Dorie Greenspan’s book “Baking – From My Home to Yours” and it has turned into my baking bible. I love how simple to follow and effective the recipes are, and her narrative makes it feel like she is in the kitchen baking with you. She reminds me of how my Nanas would bake and it is very inspirational. This recipe for spiced carrot muffins from the book is lighter than carrot cake but with the same spice and texture. They were absolutely wonderful with coffee in the morning! I followed it pretty closely and only made three little tweaks.
Let me tell you, having one of these babies with a great cup of coffee was pure heaven. The textures and flavors married so perfectly! They were just sweet enough without feeling like I was having carrot cake for breakfast (not that I haven’t done THAT before, but that’s a story for a different time).