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Millet Muffins

(recipe, Heidi Swanson)


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Introduction

Durable but not dense, sweet but not sugary, crunchy, and just a smidge lemony — this is what my friend Jess Thomson had to say about her millet muffins. It was just enough to convince me to get a batch in the oven. They bake into golden-topped perfection: moist, honey-kissed, and delightfully textured. My two-year-old nephew loves them plain, but I think they're perfect slathered with salted butter and boozy roasted strawberries.

Ingredients

  1. 2¼ cups (10 ounces or 280 grams) whole-wheat pastry flour
  2. ⅓ cup (2 ounces or 60 grams) raw millet
  3. 1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
  4. 1 tsp. baking soda
  5. ½ tsp. fine-grain sea salt
  6. 1 cup (8 ounces or 225 grams) plain yogurt
  7. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  8. ½ cup (120 milliliters) barely melted unsalted butter
  9. ½ cup (120 milliliters) honey
  10. Grated zest and 2 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon

Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, with a rack in the top third of the oven. Butter a standard 12-cup muffin pan or line with paper liners.
  2. Whisk together the flour, millet, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, butter, honey, and lemon zest and juice until smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until the flour is incorporated.
  3. Divide the batter among the muffin cups, spooning a heaping ¼ cup (60 milliliters) batter into each one, filling it a bit below the rim.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the muffin tops are browned and just barely beginning to crack. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then turn the muffins out of the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.