Saturday, June 16, 2012 Cucumber Chocolate Chip Muffins?

Yes. And they're good, too.

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch each of cardamom and rosemary
...and for some reason here's a huge space...
1 egg, beaten
3/8 cup of milk
1/3 cup of bacon grease (you can use any fat you want. We had bacon last night so I saved the fat in the pan for muffins. That's the way my brain works sometimes.)

1 cup of grated cucumber (seeded and peeled then squeezed dry)

1/4 cup of chocolate chips

So, remember what the lines are for? Those indicate your mixing pattern. Mix all the dry ingredients in a big bowl. Mix the wet ingredients (minus the cucumber) in a separate bowl. Add wet to dry and stir a few times. Do not let it fully come together just yet, just a few strokes for now. Then add the cucumber in clumps and then stir a few more strokes. Then fold in the chocolate chips just as the batter all comes together. You don't want to over mix your muffins. Horrible, unspeakable things happen to muffins when you over mix them. Things like tunneling, when there's a big tunnel of air baked into the structure of the muffin - oh, the humanity!

Scoop into a lined cupcake pan - makes 12 muffins. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes and enjoy!