Crunchy Top Grape Muffins

For the past couple of years, in the fall, I’ve been making lovely little Coronation grape cakes for dessert.  And while doing a freezer tidy-up recently, I found a small bag of the grapes tucked away. Hmmm…well I don’t have enough to make those cakes but maybe I could turn them into muffins! And I don’t think I mentioned that the aforementioned little cakes uses Vin Santo as it’s liquid.…and as chance would have it…there’s 1 or 2 tablespoons still left in the fridge. I think these muffins might be darned good! And so they are!!!

Makes 12 Muffins

1 ½ cups unbleached flour
½ cup wholewheat flour
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground cardamom
½ cup plain yogurt
¼ cup orange juice (or substitute 1-2 Tbsp. Vin Santo for some of the juice)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. finely grated orange peel
1 ½ cups whole small dark, seedless grapes

Topping:

Approximately 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

Make the muffins:

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Line a muffin pan with paper muffin liners (I’ve found the parchment ones work 100% better than the old paper liners I used to use).  Nothing of the muffin gets stuck to the paper liners once you peel them off.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt  & cardamom.

In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, orange juice, Vin Santo (if using), orange peel, oil & eggs; pour over flour mixture. Fold ingredients together but not completely; there still should be flour not incorporated into the dough; add the grapes & complete folding until ingredients are just combined, being careful not to over mix.

Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups (I find an ice-cream scoop does a great job here).

Sprinkle approximately 1 tsp. of the sugar over each muffin.

Bake in centre of the oven for 25 – 30 minutes, or until tops are firm to the touch.

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