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Light Muffins: Over 60 Recipes for Sweet and Savory Low-Fat Muffins and Spreads [Hardcover]

Beatrice Ojakangas
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June 18 1995 Low-Fat Kitchen
Muffins for breakfast, muffins for snacks, muffins with a meal, even muffins for dessert! America loves muffins, but recently everyone has become aware that this popular treat can be a minefield of fat and calories. Now, in Light Muffins, Beatrice Ojakangas turns this favorite food into a delicious, healthful, low-fat treat.

Replacing high-fat ingredients, such as butter and oils, with naturally low-fat substitutes, such as fruit purees and extra liquid, Beatrice Ojakangas proves that muffins don't have to be bad for you to taste great. She fills chapters such as Breakfast and Brunch Muffins, Savory Muffins, Snack Muffins, Dessert Muffins, Fat-free Muffins, and Spreads with delicious muffin recipes to appeal to all tastes, and each of the 60 recipes is accompanied by a nutritional breakdown. Quick and simple to make, Beatrice's well-tested recipes ensure that the results are always moist, tender, and irresistible.

Beatrice Ojakangas, one of America's favorite bakers, brings her years of baking expertise to this book, and knows that if a muffin doesn't taste wonderful, it doesn't matter how good it is for you. Light Muffins is sure to be a staple on every baker's cookbook shelf, satisfying muffin cravings for any time of the day or night.


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Like the low-fat muffins starring in these sure-to-please 60-plus recipes, this collection packs a lot of flavor in a palm-sized package. Ojakangas (Quick Breads Light Desserts) begins with a short course in technique (mix batter "just until the dry ingredients are moistened") and an explanation of how she reduced fat content to 30% or less while maintaining the characteristic flavor and tenderness of muffins (e.g., increasing amount of liquid, shortening baking time, raising oven temperature). Included among such traditional offerings as Breakfast Apple Muffins (with oatmeal, diced Granny Smith apple, currants and spices) and Orange-Cranberry Muffins, are slightly more elegant variations: Hazelnut-Pear, with lemon zest and nut oil, and Hot Cross Muffins, calling for cake flour and nonfat yogurt. Savory muffins include those made with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach and Dilly Cheese Muffins, made moist with nonfat cottage cheese. The chapter Dessert Muffins includes Chocolate Spice-Zucchini, using cocoa powder, nonfat buttermilk and nut oil. Recipes for fat-free muffins, most made with fruit purees, and spreads are included in this reliable, tempting collection.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In the hands of this master baker, muffin making virtually becomes an art form. Ojakangas' cornucopia of low-fat recipes reflects the ever increasing demand for more healthful fare. It also reflects the research and development that went into reworking or converting formulations from a popular earlier book, Muffins, in order to maintain taste and moistness while reducing or substituting certain ingredients. Among the more than 60 delectable recipes are such innovative treats as sun-dried tomato and spinach muffins and both savory and fruit spreads to enhance the baked goodies. Includes nutritional information for each offering. Alice Joyce

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Format:Hardcover
When I first saw this book, I thought, "How helpful can a tiny little book like that be?" I quickly found out this book packs a powerful punch - it has proven to be more useful than many of my great big huge recipe books! That's because the author includes everything you need, nothing more. She tells you how to make a basic muffin mix and add or subtract from there to make the muffins of your dreams. I bought this for a friend as well, I was so pleased with it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book for Your Muffin Needs Dec 22 2002
Format:Hardcover
I checked this book out of the library and had to have it! It's wonderful -- it gives a basic muffin recipe that you can add to, and then many many wonderful recipes such as oatmeal banana. She tells you how to adjust the recipes for your taste (can you use egg whites instead of eggs to make the muffin even lighter? yes, but they won't brown as well). This is also a wonderful gift to give, in a basket with some muffins made from the book's recipes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DE-licious! Nov. 12 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The recipes in this book are wonderful, I especially enjoy the orange muffins and the brown bread muffins. The quick jams are not really jelly-like, much more runny, but still tasty. I am looking forward to trying even more of the recipes in this so far no fail book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Managing your muffins April 9 2000
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Format:Hardcover
This delightful,slim volume is incredibly easy to use, with a great variety of tips & tricks for virtually fool-proof muffins. Best of all, the recipes cover the gamut from no-fat to low-fat, with no sacrifice of flavor or texture. Sweet or savory, they are all good. Among my favorites, pineapple corn muffins & blueberry creme muffins. My sister, an accomplished baker, swears by the Irish soda bread muffins, and the no-fat blueberry jam recipe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Managing your muffins April 9 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This delightful,slim volume is incredibly easy to use, with a great variety of tips & tricks for virtually fool-proof muffins. Best of all, the recipes cover the gamut from no-fat to low-fat, with no sacrifice of flavor or texture. Sweet or savory, they are all good. Among my favorites, pineapple corn muffins & blueberry creme muffins. My sister, an accomplished baker, swears by the Irish soda bread muffins, and the no-fat blueberry jam recipe.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DE-licious! Nov. 12 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The recipes in this book are wonderful, I especially enjoy the orange muffins and the brown bread muffins. The quick jams are not really jelly-like, much more runny, but still tasty. I am looking forward to trying even more of the recipes in this so far no fail book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book for Your Muffin Needs Dec 22 2002
By "scp2mt" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I checked this book out of the library and had to have it! It's wonderful -- it gives a basic muffin recipe that you can add to, and then many many wonderful recipes such as oatmeal banana. She tells you how to adjust the recipes for your taste (can you use egg whites instead of eggs to make the muffin even lighter? yes, but they won't brown as well). This is also a wonderful gift to give, in a basket with some muffins made from the book's recipes!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Little Book, Worth the Price May 12 2006
By Susanne Koenig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've had this tiny book for about ten years and I really enjoy having it around. Although sometimes she requests for you to obtain unusual ingredients--like walnut oil instead of regular oil (to add a nutty taste without adding more nuts)--it is by far the best little collection of muffins I've ever come across. The chocolate zucchini spice muffins are *not* to be missed, especially if you love zucchini bread and have avoided it because of the fat. (This particular recipe calls for walnut oil, but I've always made it with whatever cooking oil I've had on hand and it tastes marvelous).

The recipes, I'd like to note, are all very original, not a rehash of the muffin repertoire you've seen before. There's Hazlenut-Pear Muffins, English-Muffin Muffins (I'm baking these tomorrow), and Sweet Potato Streusel Muffins.

You will not regret buying this little gem of a book. It's an elegant little collection and (nearly) guilt-free to boot.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great muffins! June 8 2013
By Steve Caputo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Have enjoyed several of her cookbooks. She writes easy to follow recipes that are healthier and can be enjoyed on a regular basis.
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