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Purple polka-dot (grape-walnut) muffinsRecently a friend asked what she should do with the grapes she bought at the market. Those small, juicy, sweet-tart ones—Concord or Coronation—that have somewhat thick skins, but no seeds. After trying one, her little girl decided she wasn’t too keen on them. I suggested muffins, knowing that they’re quick and easy to prepare, but didn’t have a recipe to share. A couple of days later, I also bought some of those grapes. It was the perfect opportunity to do some experimentation.

I was visually inspired by pictures I’d seen of Italian bread with grapes (schiacciata con uve). But I wanted muffins with more than just grapes though. The result: a moist, flavourful, fun and a little decadent muffin made with grapes, walnuts, apple and chocolate. Once baked, the grapes have a delightful sweetness and the skins are tender.

Although it’s still summer, this muffin recipe makes me think of fall.

Recipe: Purple Polka-Dot Muffins (aka Grape-Walnut Muffins)

1 egg
¼ cup milk
½ cup yoghurt
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ an apple, coarsely grated (approx. ½- 2/3 cup)

2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ cup ground walnuts
½ cup chopped walnuts
50 g dark chocolate, finely grated
pinch salt

Approx. 1 cup Concord/Coronation grapes, washed, dried and removed from their stems

Purple polka-dot (grape-walnut) muffins before baking.

Purple polka-dot (grape-walnut) muffins prior to baking, just push the grapes lightly into the batter.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line/grease 10-12 muffin cups.

In a bowl, combine all wet ingredients. Combine all dry ingredients in a second bowl. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and blend until flour mixture is just moistened.

Fill muffin cups. Press 8-10 grapes into the top of each muffin. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and tester comes out clean.

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