Goji nutty muffins

This is the perfect example of starting with a recipe and arriving to something different. It is not that I like to change things in recipes but most of the time I improvise with the ingredients I have at hand. These muffins were suppose to be with walnuts and dates but I didn't have enough walnuts and any dates. So let's change... replace walnuts with other dried fruits and the dates with goji. Then, the recipe was asking for milk cream but I didn't have at all, so I replaced it with mascarpone and milk. Sugar...was cut almost in half. And so on... this is how I customize my recipe unintentionally but in a practical way. It is a risk, as you can end up with a failure but you can also arrive to something more interesting. This is actually the case with this muffin recipe. I bet that all these changes made a better result than the original recipe.

  • 250g butter (room temperature)
  • 150g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g all purpose flour
  • 120g almond powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoon mascarpone
  • 65ml milk
  • 120 goji (dried)
  • 120g mix of wallnuts, cashew and almonds

  1. Mix the butter with sugar until it becomes creamy.
  2. Add the eggs one by one and mix well.
  3. Add slowly the flour, almond powder and baking powder.
  4. Add mascarpone, milk and finally the goji and nuts. Mix until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Use an icecream scoop to pour the composition in muffin cases.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven at 180ÂșC for 30 minutes.

Recipe inspired from Cuisine des copains no. 10, page 119.


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