These soft, moist muffins have all the ingredients little ones love: raisins, nuts, a crumb topping, and, of course, grated carrots for flavor, texture, and a splash of color.
Kids' Cooking Skills: Use this recipe to teach your child how to fold bulky ingredients, such as grated carrots, into muffin batter and how to blend a butter crumb topping.
Heat the oven to 400ºF. Place paper liners in 12 muffin pan cups.
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir in the raisins, walnuts, and orange zest.
Crack the egg into a medium-size mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk, brown sugar, and oil. Whisk well.
Make a well in the dry mixture. Pour in the liquid all at once and stir until the ingredients are almost blended. Then fold in the carrot.
Have your child use a large spoon to divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. Gently press a little of the crumb topping (see below) on each one.
Bake the muffins on the center rack for 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
Cool the muffins in the pan for two to three minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 12.
Butter Crumb Topping Gently pressed on top of the batter just before baking, this sweet muffin topping works well with most recipes.
To make enough for a dozen muffins, combine 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of packed light brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl and mix them with your fingertips.
Add 2 tablespoons of cold, unsalted butter cut into small pieces. Rub it thoroughly into the dry ingredients with your fingers until the topping is gravelly in texture.
If you like nuts, chop up a handful of your favorite ones and toss them in too.