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Can we all agree that we’re in love with Jennifer Lawrence? I have a HUGE girl crush on her. Before her, it was Natalie Portman. And Kate Winslet before that. I thought those two would be my girls forever. Then along came JLaw.
I refused to read The Hunger Games for a long time, because, umm isn’t that for kids? I’m an adult. Then I read it and was like Holy Wow I’m Totally Blushing Like I’m Thirteen. NOW KISS! I watched the movie with an (overly-?) excited friend, and even though the movie totes didn’t live up to the book, in my opinion (do they ever?), I was like “Eh, sort of get it,” by the end.
Then one day I got bored and went to see a movie by myself in the middle of the day. I do this sometimes, because I hate after a movie when you just want to let it sink in and the person you went with is like, “OH MY GOD WHAT DID YOU THINK? I LOVE THE PART WHERE….” And I’m like, look. We’re friends. But if you don’t stop talking right now I’ll punch you in the face. I need some reflection time, yo.
Anyway, the movie I saw was Silver Linings Playbook and it was incredible. I went in knowing that it was getting all these rave reviews and I am usually skeptical of that. Especially because Bradley Cooper was in it and I heard there was football involved and yuck. Don’t get me wrong. I loved Bradley Cooper in Alias . But I just never imagined him in a serious role. But that movie delivered. Both actors, thumbs up.
After the movie, I began obsessively searching YouTube for Jennifer Lawrence video clips. Because, hi. I’m a stalker. It’s what we do. And I saw this. And this. And THIS.
Point is, girlfriend is hungry. Know who’s not hungry? Gwyneth Paltrow. Actually, she is probably totally hungry all the time because what does she even eat ? What is the opposite of a girl crush? I have an opposite-of-a-girl-crush on Gwyneth Paltrow.
So even though the flavor profile of these muffins came from her cookbook, It’s All Good, I modified the actual recipe to be made with food that normal people eat. From the book description: “no coffee, no alcohol, no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no shellfish, no deep-water fish, no wheat, no meat, no soy, nothing processed at all!”
Vom. Really? My muffins have processed sugar, although I did replace some of it with maple syrup for flavor. There’s canola oil, because hey, not everyone can afford to dump half a cup of olive oil into some breakfast treats. And I used straight up all-purpose wheat flour, because I wasn’t about to go drop a hunk of cash on gluten-free flour and xanthan gum since I don’t even have a gluten allergy.
If you have food allergies, I’m sorry. That totally blows. And you shouldn’t eat gluten or shellfish or whateveritis in that case. But if you’re just a rich person who’s feeling kinda tired and you already weigh three pounds and you decide to cut out 90% of the food you can eat? I’m a little less sympathetic.
Jennifer is totes down for some of these muffins. She’s like, “Yeah, butter & sugar streusel topping!” Gwyneth is all, “Oh, um. Could you just steam me some broccoli? Actually, that’s too many carbs. I’ll just have water.” Who do you want at your hypothetical celebrity brunch party?
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1¾ cup (210 grams) flour
- ¾ cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
- ¼ cup (50 grams) packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1½ tablespoons five-spice powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup (100 grams) canola or vegetable oil
- ⅓ cup (105 grams) maple syrup
- 2½ tablespoons (35 grams) sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup (40 grams) flour
- ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
- ¼ cup (57 grams) butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pans with paper liners.
- To steam the sweet potatoes, peel them and cut into approximately 1-inch chunks. Place the chunks into a shallow bowl (I used a large dinner plate with a rim) and pour 3 tablespoons of water over them. Cover the bowl or plate with plastic wrap and microwave on high for about 15 minutes. You should be able to poke a fork through a chunk easily. Pour off the water and mash sweet potato chunks with a fork. Retain 1½ cups of mashed sweet potatoes for use in the recipe. Allow them to cool while you combine the other ingredients.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, five-spice powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In another large mixing bowl, whisk together mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, oil, maple syrup, sour cream, and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir together to combine. Do not overmix. Try to stop stirring just before all of the flour mixture disappears.
- To make the streusel topping, combine flour, granulated sugar, butter, and five-spice powder in a small mixing bowl. Mix with your fingers or a fork until crumbly in texture, like wet sand.
- Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups. Top each muffin with streusel topping. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove pan from oven, and turn muffins out upside down onto a tea towel to cool. Cooling them upside down will help them have volume.
- inspired by It's All Good