Eggplant is one of my favorite late summer vegetables. I grew up eating it parmigiana style (and still do) but I’ve also grilled it, boiled it, mashed and pureed it. What I had yet to do was bake with eggplant. So when this week’s Summer Fest challenge was to submit an eggplant dish, I wondered how it would taste in a sweet baked good. In my research, I came across a post for eggplant zucchini bread, which reminded me of my mother’s recipe for zucchini bread, something I had been planning on making anyway with the plethora of zucchini I picked up at the farmers market. Would eggplant work in that recipe? And furthermore, how would the whole thing hold up in muffin form? I decided to find out.
To my delight, the eggplant adds a subtle savoriness to this sweet bread, er…muffin, recipe. It’s not overpowering at all and the muffins are still moist. I was a bit overzealous in filling my cups so I got 15 huge muffins, but this recipe will easily yield 24. I used a mix of all-purpose and white whole wheat flour to up the health quotient and sunflower seed oil which I’ve started using in place of canola oil. These muffins are perfect for Sunday brunch or an afternoon coffee break!
Eggplant Zucchini Muffins
Yields about 2 dozen muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup eggplant, peeled and grated
1 cup zucchini, unpeeled and grated
4 large eggs
1 cup oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line or grease two muffin tins. Stir dry ingredients together. Add eggs and oil and mix together until combined. Fold in eggplant and zucchini. Fill muffin cups about 2/3s of the way full. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Let cool in tins then store in an airtight container or freeze.
This post is part of Food Network’s Summer Fest, a weekly collection of delicious recipes starring the season’s best bounty. For more ideas on how to prepare eggplant, check out the blogs below!
Feed Me Phoebe: Grilled Eggplant Baba Ganoush
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Asian Grilled Eggplant With Soy-Sesame Sauce
From My Corner of Saratoga: Ratatouille Fresh From the Garden
And Love It Too: Slow-Cooker Paleo Eggplant Parmesan
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Homemade Baba Ganoush
Cooking With Elise: Stuffed Eggplant
Virtually Homemade: Layered Ratatouille la Ratatouille
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted Eggplant and Peppers Dip
HGTV Gardens: Garden-to-Table: Eggplant
Thursday Night Dinner: Eggplant Flatbread
Healthy Eats: Going Meatless With Eggplant
Cooking With Books: Sriracha and Honey Eggplant Rice