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Colon Blow Carrot Date Hemp Bran Mega-Muffins

headupinclouds's picture

Colon Blow Carrot Date Hemp Bran Mega-Muffins

This was an end-of-week project to use up the bran from my tempering + bolting experiments with Yecora Rojo.  It is named after Phil Hartman's (RIP) Colon Blow cereal skit on SNL:

None of this was measured very precisely, but I wanted a classic moist carrot cake type bran muffin texture.  I was surprised how pleasant, moist and fluffy the bran can be as the main ingredient.

  • 570 g Yecora Rojo bran + middlings at 100% hydration w/ a portion dedicated to a bran levain build
  • I did throw in 1/3 a cup of sifted YR at the last minute for binding, although I think I could have skipped it
  • 3 large carrots (shredded)
  • 12 Medjool dates
  • a couple of tablespoons of honey
  • 5 g of salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda

I made a soaker with the bulk of the bran and let it sit overnight to fully hydrate next to a large bran levain made from the remaining portion at 56F in my wine fridge and mixed it all the following morning for a half-day of fermentation (timing not critical), and then mixed in the remaining ingredients, including the baking soda, and baked it in oven ramekins at 375 until done.  It clearly needed more time after my 30-minute timer went off.  I didn't measure the remaining time, but I would guess it went another 15 minutes or so.  I let it set overnight and tried them the next morning.  They are delicious.




Benito's picture

Those look really nice, I can’t remember the last time I had a bran muffin, now I’m thinking I need to have one soon.


kendalm's picture

The fact that you mention the colon blow sketch takes it all to another level literally - well done ! 

headupinclouds's picture

Thanks Benny and Kendal.  I was a little surprised that the sifted bran and middlings would provide such a nice texture and flavor.  It definitely beats bran porridge!  I do notice the missing flavor in my bread, however, and might limit bolting experiments to the coarser #30 and #40 sieves that I believe catch mostly cellulose.