Miwok Acorn Muffins Recipe

This Miwok Acorn Muffins Recipe uses foraged ground acorns to make this a hearty breakfast muffin everyone will enjoy.

This Miwok Acorn Muffins Recipe is made with acorn masa.

This Miwok Acorn Muffins Recipe is made with acorn masa.

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This Miwok Acorn Muffins Recipe uses acorn masa for a nutritious breakfast muffin that starts the day off right.

Miwok Acorn Muffins Recipe

Add together in a bowl:
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
3 tablespoons of molasses
1 egg
Stir in:
1/2 cup of milk
1 cup of acorn masa

Then add:
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon of double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ginger

Stir quickly until all the dry ingredients are moistened and the batter is slightly lumpy. Then pour the batter into a greased muffin tin and bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the tin from the oven, allow it to cool five minutes, turn the muffins out, and serve.


Read more about acorn masa: Cooking With Acorn Masa.

mc_2
12/7/2008 5:58:17 PM

There are (or so my crafting book says) two basic kinds of oak: white and red. White oaks have leaves with rounded lobes, red oaks have leaves with pointed lobes. Acorns from white oaks can often be eaten without leaching (true in the one season of experience I have gathering them; the ones we gathered this fall were even tasty to munch right out of the shell). Red oak acorns, while edible, have a higher concentration of tannins and must be leached in order to be tasty. I think tannins in acorns can poison you, though I think I remember reading that you would have to eat a lot. Leaching can also be done by chopping the meats and boiling the pieces. Boil as for quick-soak beans; repeat about every hour, changing the water until meats are no longer bitter. NOTE: I think I remember reading in a book somewhere that the tannins are much more concentrated in the leach-water (ie it takes less to cause poisoning) so please keep a close eye on kids and pets. ONE OTHER NOTE: Don't get greedy and gather more acorns than you want to process immediately. I don't know if I wasn't watchful enough about what my 7-year-old put into the bag or if they simply do not keep well, but I put a big grocery bag of them up in my pantry, got sick that night, and went back a week later to get them for processing only to find them so severely rotted that even the squirrels would only pick them over.