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Tragic muffins for the MTC 43


Classicism has always had a lot of charm for me. As a student I pined for the white and sinuous statues, steeped in history and as I grew up I loved classical texts. Until a few years ago (now I don't know why they're no longer on the bill!) during the Plautus Festival I didn't miss the Plautine review's appointment with tragedy. The Greek tragedies, in addition to being a very nice way of saying to indicate those who complain too much, are actually still shockingly relevant today, in particular those of Euripides.

For theMTC this month I therefore entrusted myself to him and to one of the most moving and lucid works he brought to the stage: The Trojans. We are in Troy now destroyed and plundered, the Trojan soldiers are dead and their companions and children have been taken prisoner. The main character is Smokingmother of Paris, “kidnapper” of Helen, the one for whom the war began.
The other submissive female figures revolve around her and are forced to leave with the winners: Cassandra the delirious daughter who is very reminiscent of Shakespeare's Ophelia, Helena who appears beautiful and proud instead of repentant and finally Andromache the desperate mother who will be killed little son, Astyanax.
Now, read like this, the exclamation of many will be “mum, how boring and sad!” (judges you can say it, I'm not offended!) the invitation I make to you, however, is to try to pick up this text and read or reread it: you will find in it all the tragedy of modern wars, where the women of the defeated people are captured and enslaved as further contempt and their children killed to prevent any succession… It is pain, anger and at the same time a desire for redemption and Euripides clearly gets into it to the end, especially since according to the sources this tragedy was staged for the Athenians after they had committed crimes like those described against a conquered people.

And the recipe, how can I bring it closer to this drama?! Because Francesca, in addition to giving us thousands of tips for having a great muffin, really wanted us to take inspiration from a text for our challenge recipe. Simple, we go to Greece and Turkey, we touch Athens and Troy with the ingredients and the scents they release, trying as I often do to mediate between ancient and modern, between white and wholemeal flour, between sesame and bitter almond, between white and black. No butter but olive oil, no white sugar but only wildflower honey. So here are the Trojan muffins 😀

Honey, almond and sesame muffins

  • 130 g of 00 flour
  • 120 g of whole wheat flour
  • 8 g of baking powder
  • the tip of a teaspoon of bicarbonate
  • pinch of salt
  • 70 g of almonds
  • 10 g of bitter almonds
  • 20 g of white sesame
  • 20 g of black sesame
  • 80 g of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g of whole milk
  • 120 g of wildflower honey

First of all, read Francesca's instructions for making muffins, a few but fundamental tips to never make mistakes again.

Before turning on the oven, make sure you:
1) toast the sesame seeds in a pan for a few minutes and let them cool;
2) if the honey is crystallized, melt it by placing the jar in a bain-marie for a few minutes, this will be enough to make it liquid again
3) using a mixer, chop the almonds until you obtain a flour that is not too fine, to help avoid overheating them I added a spoonful of wholemeal flour.

Now: turn on the oven at 190°. Get liners or line a muffin mold with baking paper. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl after sifting them, in the case of wholemeal flour, sift it a couple of times: flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, almond flour. In another bowl, beat the liquid components with a whisk until blended: oil, milk, eggs and honey. At this point, combine the liquid components with the flours and mix the two parts with a spoon about ten times, it must remain lumpy (but if you have read Francesca's advice you already know why). Pour the mixture into the baking cups, bake and lower the oven temperature to 180°. In my case the baking cups were quite large and the cooking took about 35/40 minutes, adjust based on the size. (Recipe for 10 muffins

With this recipe I participate in MTC 42:

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