Category Archives: Muffins

Espresso Spice Pumpkin Muffins

Espresso Spice Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks are seasonal items at many coffee shops, including big chains like Starbucks. Pumpkin and coffee might not sound like an obvious combination, but the fact that people pack these coffee shops on the first day of fall when they can get a pumpkin spice latte should be proof enough that the combination works, and works well. Pumpkin works very well with a ... Read More »

Orange Olive Oil Muffins

Orange Olive Oil Muffins, with butter

I was inspired by a recent trip to an olive oil farm to do a little baking with olive oil. Vegetable oil, canola oil and other flavorless oils are the standard when it comes to baking. Olive oil isn’t often used because it has a distinct, and sometimes strong, flavor that just isn’t going to enhance all recipes. That said, olive oil can be a ... Read More »

Brown Butter Brown Sugar Muffins

Brown Butter Brown Sugar Muffins

Muffins are usually studded with berries, speckled with chocolate or laced with generous amounts of spices. They are rarely left plain because, well, plain muffins can be pretty boring. These muffins look plain and don’t have anything like berries or coconut or chocolate mixed into the batter, but when you take a bite you’ll discover that they are far from a plain muffin. These Brown ... Read More »

Raspberry Streusel Muffins

Raspberry Streusel Muffin, interior

It has been a while since I used raspberries in a recipe – not because I haven’t been buying raspberries, but because I’ve been unable to resist eating them right out of their box when I get them home! A bag of frozen raspberries is what it took to get me to break the cycle. Frozen raspberries are great for baking because they are just ... Read More »

Blackberry and Cream Cheese Muffins

Blackberry and Cream Cheese Muffin

Cream cheese is a great topping for muffins when served as a spread, but it isn’t often incorporated into the muffin batter itself. Cream cheese can actually make a great addition to muffin batter, adding moisture and a hint of cheesecake flavor to what would otherwise be a relatively plain muffin. I used it as part of the base for these Blackberry and Cream Cheese ... Read More »

Banana Nutella Bran Muffins

Banana Chocolate Bran Muffins

A bran muffin starts to sound a lot more delicious when you introduce Nutella into it. Don’t get me wrong – I have had some very good bran muffins, but I see many people turned off of them after eating dense, heavy, flavorless, overly oily or overly dry muffins. There is no cause for that and a good dose of Nutella is exactly what you ... Read More »

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Orange Cranberry Muffins

As soon as the oranges on my tree are ripe, I always set out to make a batch of Orange Cranberry Bread. It’s a simple quickbread recipe that includes fresh cranberries and lots of freshly squeezed orange juice. It’s relatively light in texture (and it also happens to be quite low in fat, so suitable for cutting into large slices!), but full of flavor from ... Read More »

Baked Sufganiyot (a.k.a. Bite Sized Jelly Donut Holes)

Bite Sized Jelly Donut Holes

Sufganiyot are a type of jelly filled donut that are traditionally served around Hannukah, a holiday that bases many of its most popular foods on frying. The sufganiyot are not much different than any other jelly donut. They are made with a fluffy yeast dough, deep fried and then injected with a generous amount of jam or other fruity fillings. Although deep fried donuts are ... Read More »

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