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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 »

What is tunneling?

Tunneling in a muffin

In baking, the term “tunneling” refers to tunnels and very large air pockets that form inside of muffins and quick breads as a result of overmixing a batter. The muffin pictured above gives you an idea of what tunneling looks like. Generally, you want muffins, cakes and cupcakes to be fairly uniform in texture. This muffin features large tunnels in the bottom left and top ... 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 »

Apple Walnut Muffins

Apple Walnut Muffins

You can chop up apples and add them to a muffin batter if you want some apple muffins. I’ve done this on occasion, usually when I want the apples to really stand apart from the rest of the muffin. But this is also the problem with this method, because the chunks of apple don’t necessarily mesh well with the rest of the muffin and you ... Read More »

Pumpkin Muffins with Toffee and Pecans

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

I’m a big fan of pumpkin pie, but I’ll take pumpkin in just about any way that you can think of to package it. Whether you’re talking about pumpkin brownies or chocolate pumpkin pie bars, I’m sure that I’ll like it. One of my favorite things to do with pumpkin is to bake a batch of muffins. They’re easy to mix up and adding pumpkin ... Read More »

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