Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Nutty Fruit-Filled Muffins


On a recent trip down the baking aisle I noticed some parchment paper cups. I had never seen them before. I just want to say that these take the guesswork out of muffin baking. Cupcakes are a no brainer . . . you use paper cups. But muffins are always a guess. I like the way they look without the paper, but I don't want to chance having to pry them out of the pan. For this reason parchment paper cups are great to use for butter tarts and muffins that can leave behind a sugary or fruity mess. The following recipe comes from my friend, Karin, shared during the days when we would get together for coffee and play dates with our kids.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (or oil)
  • jam filling
Streusel
  • 1/4 cups nuts
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp butter, room temp
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Method:
  1. Prepare muffin tins and pre-heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Combine streusel ingredients, using a pastry blender to make a crumb mixture. Chill.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  4. In a separate small bowl, combine eggs, milk and melted butter, then stir into dry ingredients.
  5. Fill each muffin tin with about a tablespoon of batter, making a small indentation.
  6. Place a teaspoon of jam on each center and cover with the rest of the batter.
  7. Sprinkle with crumb mixture.
  8. Bake for 20 - 25 min.

12 comments:

  1. the picture is very nice!!!And even the recipe, happy new year Flavia

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  2. They look good. And I'm definitely going to be looking for parchment paper liners. I hate leaving half the muffin stuck to the paper.

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  3. Hi There. muffins look real good there,, but would like to know where you had brought the parchment paper, Safeway????

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  4. Which store did you find parchment paper cups in?
    Thanks :)
    Melanie

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  5. I use pan spray on muffin papers. It does a good job keeping the muffins from sticking. Chrissy

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  6. For those who asked ... I got the parchment paper muffin liners at Safeway, but they could possibly be anywhere. I was not looking for them, just happened to see them.

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  7. @Shirley & @Melanie…Yes I get the baking cups at Safeway. In all brands the 'standard' or even 'large' size paper muffin cups are a bit too small. At Safeway I buy ™Reynolds brand and in a size GIANT. This size fits the cups in the tray perfectly.
    I first oil (or spray) the inside of the cooking tray before placing in the paper liners.
    I have a wonderful moist muffin recipe that I frequently make and I vary it (eg. from bran to cornmeal, etc.)
    With all recipes I use less sugar than it asks for. For this recipe, rather than ½ cup sugar I used ⅓ cup sugar, and they are never bland or lacking. The jam inside gives these a nice kick.
    Great advice I got from my Mom is to NEVER overmix the ingredients. FOLD the ingredients in with as few strokes as possible. This will ensure a moist muffin result.

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  8. I purchased my parchment liners at London Drugs.

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  9. Thank you for the recipe and the tip about the parchment cups; I haven't seen them yet, but I'll keep my eyes open for them.

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  10. I found the parchment liners at our local Co-op store - it seems they are popping up everywhere. I look forward to trying them with this recipe!

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  11. What a great idea...I need to look for those. Your photo is really nice....making me want to reach in and take that muffin. I think my grands would enjoy this muffin.

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  12. What a great idea...I need to look for those. Your photo is really nice....making me want to reach in and take that muffin. I think my grands would enjoy this muffin.

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