Moosewood muffins

9 Aug
This basic muffin recipe from the Moosewood Restaurant New Classics cookbook is my go-to muffin recipe.  You can add anything to this basic batter, and it tastes delicious.  Some ideas for additions at the end; substitute in coconut oil and coconut or almond milk for a dairy free version which tastes just as delicious.

I’ve been making these muffins for years.  Here’s an almond-cherry version, from 2010.  Yes, I have been photographing my baking obsession forever.

Preheat oven to 350.  Prep 12-cup muffin tin with oil or paper.

Optional streusel topping (I almost never make this.  But when I do it is gooo-ooo-oood.)
1/3 C flour
1 1/2 T cold butter chopped small
1 1/2 T brown sugar, packed
1/4 t ground cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
pinch salt

Wet ingredients
6 T butter, room temp  (works just as well with coconut oil, for a different flavor)
1/2 – 3/4 C sugar
1 egg
1/2 C + 2T milk
1/2 t vanilla extract
2 cups chopped fruit and/or nuts and/or chocolate chips

Dry ingredients
2 C flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/4 t ground cinnamon

In large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients and mix well.  In separate bowl mix together all wet ingredients, saving fruit/nuts for last.  Add wet to dry and gently fold together.  Spoon batter into muffin cups.  If using streusel topping, add scant T to top of each muffin.

Immediately put into oven and bake apprx 30 mins, until puffed and golden.

The batter has a lovely density to it, and the fragrance is the smell of  baby cherubs smiling. 

Remove from oven and put tin on rack to cool 15 mns.  Hot muffins are a bit tender and may crumble if handled right away.  (Really.  Just let them sit for a few minutes before you pop them out of the tin.)  Serve warm or cool and store sealed at room temperature.

I … I love you.

This recipe will make 12 goodly-sized muffins.  Although they keep well, they’re so delicious fresh from the oven that I rarely have leftovers.

Some of my favorite variations:
mango+banana+chocolate chip
mango alone
pumpkin (mashed)+walnut+chocolate chip
blueberry alone
apple alone

Happy baking!

One Response to “Moosewood muffins”

  1. Jennifer August 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    We live 2 blocks from Moosewood. House swap? 🙂

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