Clipping recipes

June 7th, 2009 by admin Leave a reply »

Despite a whole bookshelf of cookbooks and millions of recipes a Google search away, when a recipe in a magazine or the newspaper intrigues me, I cut it out. (San Jose Mercury news, for all its cutbacks, still has a wonderful Food section.)

Last night, I went through a couple hundred of these. I also pulled out the gems that I have tried, and the ones I want to try soon. Favorite categories: muffins, quick breads, and brownies. What is the perfect recipe for banana bread or blueberry muffins? It would be hard to top the Perfect Brownies recipe, though.

BWC 060709 peach muffins

Since we had two ripe peaches, this muffin recipe from Working Mother magazine seemed like a natural recipe to try.

Stonewall Harvest Peach Muffins

1 1/2 cup flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large fresh peaches, peeled and diced

Preheat oven to 400F. Fill 12-muffin tin with paper liners. Whisk together flour and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside. Whisk together sugar, milk, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in melted butter, then fold in peaches. Gently fold in flour mixture until just blended. Do not overmix. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool on rack 5–10 minutes before removing from pan.

Adapted from Working Mother magazine (July 1, 2005)

My take: It feels like these muffins should have cinnamon, like the peach cake recipe passed down from my grandma to my mom to me. (I’ll bake and share it another day.) The original recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, but even with a scant cup, the muffins were a too sweet, so I cut the amount of sugar. I also upped the vanilla, which was confusingly 1/4 teaspoon in the original. Why bother?

Carter wanted frosting, but settled for red and purple sprinkles on his “mupcake,” Jeff’s apt designation. They’re good—five disappeared among the three of us within 15 minutes.



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