I love the peachy flavor of these muffins. The peaches are slightly mashed to release just enough juices, yet, there are still plenty of peach chunks in the muffins to remind you that there are, indeed, peaches in them.
Even though I live in California, for many years it was difficult to find really good juicy fresh peaches or nectarines. Other stone fruits such as cherries, plums, and apricots were fine, but peaches and nectarines? Not so much, unless you grew them in your own back yard. I wish I knew why.
Fortunately, with the "locally grown" movement, along with the growth of Asian markets in our area, locals will no longer put up with hard or mealy fruit. You don't even have to go to farmers markets to get fresh peaches. How cool is that?
I found some luscious fresh peaches, which I incorporated into these muffins, skin and all. I diced the peaches, and then very lightly mashed them with a granny fork. It's one of my favorite tools to roughly mash foods such as hard cooked eggs, potatoes, as well as mix and blend ingredients. No worries, you can also use a dinner fork.
These muffins are really light and airy, and the flavor is a combination of vanilla and peach. The muffins are so moist and delicious on their own, no extra butter or jam needed.
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Fresh Peach Muffins
- Spray oil or butter
- 1 3/4 cups (216 grams) unbleached all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (99 grams) granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder (I recommend aluminum free to prevent discoloration of the fruit)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup room temperature buttermilk or sour cream
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup (113 grams) diced unpeeled peaches, lightly mashed with a fork
- 6 tablespoons (85 grams) melted unsalted butter
- Course sparkling sugar (optional)
- Preheat the oven with a rack in the middle to 375 degrees F.
- Lightly spray or grease the top of the muffin pan so that the muffin tops don't stick. Place 8 muffin liners into the cavities of the pan, spacing them out.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix the buttermilk or sour cream, egg, and vanilla. Add it to the dry ingredients, and then add the peaches and melted butter, and stir until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.
- Portion the batter among the eight muffin cups. The batter will fill then entire muffin cup. Sprinkle the tops with the sparkling sugar.
- Bake the muffins until a toothpick comes out clean, about 18 to 20 minutes.
- Cool the muffins in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan, and continue to cool on a wire rack.
- These muffins can be kept in an airtight container for up to two days.
Tags: muffins, peaches
Recipe slightly adapted from The Everyday Baker: Recipes and Techniques for Foolproof Baking by Abigail Johnson Dodge. This is a book you need. Trust me.
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