Saturday, September 3, 2011

Muffins are the Good Stuff

I have a housewarming party to go to today. So what do you bring? Candles? Some decorative thing like a picture frame? Personally I love candles, and I know a few men who want one handy in the bathroom, but overall I feel like candles (or at least their scents) are a personal choice, and rather feminine. Picture frames and what not? Same thing: personal style must be taken into account, and if you've never seen their place, it's rather difficult to pick something that matches.

So what's a woman with a bend for improvisation and a knack with a spoon to do?

Dig out her mom's old Betty Crocker cookbook (1978! that's old for cookbooks, not people) and tweak* a recipe. Tasty treats abound.

Peach Oatmeal Muffins
makes about 24

Ingredients
2 eggs
1.5 cups skim milk
1 cup vegetable oil (or... 1/2 cup veg oil and 1/2 cup applesauce)
2 cups flour (white or wheat... I prefer half and half)
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 1/3 cup sugar
6 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1.5 tsp. vanilla
2 cups chopped fresh or frozen peaches (frozen is so so so much easier. just don't use canned. they're too soft and sloppy)

1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 stick cold butter
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin tin with foil or paper liners.

In large bowl, beat eggs, milk and vegetable oil together. Stir in dry ingredients and vanilla, pausing between each to make sure they're mixed in completely. Fold in peaches.

In a smaller, separate bowl, lightly mix together brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter, potato masher, fork, knife, whatever your preference, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Handy tip: Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the batter out of your bowl. Fill each cup at least 3/4 full and sprinkle with crumbs. Bake 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden and a toothpick comes out clean.


Yummy!

* recipe used only as a basic referrence. I changed some ratios, added 6 ingredients, and changed quantities. There isn't even a listing for peach muffins in the cookbook. This recipe is a significant departure from the original, therefore I have no qualms about sharing it here with you.

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