I had a forehead thumping moment recently when a friend asked me for a blueberry muffin recipe. In all the years I’ve been running zoebakes.com, I’ve never posted the most basic of breakfast treats. How did I get away with this, especially when they are one of my favorites?
For me the perfect blueberry muffin is light, fluffy and bursting with blueberries. I add a touch of ginger because it perks up the flavor of the berries, but not so much that it’s overpowering. The topping is buttery, sweet and bakes into a lacy crust.
I like to bake them in large “Texas-sized” muffin cups, so there is lots of muffin top and just as much of the berry center. They are great small, but I am always left wanting more and for some reason, I feel less guilty eating one big one, instead of two little ones.
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Everyone adores monkey bread. Who doesn’t love the gooey mess of making it, almost as much as the caramel goodness of eating it? Truth told, when I leave the house for any amount of time, my husband makes monkey bread with my sons. He waits until I leave, because he knows the ovens won’t be in use and he can sneak the tube of biscuits into the house. As a result, I never get to eat them, which may be part of his master plan.
So I came up with my twist on the classic, with chocolate tucked into homemade biscuits. I’ve baked them as individual monkey bread muffins to make them even more festive for a party or Sunday brunch.
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The fall season means the approach of cold, crisp days and hearty comfort foods. Nothing is quite as comforting as a seductively warm loaf of bread taken glowing and fragrant straight from the oven. To take advantage of fall’s bounty, arm yourself with muffin cups and loaf pans so you can embrace our favorite autumnal flavors with these recipes for delicately spiced muffins and quick breads.
Here are five of our favorite fall breads:
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While just about everyone who eats carbohydrates can agree that muffins are delicious (what’s not to like?), almost no one can agree on the best way to eat them. Through a little research among fellow muffin connoisseurs, it seems there is an infinite number of ways to devour such a small baked good.
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Break out of the “cereal for breakfast” rut. Start the day strong with a healthy breakfast, and it’s sure to set the tone for any and everything you may tackle throughout the day. Eating things like eggs, fruit, granola and whole wheat keeps your stomach full longer while revving your metabolism for the day ahead.
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The appearance of fresh cranberries is a sign that the holidays have arrived. These tiny tart bombs always make our list of morning breakfast goodies to bake.
Warming up the house with a fresh batch of cranberry-golden raisin muffins is a wonderful way to welcome a chilly holiday morning.
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