The most magical recipes for me are not multi-day production numbers that require precise techniques or special equipment nor are they filled with unusual and expensive ingredients; but they the joyous process of turning a few simple items into something sublime.
A visit to my parents house used to involve long conversations of what we will cook, bake, and drink. Their house was always filled with family and friends and FOOD. Now the menu includes a lot of take-out meals and simple suppers. Illness and the exhaustion call for streamlining and shifting priorities but there is still always love at the table. Dad still likes to bake but his energy does not always hold out through the entire project so we decided to work together in the tiny kitchen. I also promised my Mom that there would be no huge mess to clean up nor as she used to call it when we were kids “a production number”.
The hot weather made me think of the Summer days to come and warm ripe peaches so I decided to make some peach muffins. The new crop of California peaches would have to do until later when the orchards in New England bring forth their sweet stone fruits.
The recipe we used is the muffin recipe I keep in my head which only requires one bowl, a measuring cup, and a few minutes of work. It is perfect for making a quick batch before work or school or for last-minute brunch guests and fruit can be changed to match the season. They came out delicious but the real treat was cooking with my Dad who taught me how to bake. Dad points out with sweet peaches the sugar should be cut down a bit which is reflected in recipe below.
Peach Preview Muffins
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
5 Tablespoons butter (melted)
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or a few drops of almond extract
dash of cinnamon
2/3 cup peaches peeled, pitted, chopped in small chunks
Sliced almonds to sprinkle on top (optional)
Extra butter or cooking spray for muffin tin
Heat the oven to 350 degrees
Grease a muffin tin with butter or cooking spray
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon in a medium bowl
Melt butter in microwave in a 2 cup measuring cup
Add buttermilk, vanilla, and then eggs to the melted butter and blend with a fork
Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined
Stir in the peaches gently
Scoop into muffin tin and bake for 15 minutes until risen and golden
Makes 10 small muffins or 6 jumbo muffins