This tender, moist lemon-blueberry muffin counts on garden-fresh lemon verbena for its essence of herbed citrus. Or, substitute lemon peel. The recipe comes from a community cookbook called Tasteful Garden Treasures, put together by the Taylor Garden Club in Taylor, Michigan.
Rise and shine! These tender gems taste so good, you’d never guess we bumped up the fiber in this fall recipe with two kinds of whole grains and traded most of the butter for applesauce and buttermilk.
Hailing as they do from the Sunflower State, Kansas cooks have a knack for creatively including crunchy sunflower seed kernels in all sorts of treats. These tender pumpkin morsels are from the American Institute of Baking in Manhattan, Kansas. The muffins get a double dose of sunflower from both sunflower oil and the seeds.
These weekday-friendly muffins are healthier than many, thanks to whole wheat flour and limited oil. The batter keeps well in the fridge, so if you like, bake just a couple of muffins at a time, for always-oven-fresh treats.
Some muffins were meant to be savored along with a steaming cup of coffee. Here are two created in the Midwest Living® Test Kitchen. A swirl of both cheesecake and brownies is delectable in Fudge Brownie Cheesecake Muffins, and a dab of lemon curd gives a burst of citrus flavor to Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.
Orange juice flavors these walnut-filled muffins, topped with a glaze of powdered sugar, orange peel and more juice. The recipe comes from Quivey's Grove in Madison, Wisconsin, where diners enjoy a basket of muffins with each meal.
Another orange option: Anytime Orange-Date Muffins, flavored with finely shredded orange peel, orange juice and snipped pitted dates. The orange-date muffins come from Ravenwood Castle in New Plymouth, Ohio.
Serve these savory muffins with a hearty soup or stew. Match the topping to complement the tastes and textures of your soup; try sunflower seeds, pine nuts, shredded cheddar cheese, poppy seeds, sesame seeds or roasted red pepper strips.
Snipped dried apricots, golden raisins, sliced almonds and almond extract combine to create a muffin with a distinctive crunch and flavor. The recipe comes from Diana's Delights in Gaylord, Michigan, near Garland resort.
A brush of melted butter and a sprinkling of sugar cap these tender berry-filled muffins. The muffins were popular for years on the lunch menu at the former Chesaning Heritage House restaurant in Chesaning, Michigan.
These moist, sugar-topped muffins taste best when made with plump fresh red raspberries, though you can substitute frozen raspberries when fresh ones aren't in season. Serve warm from the oven for breakfast or brunch.