The #BreadBakers don’t let the hot summer weather get in the way of enjoying baking at home and you shouldn’t either! Yes, your kitchen will warm up slightly but the tradeoff is this bounty of summertime recipes below that highlight our theme this month: STONE FRUIT. Beautiful apricots, juicy peaches, fragrant cherries…stone fruits have a way of bringing summer flavors at their peak to your table in a way that you won’t mind heating up your oven.
Today I’m sharing nectarine-blueberry muffins– the crumble topping is optional but oh-so-good. This recipe is one from America’s Test Kitchen. The original recipe called for a cranberry-pecan combination and I switched it up to use nectarines, blueberries, and walnuts. Create a pairing that fits with your taste and with the ingredients you have at home. Making these with fresh fruits from the local orchard or your own backyard would be a special treat!
Recipe comes from America's Test Kitchen's recipe for Cranberry-Pecan Muffins. Source: Step by Step Holiday Baking 2015-16 edition, page 82.
- 1/4 all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- pinch salt
- 1/2 walnuts
- 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/4 cups walnuts, toasted and cooled
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 6 ounces fresh blueberries
- 4-5 nectarines, pit removed, cut into small 1/2 inch cubes/pieces
- Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a muffin pan with 12 muffin baking cups or coat with baking spray.
- Make the crumble: combine flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and salt in a food processor for a few pulses. Add the walnuts and continue to pulse for another 4-5 times. Set aside in a small bowl.
- Make the muffins: Combine the flour, baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon of salt in a bowl. Whisk gently.
- Pulse the walnuts and granulated sugar in the food processor until well combined. Transfer to a large bowl and whisk in the milk, eggs and melted butter. Whisk the flour mixture into the milk mixture until just combined. Let sit for 30 minutes so that the batter thickens.
- Gently fold in the nectarines and blueberries into the muffin batter. Scoop the batter into the 12 muffin cups. Top with the crumble mixture, gently pressing the crumble into the tops of the muffin batter.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until muffins start to lightly brown on top. Cool for 10 minutes in the tin then transfer to a wire rack to cool for an additional 15-20 minutes before serving.
I love the crumble topping but to see all that goodness hiding underneath you are welcome to omit it. Check out both versions in this photo:
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- Apricot & Pistachio Buns by Baking Sense
- Apricot & Stilton Soda Bread by Baking in Pyjamas
- Apricot Bread by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Apricot Cranberry Walnut Quick Bread by Spill the Spices
- Apricot Kolaches by Food Lust People Love
- Apricot Oat Casserole Bread with Sweet Vanilla Glaze by A Salad For All Seasons
- Big Batch Bran Muffins by What Smells So Good?
- Brown Sugar and Plum Pull-Apart Bread by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Cherry Bread with Streusel Topping by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Cherry Ricotta Muffins by Sneha’s Recipe
- Cinnamon Swirl Peach Bread by Kylee Cooks
- Dried Apricot Bread with Walnuts by The Bread She Bakes
- Eggless Mango Cardamom Walnut Quick Bread by Sizzling Tastebuds
- Eggless Mini Mango Bread by Sara’s Tasty Buds
- Mango and Passionfruit Yeast Bread by Mayuri’s Jikoni
- Mango Challah by Passion Kneaded
- Mango Jam Rolls with Cremé, Fresh Mangoes and Jam Filling by G’Gina’s Kitchenette
- Mango Pull Apart Bread by Gayathri’s Cook Spot
- Nectarine-Blueberry Muffins by A Baker’s House
- Peach & Nutmeg Sweet Focaccia by The Schizo Chef
- Peach Yogurt Muffins by Magnolia Days
- Plum & Pecan Bread by I Camp in my Kitchen
- Scones with Apricot, Ginger and Brie by Palatable Pastime
- Semolina Bread with Apricots and Sage by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Spicy Peach Oatmeal Bread by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Whole Wheat Nectarine Bread by A Shaggy Dough Story
- Wholewheat Sweet Rolls with Mango Filling by Cook’s Hideout
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