Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Peachy-Pecan Muffins

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Peachy-Pecan Muffins

Every June starts our annual peach harvest. You see, a few years back we planted a peach tree in memory of our beloved orange cat, who had passed away. Fuzzy cat = fuzzy peaches -- it seemed appropriate.

Well, we had no idea that the Chubman would be sending us peaches from the great beyond by the bushelful. I’m not kidding, we’ve been known to eat sun-warmed peaches until we think we’re going to sprout fuzz and not just in our navels. Thankfully, peaches are a much more welcome fruit than say grapefruit, and when people see you coming with a bag of peaches to unload on them, they don’t generally turn around and run.

Still, this one tree has yielded easily over 300 peaches per season and since that season is short in Arizona, it has forced us to become pretty creative with peaches.

One of my favorite recipes is the Peachy-Pecan Muffin. They’re not exactly cupcakes, but given that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, second to dessert, these do quite nicely to start the day right.

Peachy-Pecan Muffins:

1 ½ cups flour

½ cup sugar

2 tspns baking powder

1 tspn cinnamon

¼ tspn salt

½ cup butter (melted)

¼ cup milk

1 egg

2 cups peaches, peeled and diced

Preheat oven to 400. Paper-line 12 muffin cups. Prepare topping (recipe follows) and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In small bowl, combine butter, milk and egg. Pour into flour mixture, stirring until just moist. Fold in peaches. Spoon into muffin cups. Sprinkle topping over batter. Bake 20-25 minutes.

Topping: In small bowl, combine ½ cup chopped pecans, 1/3 cup brown sugar, ¼ cup flour and 1 tspn cinnamon add 2 tbspns melted butter, stirring until mixture in crumbly.


Jenn McKinlay SPRNKLE WITH MURDER -- March 2010
(aka Lucy Lawrence -- STUCK ON MURDER -- Sept 2009)

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  1. Oh, I just love peaches and this is a great use for them. Looking forward to baking these...(We have a fuzzy orange cat, too, we call him Punkin'.) I think it's a great idea to plant a tree in honor of a little furry soul loved and lost...


  2. Love those peaches, Jenn. Can't get enough! And love the photos! Thanks for sharing.
    Avery Aames

  3. This looks delicious and easy, Jenn. I wish someone would bring peaches to me!


  4. delicious! we'll be trying these for sure. thanks jenn.
    jocelyn ross

  5. We had a orange cat that passed as well, we planted white "Cheerfulness" daffodils. Never thought of a peach tree, what a fab idea!

  6. The peach muffins sound yummy, the tribute to Fuzzy Man even more so. What a wonderful reminder of a beloved member of the family. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh, yum! I've just been getting into peaches again this week, so this recipe is perfect! Did a peach smoothie the other night and I'm now hooked again. Thank you!

  8. Your timing is perfect!!! I live in Idaho and we wait all year to get Utah peaches, which just arrived last week. You can bet I'll be making these muffins this weekend. Thanks!

  9. Yummy, yummy! Please enter me!


  10. What amazing looking muffins! They look delicious! :D

  11. Oh, yum. I'll very definitely be trying this recipe. My family loves muffins and peaches. Do drained, canned peaches work if we want to make them in the winter?

  12. I've never tried it with canned peaches, but I do dice up plenty of peaches and freeze them and those work very well. If you try it, let me know!