Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Low Fat Peach Muffin Recipe + a Billionaire Latte Cup Giveaway via author Cleo Coyle

Summer is almost gone, but its sweet, juicy peaches are still plentiful. At my local market, they're piled high and priced low. 

My low fat muffin recipe makes great use of those luscious orbs. Drizzle on a little raw honey and you'll make them even more amazing...

But first...

I'm at Fresh Fiction this week with a guest post and giveaway. 

Click here to drop by. Leave a comment and you are entered to win a Gimme Coffee Latte Cup (made in Italy) and a signed copy of our latest Coffeehouse Mystery, Billionaire Blend, in its brand new paperback edition. 

Thank You, Readers!

After nearly a year on sale in hardcover and e-book, Billionaire Blend has made a 3rd straight week as a Top-10 paperback mystery bestseller at Barnes & Noble, and a 2nd straight week as a Nielsen BookScan mystery bestseller.
Cheers to you if you helped our book get there. 

Marc and I appreciate it! ~ Cleo

Cleo Coyle has a partner in
crime-writing—her husband.
Learn about their books
by clicking here and here.

Cleo Coyle's (low fat)
Fresh Peach

This is a wonderfully versatile recipe. I make these muffins with a lower fat milk (2%). They're packed with fresh peach flavor and my husband and I often eat them drizzled with a little honey. They are truly amazing that way.

On the other hand: If you don't care about calories or you want to make the muffins richer for a special occasion, all you have to do is increase the fat within the milk ingredient. Simply exchange the 2% milk for whole milk or half-and-half (light cream), or even heavy cream. The higher the fat content of the milk, the richer the muffins will become.

Either way, bring out that local, raw honey (the best tasting, IMO!), put on a pot of coffee or tea, slip a pan of these babies in the oven, and get ready to...

Eat with joy!

~ Cleo

To download a free PDF of this recipe
that you can print, save, or share, click here.

Click here to download
this recipe PDF from Cleo.

Cleo Coyle's
Fresh Peach Muffins

Makes 6 standard muffins


1 cup, diced ripe peaches (for yellow peaches that’s 2 medium or 1 large)

1 egg

1/2 cup low fat milk (2% milk gives us great results; for richer-tasting 
      muffins, you can use whole milk, half-and-half, or cream)

2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

5 tablespoons white, granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (or 1/8 teaspoon table salt)

(optional) ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup all-purpose flour

(optional) A little "Sugar in the Raw" (aka Turbinado or Demerara) or another
              coarse finishing sugar to sprinkle on before baking


Step 1 - Prep oven, pan, and peaches: Preheat oven to 375º Fahrenheit. Line six muffin cups with paper holders and lightly coat them with non-stick spray. Choose ripe peaches. (The flesh should be soft in your mouth, not crunchy.) Peel the peaches and dice the flesh into small, uniform pieces (as shown below).

Step 2 - Create batter with one bowl mixing method: Crack egg into a mixing bowl and gently beat with a whisk. Add milk, oil, sugar, vanilla, and salt and whisk until well blended. If adding cinnamon, whisk in well. Now add baking powder and whisk very well, until dissolved. Switching to a spoon or spatula, mix in the flour until all the raw flour disappears into the batter and a lumpy batter forms. Do not over-mix at this stage or you will develop the gluten in the flour and your muffins will be tough instead of tender. Finally, fold in the diced peaches.

Step 3 - Bake: This batter will make 6 standard muffins. Divide it up evenly among your paper-lined (and lightly sprayed) muffin cups.
If using a finishing sugar, sprinkle it on the unbaked muffin tops at this time. Bake in a well-preheated 375º F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes. 

Remove the muffins from hot pans as soon as they leave the oven. The muffins will be pale. If using a finishing sugar, they will turn more brown on the tops for you. 

The muffin above was baked with Turbinado sugar
sprinkled on top before baking. As you can
see it's a bit browner than the muffins below,
which were baked without extra sugar on top...

Toothpick method for de-panning hot muffins: If you leave fresh-baked muffins in their hot pans, the bottoms may steam and become tough. Here's an easy way to remove hot muffins fast. See my photos below...

Gently insert a toothpick on each side of the muffin. Take care not create visible holes. You're inserting them in the muffin sides, below the visible muffin tops. 

Use the toothpicks as handles and carefully lift the muffin from the pan. This is a fast, efficient way to get the muffins out of their hot pan without squishing or flattening them. Place on a rack to continue cooling.

Storing: Once the muffins are completely cool, you can wrap them in plastic and store them in the refrigerator. A little honey, a cuppa joe or tea, and you're set to eat with joy.

Click here to download
this recipe in PDF form, and...

Have a Delicious
Labor Day Weekend,

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
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Thank You,

Our hardcover bestseller
is now a bestseller
in paperback...

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"Top Pick" ~ RT Book Reviews
"A highly satisfying mystery" - PW

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A Coffeehouse Mystery

This culinary murder mystery features
more than 30 delicious recipes, including
secret "off the menu" coffee drinks.
Read (and eat) with joy!

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  1. Fabulous news Cleo! And I have just the peaches for those muffins xo

  2. Love your books, and I love coffee!! Can't wait for the next book to come out.

  3. Those muffins look awesome! Sure would be nice to be Cleo/Alice's neighbor and go next door, for goodies and coffee? :)

    patucker54 at aol dot com

  4. These look delicious and I adore peaches. Going to make some tonight. Must have. Thanks, Cleo, and congrats on all the good sales!! Keep up the good work.

    Daryl / Avery

  5. Congrats on the series. These look yummy. Can't believe summer is almost over and soon no more fruit stands.

  6. Peachy comments, everyone, thank you! (Hey, no groaning, puns were once considered the highest form of humor; and at Chez Coyle, they still are!)

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  7. Sounds delicious! Love peaches!

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

  8. It's amazing what a difference that 2% of fat can make. Changes everything. I bet these are yummy!

  9. Those look wonderful! Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much.

  10. Oh My I am getting virtual smells here - coffee and peach muffins how grand. Thank you for sharing this recipe treat with us :)

  11. These look so yummy and lowfat, too? yes, I'm all over it!

  12. Looks fantastic, I will definitely make them! Thank so much for sharing the recipe, love the idea that they are low fat. (of course, that just might give me an excuse to eat two .

  13. Can't wait to try the recipe! I think I am going to put a struedel topping (butter, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon) on top. I put it on my blueberry muffins, so I am positive it will be delicious on the peach muffins --more calories :( !!

  14. I was so happy to find a low fat version of a peach recipe and leave it to you Cleo to have one. With my inactivity since Feb. I need to cut back on calories since I get little to no exercise, so this will be a welcome addition to my folder of low fat, etc. recipes. I am so thrilled to hear that your books will be on CD now; I like them myself, but for my daughter, CD's are almost a necessity as she only has time to read/listen to a book on her way to or coming home from work. So, authors that have their books on CD get her vote that is for sure.

    I love reading your newsletters and all the updates each time. You two are something special and feel like friends to your readers.

    Take care.
    Cynthia Blain

  15. this recipe looks amazing!!
    will share!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com