Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Low Fat Peach Muffins from Coffeehouse Mystery author Cleo Coyle

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

My low fat muffin recipe makes great use of these luscious orbs. I bake these up every year in early September when the peaches are ripe and plentiful...

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Cleo Coyle's (low fat)
Peach Muffins

These tasty muffins are packed with fresh peach flavor. Marc and I often eat them drizzled with a little honey. They are truly amazing that way. 

If you prefer them low fat, use 1% or 2% milk. For a richer tasting muffin, go with whole milk, half-and-half, or cream. The higher the fat content of your milk, the richer your peach muffins will taste. Either way, bring out that local, raw honey (the best tasting and best for you), put on a pot of coffee or tea, slip a pan of these babies in the oven, and get ready to...

Eat with (end-of-summer) joy!

~ Cleo

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Cleo Coyle's (low fat)
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 (1% or 2% milk gives us good results;
      for richer muffins 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 demeraraor 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, the tops will be more golden brown. 

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, 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.

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this recipe in PDF form, and...

Eat (and read) with Joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of  
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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  1. Great peach recipe...downloaded the PDF. I love the PDFs. Thanks!

    1. You're very welcome, Kathleen. (I use them myself!)

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

  2. Thank you for sharing the recipe. The muffins look so good.

    1. Thanks, Jen. Peaches make pretty subjects for pictures—and they make pretty good muffins, too! I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as Marc and I do.

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

  3. Gorgeous Cleo--and I have the peaches waiting! xo

    1. Don't forget the honey! And may you eat with peachy joy...

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

  4. Those look and sound wonderful!
    Happy peach season.

    1. Peaches are so beautiful, aren't they? Little rounds of sunshine you can hold in your hand. Sweet juice dripping down your chin. What could be better (oh, yeah, that drizzle of honey)! Thanks for dropping by the Kitchen, Libby, it's always a pleasure to see you here.

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

  5. Yum! I could go for these and coffee right now!

    1. I'll put the pot on, Patricia! Thanks for stopping by the Kitchen. May your September be...peachy!

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

  6. Replies
    1. You are very welcome, Grandma Cootie. Muffins in the morning put a smile on my day (although that first cuppa joe is what actually gets me out of bed)!. Thanks for dropping in today, GC. It's always so nice to see you here!

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