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PEAR AND HAZELNUT MUFFINS. The holiday week came and went and after one more party to ring in the New Year, I think we're just about toasted.


A week full of good things, albeit it busy and expensive and generally full. We're so lucky that both families are close and we have friends here we've had for decades, but it makes for a very social season. There is a Rainer Maria Rilke quote that continues to pop into my head when I think about loving Hugh well. “I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.” He is an introvert, one who recharges by being alone, depleted by too many parties and get-togethers and I want to nurture this need while it may not be one that functions the same way in me.

These feelings of the giganticness of life are on par for the year's end. Breakfast Recipe: Blueberry Bran Muffins. Bran muffins can get a bad rap.

Breakfast Recipe: Blueberry Bran Muffins

They're so often dry and overly-sweet, which always feels like a shame because bran has such a nice flavor in and of itself. Plus, there are so many ways to add a punch of flavor without a lot of extra sugar. How about a mound of blueberries, fresh lemon zest, and coconut oil folded into a delicate whole-grain batter? Fall Breakfast Recipe: Spiced Pear Muffins. I wish you could smell these muffins cooling on my counter right now.

Fall Breakfast Recipe: Spiced Pear Muffins

Better yet, I wish you could actually be here in my kitchen right now. Because then we could sit down with mugs of coffee and one muffin each, and break off nutmeg-scented nibbles as we trade stories about our day. These muffins might just be one of my crowning achievements. They are solidly in the middle of the muffin spectrum, neither so sweet that they could pass for cupcakes nor so healthy that they stop tasting like a treat. They have a bit of white flour and a bit of wheat, a bit of table sugar and a bit of brown. Banana Nut Muffins. Coconut Mango Oat Muffins Recipes from The Kitchn. Mornings are meant for muffins.

Coconut Mango Oat Muffins Recipes from The Kitchn

They're portable, easy to throw together, and can incorporate the season's fruit beautifully. Such is the case with these vanilla-flecked, oat and coconut-strewn, mango-laden beauties. I love these muffins for many reasons. First, you can mix them by hand and there will be very few dishes (always a good thing). Kyra Bussanich’s Gluten-Free Pound Cake – Design*Sponge. Remember how excited I was for Nicole Taylor’s Cherokee Rose Pound Cake earlier this year?

Kyra Bussanich’s Gluten-Free Pound Cake – Design*Sponge

Here’s another pound cake that made me just as happy, with the added bonus that it’s gluten-free. Kyra Bussanich, owner of Kyra’s Bake Shop and two-time winner of “Cupcake Wars”, developed this version of her quick and easy gluten-free pound cake just for our readers on the column. Raw Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing & Ginger Caramel. Among the surprises in my first year of being gluten-free has been my growing enjoyment of raw desserts.

Raw Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing & Ginger Caramel

I love how simple they can be to assemble and often find them more texturally satisfying than gluten-less baked goods. Lucia Muffins Recipe. Some of you aren't going to like these muffins, I just know it.

Lucia Muffins Recipe

But a number of you are going to love them. So, non-traditional muffin fans? These are for you. Maple Buttermilk Pie Recipe. Right now I'm thinking about how to pack two weeks worth of film, cameras, computers, and clothes into a carry-on.

Maple Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Wish me luck. It's never a pretty process, and the inevitable low-point always comes when I attempt to awkwardly hoist it into a cramped airplane overhead compartment. I know I have one shot, gotta get under it, then lean in and push. It never wants to fit, and now I'm totally blocking the aisle. This is my least favorite twenty seconds of travel, although (I'd argue) better than waiting around at the luggage carrousel. Buttermilk Berry Muffins Recipe. The other morning I found myself gushing to this guy about some muffins I baked.

Buttermilk Berry Muffins Recipe

Fall Breakfast Recipe: Streusel-Topped Apple Pie Muffins. For the muffins: 2 cups (9 ounces) all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 cup packed dark brown sugar 8 ounces crème fraîche (or full-fat sour cream) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and still warm 2 medium-sized baking apples, peeled, cored and diced into irregular pieces (See Recipe Note) For the streusel: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/4 cup (2 ounces) unsalted butter, melted Preheat oven to 400°F.

Fall Breakfast Recipe: Streusel-Topped Apple Pie Muffins

Grease a regular-sized muffin tin generously with cooking spray, both inside the cups and over the top. Coconut Milk Cupcakes, Two Ways. I adore birthdays. Not only my birthday but my sisters' birthdays, parents' birthdays, and my friends' birthdays, too. Heck, I even like strangers' birthdays! In the past I've been known to celebrate a little thing called Nealeygras, which is basically a week-long celebration of my birth. My boyfriend thinks this is incredibly narcissistic... Brown Butter Pistachio and Poppy Seed Financiers. Oatmeal Muffins Recipe. These oatmeal muffins are a good-bye kiss from my workhorse of an oven. The last hurrah. Although, not much to look at, I have a lot to thank it for. We've survived two cookbooks together, a thousand meals, and unlike some other stoves I've lived with - this one was easy-going, not particularly temperamental.

I'll miss it. Lucia Muffins Recipe. Buttermilk Berry Muffins Recipe. How To Make Jelly Doughnuts (Sufganiyot) Sufganiyot are Israeli jelly doughnuts that are common Hanukkah holiday fare. Crisp on the outside, fluffy and tender and bursting with jelly, fresh doughnuts are a divine treat you can make at home when you wan to spend an afternoon baking. Hanukkah and Fried Food Fried foods, particularly those fried in olive oil, are traditional for Hanukkah because of the key part oil plays in the holiday story (the Jews were able to recapture their central Temple in Jerusalem, but there was only enough oil to kindle the lights for one day, yet it lasted a miraculous eight days). For Jews across the globe, fried foods abound this time of year, but the interpretations vary widely. Cupcakes.Red velvet.

Muffins.Manzana + Streusel. Buñuelo. Canela. Author Notes: This is a recipe I got from my childhood best friend, college roommate, and partner in all things related to having tea parties, binging on whipped cream and scones, building snow forts, trying to find the source of creeks, spiking hot chocolate, climbing mountains, and other adventures of all sorts. I think she got it from her godmother, who is the ultimate hostess (she has one of those giant houses with stone lions out front, which basically means you're required to be a good hostess). Cupcakes. Naranja. An Orange Float Creamsicle Cupcake is a fun dessert to serve at a party. This recipe is easy to make and is the perfect thing to pair with Orange Floats! Summer is just FLYING by! Muffins. Frutos Rojos. Muffins. Calabaza + Chocolate. Eclairs. S’mores Eclair Okay, let’s get indulgent. First off, to enjoy these S’mores Éclairs you’ll have to bypass the classic expectation of a pastry cream-filled éclair.

Cupcakes. Lavanda. I know it sounds fancy: lavender-honey cupcakes. Or maybe it’s only fancy to me because I grew up on Jiffy’s blueberry muffin mix that my mom tried to pass off as cupcakes. Cupcakes. Banana. Banana Cupcakes with Bourbon Butterscotch Filling and Toasted Marshmallow Frosting So that happened (see title). Donuts. Chocolate. Muffins. Manzana + Streusel. Cupcakes. Tomate. Cupcakes. Chocolate + Coco. Vegano. Donuts. With Vegan Chocolate Ganache Gluten free. Allergen free.