22 August 2011

I recently joined the website Pinterest.  If you're not familiar with it, it's a website where you can create virtual bulletin boards and "pin" ideas to them.  It's a place to collect all the cute ideas for things you see while surfing the internet.  Things you would like to save for future reference.  I had been hearing a lot about it and once I figured out what it was, I thought it sounded like a good way to organize all of the recipes I see that I want to try.  I had been bookmarking them in my browser and I had hundreds of them.  I love having them on Pinterest for multiple reasons: 1. I won't lose all of my bookmarks if something happens to my computer. 2. I love being able to see pictures of all the recipes in one glance, as opposed to looking at a list of recipe names. Pictures are very important when looking at recipes online. 3. It's a good way to see what recipes might be big hits with my blog readers. Other people on Pinterest can "repin" your pins.  That means that if they like something that you pinned, they can repin it to one of their boards.  As I have been pinning recipes, I get emails telling me which of those recipes have been repinned by others.  This tells me which of the recipes I have saved will be most interesting to my readers.  Neat!

Last week I pinned all of the muffin recipes I would like to try.  There were 27 of them!  One of them had 9 repins in a short amount of time.  And a "like".  So ten other Pinterest users thought this muffin recipe looked really good.  So I decided that it would be the next muffin I make.

I'm glad, because it was one I really wanted to make soon.  Spiced Peach Muffins.  I saw this recipe on Babble. These muffins combine the warm flavors of allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon with ripe, juicy peaches.  It was a match made in heaven!

Spiced Peach Muffins

2 eggs
½ cup canola oil
1 cup milk
1½ cups brown sugar
3 ⅓ cups flour
¾ tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 peaches, peeled and diced
Sugar in the raw

Preheat oven to 400º. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin, set aside.

In a large bowl combine eggs, oil, milk, and brown sugar.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  Pour dry ingredients into wet and stir until just combined, being careful not to overstir.  Gently fold in peaches.

Pour the batter into muffin cups. Sprinkle tops with raw sugar. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Makes 12 muffins.

Your eyes do not deceive you, those are indeed square muffins you see in the pic above.  My sister gave me a square muffin tin as a Sister's Day gift last month and I chose this recipe for its inaugural use.  It's really neat!  Hilary thought it would be hard to clean, since the muffin cups have corners, but it wasn't at all.  It's very non-stick, and since I also use Pam for Baking, the muffins came out like a dream, with not much left behind to clean.  I did have to do 2 batches because the square muffin cups are smaller than my traditional round ones.  So I actually got 18 square muffins from this recipe, but I think it would only make 12 in a traditional tin.

These muffins are very moist, due to the juicy peach bits and so flavorful due to the spices.  Both of my girls love these; I used soymilk so that my dairy allergic younger daughter could eat them.

Thank you, Pinterest users, for helping me decide which muffin to make next, and for choosing so well!  If you are on Pinterest, find me on there to see what else is on my "to make" list.

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