Sunday, August 30, 2009

Eat - Peach Muffins with Prailine Topping

Peach Muffins with Praline Topping

1 2/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sugar ( ½ cup for batter, ¼ cup for topping)
2 tablespoons molasses
½ cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cup chopped fresh peaches
¾ cup chopped pecans ( ½ cup for batter, ¼ cup for topping)
1 tablespoon butter, cold


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Place liners in 12-hole muffin tin.

  3. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix the molasses and sugar until combined. Set aside.

  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

  5. In another bowl, combine ½ cup of sugar mixture, milk, oil, egg, and vanilla.

  6. Add wet ingredients to dry mixture, stirring just to moisten.

  7. Fold in peaches and ½ cup pecans.

  8. Fill muffin cups ¾ full.

  9. In small bowl, cut together the remaining sugar mixture, pecans, and butter.
    Sprinkle over batter.

  10. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Coming up next: Crockpot peaches!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

How to Peel a Peach

It's peach harvesting time at my house, so get ready for a flurry of peach related recipes over the next couple of weeks. To help you prepare for this baking extravaganza, I thought I'd share a simple way to peel peaches. Ready... Set... Go!

1. Fill a large pot with water, maing sure water is deep enough to just about cover your peaches. Bring the water to a boil and gently drop in a few peaches. Leave peaches in water for about 30 seconds (more or less, depending on the ripeness of the fruit).

2. Using tongs, remove peaches from the boiling water and place them in a large bowl filled with ice water. The skin will easily slide from the peach with a bit of gentle encouragement :-)

3. Slice, dice, or bite... Your fruit is fuzz free and ready to enjoy!
Tomorrow's recipe: Peach Muffins with Praline Topping