The Ultimate Muffin Book

The Ultimate Muffin Book

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by Bruce Weinstein, Mark Scarbrough
     
 

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What's quick, easy, and sure to bring on the smiles? Muffins, of course! For recipes that are sweet, savory, or just over the top, look no further than The Ultimate Muffin Book. From classics like Berry and Corn Muffins to new favorites like Margarita and savory Quiche Lorraine Muffins, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough once again take an American

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What's quick, easy, and sure to bring on the smiles? Muffins, of course! For recipes that are sweet, savory, or just over the top, look no further than The Ultimate Muffin Book. From classics like Berry and Corn Muffins to new favorites like Margarita and savory Quiche Lorraine Muffins, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough once again take an American fun-food classic to new heights by offering more than 600 recipes and variations for absolutely every muffin imaginable. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, anyone? Or luscious Hazelnut? Or what about Pizza Muffins for kids of all ages? Low-fat, nonfat, gluten-free, dense, and decadent -- they're all here, as well as baking tips, an ingredients guide, and a witty history of how the muffin came to be an American institution. Muffins. Is there a better way to make everyone in your life smile?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The talented team behind the Ultimate cookbook series (The Ultimate Shrimp Book; The Ultimate Brownie Book; etc.) brings its ebullient creativity to this very American quick bread, explaining muffins' origins and providing many tips on technique, ingredients and equipment. They also include a source guide and an extremely helpful list of recipes by ingredient (e.g., all muffins with chocolate). The authors present their 101 master muffin recipes alphabetically-Almond through Zucchini-and offer several variations for each. Recognizing the recent "cupcakeization" of muffins, Weinstein and Scarbrough offer quite a few light and/or savory selections, such as Low-Fat Banana or Green Onion Parmesan. But there is no denying their sweet tooth, as witnessed by Coffeecake and Marmalade Muffins for breakfast, or Fudge, Macaroon, and Pineapple Upside-Down Muffins for dessert. Those on special diets will relish the selection of dairy- and gluten-free muffins, and for holidays, cooks might consider Haroseth, Fruitcake or Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins. Some of the ingredient combinations veer into the questionable (e.g., frankfurter-laden Corn Dog Muffins, Strawberry Black Pepper Muffins, or Duck Confit Quiche Muffins). Still, it's hard to resist the authors' user-friendly instructions, punchy head notes, clever suggestions and enthusiasm for their subject. Photos not seen by PW. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The latest in Weinstein and Scarbrough's popular series offers 100 or so "master" recipes along with hundreds of variations, from Almond Muffins to Matzo Brei Muffins. There are muffins for breakfast, muffins for snacks or teatime, and even muffins for dessert; there are also low-fat and nonfat versions, as well as a brief selection of icings, drizzles, and other toppings. For most baking collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061844317
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Series:
Ultimate Cookbooks
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
366,028
File size:
597 KB

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The Ultimate Muffin Book
More Than 600 Recipes for Sweet and Savory Muffins

S'mores Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Here, the wonderful flavor of the campout favorite jumps right into muffin tins. Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bake up into a treat worthy of kids of any age. Whip these up for your next bake sale, then stand back and watch the smiles.

Ingredients

Nonstick spray or paper muffin cups
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (see Note)
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, at room temperature
3/4 cup yogurt (regular, low-fat, or nonfat)
3/4 cup milk (whole, low-fat, or nonfat)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. To prepare the muffin tins, spray the indentations and the rims around them with nonstick spray, or line the indentations with paper muffin cups. If using silicon muffin tins, spray as directed, then place the tins on a baking sheet.

  2. Whisk the flour, graham cracker crumbs, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl until well blended. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg until lightly beaten, then whisk in the yogurt until smooth. Whisk in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, then stir in the prepared flour mixture until the chips and marshmallows are evenly distributed in the batter. Do not overmix.

  4. Fill the prepared tins three-quarters full. Use additional greased tins or small, ovensafe, greased ramekins for any leftover batter, or reserve the batter for a second baking. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins have firm, rounded, lightly browned tops. A toothpick inserted in the center of one muffin should come out with a few moist crumbs attached, provided it doesn't hit a melted chocolate chip and come out too gooey to tell.

  5. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Gently tip each muffin to one side to make sure it isn't stuck. If one is, gently rock it back and forth to release it from the tin. Cool the muffins for 5 minutes more on the rack before serving. If storing or freezing them, cool them completely before sealing in an airtight container or in freezer-safe plastic bags. The muffins will stay fresh for up to 2 days at room temperature or up to 2 months in the freezer.

Note: 8 whole graham crackers crushed in a food processor fitted with the chopping blade yield about 1 cup of crumbs.

Chocolate Iced S'mores Muffins: Top the cooled muffins with Chocolate Icing (page 223).

Peanut S'mores Muffins: Reduce the chocolate chips to 1/3 cup. Add 1/3 cup chopped, roasted, unsalted peanuts with the remaining chocolate chips.

Rainbow S'mores Muffins: Substitute M&M candies for the chocolate chips.

White Chocolate Chip S'mores Muffins: Substitute white chocolate chips for the semisweet chocolate chips.


Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Lemon poppy seed muffins are such a classic that we didn't want to give them shortshrift by making them a variation of Lemonade Muffins (page 106). We wanted a very moist and a little tangy muffin that takes full advantage of the earthy sweetness of the poppy seeds. The secret is a touch of cornmeal, which balances the delicate seeds perfectly.

Ingredients

Nonstick spray or paper muffin cups
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup poppy seeds (see Note)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk (regular or low-fat, but not nonfat)
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. To prepare the muffin tins, spray the indentations and the rims around them with nonstick spray, or line the indentations with paper muffin cups. If using silicon muffin tins, spray as directed, then place them on a baking sheet.

  2. Whisk the flour, cornmeal, sugar, poppy seeds, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl until uniform. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and buttermilk until smooth. Whisk in the oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the prepared flour mixture until moistened.

  4. Fill the prepared tins three-quarters full. Use additional greased tins or small, ovensafe, greased ramekins for any leftover batter, or reserve the batter for a second baking. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins have lightly browned, rounded tops and a toothpick inserted in the center of one muffin comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.

  5. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Gently rock each muffin back and forth to release it from the tin. Cool them for 5 minutes more on the rack before serving. If storing or freezing the muffins, allow them to cool completely before sealing in an airtight container or in freezer-safe plastic bags. The muffins will stay fresh for up to 24 hours at room temperature or up to 1 month in the freezer.

Note: Since they quickly go rancid at room temperature, poppy seeds are best stored in the freezer for up to one year.

Lemon Poppy Seed Jam Muffins: Fill the muffin tins one-third full, spreading the batter gently to the rims. Place 1 teaspoon jam on top of the batter in each tin, then divide the remaining batter equally among the tins, covering the jam completely.

Lime Poppy Seed Muffins: Substitute lime zest and lime juice for the lemon zest and lemon juice.

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins: Substitute orange zest and orange juice for the lemon zest and lemon juice. Reduce the sugar to 1/3 cup and whisk in 1/3 cup orange marmalade with the eggs.

Reduced-Fat Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins: Substitute sugar-free applesauce for the oil.

Whole Wheat Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins: Substitute whole wheat flour for the cornmeal.

The Ultimate Muffin Book
More Than 600 Recipes for Sweet and Savory Muffins
. Copyright © by Bruce Weinstein. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the award-winning authors of nineteen cookbooks. They are contributing editors to Eating Well and columnists for weightwatchers.com, and they contribute regularly to Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, the Washington Post, and other publications. When they're not teaching cooking on Holland America cruise ships, they live in rural Litchfield County, Connecticut, with a fairly sane collie named Dreydl.

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Ultimate Muffin Book: More Than 600 Recipes for Sweet and Savory Muffins 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book may boast over 600 recipes, most are just variations on various master recipes. Also, this book has no organization whatever. The entire book is alphabetized and there are no groups for savory muffins, sweet muffins, healthy muffins, etc... Also, although each recipe says it yields 12 muffins, every recipe says you can use the extra left over batter to make a 2nd batch. Well I only have 1 muffin pan and I only want 12 muffins. I do not want to have any extra batter left over.
MinniePE More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for a specific recipe and it turned out to be absolutely delicious. Lots and lots of great recipes to try! I think it was a very worthwhile purchase and highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most bread cookbooks give lip service to quick breads and muffins. Some treat them as inauthentic forms of bread. But the authors here do a great job of laying out the origins of quick breads, then proceed in an admittedly peculiar structure (purely alphabetical) to give the aspiring muffin maker inspiration and instruction.
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I love muffins