'muffins' on Serious Eats

Wake and Bake: Peach Bran Muffins

I like a lot of things that old people like. Humphrey Bogart. Cardigan sweaters. Dinner at 6 p.m. Those personal wheelie shopping carts. And All Bran cereal. Still, in the morning as I fill up my bowl of twigs or buds, I've had some lingering fear that I might be missing out on my last chance to eat Double Frosted Apple Os before my body can't process the sugar. Will I end up staring at my grandchildren's heaping bowls of Sugar Smacks with envy and self-loathing? More

Wake and Bake: Lemon Olive Oil Muffins

Look. I'm all for eating cake at breakfast, but sometimes I wonder if people don't know (or maybe don't want to know) that there is a difference between a cupcake and a muffin. I bought a muffin the other day and I swear, it was so full of oil I should have organized a group to play an indoor game of greasy watermelon scramble. More

Wake and Bake: Strawberry Rhubarb Streusel Muffins

Rhubarb is like tonic water. I never pause to think about what tonic water tastes like and I never sip it straight. In fact when I finally gave it a go at home, I realized I had been conflating the taste of tonic water with bad quality gin and 3 a.m. mozzarella sticks from the Happy Days Diner. I'd like to formally say, I'm sorry, tonic water. You are your own quininial beast, and I was letting my poor culinary habits drag you down. More

Wake and Bake: Apple Buttermilk Muffins

Baking really is magic. It's not just that otherwise good ingredients come together to make something great (Sugar? Good. Butter? Gooood.) It's that ingredients like buttermilk can be transformed into superlatively moist muffins. The first time I saw buttermilk in a recipe, I thought Martha Stewart was pulling my leg. (You know Martha, always such a jokester.) I was hard-pressed to believe that the thick, sour smelling goop in my measuring glass was going into my pancakes. More

Wake and Bake: Spicy Bacon Cheddar Muffins

The impetus for the recipe was my new found obsession with Black Pig Meat Company bacon. They dry cure the pork with brown sugar for up to 21 days, smoke it for 12 hours, then sell it in sinfully thick strips. I'm eating most of this bacon straight from the pan, but I couldn't resist cooking a few pieces, dicing them up, and tossing them into a fluffy muffin batter along with grated extra sharp cheddar cheese. The result is a cheesy, porky, salty muffin that has a hint of spice. And in case you're wondering, they're the perfect match for a plate of eggs. More

Wake and Bake: Blackberry Crumb Muffins

The first person to put crumb topping on muffins was a genius. More isn't always more, but I can think of very few times when an extra layer of butter rubbed with brown sugar and cinnamon wouldn't be a good idea. In fact, after eating crumb-topped muffins I often look at plain muffins and think sadly, "What a shame. You're all so... bald." More

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