“Re-dunk-u-lous” Peach Muffins

July 10, 2008 · 28 comments · Print This Post

in Baked Goods, Breakfast, Muffins

Peach Muffins

It has come to my attention recently that there literally dozens of foods that I was too stubborn to try growing up that have now been elevated to weekly staple status in my kitchen. When I think about how long I went without enjoying delicious ingredients like avocadossweet potatoes, artichokes, and even mushrooms I get so annoyed with myself. Tastes definitely change as you age, and things you found intimidating that you labeled “icky” at the age of 7 might actually be quite amazing if you give them another try now.

Peaches were another item on my perpetual “do not eat” list. I had cultivated a completely absurd notion that peaches were disgusting when I was a kid (essentially this means that they weren’t bananas and therefore I wouldn’t touch them) so I never bothered buying them. Ever. I actually think I finally realized that peaches were pretty awesome after CK’s grandmother served some to me cut-up as a side dish at breakfast a few years ago. Initially I was just trying to be polite when I ate them, but then a little light bulb went off in my head and I thought, “Oh my God. These are scrumptious!” And promptly shoveled some more into my face.

In addition, If I’d never learned that I liked peaches I wouldn’t have bought this hilarious peach with a beak last summer at Russell Orchards on the way home from Crane Beach in Ipswich. It’s seriously one of my favorite photos ever (even though I took it on the iPhone). So have you had any food awakenings over the years? I can’t be the only former plain pizza eating Miss Priss on the block.

Peach with a Beak

PS: This muffin recipe is excellent, but you don’t have to take my word for it.  CK’s co-workers called them “Re-dunk-u-lous.”

Fresh Peach and Oat Muffins
Originally published in Muffins and Other Morning Bakes by Linda Collister
Makes 12 muffins

1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup melted butter or vegetable oil

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
12 oz. almost ripe peaches, rinsed, pitted, and flesh cut into large chunks

Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Put the rolled oats and the buttermilk in a large bowl and let soak for 10 minutes. Add the lightly beaten egg, melted butter or vegetable oil, and sugar and mix well.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices onto the soaked oat mixture and stir briefly. Quickly fold in the chopped peaches. Do not beat or over mix; the batter should look slightly streaky. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup about two-thirds full.

Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan for 1 minute, then turn out onto a wire rack. Eat warm, immediately or within 24 hours. When thoroughly cooled, the muffins can be wrapped then frozen for up to 1 month.

Pass the Butter

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cathy C July 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

What a great recipe – I have not made muffins with peaches – have I been missing out!! Thanks for this new staple..



2 PaniniKathy July 10, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Welcome to peaches!! They’re one of my favorite things about summer. Nectarines too – love ’em!

I’ve recently been introduced to beets. I didn’t grow up eating them, as my dad strongly dislikes them. They’re not too bad, it turns out! I haven’t actually roasted any myself yet, but if they’re in a salad bar I won’t pass them by anymore 🙂


3 Ashley July 10, 2008 at 12:13 pm

I used to dislike peaches because they’re fuzzy and actually up until last year I didn’t like nectarines. I don’t know why. Maybe because I ate them as a kid and got sick of them, but now I can’t get enough! Anyway your muffins look most delicious and so cute.


4 ttfn300 July 10, 2008 at 12:19 pm

definately agree on the beets!! brussel sprouts always disgusted me, too. I don’t love those as much as beets, but at least they’re passabe 🙂 I went through alot of phases as a kid… i continue to amaze my mother telling her what i’m cooking and eating now!!


5 Julia July 10, 2008 at 12:31 pm

I used to hate peaches, too…but I love peach cobbler, peach pie and peach coffee cake with a crumb topping! The muffins look yum. I can’t stomach a fresh peach, it’s the fuzzy factor or the whole “stone fruit” concept nor can I stand peach “flavored” things like peach liqueur. Must have had a bad fuzzy navel when I was 19 or something.
Beets…ewww…David likes to torment me, once in a while he’ll yell “BEEEETS” and crack open a can and eat them straight-away. Then of course leave the un-eaten beets and beet juice for me to clean up. Oh the smell. gag!


6 Procrastamom July 10, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Mmmmm, have marked this on my del.icious favourites. Just one question…should we peel the peaches first or leave the fuzzy skin on? I suppose it might work either way?


7 David Cancel July 10, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Drooling over here just thinking back to those muffins….

Damn they were good!



8 farida July 10, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Peach and muffins must go great together! Looks so delicious! It’s amazing how many different variations you can have with muffins! Yours looks great!


9 S for Kitchen Confit July 10, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Oh yum – I’ve been craving peaches, and I love a good muffin – this recipe might need to be made this weekend.


10 Nix July 10, 2008 at 9:35 pm

I am the same way, I can’t even count the things I wouldn’t eat. Very few I still loathe but most of them I eat almost daily.


11 Liisi July 11, 2008 at 3:03 am

I was the worst as a kid. I wouldn’t eat things like cheese and rice and any kind of fish or mushrooms and lots more. And the worst was tomatoes! I still don’t think much of mushrooms but a few years ago I discovered the delicious tomato and now I love it:)


12 Marilyn (Simmer Till Done) July 11, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Well, I’ve already gone on record as saying I’m a late convert to peaches, too – so I really appreciate another delicious way to enjoy them! Delicious, Erin.


13 brilynn July 11, 2008 at 12:48 pm

I used to not like mushrooms, asparagus or olives but I eat and love all of them now. Those muffins look great!


14 EB July 11, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Oh the horror!!! A life lived without peaches???! I’m so glad you’ve come to your senses woman!


15 Susie July 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Pretty much HALF of what I eat now I wouldn’t eat then. Tomato! For the love of food – TOMATO – didn’t touch them then. Now I also eat avacado, asparagus, uncooked spinach, plums, most fish, salads of all sorts – a LOT of stuff. I still won’t touch beets or liver. And I eat much LESS red meat than I did growing up. Aside from the occaisional burger or steak – not really interested.

Those muffins look DELICIOUS.


16 Laura July 11, 2008 at 4:56 pm

There are so many things I used to hate that I love now. Tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, mushrooms, corn, bananas, peppers. Too much!


17 Deborah July 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm

I, too, didn’t care for sweet potatoes as a kid, but can’t get enough of them now. These muffins look so good!


18 Jerry July 11, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Sounds delicious!


19 Erin July 12, 2008 at 9:19 am

Procrastamom – No need to peel the peaches for the muffin recipe. Just chop them up whole and toss into the batter.


20 Hanni July 12, 2008 at 9:54 pm

peaches are such a treat, though i rarely got to eat them growing up in alaska.

i have always been a pretty good eater, eating anything mom put on my plate (except for liver and nobody likes that). i find as i get older, however, i have less tolerance for foods i used to be ok with. ref: cantaloupe, broccoli and brussels sprouts to name a few.


21 Jess Mann July 13, 2008 at 12:42 am

I too have a couple of childhood “ickies” I have happily changed my tune over.
The funniest one being of course coffee. I hated coffee with such a passion growing up the very smell of my parents’ morning brew was enough to send me into a fit of over-dramatic faux-gaggery. It wasn’t until the ripe old age of nineteen, when I began to serve and sell the stuff, that I awakened the caffeinated beast within, which, thanks to years of hard bred addiction, is now a tantrum throwing headache tyrant if I get to four in the afternoon without my usual “cuppa”.
You are officially my new favorite food blog erin, and you should come to salem, next time you’re venturing to crane’s beach, I’m scarcely a hop let alone a skip or anything close to a jump away.


22 cookinpanda July 13, 2008 at 6:21 pm

These muffins do look fantastic. I was in the avocado hating club for years. I don’t know what was wrong with me, and I’m so grateful to be over it.


23 Julie July 14, 2008 at 6:57 pm

These are my style of muffins. Love the oats in there and of course the fresh fruit!


24 didally July 18, 2008 at 2:41 am

I have many peaches in my fridge. Definitely bookmarking this recipe.


25 kitchenbelle August 18, 2008 at 10:33 am

Wow, these look really great! One question–the recipe calls for 12 oz. of chopped peaches–about how many whole peaches did you use? Thanks!



26 Procrastamom September 3, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Just wanted to let you know, Erin, that I’m in the process of making these muffins for the second time and I CANNOT WAIT for them to be done. They really are re-dunk-U-lous!!!


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