Temperature Controlled Apartment vs. Freshly Baked Muffins?
No contest. And I’m happy to report that fluffy, nutty, honey-sweet muffins just came out of my oven. Which has an actual fire inside it. Be impressed.
Bonus: I’m pretty sure about one third of me melted during this entire baking/photographing process so I think that means I’m good for another 6 muffins.
Ok, wait, stop.
I need to tell you a little story about why I have this amazing table.
I am a dork about finding old, textured, worn pieces to use as backdrops for my food photos.
Bjork would not let me take my old wooden board on the plane (and yes I seriously considered it for about 2 minutes) so here I am in the Philippines shopping for a piece of old wood that is not going to bring a termite infestation into our apartment.
At the market this weekend, I saw that table. Scratched, graffitied, at least 6,000 years old and so wonderful. It was piled high with colorful cloths and it was clearly not for sale.
I went over and asked the man if I could please buy this table. Wait, ma’am, he said. He ran around the corner and came back carrying a brand new, completely polished and totally spotless table. After several minutes of confusing translation between father, son, and ridiculous American girl explaining that yes, I actually wanted the OLD one, they agreed to let me buy it.
And now I can’t wait to set up my food photos on it. End of story.
Now please go make peanut butter and honey muffins and cover them with melted butter.
- 1 cup flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3 tablespoons honey (agave nectar if vegan)
- ¾ cup milk (almond, soy, etc. if vegan)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the peanut butter and oil and mix with a fork until crumbs form.
- Add the milk and honey and mix until just combined. Do not beat.
- Pour into muffin tins (about ¾ full) and bake for 10-12 minutes, until tops are golden brown and spring back when you touch them.