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January 17, 2012

Peach Muffins in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King

By: Brandon Nichols

 Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it is important to remember everything that Dr. King has done. He galvanized a marginalized citizenry to work toward equality for all. Above all else, he showed that anyone can make a difference. He once said, "anyone can be great because anyone can serve." If you are looking for service opportunities consider Food & Friends. Check out our volunteer page!

For these reasons, it seems only fitting that today's recipe should be dedicated to Dr. King. As you may know, Dr. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia. You may also know that Georgia is famous for its delicious, nutritious peaches. With your day off -- or after your day of service -- mosey over to the kitchen and make these little beauties: spiced peach muffins.

Since these treats contain fruits I consider it a healthy snack (I am still waiting on the verdict from our dietitians, though). These muffins burst with flavor and will leave everyone wanting more.

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 large peaches, diced (not peeled)
  • Granulated sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Whisk until brown sugar is evenly distributed and there are no lumps
  3. In a small bowl, beat eggs, vegetable oil, and milk together, then stir into dry ingredients. Gently stir in peaches
  4. Grease 16 muffin cups and heap the batter into the cups. Sprinkle the top with granulated sugar
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes on a rack then turn out of the pans to finish cooling


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