Sunday, 21 August 2011

Snickers & Peanut Butter Muffins

It's Muffin Monday, friends!

Last week I was among bloggers baking from Canada, the Dominican Republic, India, Japan, Macedonia, and the United States. What a pleasure it was and is to interact with people around the world and across cultures who share similar passions, but who I might not have encountered any other way! Muffin Monday is now in its tenth week, though only the second I've participated in, and I look forward to seeing what Anuradha has in store for us in the coming weeks and months.

After reading some of the other Muffin Monday posts from last week, as well as a few other unrelated posts (I'm looking at you, Nelly, with your healthy Carrot Cake Muffins!), I was really envious of some people's ability to look at a recipe - that is by all accounts calorie-laden and unhealthy - and give it a healthier twist. I seem incapable of this. This week, for example, I wanted nothing more than to slather vanilla or chocolate icing on these, but I refrained in the interest of keeping with the muffin (and not cupcake) theme. In retrospect, I should have just gone for it! I also thought about adding cream cheese to them, to make them even more rich. What's wrong with me? I see an already unhealthy recipe and think of ways to make it worse. In the end, I simply stuck to the recipe, with only one small deviation that I've detailed below.

(But seriously, what do you think about the addition of cream cheese? And in what amount?)


This week's muffin, the Snickers and Peanut Butter Muffin, was a piece of cake to make. All of the ingredients fit onto my cutting board with room to spare! I only had my jumbo pans this week, however, so I stuck to making one batch (i.e., 6 muffins), meaning 50% of these muffins went straight to my hips. Must invest in more medium sized pans! Also, I didn't use muffin cups because I'm really starting to like my muffins with a crust on the outside.
So simple! All the ingredients fit onto my cutting board, plus one egg that I forgot to display, and (fear not) minus one, furry cat to the left.
Snickers and Peanut Butter Muffins
Recipe: Nigella Lawson
Yield: 12 muffins

1 2/3 cups flour
6 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 pinch salt
6 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
¾ cup milk
3 regular size Snickers bars, chopped
12-cup muffin pan with paper baking cups

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the peanut butter and mix. Add the melted butter and egg to the milk, and then stir this into the bowl. Mix in the Snickers pieces and spoon into the muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the muffins are fluffy and golden. Let them cool on a wire rack.
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While making these muffins, I was worried about the peanut butter making them too dry, so I added 1/4 of yogurt to the batter, which I think was a good move; as a finished product, these were just moist enough for my liking. I then decided to put some of the bigger Snickers chunks on the top of the muffins, not realizing they'd turn so dark while baking. I knew they'd melt, of course, but I also didn't think they'd spread that far. While not so pretty to look at, they actually tasted great! The dark brown bits on the top were chewy and caramelized, while the nuts became toasted and crunchy. They also aren't nearly as sweet as they sound by the recipe, which is either a good thing or bad thing, depending on what you're looking for from these muffins.
Last week, Alan Cooke took his muffins out on his patio for a photo shoot and I loved it! This week, I followed suit.
Snickers and Peanut Butter Muffins
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14 comments:

  1. Nice job. The texture of your muffins looks good. I was kind of disappointed they weren't sweeter. I'm like you, every idea I have makes them less healthy...lol Glad you're joining us! :)

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  2. I love your photos, especially the big close up of the huge, sliced muffin....so delicious ! It was fun baking alongside you. Happy Mon.!

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  3. Nice job A! Yogurt is a great addition. Your muffins look moist and delicious.

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  4. Today was supposed to be day 1 of my "lose weight before I arrive home at the start of the holidays" diet. That will have to wait until tomorrow. These muffins are on my evening's to make list.

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  5. Oh, I thought about cream cheese too! but bailed at the last moment:) I thought it was bad enough I used chocolate milk instead of regular:) lol...Thanks for the 'special insides' tip, they sure do burn quickly when on the outside. Glad to have baked with you (and Ethel!) again:)
    Oh, and I wish I had a deck!:(

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  6. You made me giggle, love it! My cats always seem to sneak in a shot too, silly cats:-) I was wondering what the peanut butter would do too, happy to hear the addition of yogurt, love that! Your muffins look perfect! Hugs, Terra

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  7. I am in love with the ingredients shot! Love that! Muffins look great and following Alan's footsteps might not be the wisest idea, but here...it worked ;)

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  8. Love the outdoor muffin photo shoot! And personally I think you can never go wrong with cream cheese :) Great to bake with you again!

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  9. your muffins look incredible and fluffy! i too tried using bigger snickers pieces and then smelled burnt chocolate wafting through the house ha they practically burst of the the muffin and were strewn all over the muffin pan, but good nonetheless!

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  10. Nice! Perhaps one day I'll be able to do this without the muffin cups. This was my first time baking from scratch & I'm glad I wasn't the only one that thought they would be sweeter.

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  11. oh my, those muffins sound addictive! I may have to make these for my girls!

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  12. I missed this week but still want to bake these muffins. I like your addition of yogurt, I'll keep this in mind when I bake them. They look beautiful, Aimee.

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  13. Yours turned out perfect!! Love this last picture, it reminds me when i made them, how delicious they are... don't you think? ;)

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  14. Wow these sound so good, thanks for posting this up.

    Simon

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