These Brown Butter Nectarine Muffins are incredibly moist and flavorful. They're perfect for Sunday brunch or as a quick snack!

Do you have a favorite comfort food? I must require a lot of comfort because I have more of them than I care to admit. Sometimes when I’m stressed out I absolutely need ice cream and nothing else will suffice. Other times I want something savory, warm and full of carbs like pizza or a big bowl of cheesy pasta. And then sometimes it’s not so much about what I want to eat; it’s about what I want to make.

These Brown Butter Nectarine Muffins are incredibly moist and flavorful. They're perfect for Sunday brunch or as a quick snack!

The kitchen has become my sanctuary; a place that I turn to when I need to escape from the world around me. It’s a place where I can be both creative and methodical. I can work without thinking and invent something entirely new while in the zone.

These Brown Butter Nectarine Muffins are incredibly moist and flavorful. They're perfect for Sunday brunch or as a quick snack!

There’s a certain zen to baking muffins that I find incredibly soothing and I’m not entirely sure why. It may be because they’re so formulaic. Muffins are very forgiving. They are adaptable. They can be taken in an infinite number of directions. Fresh from the oven, muffins are like soft, warm pillows. Tasty, buttery pillows.

These Brown Butter Nectarine Muffins are incredibly moist and flavorful. They're perfect for Sunday brunch or as a quick snack!

I especially love adding brown butter to muffins. It adds such an incredible depth of flavor and richness. But if you prefer to keep things more simple you can just melt the butter without browning it and use it exactly the same way in the recipe.

These Brown Butter Nectarine Muffins are incredibly moist and flavorful. They're perfect for Sunday brunch or as a quick snack!

Because there’s so much butter in this recipe, I prefer using Almond Breeze in place of regular milk. You can certainly use dairy if that’s your preference but almond milk works wonderfully here. These muffins are delicate and moist with just the right amount of sweetness.

These Brown Butter Nectarine Muffins are incredibly moist and flavorful. They're perfect for Sunday brunch or as a quick snack!

Brown Butter Nectarine Muffins
 
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Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1½ cups (7½ ounces) all purpose flour
  • ½ cup (3½ ounces) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 ripe nectarines, finely diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk, such as Almond Breeze
  • brown sugar for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking cups or grease the pan with baking spray.
  2. To prepare the brown butter, melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. As the butter melts, whisk it frequently until foam begins to appear. Once you see the foam, whisk constantly until the butter begins to brown and it smells nutty and fragrant. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. (Note: butter can go from brown to burnt very quickly so do not leave it unattended).
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder and cinnamon. Stir in the chopped nectarines and make sure they don't clump together.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, vanilla, milk and brown butter. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Don't overwork the batter; some lumps are fine.
  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle a bit of brown sugar on top of each muffin.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes, until the tops are starting to brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

 

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  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Gorgeous, today I’m craving comfort and these muffins are just what I need!

  • http://www.mynameisyeh.com molly yeh

    oooOOOOoooh these are some sexy looking muffins

  • http://boulderlocavore.com Toni | Boulder Locavore

    Don’t you love it when summer fruits start rolling in? As usual you put them to great use. Pinned!

  • Christina

    Hi. I can’t wait to try this recipe. What did you use for a cupcake liner?

  • http://philosophyandcake.blogspot.com Baby June

    Those sound delicious! Anything with brown butter has to be good. :)

  • http://Theviewfromgreatisland.com Sue/theviewfromgreatisland

    I adore nectarines …and it’s been far too long since I’ve made muffins!

  • http://realfoodbydad.com Matt Robinson

    Beautiful pictures! Love the flavors in these muffins so much.

  • http://scrummylane.com Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    Thanks for the reminder to try browning some butter – I haven’t done that yet but it seems I’m definitely missing out. Great idea to add Almond Breeze, too. Not sure I’ve seen nectarine muffins before … love them!

  • http://myblueandwhitekitchen.com Sini | my blue&white kitchen

    What a beautiful post, Jennifer! Whenever something though or emotion-provoking is happening in my life, you can find me in the kitchen. Usually baking as there’s something in that process that helps me focus; helps me think clearer. So I think I can totally relate to that zen feeling you described.

  • http://littlekitchie.blogspot.com Marie @ Little Kitchie

    I love the way you describe the escape of being in the kitchen! These muffins look lovely!

  • http://www.happyvalleychow.com Happy Valley Chow

    Nectarines are definitely one of my favorite fruits and these muffins look delicious. I bet they would be amazing in the morning with a big cup of coffee. Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.climbinggriermountain.com Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    These sounds lovely! You can’t go wrong with brown butter to start your day!

  • http://diethood.com Kate @ Diethood

    Prettiest little muffins on Earth!

  • http://www.grandbaby-cakes.com Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    These muffins are so incredibly lovely I can’t even stand it!

  • http://www.edibleperspective.com Ashley

    I cannot even get over how amazing the combination of brown butter and nectarine would be. And in a muffin? Such a winner!

  • http://www.bakersroyale.com bakersroyale@yahoo.com

    Love the use of almond milk in this!

  • http://addalittle.wordpress.com Millie l Add A Little

    Brown butter and nectarine sounds so delicious! They look amazing!

  • http://www.serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

    I love all things brown butter and the addition of nectarines makes these amazing! Love it!

  • http://www.kitchenbelleicious.com Kitchen Belleicious

    did you just put one of my favorite fruits into a muffin and with browned butter? yeah for this recipe. I heart nectarines and use them often but never tried to throw them in a muffin batter/ Can’t wait to taste these myself!

  • shashi @ runninsrilankan

    Baking anything brings me zen…but you are right, muffins are forgiving and very adaptable. Love your combo of browned butter balanced with nectarines – lovely!

  • http://84thand3rd.com JJ – 84thand3rd

    Beautiful celebration of summer fruit!

  • http://dviciobarcelona.blogspot.com Dviciobarcelona

    espectaculares sin más además me encantan las nectarinas. Fantásticas fotos.

  • http://www.thenewlywedchefs.com Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs

    Beautiful! I love that you incorporated brown butter in these.

  • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

    I am genuinely in love with your muffins.

  • Cristina Calvo

    Damn, your gastronomic description for these pillows are surreal. Can’t wait to try this out.

  • http://www.piesandplots.net Laura Dembowski

    I love baking with almond milk and use it almost all the time. It’s been too long since I’ve made muffins. These sound so comforting and summery. My favorite comfort food is wild king salmon. Weird, I know!

  • http://www.countrycleaver.com Megan {Country Cleaver}

    Brown butter and nectarines are MFEO!! These are beautiful!

  • terry

    Can regular milk be used?

    • Jennifer Farley

      yes

  • becca

    Just made these for breakfast. Yum!! Kids ate about 4 each. Mine took a little longer to bake and even though they never browned much they still had a nice crisp edge. I topped some of them with toasted pumpkin seeds I had leftover from last nights salad & those were tasty, too!
    Super love your gorgeous photos!!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them! :)