Brown Butter Nectarine Muffins

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

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.

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!

 

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Brown Butter Nectarine Muffins

These Brown Butter Nectarine Muffins are incredibly moist and flavorful. They're perfect for Sunday brunch or as a quick snack!
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 193
Author Jennifer Farley

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 7 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 1/2 ounces granulated sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 ripe nectarines, finely diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk, (whole, skim, non-dairy, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking cups or grease the pan with baking spray.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle a bit of brown sugar on top of each muffin.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes, until the tops are starting to brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 161mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 7.3% | Vitamin C: 1.5% | Calcium: 5.6% | Iron: 5.6%

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About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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