Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Peach and Basil Muffins

Faced with a bowl of fresh but very ripe peaches I grabbed some cook books off the shelf looking for a quick dessert recipe.
Instead, I came across a muffin recipe that I hadn't tried before : Peach & Basil.

With  a thriving basil plant sitting on my kitchen sill I decided to search no more and whipped up a batch of tasty muffins instead.
Here's the recipe taken from Homemade Muffins by Carol Tennant.

Makes 12
2 ripe peaches peeled & pitted
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
3 tbsp packed brown sugar
grated peel & juice of a small lemon
2 cups/300g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp (half) baking powder
4 tbsp unsalted butter (2oz/57g)
Generous 1/3rd cup/80g granulated sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
2/3rd cup/150ml milk
Chop the peaches into small dice, place in a bowl with the chopped basil. brown sugar and lemon juice. Leave to stand for a bout 30 mins if possible, 20 mins will do if time is tight!
Preheat oven to 400F/200C, grease a 12 cup muffin pan, or use muffin cases as I did
In a large bowl mix the flour & baking powder and rub in the butter until the breadcrumb stage. Stir in the granulated sugar & lemon peel.
In a separate bowl whisk the egg with the milk, add this to the dry mixture alternating with the peaches and their juices.
Spoon into the muffin pan and bake until risen & golden, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
Serve warm or cold with your beverage of choice.


  1. They look so good. Nice combination peach and basil! Just delicious.

  2. That's a mix I've never heard - but I'll bet it was delicious.

  3. I bet those were delicious! Basil adds such a fresh taste to everything.

  4. These sound wonderful, Maggie. Such an interesting combination.

  5. Wow that looks delicious and very special.

  6. Peaches and basil ... What an interesting combination and seeing you had both at your disposal this was the perfect recipe.

  7. They sound and look fantastic. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  8. The peaches in Michigan will be ripe next month. I am going to copy this delicious recipe since I also grow basil. Yum!


  9. Be still, my heart! Two things I adore!Perfect!

  10. Oh, I think this sounds delicious and perfect for afternoon tea. Like the latest photo of you with your Jubilee cup. ;-)

  11. Maggie--- were they delicious? I think the combo of peach and basil sounds wonderful---

    Is this recipe a keeper?


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