a few weeks ago, I bought a single peach at the grocery store. I never eat peaches, but the next day, I bit into this ripe and juicy peach and fell in love. everyone raves about georgia peaches and here I am living in atlanta - never eating our famous peaches. well, that's changed for sure!
I've been traveling quite a bit lately and peaches have been on my mind ever since that first bite. I knew once I got back home, I would need to do some baking. I searched and searched for the right peach muffin recipe - a lot of recipes have streusel topping, or icing glaze, or cream cheese centers. all of those options sound good, but too sweet for what I wanted. these muffins, on the other hand, are just the right mix of real peach chunks and slightly sweet muffin... so delicious and not overwhelmingly sweet. these muffins are the perfect treat to revel in the last weeks of summer.
another reason I really like these muffins is that they remind of my favorite pumpkin bread, which I usually make on or around september 1st... just after labor day. by then I am so dying for pumpkin bread, football, and fall, I usually cave and make it before the official start of fall. that bread smells of allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon - these peach muffins have all of those yummy spices as well.
it was so tough to resist eating all these freshly diced peaches...
-4 peaches, diced (leave skin on)
-4 1/2 c. flour
-1 t. salt
-4 1/2 t. baking powder
-2 cups brown sugar
-1/2 t. allspice
-1/2 t. nutmeg
-1 t. cinnamon
-3/4 c. vegetable oil
-1 1/4 c. milk
1. wash, dry, and de-pit four peaches. carve out the area around the pit and dice into small to medium pieces (see photo above).
2. combine flour, salt, baking powder, brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
3. stir in eggs, vegetable oil, and milk. gently fold in diced peaches.
4. line a muffin tin with cupcake liners (extra points for cute ones, like the peach liners I found at publix). fill each very full with batter, almost to the top of each liner - making sure an even amount of peaches makes it into each.
5. bake at 400 degrees for 22-25 minutes. makes 24 muffins. let cool and enjoy warm!
recipe adapted via king arthur flour recipes