Monday’s Muffin: Southern Peach with Pecan Topping

by kitchenarian on June 13, 2011

Peaches and Pecans. Can you get more southern than that? For this week’s muffin, I really wanted to try something new that I had never made before.

Peaches are one of my favorite summer fruits and unlike strawberries and blueberries that you can occasionally find in the grocery store sporadically throughout the year, peaches show up here on the east coast in June and are gone by the time school starts. The characteristic of a great peach is one that is so fragrant that you can smell it when you walk by the bowl of fruit and so juicy that you have to eat it standing over the kitchen sink because the juice rolls down your chin and arm. Oh goodness, I love summer peaches.

The peaches are just getting good here in Virginia, but not quite at the kitchen sink stage. While making these in the early morning, I contemplated adding one more peach to the recipe but I didn’t and now in retrospect, I wish I had.  I must not have been thinking clearly enough or not yet had enough coffee, because I think one more peach would have been perfect.  These were great muffins; I also think apples would be a delicious replacement to the peaches for something different.  The recipe is adapted from an online recipe from about.com in the southern foods category.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 medium peaches peeled, diced

Pecan Topping:

1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup brown sugar packed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease and flour 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners. Combine topping ingredients until mixture is crumbly; set aside. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together butter, buttermilk, and egg in a separate bowl. Stir wet mixture into the flour mixture and blend just until moistened. Fold in diced peaches. Spoon into muffin cups; sprinkle evenly with topping mixture.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool completely. Makes 12 muffins.

 

 

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Tina@flourtrader June 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I envy you that you already have peaches in your grocers! Peaches cinnamon and pecans always get my vote and these look yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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pachecopatty June 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

We’re not quite there with the peaches but I’m bookmarking your muffin recipe for when we get there;-)

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Steph@stephsbitebybite June 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Ok, these muffins are making me think peach cobbler, which is awesome because now I can have these for breakfast and not feel guilty 🙂

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Kim - Liv Life June 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm

im SO ready for peaches! My dads tree won’t be ready for a while, but it’s getting close. These little guys are saved for when the tree is overflowing!

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yummychunklet June 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I’m so ready to see peaches at my farmers market! Though, that means that strawberries will be leaving soon. =(

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I love Monday Muffins! This is a great one. I don’t think I ever would have put peaches into a muffin!

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Happy When Not Hungry June 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm

These muffins look amazing! Love the peach… perfect for summer!

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Cassie @ Bake Your Day June 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Peach sounds incredible in a muffin, something I’ve never tried but will have to soon, thanks for sharing a great one!

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torviewtoronto June 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm

delicious looking muffins looks wonderful with the topping

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Kate@Diethood.com June 14, 2011 at 12:28 am

Peaches and pecans… wow…that sounds incredible! What a beautiful combo.

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Adriana June 14, 2011 at 5:59 am

I had no idea how much I would miss eating a fresh ‘kitchen sink’ peach. I had some a couple of summers ago while traveling and the ones we get here are unfortunately nothing like the ripe juicy Jersey variety we indulged in. These muffins look so tasty! You had me at the pecan streusel topping.

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Foodies on the Fly June 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Mmm these look fabulous! Peaches & pecans = perfection!

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AmandaP June 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I <3 peaches so I'll have to give this recipe a go, but without the pecans 🙁 One of the things I miss most about Roanoke is their annual Peach Festival, NoVa just doesn't seem to appreciate peaches the way they should be!

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Liz June 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Oh, man, these are irresistible! Peach muffins with that yummy topping? I want some now 🙂

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Mike@ The Culinary Lens June 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Peaches are one of my favorite fruit. I have never tried them in muffins. These look wonderful

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Chef Dennis June 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I love peaches and Jersey has some great ones, you know the kind that when you bite into them the juice just runs down your chin….sigh

you did an outstanding job with those muffins and I Love the Pecan topping!! I may have to borrow that recipe!
Cheers
Dennis

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TiffKey June 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

This sounds fantastic! After living in NC for two years, I can say that peach and pecan is very southern! (Adding some bourbon and bacon would take it over the southern edge! lol!)

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briarrose June 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Yum…..such a great mix of flavors. I love the pecan topping.

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Meghan June 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Peach muffin + pecan topping = perfect summer muffin 🙂 These look amazing!

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