Peach Ginger Muffins

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The other day, I was at my local farmer’s market. As I was passing the gelato stand, I glanced at the flavors on the board and spotted peach ginger! Upon sampling it, I couldn’t resist treating myself to a small container. The peach and ginger flavors complemented each other perfectly and I thought why not try making peach ginger muffins?

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So I tweaked one of my peach muffin recipes to come up with this one! I made a few substitutions, like replacing the oil with butter and reducing the amount by a bit, adding fresh ginger, and reducing the sugar, which all worked out nicely! These muffins are moist, soft, and impart the flavor of fresh sweet peaches as well as the slight bite of the ginger, and the warmth of the cinnamon. Enjoy while peaches are in season!

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Peach Ginger Muffins 

Yield: 18 muffins

Ingredients:
2 cups (9.25 oz) unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
scant 1/2 tsp table salt
heaping 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
heaping 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup buttermilk (any fat content is fine)
4 TBP (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
1 extra-large or large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups peeled, diced (1/4-1/2 inch cubes) fresh peaches (about 2 large peaches)
1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated or minced

*If you’d like to add some blueberries in addition to the peach, substitute 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries for the 1/2 cup of peaches

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 18 muffin cups with paper muffin liners.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and sugar.
3. In another smaller bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the wet ingredients: buttermilk, melted butter, egg, and vanilla until well combined. (This mixture will likely produce clumps; this is a chemical reaction from mixing the melted butter with the buttermilk. This is normal though).
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients; mix just until combined, a few streaks of flour remaining. Gently fold in the peaches and ginger with a rubber spatula until evenly incorporated. Be careful not to overmix or muffins might be tough.
5. Divide batter into muffin cups evenly, should be about 2/3 way full. Bake for 18-25 minutes or until muffins are lightly browned and toothpick comes out with some dry crumbs. Muffins should also spring back when centers are lightly pushed down.
6. Remove from pans and cool on wire rack.

*These muffins will only keep a couple of days at room temperature because of the moisture of the peaches, but place them in the fridge and they will keep for a good week, and then freeze any extras (if they last that long)!

Adapted from the Cooking Channel

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