Brown Butter Peach Muffins

By Katherine

It was my turn again last week to bring in a treat for Friday Food Day, and I found myself once again turning to muffins.  Muffins are a great option because they are perfectly portable and, with the addition of fruit and some whole grains, they aren't totally sinful.  This is my favorite time of year for fruit - apricots, and cherries, and peaches, oh my! - so I wanted to incorporate some of the seasonal bounty.  These muffins were also a good excuse to use one of my favorite new ingredients:  barley flour. It's whole grain but still light and just a bit nutty - look for it at your supermarket and start adding a bit to your favorite recipes!



Brown Butter Peach Muffins

Adapted from Food Network 

4 Tbs. unsalted butter

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup barley flour

1 Tbs. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 large egg

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup sour cream

1 1/2 cups chopped, peeled peaches

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease or spray your muffin tins (I got 15 muffins out of this recipe).   Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.  When the butter foams, start whisking. Don't walk away from the stove at this point, as the butter can burn easily!  Whisk until you see lightly browned specks at the bottom of the pan and the butter begins to smell nutty. Remove the butter from the heat and set aside.  

In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, and salt. In another, smaller bowl, whisk the egg, then add the sugars and whisk until well-combined and thick.  Continue whisking, and add the milk and brown butter. Mix in the sour cream.  Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Add the chopped peaches and stir until just combined.  

Fill each muffin tin about 2/3 with batter.  Bake for 35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.  Cool the muffins for 10 minutes in their tins, then turn them out onto a rack to cool completely.  For serving, I highly recommend gilding the lily with this cinnamon honey butter. 

Muffin + honey butter + our new patio table = not a bad way to start the weekend!

Muffin + honey butter + our new patio table = not a bad way to start the weekend!