I’ve been a little busy lately updating my MyRecipes account of saved recipes. I love it because one of my favorite magazines, Southern Living, has all their recipes in their database so I can read the magazine (and get lots of other home decorating, entertaining, and travel ideas), save my recipes into my virtual inbox and then pass the magazine along to a friend. They have SO many recipes there, I love that I can create a custom cookbook of sorts.
So when it came to this month’s Eating the Alphabet Challenge, I turned to MyRecipes for some recipe inspiration. For months, I knew I wanted to try making parsnips. I had never had them much less made anything using them but after a friend told me last year that she made them and mashed them AND that her whole family liked them (four boys and her husband!) I knew this is what I wanted to make when P came around. Well, unfortunately I didn’t have such great success. I chose to roast ours since we love roasted vegetables so much these days. I don’t know what the deal was but after nearly 40 minutes of roasting they just never got tender. I was bummed.
So I went to Plan B and that was to choose one of the many P fruits I had on hand. Yes, I had pears, plums, pluots, peaches and even canned pumpkin (which I love to have just about any time of year). I even had some pecans on hand! Frankly, there are so many wonderful options that start with the letters P, Q & R, it was hard to choose at all! do love cooking with pears, like these Pear Walnut Power Muffins but this time I decided to do something with some peaches. Mine were getting pretty ripe so it was perfect (the recipe actually calls for frozen peaches so you can have these muffins any time of year!) Peaches are rich in Vitamin A and a good source of dietary fiber. I wanted to use the pecans too so after a quick search online, I found these Peach Pecan Muffins. Pecans are a great source of lots of antioxidants including Vitamin E and they are also low in sodium.
Now, let me tell you, these muffins are not low-cal. There’s a fair amount of butter and sugar in these but they sure are delicious. The streusel made probably three times as much as I needed so I put the leftover in a container to store in the freezer for another time. I’ve left the recipe as is so keep that in mind. I’m hoping to modify these at some point to make them a little healthier—using less butter and maybe whole wheat flour. Until then, think of these as a treat and if you’re serving them for breakfast or brunch, pair them with a good protein and variety of fresh fruits. With a subtle peach flavor, we all loved these and they freeze well too.
I hope you enjoy them too!
- PECAN STREUSEL
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- ⅓ cup firmly packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup butter, melted
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup frozen sliced peaches, thawed and diced
- 12 paper baking cups
- Vegetable cooking spray
- 1. Prepare Streusel: Stir together pecans and next 4 ingredients until crumbly.
- 2. Prepare Muffins: Preheat oven to 400º. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Stir together butter, milk, and egg; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Gently stir in peaches.
- 3. Place paper baking cups in 1 (12-cup) muffin pan, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full. Sprinkle with Pecan Streusel.
- 4. Bake at 400º for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan, and serve warm or at room temperature.
So, what’s your family’s favorite fruit or vegetable that starts with the letter P, Q or R? Please share with us in the comments below!
Bloggers, I’d love for you to join our Eating the Alphabet Challenge. Follow us on Twitter too using the hashtag #EatingAtoZChallenge. Click here for details and to complete the form to sign up. And be sure to check out all these other fabulous blogger’s interpretations of the letter M. N or O—fruit, veggie or grain-style–this month by visiting the blogs below! I know I’m planning to try a few.
And be sure to check out my posts from previous months:
Letter A or B-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Letter C or D-Balsamic Parmesan Cauliflower
Letter E or F-Easy Eggplan Parmesan
Letter G or H–Ginger Garlic Broccoli
Letter I or J–Jicama, Avocado & Crab Salad
Letter K or L-Kiwi Salsa
Letter M, N or O-Mango Quesadillas