Simply Raspberry Muffins

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Author Notes: There are only two places from which I've had muffins I like (apologies to everyone out there who is a muffin fanatic, I don't know if I'm picky, or what. I'm just more of a scone girl). Muffins from some unknown bakery that one of my old bosses lived next to and muffins from Joanne Chang's Flour bakery. Her's are everything a muffin should be, so light, tender and crumbly, they just barely hold together, but with a shiny, sturdy, almost crisp top. Sweet, but not too sweet, and packed with lots of fruit.
So, when I was at Flour a while back, and flipping through her new(ish) cookbook while waiting for my lunch, I decided to check out her muffin recipe. I was immediately struck by how vehement she was that everything needs to be room temperature. Hmmm. Maybe, just maybe that actually mattered. It does! As much as having extremely cold ingredients matters for making shortcrust or biscuits. It has revolutionized my muffin baking!
So, here are some simple raspberry muffins, based somewhat off of Joanne Chang's recipe, particularly the use of creme fraiche, (if I had a photographic memory or owned the book, I would probably just use hers since they are so good, but alas, it is not the case) and my experience with a number of other muffin attempts including those from The Best Recipes, which are quite tasty as well.
No streusal, no extra flavorings (except for some requisite vanilla, oh and I browned the butter because, why not? And it adds a little voluptuousness), just lots of raspberries. Yum! My favorite berry. Of course, if you wanted to, you could also replace half of the raspberries with chopped peaches. That would also be delicious. Nor would I try to stop you if you wanted to add some lemon zest. But really, I don't think you can go wrong if you're just all about the raspberries. - fiveandspice
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Food52 Review: These could easily be named "Simply the Best Raspberry Muffins." The tender, cakey base isn't overly sweet, not even distantly related to the leaden hockey pucks that often masquerade as muffins. Fiveandspice adds a few genius touches: brown butter flecks the batter and perfumes the muffins with its nutty flavor, and the combination of creme fraiche and buttermilk add a lovely, tart dimension that's echoed by the fresh raspberries. There's also a generous dose of sea salt, which means your tongue hits lovely little bursts of saltiness every now and again. Note: these muffins are divine just out the oven. - A&MA&M

Makes 10-12 muffins (depending on your tin filling tendencies)

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk AT ROOM TEMP
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche AT ROOM TEMP
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten, AT ROOM TEMP
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten, AT ROOM TEMP
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries (you could also use frozen - don't defrost if you do)
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter, and cook over medium heat, stirring nearly constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan as you go, until the butter turns brown and smells nutty. Mine took about 7 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature or slightly warmer.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350F and grease (or line with muffin cups) a muffin tin.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the the sugar, buttermilk, and creme fraiche until totally combined. Whisk in the egg and egg yolk until smooth. Finally, whisk in the browned butter and vanilla.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and start to gently fold it together. When it is still quite lumpy and not fully combined, stir in the raspberries. Continue to stir gently just until you see no more dry patches. Don't overmix!
  6. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, filling each well about 3/4s of the way full.
  7. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a tester inserted in the center of one comes out clean. Let cool for just a minute or two, and then turn them out of the pan quickly (otherwise the bottoms steam) and cool on a cooling rack. Or eat them warm, with plenty of butter, because that is really what one ought to do with fresh muffins.

Tags: breakfast, brunch, quick bread, snack, Summer

Comments (122) Questions (4)

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9 months ago Magit Van Schaick

My favorite way of making this excellent recipe is to bake it in a 9-inch cake pan and serve it with whipped cream flavored with powdered sugar and maple syrup. Also, I use plain Greek or regular yogurt and 1/2 and 1/2 as the dairy part, since that's what I always have in the fridge. So delicious! Also, I think the cake-pan method keeps the recipe fresh for the following day. Everyone I've served it to has been delighted!

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9 months ago fiveandspice

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Great suggestion!

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11 months ago Awash907

These are delicious! I made a batch this morning (no buttermilk or creme fraiche, but I substituted with milk & vinegar) and they were gone before dinner time! Your recipe is so easy to follow that I just finished up another batch with my 5 year old. great recipe!

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11 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thank you so much! I'm glad you guys have been enjoying them.

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11 months ago skenny89

These is insanely good, I ate half a batch the first day, which I never do because by the time I'm done cooking I'm kind of tired of the food at that point. I would suggest freezing those you don't want to eat the first day because their delicious moist texture also causes the, to go bad quickly

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11 months ago fiveandspice

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Thanks skenny89! I'm so happy you liked them so much!

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over 1 year ago My Pantry Shelf

These muffins sound delicious. Has anyone tried them the next day? I need to make a big batch to bring somewhere and will need to make the night before. Thoughts?

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over 1 year ago drbabs

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I saw this because I had commented on this recipe before and your comments were emailed to me. I haven't made them (they do sound wonderful) but I wanted to tell you that you might get more responses by posting your question on hotline. (although fiveandspice might see your question also and answer herself).

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

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I think they're still quite good the next day, especially if you can warm them up in a toaster oven or oven.

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almost 2 years ago Themk

These are absolutely delicious and have become my favorite muffin recipe.

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almost 2 years ago fiveandspice

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I'm totally thrilled to hear that Themk! I'm delighted that you've been enjoying them so much!

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almost 2 years ago kat in the hat

Thank you so much. I happened upon your recipe only because I had some buttermilk in the fridge and frozen rasberries. Like you, I am not a big fan of muffins - having only ever tasted those dry stodgy over-sweet ones. I gobbled 4 and my kids finished the rest - this is a keeper. Thank you for sharing this.

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almost 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you for your kind comment kat! I'm glad I could help out another non-muffin fan! :)

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about 2 years ago EmilyMarieC

I just made these muffins out of my copy of Flour this morning (the peach-ginger version). At least in my version of Flour, all the measurements are doubled, and I'm very confused - the recipe says it makes 12 muffins, but even filling the cups nearly to overflowing as Chang suggests, I got 21 muffins out of it! There was no way the batter was going to fit into only 12 muffin tins. Has anyone else had this problem?? Or was this possibly an error that was fixed in later versions?

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Hi EmilyMarieC. I'm afraid I'm going to be totally unhelpful and say, I have no idea why that happened. Maybe they use bigger muffin cups? This version is based on my memory of the recipe in the Flour cookbook, combined with the Cook's Illustrated blueberry muffin recipe, and a recipe from 101cookbooks, plus a few touches of my own. I think my baseline flour measurement I worked from was based on Cook's Illustrated's.

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about 2 years ago Phoenix Helix

Wow! Like their title, these muffins are simply awesome. The raspberry flavor just pops with every bite. The only substitution I made was to use 1 cup kefir instead of the buttermilk/creme fraiche combo. I stock kefir in my house & it's consistency is right between the two & delivers a similar tang. Delicious!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Hi BB! Don't know how I missed this comment earlier, but thanks!! I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Love the use of kefir - great idea!

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over 2 years ago Grooviness

I made a double batch of these yesterday and they're sitting next to my desk at work today quickly disappearing. I wish I'd have had more raspberries though. The pint I bought at the farmers market came to two cups but I think it could have used three.

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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Haha! I definitely consider them disappearing muffins! :) And, if you like another cup of fruit in your muffins, you should most definitely add it!!

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almost 3 years ago Scarla

My hat is off to you -- these are, hands down, the best muffins I've ever baked/eaten (even better than mine, which are an Editor's Pick!). Since I am constitutionally incapable of leaving a recipe alone, I substituted blackberries (I was out of raspberries; I just cut them in half), made my own faux-buttermilk with vinegar, and used sour cream in place of the creme fraiche, since I didn't have any. I also used Bakewell Cream for the baking powder, and finally got my hands on some prized White Lily flour, which is heavenly. I also sprinkled some sanding sugar on top before baking for a little extra crunch. The crumb is perfect, and they are amazingly tender -- no "muffin toughness" at all. And the browned butter is genius! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe -- it will be a regular part of my repertoire.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks Scarla! That's great! I love all your little changes, and I bet they were awesome with balckberries.

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almost 3 years ago fitsxarts

these are incredible! i made them with blueberries and voila, the best blueberry muffin i've ever made. thank you!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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That's so wonderful! I'm glad to hear you liked them! It really is a great versatile base. Thanks so much for letting me know how it went with blueberries!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Made these yesterday with my son and they are probably the best muffin to ever come out of my oven. Really, these are my ideal - crisp top, fluffy interior, and the perfect amount of sweetness (just as you described!). Thank you fiveandspice for such a fabulous recipe!! Both of my children have requested them to share at school on their respective birthdays. Congrats - these are a winner in my house!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Oh, thank you so much gingerroot! Hearing that just really made my day a lot better! (It's been a nutty one.)

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

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Congrats on runner up, your muffin recipe makes the best muffins ever. I have made them once and after my diet is over I'll make them again as a treat!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you so much sdebrango! And, good luck with your diet! I think muffins are a good thing to look forward too. :)

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almost 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Congrats for the runner-up title. These muffins have provided me a winning method for muffins done right!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks sexyLAMBCHOPx. I'm so pleased to have helped you find a muffin you can really enjoy!

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats on being the runner-up. Your recipe is perfect. I have made these 3 times and just love them.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you Sagegreen. That means a lot to me.

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almost 3 years ago Oui, Chef

Can't wait for Thursday's farmer's market so I can score some fresh berries and try these fab muffins! Congrats on being a finalist...fingers crossed! - S

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks so much Steve! I really need to make a farmer's market run for some more berries too - it's too hot, but I'm feeling the need to bake anyway. If you give them a try, let me know what you think!

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almost 3 years ago aargersi

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Just made. Just ate. JUST YUM!!!!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks A! I'm so happy!

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almost 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Congrats on being a finalist, fiveandspice! Your recipe is making me swoon. Love the thought of combining creme fraiche, browned butter, buttermilk and raspberries. Just as soon as I can harvest enough raspberries from my garden, I intend to make these. Can't wait!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you CIV! I do hope you give them a try. (And, I'm jealous of your raspberry bush! ;-) )

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Made up a quick second batch for breakfast and wound up with the serendipity of a double yolk. What a great omen! Everybody loved these warm after a play for dessert late last night under the stars with vanilla ice cream and fresh raspberries.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Mmmmmmmmmm.

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almost 3 years ago Scarla

Can't wait to try these!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks Scarla!

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almost 3 years ago creamtea

fiveandspice, I made these for family breakfast with cut-up peaches instead of raspberries. As the jaded teenager said "these are really good, Mommy." Everyone else loved them too. Adding them to my Sunday brunch rotation.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Yay! Glad you guys enjoyed them!

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almost 3 years ago Waverly

Fiveandspice, these are amazing muffins. I made them this afternoon. Delicious. Thanks for the great recipe.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks Waverly! I'm so happy you liked them! And thank you for letting me know!

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almost 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Made these this morning and they were WONDERFUL. So light and fluffy they just float to my mouth, but with that nice crispy crust. And the flavors of the browned butter, creme fraiche and buttermilk are divine. Really great recipe!!!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you ChezSuzanne! That's wonderful to hear!

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almost 3 years ago Brenna

I made these for the restaurant today with black raspberries that we just got in from a farm upstate. They were scrumptious! But the restaurant is closed for brunch due to a water main break nearby (boo). I am guessing they will continue to stay moist through the weekend as the flour and raspberries devour the brown butter. I put them in polka dotted muffin cups and sprinkled them with demerara. They were beauties and people will love them tomorrow, I can tell.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Wow, for a restaurant?! I'm so flattered. I bet they're so cute with black raspberries and the polka dot cups!

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almost 3 years ago Summer of Eggplant

That batter is something special. I made these this AM because I happened to have buttermilk and creme fraiche in the fridge. Our daughter took one little nibble and exclaimed 'Mmmmm!'. I used peaches as that's what I had on hand. Thanks for this recipe, we will certainly enjoy these many more times.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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That's fantastic! I had an inkling peaches would be good in these too. Thanks so much for letting me know!

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almost 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations! These muffins look divine and you've included such lovely ingredients. I'm a big fan of Flour Bakery, too!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you BlueKaleRoad! I'm happy you think so. And Flour, oh dear, it's so dangerous to work nearby!

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almost 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Lucky you to be nearby! My boys are in Boston right now visiting my parents and I'm sending them to Flour. I just picked up a flat of raspberries at our berry stand and will be making your muffins.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Oh, definitely send them to Flour! They have delicious sandwiches too. And, I hope you enjoy the muffins!

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

Buttermilk, creme fraiche, and my favorite berry? Oh my! Congrats!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks so much Bevi! They're my favorite berry too!

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almost 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Congrats F&S!!! You completely nailed the secret to a beautiful muffin! LOVE the use of buttermilk!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you lori! I love buttermilk too. My grandmother used to tell me I must have been a dairy maid in a former life because I love to use different forms of dairy products so much!

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almost 3 years ago lorigoldsby

You won't believe what I did....they r in the oven right now and I realized I used marscapone instead of creme fraiche...too tired...

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Did they still turn out alright?! Baking while tired always has the potential for disaster :), but I would think that this one could turn out alright. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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almost 3 years ago lorigoldsby

They turned out just fine....will try another batch next week.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Phew.

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almost 3 years ago ECanitano

These are amazing! I just made them and they are truly outstanding! I did add a bit of lemon zest which gave a nice zing to the raspberries! I will use liners next time but these are perfection! What other fruit could be used in this base? Blueberries? Thanks for a great recipe!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Hi ECanitano! I'm so, so happy to hear you liked the muffins so much! I think the base would work nicely with a number of different fruits, especially berries. I think blueberries would be good, and I think blackberries would be really wonderful. I also think diced peaches or apricots would work well. Each would give the muffins slightly different character.

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almost 3 years ago Waverly

These sounds fantastic. Creme fraiche? Browned butter? Wonderful. A perfect project for the weekend. Thank you...and congratulations.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks Waverly! And, if you do make them over the weekend, please let me know what you think.

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almost 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Congratulations - these sound wonderful! And they look pretty too. Well done

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you KB! Nothing like some sweet red dots to make your muffins look pretty!

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almost 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

The write-up by A&M and the others about these muffins are enough for me to give them a try. I'm not a muffin person because I rarely come across any worth eating. Well-done!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks sexylambchopx! I hope you do give them a try. I'm not a muffin person either because most are so disappointing! But, this technique and these muffins in particular have been enough to change that. :)

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats, fiveandspice. These sound heavenly! I think I will try them for my weekend company.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you so much Sagegreen! I hope you and your company will like them! Let me know what you think.

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Love! These muffins have made a little hobbit out of me: I had to have second breakfast! I love the creamy smooth silkiness of both the texture and flavor. I think I might even serve these with fresh raspberries and creme fraiche for dessert with company tomorrow. I got 15 good size muffins, btw. Thanks, f&s.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Yay!! So happy you like them! Love the idea of topping them with creme fraiche and raspberries for dessert. I think I need to try that too. Also, I think I need to take muffin cup filling lessons from you! 15, wow!

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

I also had made the mistake of using 1/2 tsp. of baking soda, but it worked fine!

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almost 3 years ago Midge

Sagegreen, your Hobbit reference made me laugh. Love second breakfasts, these are made for them!

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

My head is in flake summer mode: This recipe made 12 good size muffins. I miscounted how many my muffin tin makes! I better not eat any more so I have enough for that company dessert!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Giggle. :)

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

A perfect way to start your birthday weekend...fun and laughter :)...Cheers to the rest of the weekend, make it the best!

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almost 3 years ago MrsBeeton

Congrats! I think of myself as something of a muffin aficionado, and these are kind of amazing. I never would have thought to brown the butter!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Goodness, thank you for such kind words MrsBeeton!

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Congrats, good luck and happy birthday! :)

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks so much lapadia!!!

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Congratulations...a Silver Runners-up trophy and a great recipe! I hope to try it soon, especially after reading all the comments from those who have already, and I am not even a muffin person :)

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks lapadia! I hope you do give them a try. I'm not a muffin person either, but I love these! If you do, let me know what you think.

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Congrats, fiveandspice, on being a finalist. Love your touch of adding brown butter.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you EmilyC! I do feel brown butter makes almost anything just a little better.

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almost 3 years ago creamtea

Congratulations, fiveandspice, these sound divine. Will try them, maybe Sunday. Happy Birthday!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks creamtea! Your salad is going to be included in our potluck on Sunday, actually!

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almost 3 years ago creamtea

haha, fiveandspice, we can split the quart of buttermilk between us!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Perfecto!

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almost 3 years ago Midge

Yay fiveandspice!! I had a feeling about these! Can't wait to try them. And happy birthday!!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you so much Midge! It's getting off on a good foot!

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Wow! Congrats to the birthday girl! These sound fab. I'm a sconer too. ;) But definitely giving your muffins a try! And I have all the ingredients! Yip!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks MrsL! Just like room temp ingredients revolutionized my muffin baking, your tip about freezing the scones has rocked my scone world! Being a sconer (can we copyright that term?), following your recipe sent me straight to scone heaven!

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almost 3 years ago Panfusine

congratulations fivenadspice... you got my vote!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thanks so much Panfusine! I'm so flattered.

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Yipee! Congratulations, fiveandspice!! Thrilled these are a finalist and looking forward to making them.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you gingerroot! I hope you - and your kids :) - like them!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Ah! Oh holy cow! Oh thank you so much! I'm so excited!!!! This is SUCH a wonderful surprise! (and a perfect, perfect birthday present for my bday this weekend! :) ).

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

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Happy birthday!!

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almost 3 years ago Helen's All Night Diner

Congratulations & very happy birthday!

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Happy Birthday, Emily!!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Aw, thanks guys!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

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Congratulations fiveandspice your muffins are out of this world delicious!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you sdebrango! I'm making your tender yellow cake for my birthday cake on Sunday, and I simply can't wait!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

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Oh thats wonderful, I do hope you enjoy. Please let me know if you like it.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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I definitely will!

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almost 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Congrats fiveandspice!! I can't wait to try these - there are so many great ideas here between the browned butter and using room temp liquid ingredients!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you so very much ChezSuzanne! It means a lot that you think so!

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Congrats, fiveandspice! I don' know how I missed these before, they sound absolutely wonderful.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Thank you so much HLA! I'm seriously surprised not to see your gorgeous slab pie up there. I'm making it just as soon as we have plums and/or apricots here!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Hmm, for some reason my computer isn't letting me reply to comments. So, thank you to both of you gingerroot and Chezsuzanne! I'm so happy there are so many of us who a)prefer scones, and b)will enjoy a muffin as long is it's adequately crumbly, fruity and crisp on the top. We should probably start our own bakery for people with exceptionally good taste! ;-)

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

These sound wonderful! They are a pretty convincing argument to side track a fellow sconer (heh) down the muffin path...

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almost 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Wow - great information on having everything at room temperature. I'm part of the "crumbly + fruity + crisp top" crowd too. I can't wait to make these!!

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almost 3 years ago Midge

I'm more of a scone gal myself, but it's hard to resist a recipe with buttermilk, creme fraiche, and raspberries. Sounds great!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks Midge! And, really you should be more of a scone girl, given how delicious the scones you make are! But, I've discovered even a scone girl can learn to love the occasional muffin.

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almost 3 years ago drbabs

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Wow, this sounds fantastic. I, too, only like muffins that are tender and fruity but have a crisp crust. Thanks for sharing this technique!

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks drbabs! I hope you give them a try. I was really astounded by what a difference using all room temp ingredients - and being really, really careful not to overmix made. It's kind of dangerous because now I have to stop myself from making muffins all the time!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Just saved this, I am very picky about muffins also. These sound absolutely wonderful. I have so many left over raspberries this is the perfect vehicle to put them to good use.

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almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Oh, I am so jealous of your left over raspberries! We're just starting to approach the season here. I hope you enjoy the muffins if you get a chance to make them!