Brown Sugar Peach Muffins

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Before I made these muffins, I had in mind exactly what I wanted…a moist muffin with a lovely tender crumb, crumbly cornmeal texture, slightly caramel-y flavor, and pieces of fresh peach.  My first attempt had a few issues that I had to work out (let’s just say that more fruit isn’t always better…at least not in baked goods!), but they were worth the wait since on the second try I reduced the amount of fruit a bit and ended up with exactly what I wanted. 

These muffins have quite a few healthy things going for them, such as cornmeal for whole grain, yogurt and eggs for protein, and fresh fruit.  They’re the perfect breakfast treat.

Brown Sugar Peach Muffins

Yields 20 to 22 muffins

6 tablespoons butter, room temperature

3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 peach (ripe but not overly mushy), diced (plus more for garnish, if desired)

Preheat oven to 350F; line a muffin tray with paper liners.

Use a handheld electric mixer to cream together the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl, then beat in the eggs until light and fluffy.  Beat in the yogurt and vanilla.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Stir dry ingredients into wet, being careful not to over-mix; stir in the peaches. 

Fill each muffin well about 2/3 of the way full, and bake until they’re golden and a toothpick inserted inside comes out completely clean, about 20 to 22 minutes.  Cool for 5 to 10 minutes in the tray and then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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