Brown Sugar Peach Muffins

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Brown Sugar Peach Muffins Recipe 1

Before I made these muffins, I had in mind exactly what I wanted…a moist muffin with a soft crumb, slightly grainy cornmeal texture, vanilla-scented with a slightly caramel-y flavor, and pieces of fresh peach.

Yes, that’s all, lol.

(It’s a girl’s prerogative to want it all, right?)

Brown Sugar Peach Muffins Recipe 2

After a little experimentation, that’s exactly what I got. (Ok, maybe more than a little. Let’s just say, the third time is a charm. ;) )

Brown sugar adds notes of caramel, a hint of warm spices perfectly accentuates the flavor of peach, and vanilla makes these muffins smell like sweet peachy heaven. My favorite part is the contrast in texture between the crispy golden muffin tops, and their soft interior.

If you want a new take on one of summer’s most beloved fruits, these muffins are it!

Brown Sugar Peach Muffins Recipe 3

Brown Sugar Peach Muffins
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Yield: 12 muffins
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ cup milk (I used skim)
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large ripe (but not mushy) peach, washed, pitted, and diced small (about 1½ cups diced)
  1. Preheat oven to 425F; line a muffin tray with paper liners.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Use a handheld electric mixer to beat together the eggs and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the milk, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into wet all at once, being careful not to over-mix, and then stir in the diced peach. Let the batter sit for 3 minutes (it will thicken).
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Bake until the muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted inside comes out completely clean or with just a couple crumbs, about 15 minutes.
  6. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes in the tray, and then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Update (July 28, 2014): I made this dish again and perfected the recipe so I updated this post.

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  1. says

    Cornmeal seriously works wonders in baked goods. It has such great texture and crunch. Yum! These look delicious. yayy for summer peaches

  2. says

    Oh Faith!
    How are u gurl?
    I love how ur so focused and knew exactly what u wanted in ur muffin and in sooo good a way , love that texture the cornmeal would bring really!
    Amazing breakfast food!
    Have to stock on a few of these to much on with my coffee before i head to gym class every morn!
    Happy weekend with lodsa sunshine love!

  3. says

    These look like the perfect coffee time snacks! Or breakfast. I love your photos, and where do you get such beautiful plates and tableware? Absolutely gorgeous!

  4. says

    Gorgeous photos! I can’t wait to make them. Just call me the Muffin Queen – I don’t know that I’d rather have anything else for breakfast. Plus, they travel so well :)

    • admin says

      Deana, Yes, actually I already changed my site…not sure why the header would change as you were clicking through to comment though.

      You’re right, fresh peaches are amazing this time of year…while I do love how their flavor sweetens and intensifies when they’re cooked in things like pies, cobblers, and crisps (and now muffins!), fresh is also my favorite way to enjoy them. :)

  5. says

    I love the combo of brown sugar and peaches! V cool that you used cornmeal too. Bravo! Oh, and I plan to post the cheeseburger pie on Monday. :)

  6. says

    I know I m going to love these coz I LOVE fresh fruits in the homely look of these muffins! I like the depth of flavor that brown sugar lends in baking- so so addictive & yum!

  7. says

    A lovely moist muffin, Faith. I fiddled around with a peach muffin recipe last year and was never happy with the results. I’ll definitely try this…the peaches are so wonderful right now.

  8. says

    Not too shabby for someone dying of heat exhaustion. The muffins look marvelous and are loaded with fruity goodness.

    Two thumbs up!

    I’d send you some cool weather but all I have down here is stifling humidity.


  9. says

    These look so pretty, and I love the peaches on the top! They look nice and moist, and I can almost smell them as I look at your pictures! I would love a couple for breakfast right now! :)

  10. says

    Such sweet little tasty muffins with peach and brown sugar! I like that you used cornmeal too. It’s been too long since I baked up a batch of muffins – I’m inspired!

  11. says

    These look delicious and they’d definitely inspire me to get out of bed a bit earlier to eat breakfast so I could have one! I love that they feel and look like such treats, yet contain some healthiness too.

  12. says

    another batch with an oh-so-gentle dip, perfect for garnish! this batch is particularly appealing, faith–our peaches are at their peak!

  13. says

    I love peaches. They always have that perfect balance to them, not too sweet and not too bland. These brown sugar peach muffins look so cute and yummy.

  14. says

    These were great since they weren’t as sweet! I added more peaches (about 2 cups cut up) and it made them a bit more moist, which I prefer. Great recipe!

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