Nectarine Muffins
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Nectarine Muffins

Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending The Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee, a great event celebrating 60 varieties of peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, and pluots from about a dozen local certified organic farms.

After enjoying some music and eating delicious pulled-pork sandwiches topped with grilled peaches, we wandered from table to table chatting with farmers and sampling more varieties of stone fruits than I ever knew existed!

Stone Fruit Tasting

Needless to say, I walked away from the jubilee with bulging bags of peaches, nectarines, and apricots.  The peaches won’t be fully ripened for another day or two, but the nectarines were perfect Sunday morning.  I couldn’t resist eating slice after slice of the delicious fruit while cutting it up for the muffins.

I had never made nectarine muffins before, but I knew I wanted a recipe that included buttermilk.  I turned to my favorite buttermilk muffin recipe in the book Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone as a starting point and was happy to see instructions for adapting the basic recipe to make fresh fruit muffins.  Although nectarines weren’t on the list of recommended fruits, I knew they would work well here.  I also decided to add a bit of ground cinnamon and ginger as I really enjoy those flavors with peaches and nectarines.

Cookbook

The muffins were amazing – sweet, tart, and tender.  They reminded me of a nectarine cobbler, which says a lot since cobbler is one of my favorite desserts.  I was really happy to be able to share them with both my dad and my grandpa on Father’s Day.  It’s nice to be home.

Nectarine Muffins on Rack

Nectarine Muffins
Adapted from Basic Buttermilk Muffin recipe in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup diced fresh nectarine

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper cups.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until well combined.  In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, brown sugar, melted butter, and vanilla extract.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir with a large spoon until just combined (make sure to scrape all the flour up off the bottom of the bowl).  Gently fold in the diced apricots.

Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups (a mechanical ice cream scoop works great for this) – they will be almost completely full.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

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23 Comments
  1. pam

    I am so jealous of your muffins and your yummy fruit tasting!

    4:21 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  2. Patricia Scarpin

    These look delicious, Nic! I have never tried nectarine muffins, but by the looks of these and the list of ingredients – I love spices – I’m sure I’d have seconds!

    4:50 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  3. sheista

    Thank you for the recipe.
    Nectarines are my favorite, I’ll be making these today or tomorrow.

    5:29 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  4. 12th Man

    I love nectarines and plums, but other than just eating them, I’ve never been too good and coming up with alternative uses for them. This helps a lot!! Cheers.

    5:41 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  5. DessertForTwo

    Your photo is gorgeous! And thanks for sharing an adaptation from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. That cookbook is the second most used book in my house; second only to the Bible! :)

    6:37 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  6. my little expat kitchen

    I just tasted my first nectarines of the season a couple of days ago and I was blown away by their amazing taste. I was thinking that there must be something I can do with them. This is a great option. Love the look of your muffins.
    Great finding your blog!
    Magda

    6:48 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  7. Joanne

    I love using Bittman as a jumping off point for recipes like this. He is so adaptable. These muffins sound fantastic, and filled with the perfect spices to complement the nectarines!

    6:59 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  8. Valérie

    My mom always buys nectarines in the summer. I used to prefer its fuzzier, sweeter cousing, the peach, but now I really appreciate its distinctive taste. I’ve made it into pies, but muffins sound good!

    7:59 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  9. Kathy

    If you like a sweet, tender, tangy muffin you will love these. so good !!! thank you for sharing, Nicole.

    8:33 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  10. Dev, LA Om Chef

    Yum, you had me at nectarine cobbler! I am a huge cobbler fan, and nectarine cobbler in the form of a neat and tidy muffin sounds incredible. One of the interesting things about nectarines is their flavor becomes ultra concentrated with time. Leave a few out of the refrigeratory until they shrink a bit, and the skin begins to shrivel, just a few days, but not to the point of being mushy, you will be amazed at the dense flavor…

    cheers!

    8:42 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  11. Alta

    If these remind you of cobbler, I am so game! They sound amazing.

    9:16 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  12. lisa garner

    Do you think peaches could work instead? they are all over the farmers markets here

    10:13 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  13. Nicole

    Lisa: Peaches would be fine, just try to use firm-ripe ones. Enjoy!

    11:31 am  Jun 21st, 2010
  14. Georgia Pellegrini

    I’m glad you’ve found some good nectarines… I’ve been finding a lot of mealy ones. I catered an event over the weekend though and grilled some peaches that were borderline and it made them amazing… plus the whole place smelled like peach pie : ) I’ll give these a try soon.

    12:56 pm  Jun 21st, 2010
  15. Kelli

    I made these today with the organic nectarines from my CSA box and they were fantastic! I shared with my neighbors and they loved them as well. Thank you so much for the recipe!

    10:30 pm  Jun 22nd, 2010
  16. Natalie

    I made these today! Can’t wait until they come out of the oven.

    1:53 pm  Jun 23rd, 2010
  17. Mary

    These sound wonderful! I just made some pear muffins that were divine and these look they would in the same boat! Love this!!! This has been bookmarked!

    xxMK
    Delightful Bitefuls

    11:08 pm  Jun 23rd, 2010
  18. Edina

    I picked up some recipe cards at my local supermarket yesterday and one was for nectarine buns! Shame they put the recipe out after the checkout else I’d have picked some up!

    3:39 am  Jun 24th, 2010
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  21. Shannie B

    I just made these and WHOA! They’re sooo yummy!

    4:27 pm  Jul 16th, 2011
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  23. Brooks

    yum… I can taste and smell it!

    2:13 pm  Nov 21st, 2013
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