These giant peach muffins were inspired by the abundance of peaches I had from my annual peach picking with my BFF. Each year we head out for our adventure to pick peaches. The peaches are always gorgeous, and I come home with a full peck, which is a lot of peaches. Peaches don't hold for a long time like apples. They ripen quickly and need to be eaten, used for baking and cooking, or frozen within a short time period. I've been baking, and sharing, many of my favorite recipes, like peach bars and this new recipe for peach muffins.
This recipe for Giant Peach Muffins was inspired by a new cookbook by Jessie Sheehan, Snackable Bakes. Ms. Sheehan's book is full of fabulous recipes that come together quickly with limited equipment, usually just a large bowl, whisk and rubber spatula, and go from idea to eating in short time. I like that! Not always do I want a baking project that takes a full day or multiple days. Simple.
The original recipe called for cherries, another favorite fruit, but I really needed to use the peaches. The recipes in this book offer suggestions for swap-out variations. It seemed logical if I could swap out cherries for raspberries or strawberries, I could do the same with peaches. Lucky for me, it worked beautifully.
A few notes about the recipe. By itself without fruit the recipe is delicious. Full of vanilla, deeply golden brown and a great texture. If you choose to use fruit, use a soft fruit like peaches, raspberries, or cherries, measuring to 2 cups of chopped fruit. A firm fruit such as apples might not cook fully. The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. That is not an error as you might think teaspoons is meant. The vanilla is delicious in the muffins and your house will smell wonderful as the muffins are baking. If you don't have turbinado sugar in your pantry, it is a good addition to have on hand. You will use it often to add a sprinkle of shine and crispy tops to many pies, cookies and muffins. I highly recommend it. The recipe calls for starting the bake at a high temperature, 400 degrees. This will yield a high puff and a quick brown of the muffin. The temperature is reduced 15 minutes into the baking time to 350 degrees. Make note of this reduction otherwise the muffins will be over baked. Below is my adaptation of Ms. Sheehan's muffin recipe.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease the wells of a large 6-well muffin tin (not standard size) with cooking spray oil to coat thoroughly. Set aside.
Working with a large mixing bowl, add in the oil, sugar and vanilla whisking to combine for 30 seconds. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, then add in the yogurt whisking to combine. One at a time, whisk in the baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt whisking well after each addition.
Fold in the flour and the peaches, (or other fruit if using) using a rubber spatula just until combined, not over mixing. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin wells. The 6 wells will be very full. You may have batter leftover. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of turbinado sugar over the top of each muffin.
Place the muffin tin into the preheated oven at 400 degrees, baking at this temperature for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees, baking for an additional 20-25 minutes until deeply brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean with just a few crumbs. A total of 35-40 minutes baking time.
Remove from the oven, allowing the muffins to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Using a butter knife gently loosen the muffins from the tin, transferring to a wire rack to cool. Keep the muffins on the counter until they are gone, up to 2 days.