The traditional Christmas cookie exchange is a well-known holiday event that yields dozens and dozens of cookies, and brings together the best of friends. A gathering of this sort does not have to be limited to the holidays. A muffin exchange is a spin on this, appropriate for any season. We got together a group of ladies for a Sunday morning muffin exchange, complete with several plates of muffins, refreshing beverages, and great conversation. Every one brought their own unique kind of muffin to share. We provided a fresh fruit salad, and bubbly mimosa’s to compliment the carb overload. Even though it may be cheesy, we went around the room to tell about the inspiration for making each kind of muffin.
A question that may come up for an “exchange” event is, what is appropriate to bring? Do I have to make it from scratch? Can I buy it from the grocery store? The answer: Yes. Not everyone has the time, or the passion to make a creative, made-from-scratch recipe. A box mix will do, and no one will even know the difference. It’s about the entire experience, not just the way it tastes. However, it is always a bonus if it’s delicious!
See below for the featured recipe of the day.
Raspberry Muffins + Pecan Streusel Topping
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg, beaten
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, unsweetened
Pecan Streusel Topping
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. melted butter
Stir milk mixture into flour mixture. Spoon about 1 Tbsp. batter into each of 12 greased muffin cups or use papers.
Divide 1/2 of raspberries among cups. Top with remaining batter and berries. Combine topping ingredients until mixture resembles moist crumbs. Sprinkle over muffins. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Let stand for 5 min. and carefully remove from pan.