Muffins for Memorial Day!

Can you believe it? It’s seriously the end of May already. Where does all the time go? We’re kicking off summer with one of our favorite Memorial Day recipes.

In my neighborhood, we throw a weekend-long party where we just eat and eat AND eat. (We do play hard, too, so it makes all the eating okay, right?) On Monday morning after our town’s parade, we gather together at the edge of our neighborhood pond and have brunch. The kids fish, the adults chat, and we spend a lazy morning gearing up for the remainder of the day’s festivities. I bring along muffins to share. Served with Epicurean’s Orange Honey Butter, these muffins are a neighborhood hit! They are portable, delicious, and just have that special taste of summer. Enjoy!

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins with Orange Honey Butter

3 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 large eggs (at room temperature)

¾ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup light brown sugar

1 cup buttermilk (at room temperature)

½ cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup white chocolate chocolate chips (I prefer Ghirardelli)

1 and ¼ cup fresh raspberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Spray jumbo muffin pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.

 In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until combined. Mix in milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix everything (gently) together by hand. Avoid over-mixing, which will produce dry, tough muffins. Mix until all the flour is off the bottom of the bowl. The batter will be thick and somewhat lumpy.

Fold in the chocolate chips and then very gently, fold in the raspberries.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins, filling all the way to the top. Bake at 425F degrees for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375F and continue to bake for 25-26 minutes until tops are lightly golden (do not take muffins out of the oven when you turn it down). Check the muffins at this point by inserting a toothpick in the center. It should come out clean. Before removing muffins from the tin, allow them to cool for 10 minutes. These muffins are best if they are eaten the same day; however, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Now for the most divine muffin ever… While it’s still warm, smother it with Epicurean’s Orange Honey Butter. It will be the most delicious Memorial Day ever!

Additional Notes:

*Adjust baking times for standard and mini muffins. (For standard muffins, total bake time is approximately 18 minutes, and for mini muffins, bake for 11-12 minutes at the same temperature.