Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Nectarine, Cashew and Apricot Muffins



 This heat! It's unbearable!

This is how my day went. I managed to bus to the mall no problem. Since I pretty much take public transit all the time, (let's pretend that it's because I want to save the environment, and not that I'm too lazy to learn to drive. I had my license, but it somehow expired. How now!) I usually have a fair amount of change hanging around in my pocket. But when I realize that I now need to bus to work, and I have no more change, well I have a mini panic attack. I get all sweaty and look around disoriented (although this may be because of the heat)

I'm thinking to myself "well, it takes around 45 minutes to walk to my work, and it's 1 hour until I have to be there. It's a nice day, I should just walk" I head over to Tim Hortons, and order an ice capp. What I get: a cup filled 1/4 with sweetened coffee like liquid, and the rest was filled with ice. So I pretty much just got a cup full of ice. Great.




But since I am not one to complain (I hate when people complain to me at my work, so I don't do it to others. You know, I'm all about the golden rule) I just walk away with my cup of ice. But while I was walking, my goodness, it was unbearably hot. I was glad for my cup of ice! See, an ice capp would have lasted me 5 minutes, tops. But this? Whenever I got too hot, I would pop an ice cube into my mouth, on my face, down my shirt... And it made the walk that much more fun.

Now I know what to do when walking. Always carry around a cup of ice. Good thing I didn't complain.

And what do I do when I get home from work? Bake of course. I was getting too used to the heat, I needed this heat to be inside my house as well as outside.





What you'll need:

-1 cup all-purpose flour
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1/2 cup sugar
-2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
-2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-2 eggs
-6 tablespoons butter, melted
-1 cup milk
-1/4 teaspoon brandy flavoring
-1 nectarine, fresh, cubed
-4 apricots, fresh, cubed
-1/3 cup salted and roasted cashews, chopped


Directions:

    1.   Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
    2.   In a medium bowl, combine the flours, sugar, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt.
    3.   In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, butter, milk and brandy flavoring with an electric mixer. Slowly mix in the flour mixture until fully incorporated. Mix in the apricots, nectarine and cashews.
    4.   Bake for around 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


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22 comments:

  1. cathleen, you are so funny!! so you really walked for an hour to get to work?? YOur muffins look very lovely and like the pastel pink , am sure it;s full of deliciousness with nectarines and apricots!

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  2. LOL I've done something similar with ice cubes when it's hot. Great recipe - never thought of cashews in muffins but looks fabulous!

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  3. Looks yum.. such a great combo!

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  4. lol! this made me laugh! i love walking so much, but even with my love for walking, i don't think i will enjoy walking in unbearable heat for an hour. lol! oooh... i love the idea of baking in the summer, i totally did that one too many times this summer. love all the fruits in your muffins!

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  5. Delicious muffins with nectarine.

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  6. Combination of nectarine, appricot and cashews sounds interesting, I think I would also throw in some white chocolate :)))

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  7. Good for you! I used to walk to work (took about 30 minutes walk) when I was young! By the time I reached to the office, I was sweating wet. Nutty & fruit muffins looks delicious. Wish I can taste one to go with my cup of coffee now.

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  8. Lovely combination of cashews and stone fruits. Cute muffins I love them in the morning or along with my cup of tea in the evenings!

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  9. These nectarine cashew apricot muffins look amazing! I vent through baking too--it's definitely the best way to destress because you get to eat something after!

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  10. Wow, you walked for an hour! That is great exercise though. I think the apricots, nectarine and cashews are a wonderful combination on a muffin. I can imagine the sweetness of the fruits going well with the crunchy nuts.

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  11. Oh, these muffins must taste amazing!! Love at that killer combo!

    Awww, sorry you had to walk in the heat! But, at least you had that cup of ice! LOL

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  12. Love your attitude to walking my friend, ice would have been perfect no doubt :)
    You deserve these perfect full of goodness muffins!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  13. Hahahaha ! That's really a good exercise , Cathleen ! I love the flavor and texture of that muffins ! I'm sure it must tastes delish as well !

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  14. I walk all the time, but it's a lot more difficult in hot weather. I should start carrying ice with me! Heat is almost over, thank goodness - fall is coming! I can't wait. Oh, and the muffins? Tremendous - good job! Entertaining read - thanks.

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  15. Thanks for commenting on our blog! This is a great post with a great story. :) These muffins look so good! I love nectarines and I can only imagine how great they taste paired with the other flavors. Also, your "burgers" in the last post are adorable!

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  16. I'm the same way...I always turn on my oven when it is WAY too hot outside..whoops :)

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  17. Haha i always ask for very little ice when i get an iced coffee...the people at starbucks always look at me like I"m crazy! I love the sound of these muffins. Perfect stone fruit use!

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  18. Ha! I'm usually pretty tolerant of hot drinks, but I've been saved by an ice cube a time or two. :) Oh wow, I love your combo with these muffins. I never think to use cashews much in baking. Great muffins!

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  19. wow! these muffins are bursting with nutty and fruity flavors. cashews are one of my favorite nuts... i throw them into pretty much every muffin recipe...lol.

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  20. Hi Cathleen,
    First of all, thanks for your kind visit and comment.
    I'm taking your link with me, as I loved your blog and I want to come back.
    Cheers, and hope you have a gorgeous weekend,
    Lia.

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  21. They look perfect, perfect, perfect! I simply loved the addition of apricots there. :)

    Ongoing Event: Cooking Made Easy With Chocolates/Cocoa

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