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The Ultimate Muffin Book: More Than 600 Recipes for Sweet and Savory Muffins (Ultimate Cookbooks) Paperback – August 3, 2004
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About the Author
Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the award-winning authors of nineteen cookbooks. They are contributing editors to Eating Well and columnists for weightwatchers.com, and they contribute regularly to Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, the Washington Post, and other publications. When they're not teaching cooking on Holland America cruise ships, they live in rural Litchfield County, Connecticut, with a fairly sane collie named Dreydl.
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Top Customer Reviews
The cover announces that the book contains over 600 recipes for sweet and savory muffins. This blurb may be misleading in two ways. First, there are only 100 full-page recipes, with each recipe expanded by up to eight (8) variations, and each variation is treated as a recipe. The potential number of preparations may go well beyond the 600 if you combine the 100 basic recipes with the ten (10) toppings (icings) recipes, giving a thousand variations. For sure, some toppings will simply not go with some muffins, but you get the idea.
By `muffin', the authors mean the classic American muffin that is a chemically leavened quickbread baked in a muffin tin, developing a domelike cap, and typically not iced. Unlike a cupcake, muffin recipes are meant to stand on their own, so they typically have more moisture and more flavor than the cupcake, since the icing is what usually carries the water for a cupcake. The authors specifically exclude the `English' muffin that is an entirely different animal.
The very best part of this book is the first chapter, `Making Muffins' which includes just about every tip you could possibly imagine regarding muffins, plus important notes on equipment and ingredients.Read more ›
My three year old son and I embark on bi-weekly "cupcake" adventures, and so far, we've made the chocolate chip muffins, low-fat chocolate chip muffins, applesauce muffins, beer muffins, blueberry muffins, cheddar muffins, graham cracker muffins, cocoa muffins, corn muffins, and peanut butter muffins. They have all been delicious, depending on one's preferences. In fact, they've been so good that we frequently re-make the recipes we've already tried instead of moving on to attempt new ones (usually my son's vote).
Additionally, there are so many recipes listed, one can sit down with the book prior to a special event and select many recipes to complement that day (for Christmas this year, I made batches of the peanut butter, chocolate chip, graham cracker, and blueberry muffins--we had three guests and the muffins were gone in TWO days). Additionally, there are a number of recipes that could accompany dinners (we made the corn muffins one evening when we had chili and the beer muffins on Thanksgiving). I am eager to try the Quiche Lorraine muffins for breakfast the next time we have weekend visitors and am considering making the cheesecake muffins for an upcoming picnic.
One of my favorite things about this book is the way that nutritious ingredients are often incorporated into the recipes. The carrot muffins are a nice way of getting a child to eat carrots, and many of the recipes are made with applesauce (my son does not touch fruit, so even though the amount of applesauce is negligible, I count this! He also will not blueberries by themselves but will inhale a blueberry "cupcake!Read more ›
Aside from the ingredients and TIME and energy wasted - this recipe was obviously not tested after publication. How much more should we waste on other recipes in the book? Here's the reply:
First off, I am truly sorry that you had a bad experience baking one our recipes. I am sorry that you had to spend money on ingredients for that recipe. Yes, there is a mistake. There is no sugar listed and there should be. There should be 3/4 cup sugar added to the egg yolk, milk, and sour cream mixture. This error will be fixed in future printings.
I am glad that you enjoyed th apple muffins. They are a variation on an apple cake that my grandmother used to make me. I am sure she'd be delighted that people are enjoying it. I hope you have also tried some of our other books. You might really enjoy the ultimate ice cream book or the ultimate brownie book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of recipes to pick from....my go to book when I want to make muffins.Published 1 month ago by Donna Shaw
Good recipes although I don't like to look for them in alphabetical order.Published 3 months ago by Yanula Salamanca
Anyone who loves making and then eating muffins will love this book. There are so many variations of basic and not so basic muffins that you will never run out of ideas for making... Read morePublished 8 months ago by book-stop shop
What a great book for muffin making! I was so impressed with the care and detail given to each and every recipe. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JME