Wednesday, August 22, 2012

plum topped zucchini muffins

i will take one summer fruit and one summer vegetable, and turn them into sweet breakfast.

i should, after all, be overloading myself with summer produce..because hello end of august, hey end of summer (swhaat!?), you always sneak up fast.

sweet breakfasts. can't stop won't stop.
and muffins, they're the cutest.

i want them in the morning, i want them in the evening. and that's the problem, because i'm an annoying muffin eater to everyone else but me.

i'll ruin the tops of your muffins in no time. and when i say ruin, i mean eat off.
i know it's the selfish thing to do, i'm sorry for acting selfish. i'm sorry for ruining your box of muffins by nibbling the tops off every last one.

i've truly pissed some people off, and i totally understand, people love the muffins. i love the muffins. and everyone is well aware that the top is by far the best.
i'm going to need to make more muffins.

soft zucchini-flecked muffins, lightly spiced, topped with streusel, and plums. and then more streusel.

they have big delicious tops. you are.

Plum Topped Zucchini Muffins

2 zucchini (1 lb), ends trimmed
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp allspice
pinch nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
2-3 plums, thinly sliced

2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup turbinado sugar (raw sugar)
dash of cinnamon and salt

preheat oven to 375. line muffin pan with papers or spray with nonstick cooking spray. shred the zucchini on a box grater and then squeeze the water out with paper towels. whisk together the sugar, melted butter, eggs, yogurt, and lemon juice together in a large bowl. in another bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt. 
next make the streusel by simply combining all the ingredients together in a small bowl til clumpy and crumbly. 
gently fold the dry ingredients into the yogurt mixture with the zucchini and walnuts. 
evenly divide the batter into the muffin tins. top each with a bit of streusel, then layer 2 plum slices on each. top with a bit more streusel and bake for about 20 minutes. 
makes about 14 muffins. 


  1. no complaints, this is a great recipe.

  2. um. amazing... the perfect muffin to greet me in the morning during this first week back at grad school :) thanks!

  3. I triple like these! they are SO if a yogurt-zucchini muffin wasn't already a delightful creation, to then add the streusel and plums?!?!? mmmmm --Z

  4. Made these today with my daughter. So good! Thank you for sharing!!!! Love love love the plums on top - tastey and pretty (we used Italian Plums) and did half with nuts and half without.

  5. I wish for the great of success in all of our destiny endeavors