10 make-ahead muffins for those lazy holiday mornings
You've spent so much time preparing that big holiday meal, you deserve a good, long snooze. Start your muffin prep and let your guests partake.
We love to stay up late on those big holiday dinner evenings, but then what? Your overnight guests are up early, and hungry. Why not make some showstopping muffins for them in advance so they can help themselves while you sleep in?
With recipes like these from our Israeli Kitchen that have been tested and primed for holiday baking, your guests won't even feel your absence while they chow down. All they'll feel is satisfied, and ready to (hopefully) help you clean up from the night before.
Carob muffins with halvah streusel
We've got a hankering for halvah lately. This sesame-based treat, popular in Israel and increasingly in the U.S., is the centerpiece of a new shop in New York City that From The Grapevine staff writer Ilana Strauss recently visited. Coincidentally, it's also one of recipe author Sarah Berkowitz's go-to garnish ingredients when it's time to bake. For these purposes, Berkowitz used Tabor Taste halvah spread with carob, a product manufactured in Israel and sold in specialty markets that carry Israeli products.
Chocolate babka muffins
As one of Israeli Kitchen's most popular recipes, these chocolate babka
muffins haven't met a household that didn't go crazy for them. As you probably know, babka is kind of famous. It's a sweet, twisted yeast cake filled with chocolate or cinnamon, prepared by only the most talented (or brave) bakers out there. This muffin recipe is like having your own personal babka.
Breakfast veggie muffins
If you served a lot of high-sugar, high-fat desserts as a cap-off to your exceptional holiday dinner, these veggie muffins are the breakfast you'll want to keep on hand to give your guests a nutritious send-off. It's lightly sweetened, sans fat and full of fiber, and you can play around with the recipe easily, adding fresh chopped fruit, dark chocolate chunks or dried berries.
Morning coffee, you've met your muffin match. For this recipe, Berkowitz took time perfecting this recipe to yield a sweet, but not too sweet, moist, flavorful muffin that’s jam-packed with coffee flavor and enough chocolate to make it mocha worthy. And as a bonus, she uses white whole wheat flour and replaces oil with mashed banana, which is a thing you can do all the time.
Turmeric chai latte muffins
And for your guests who don't care for coffee (there might be one or two, and they hopefully won't stay too long), we suggest serving these turmeric chai latte muffins alongside the aforementioned mochachino muffins for a spicy, stunning coffeehouse-themed pastry spread.
Pumpkin cranberry muffins
This one's perfect for folks who decided to skip the pumpkin pie dessert (because that's just so predictable!) and instead inject a little pumpkin flavor into breakfast. And if your overnight guests are plentiful (and extra hungry), it’s super easy to double this recipe. You can also bake the batter in a loaf pan and call it pumpkin cranberry bread.
Banana chocolate chip muffins with caramel bit
A wise individual once noted that the difference between a cupcake and a muffin is that one is frosted, and one is not. But the fact is that most people view muffins as a somewhat healthier treat. This turmeric muffin recipe brings you the best of both worlds – it’s got breakfast ingredients (applesauce, bananas, whole grains) baked together with some treats – caramel and chocolate – for an absolutely winning combination your guests will enjoy.
Orange pistachio muffins
These muffins have a phenomenal flavor from the fresh orange, juice and zest. It’s a triple header if you like oranges, and a flavor you can serve all year round. You can also be flexible with orange varieties. Feel free to use blood oranges, mineolas, cara caras or even mandarins. They’ll all yield a slightly different flavor, but will work beautifully in these nutty orange muffins.
Applesauce oatmeal muffins
There’s something so wholesome about a homemade muffin that has oats and applesauce. These satisfy that desire for something comfortably home-baked at breakfast, and if you have leftovers, they're great for lunch, too.
Ginger peach muffins
Ginger is an unmistakable flavor of fall and winter, and in these muffins, paired with the essence of peach, it's extraordinary. In this recipe, Berkowitz has taken advantage of the sweetness and great flavor of fresh peaches, combined with the fresh, kicky taste of ginger.
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