Jumbo Blueberry Zucchini Muffins with Lemon Drizzle

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I know, I know…the internet doesn’t really need another recipe for that bumper crop of zucchini, but these guys are totally delish AND they make exactly 6 jumbo muffins. If you’re anything like me and maybe you buy that jumbo muffin tin on sale and then don’t use it for 2+ years, these dudes are for you. The thing with non-standard pan sizes is that sometimes you get a wonky number of muffins or you get one that’s a little runty or have to bust out another pan to use up the rest of the batter. These kinds of things are really NBD, but isn’t it just so satisfying when you have exactly enough batter for your tin?! I get really excited about this stuff, guys. I have a super exciting life, I know.

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Nerd-alert aside, these muffins uses up some of that enormous femur-sized zucchini your neighbor maybe gifted you and adds some juicy pops of blueberry, plus a zippy lemon drizzle that puts these guys over the top and keeps you sneaking yet another crumb until you realize you’ve eaten 2 of these jumbo bebes but, you feel okay about it because there’s a vegetable in there.

^Whoa, run-on ._.

Jumbo Blueberry Zucchini Muffins
 
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These are a combination of 2 favorites in a single muffin-zucchini & blueberry-plus a tart, lemony drizzle for good measure.
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) melted, unsalted butter cooled to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • zest of 1 lemon, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6-8 tablespoons confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Butter and flour the wells of a 6-cup jumbo muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla until combined well. Stir in the zucchini and half of the lemon zest.
  4. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with the tablespoon of flour to coat.
  5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and fold until just combined. Fold in the blueberries. Divide the batter among the 6 muffin cups. Bake in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes or until the tops spring back to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  6. Remove the muffins from the oven and cool on a baking rack until completely cooled before turning out.
  7. While the muffins cool, make the glaze. In a bowl, whisk the lemon juice, remaining zest, and confectioners sugar together until smooth. Add more juice to thin or confectioners sugar to thicken, as desired. Drizzle liberally over the cooled muffins.

 

Brown Butter Cinnamon Banana Bread with Brown Butter Honey Drizzle

I love banana bread a lot of ways–nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter, spices, fruit, plain? SURE! But, my favorite banana bread iteration probably involves streusel because I cannot resist a crumbly, sugary, buttery topping. I just can’t.

This version involves lots of cinnamon and everyone’s favorite darling–brown butter. It’s sweetly spiced with a crumbly topping and toffee-like notes from the browned butter. And, I went even further, I gilded the banana (that’s the saying, right?) and added a super simple brown butter + honey drizzle. It takes this bread over the top and makes it something extra special…I mean, what’s more special than a triple-brown-butter (streusel! batter! drizzle!) situation?

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Brown Butter Cinnamon Banana Bread with Brown Butter Honey Drizzle

Adapted from Betty Crocker

Makes 1 loaf

Topping:

3 tablespoons flour

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

dash of salt

2 tablespoons browned butter

Batter:

3 very ripe bananas

6 tablespoons browned butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup greek yogurt

1/4 cup milk

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

Brown the butter for the topping and batter in a skillet by melting 1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons) over medium heat until the butter foams. As the foam subsides, continue heating, stirring occasionally until the milk solids become deep brown and the butter smells like toffee. Remove from the heat and scrape into a heatproof dish to cool.

In a small bowl stir together the topping ingredients, including 2 tablespoons of the browned butter.

In a bowl, mash the bananas and whisk in the remaining 6 tablespoons browned butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, greek yogurt, and milk. In a seperate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and fold until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with the topping mixture. Bake in the center of the oven for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Brown Butter Honey Drizzle

This drizzle is totally optional, but pushes this bread over the top.

Brown 2 tablespoons of brown butter in a skillet (go ahead and brown 2 additional tablespoons with the 8 mentioned above, 10 tablespoons total). Stir the 2 tablespoons of brown butter with 4 tablespoons of honey, warm in a skillet if it doesn’t seem to be coming together. Drizzle over the whole loaf of bread or on each slice as you serve it.

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Pumpkin, Leek, & Pecan Cornbread with Spicy Honey

Guys, this is the prettiest cornbread I’ve ever made. I first saw it on Megan’s blog and thought it was such a stunnner back then, and I finally got around to making it. I’m so glad I did!

I decided to adapt this recipe to be baked in a cast iron skillet because the fine people of Finex (forged right here in Portland!) gifted me with one of their gorgeous skillets. I mean, look at that iron-beauty down there! I especially love that the cooking surface of the pan is smooth, instead of rough like most cast iron skillets, and the octagonal sides make for easy pouring. Anyway, it’s perfect for this recipe because we start  by browning butter–always a good idea–and the butter that coats the pan after pouring it out for the batter acts to make the surface even more non-stick. Plus, the pan stays hot, since we all know cast iron holds heat like a dream, creating a little sizzle when the batter hits the pan making for a nice golden-brown crust on this cornbread. Obviously, you can use any trusty cast iron skillet you have for this recipe and it will be just as delicious.

The pumpkin in the cornbread makes it so moist, with extra tenderness from the addition of buttermilk. In addition to the brown butter flavor punch, we have lots of leeks, sliced super thinly, throughout the batter and on top. Along with pecans for a sweet and nutty bite. The leeks on top get crisp and sweet and so perfect. I’m sort of obsessed with them (I’ve been using them as a pizza topping lately, too…so killer!). But, the thing that really makes this cornbread sing is the spicy honey drizzle. It’s a sweetly spiced, sticky counterpart to the earthy-sweet and savory cornbread…and it’s SO simple!! It’s just honey and tabasco. Done.

Anyway, I urge you to make this cornbread sooner than later. Don’t wait a whole dang year like I did. And, I have to say it, it’d be a great addition to a Thanksgiving spread. Hint, hint.

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Pumpkin, Leek, & Pecan Cornbread with Spicy Honey 

Makes 8-12 servings

Adapted from Take A Megabite

Leeks can be super gritty, so I like to clean them by slicing them and swishing around in a large bowl of cold water. Then I scoop them out and pat them dry on a clean tea towel.

 

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup cornmeal

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup (4 ounces) brown butter

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

1 large leek, sliced thinly into rounds and rinsed well

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Spicy Honey:

1/2 cup honey

2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet until it gets foamy, once it begins to foam, continue to cook the butter, stirring until the solid bits in the butter turn deep brown and smell fragrant like toffee (if you aren’t using a cast iron skillet, refer to Megan’s recipe for alternate instructions). Pour the butter into a dish and set aside to cool to room temperature.

In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar. In another bowl whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin puree, and cooled brown butter. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the cornmeal mixture and fold until just combined, then fold in half of the leeks. Scrape the batter into the cast iron pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining leeks, as well as the pecans. Bake in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool at least 10 minutes before serving with the spicy honey.

To make the spicy honey, stir together both of the ingredients until combine.

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Full disclosure, Finex sent me one of their skillet to use. I was not compensated for this post, I just really like this skillet! As always, all opinions and words are my own.