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Williams-Sonoma Collection: Muffins

Williams-Sonoma Collection: Muffins
If the thought of baking conjures up hours of mixing and kneading, rolling and rising, then you haven't discovered the magic of making muffins. One of the newest titles in the Williams-Sonoma Collection series, Muffins will inspire you to welcome family and friends with the homey aroma of fresh-baked treats.

Most of the 40 recipes can be prepared in an hour or two, from sifting the flour to serving muffins fresh from the oven. By using leaveners such as baking powder or baking soda, rather than yeast, you'll obtain a light and tender texture without complicated, time-consuming steps. Best of all, the ingredients and techniques you'll use when making muffins translate just as effortlessly to quick breads and festive coffee cakes, also featured in this book.

Award-winning cookbook author Beth Hensperger, a widely acclaimed expert on bread, shows you how to savor the best of the seasons in the form of delectable baked goods. Rejoice in summer's sweetness with peach streusel coffee cake, or celebrate autumn's harvest with a delicately spiced apple coffee cake drizzled with vanilla glaze. Cinnamon-buttermilk muffins bring back memories of old-fashioned cake doughnuts, with their extra-tender texture and dusting of cinnamon-sugar. Special recipes, like brown sugar-macadamia nut coffee cake, will elevate a weekend brunch to new heights. For a delicious alternative to regular bread, serve savory muffins, such as jalapeño-cornmeal or bacon and Gruyère, alongside soups, stews and salads.

You'll discover creative ways to embellish even the most basic muffins with savory fillings or sweet streusel toppings. The book also features recipes for versatile accompaniments, including silky lemon curd, plum-studded honey butter and rich goat cheese spread.

A full-page color photograph accompanies every recipe. Photo-illustrated sidebars provide helpful information about essential ingredients and techniques, such as handling fresh berries and working with jalapeño chilies. The basics chapter offers tips on mixing batters, selecting baking pans and determining doneness, plus advice on storing muffins for later enjoyment as an afternoon nibble or a quick breakfast.

Whether you're craving the sweetness of blueberries or a flavorful spin on hearty bran, you'll learn just how easy it is to whip up a batch of muffins. Beginners and seasoned experts alike will find a wealth of ideas in this comprehensive volume.