"Muffins are a dish best served warm...and shared" or so they say. If some dishes are best served alone, then I do declare that muffins are the dish for sharing. They do of course come in bundles of a dozen or so, and how much more wonderful they taste with a cup of coffee and a good friend! In fact, in the history of muffin making, no one has EVER turned down a hand delivered muffin.
Follow me, if you will, for a moment down memory lane (Evergreen Lane, actually) to early mornings as a child, awoken by my alarm clock that was the sweet smell of cranberry orange muffins or lemon blueberry (or if I was especially lucky, jam filled cornmeal muffins) followed by the sharp smell of espresso and a few licks on the hand from my golden retriever, Dijon. If only everyone could wake up in this fashion! Groggy-eyed, I'd follow the scent to the kitchen where my dad would be found bundling up the baked treats in a kitchen towel, tucked into a basket, ready to be delivered to friends as a "thank you for helping me out last week" or "thanks for being great". A muffin gift truly speaks a thousand words. Not every muffin would make it into the basket, of course, and I would enjoy mine sliced open like a sandwich with a generous slice of butter tucked inside, melted immediately by the still steaming treat.Read More