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We Are Having a Muffin Moment Guest Post by Laura Childs

Monday, March 13th 2017 @ 3:08 PM

This is a muffin moment - and recipe - but we are also having a drawing for Pekoe Most Poison! Read on for details. . .

When a cupcake seems too sweet, when a scone isn’t quite sweet enough, it’s time to think muffins. They’re the perfect accompaniment to a pot of tea.

Yes, think English breakfast tea, Darjeeling, or Assam. Of course, muffins are available in savory varieties, such as cornmeal, carrot, pumpkin, and cheese muffins, but they come in an infinite array of sweet varieties, too. We’re talking banana, chocolate chip, blueberry, strawberry, apple streusel, and the list goes on.

Muffins seem to have originated in Europe in the early 1700’s. In Germany they were called moofin, in France the word was moufflet. When they made the crossing to America, they were called “common muffins” or “wheat muffins.” And now that muffins have truly come of age, you can find them in tea shops, coffee shops, and grocery stores. Several states even have official state muffins. (Massachusetts – corn muffin, Minnesota – blueberry muffin, and New York – apple muffin.)

One of the best things about muffins is that they are a snap to bake. In fact, I’d like to share one of my favorite recipes for Banana Muffins.

Laura Childs’ Banana Muffins

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup mashed bananas

1 cup sour cream

½ cup chopped nuts

In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir in mashed bananas and sour cream until well mixed. Add chopped nuts. Pour batter into well-greased muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Yields 8 muffins.


Two lucky readers will win one copy of PEKOE MOST POISON inscribed and signed by Laura Childs.
How? Two things: Simply comment below AND post the same comment to the matching post on our Facebook page (here) - Tell us in your comment what you like best about Laura Childs Tea Shop Mystery books.
Two winners will be randomly drawn from a hat and announced no later than Monday, March 20. Comment between March 13 and March 17 to be included in the drawing.


 ~ Laura Childs


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LAURA CHILDS is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm, authored several screenplays, and produced a reality show. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history, enjoys traveling, and has two Shar-Peis. See

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