Inner Warmth

Did I not promise something cheery and warming, this next post - I mean, after all those snowy images, last time?

Very early spring is just arriving but, even so, it's still quite breezy, damp and slushy and that is why a warming teatime with spicy pear and brown butter muffins 'fresh from the oven' (we burn our mouths on them) are so appreciated. ;-)

One of my favorite food photographers is Aran Goyoaga of the blog Cannelle et Vanille, who half of you probably know already. I bought her new cookbook in the late autumn and have been delighted to discover that her recipes are just as edifying and taste ten times even more mouth-wateringly delicious than her photos of it look - honest truth! - and that's really, quite seriously saying something!!! I've tried quite a few different recipes which have now slipped into legend in my household but I, still, have so many recipes from her book that I want to explore. The trouble is, I can't seem to get past these muffins!

These muffins are unbelievably moist and light and, yet, warming and heartening, especially with the cinnamon, ginger and cardamom - they hit just the right spot. I must have baked ten batches of these, now. You see, part of the deal is that I really want a chance to photograph them but, I hardly get started, turn around and they're gone - devoured! (and, yes! I've been doubling the recipe!) (and, yes! I, too, have been contributing to the problem! =/)

So, needless to say, at this point, I want to move on to a new muffin.... a savory one, this time - butternut squash, apple and blue cheese (think cheese biscuit).... they just look so.... soo..... desperately... phew! They just look so good! =P

Speaking of favorite photographers.... I'm sharing this in Mary Carroll's 'inspiration Thursday' at the dear Little Red House. She has irresistibly fun word prompts. Yesterday's was 'books'. =]

and, you're in luck! Here's the recipe for spicy pear and brown butter muffins! ;-)
and here is review of them that, if you don't believe me, says JUST what I was sayin'! Told you so!!!
And here is a recipe that isn't gluten free.

I'm done now!