Spring Glory Redbud Muffins

(makes 24 muffins, or 48 mini muffins)

You can skip the redbud blossoms in this riff on classic morning glory muffins, and it’ll still be delicious. But they do add a lovely note — redbud blossoms taste a little like fresh peas, sweetly vegetal, which you’d think might be an odd thing to put in a muffin, but combined with carrot and apple and pistachio and sultana and spices, trust me — it’s delicious.

I tried three options for incorporating the redbud blossoms — you can just stir them in, you can sprinkle some on top with the sugar and bake, or you can make a lime glaze to add after the muffins are baked and cooled, and then sprinkle some on top.

For a fancy tea party, I’d go with the last option, just because it’s so pretty, and the lime is a nice contrasting note. For my kids’ weekly muffins that they grab as they’re running out the door, options one and two work great!


1/2 c. jaggery or dark brown sugar
1/4 c. honey
3 eggs
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup milk
6 T butter, melted
1 t. vanilla extract
2 c. shredded carrots
1 c. shredded / grated apple (about 1 large)

2 c. flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. ground cloves
3/4 t. salt
1/2 c. sultanas (golden raisins)
1/2 c. chopped roasted pistachios

1 c. redbud blossoms, stems removed
nonstick baking spray
sugar for sprinkling, or lime glaze

lime glaze (optional):
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 T. lime juice
1 t. vanilla
2-3 T milk


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine sugar, honey, eggs, yogurt, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract, beating until well blended.

2. Add carrots and apple and mix well.

3. In a separate large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, and salt.

4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stir a few times to combine, then add sultanas and pistachios. Fold together until just combined.

5. Fold in redbud blossoms (reserving 1/4 c. for sprinkling if desired).

6. Spray muffin pan with nonstick spray, and distribute the batter into muffin cups, filling approximately 3/4 of the way for full-size muffins, or filling completely for mini muffins.

7. Sprinkle top of muffins lightly with sugar. Sprinkle with redbud blossoms, if desired (will be faded, but visible).

8. Bake for 35 minutes (or 13-15 minutes for mini muffins), until testing tooth pick comes out clean.

9. Cool for at least 10 minutes; cool completely if glazing.

10. If using, make glaze — combine glaze ingredients, and drizzle over cooled muffins. Sprinkle with reserved redbud blossoms, and let set before serving.

Kavi Made Dinner Tonight

I could get used to this. It’s from a Hello, Fresh meal kit, so it was somewhat prepped for her, but basically she did it all, and added the avocado on her own.

She’s been taking a culinary arts class as an elective at her high school, and it’s given her a lot more confidence in the kitchen than she had before, even though she’s done some cooking and baking with us previously. I wish all high school kids got to take that class.

At not quite sixteen, she’s a way better cook than I was at that age (and I suspect better than most of my college students). I was telling Kavi that all I knew how to do at sixteen was chop and sauté onions for curry (because that was all Amma would trust me to do), and oh yes, make microwave cheesecake.

Kavi promptly asked if I’d make microwave cheesecake for dessert, so I did. It is not as good as real cheesecake, but it has the advantage of being fast. 🙂


Questions that Need Answers

The jaggery milk toffee experiment came out well, whew! It has been dutifully packed up all pretty (along with an order of passionfruit marshmallows, an order of freshly-roasted curry powder, and a copy of Feast) for its intended recipient.

I would’ve been sad if I’d ruined a whole batch of milk toffee by daring to put in some jaggery instead of all white sugar.

It is definitely more on the ‘toffee’ side — it’s a little chewy; I put that down to the different moisture level in jaggery vs. white sugar. Which makes me wonder whether milk toffee originally might have been made entirely with jaggery and no white sugar at all, in which case, it might’ve been much more of an actual toffee originally?

As opposed to what we typically eat now, which has a consistency that’s sort of like fudge, but even more like maple candy, if you’re familiar with that New England delight.

Why don’t I have a food historian on tap, is what I want to know. I have questions, people. Questions that NEED answers…

Butter Melting ASMR

30 seconds of watching and listening butter melt into the jaggery milk toffee, which might have been nice ASMR, if it weren’t for the impatiently barking Ellie who really thought I should be getting her evening treats instead of wasting my time cooking…