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April 18, 2018

PEACH CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS WITH STREUSEL

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Peach Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel are wonderfully tender and with an abundance of soft peach chunks. They are topped with smooth layer of cream cheese and finished off with a sprinkling of buttery streusel. 

Peach Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel
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Here's a question for you: what item must you have with you when traveling? Why am I asking? Well, I'll be flying out to visit family soon, and I'm mentally making my checklist. One item that goes everywhere I go is hand sanitizer, but on extended trips, sanitizing wipes are also added to the list.



Peach Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel


Do you know what the dirtiest surface on a plane is? I've read that it's the trays! Yikes!! Apparently some people use it for personal grooming. I have also heard that some use it to help with diapering their little ones! I don't know if that means putting the babies on top of the tray or their soiled diapers. Regardless, ewww! and  ewww!! With that thought etched in my mind, this germaphobe always gives her seat and tray a good wipe down.

I won't be staying in hotels on this trip, but if I were, you can bet that I would come equipped with plenty of sanitizing wipes to give the room a thorough wipe down too!

My husband lovingly calls me a freak, but after being with me all these years, some of my habits have rubbed off on him. He is very diligent at rubbing down shopping carts (patting myself on the back right now).

So I ask you, what can't you leave the house without? What can't you go with on a trip? Your phone? Moisturizer? Hand sanitizer anyone? My inquiry mind needs to know :)


Peach Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel

I had a craving for something peachy, and even though it is not peach season, I saw it as a perfect opportunity for a peach post. Because canned peaches are used, these muffins are perfect for anytime of the year. No need to wait for the fruit to be in season! 

I've been making a lot of blueberry desserts to use up blueberries I had frozen last summer. With some slight alterations to my blueberry muffin recipe, these peach muffins were born.

These muffins are tender (but what I really want to say is moist) and loaded with peach chunks. With a slight tang from the cream cheese and sweet and buttery streusel, it will leave you wanting to do a happy dance. I did! I'll be making this again and again!

Peach Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel

I chose to flavor these muffins simply with vanilla extract, but you can kick it up with some cinnamon added to the muffin and/or streusel. And how about adding chopped pecans to the streusel? That would be awesome too!



PEACH CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS WITH STREUSEL     

Peach Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel


INGREDIENTS:

1 23.5 oz. jar peach in fruit juice (or equivalent to yield about 1/2 cup drained and diced)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. cornstarch 
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
egg, room temp
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Filling:
6 oz. cream cheese or Neufchatel, room temperature
6 tbsp. sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. flour

For the Streusel:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1/8 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp. cold butter, diced



INSTRUCITONS:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place paper liners in a 12 cavity muffin pan.

Drain peaches in a colander. Dice peaches into small 1/4"-1/3" chunks. Return to the colander. Use a large spatula to gently press out the juices of the peaches. Set aside to drain.

In a small bowl, blend flour, corn starch, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar, egg, milk, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth, about 1 minute. Remove 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture and set aside. Gradually add the remaining flour mixture to the wet, stirring until just blended. Do not over mix.

Use several paper towels to blot the peaches completely dry. Place in a bowl and add the 2 tablespoon of the reserved flour mixture. Mix to blend. Add the peach to the batter, stirring until incorporated into the batter.

In a separate bowl, combine all of the streusel ingredients. Using a pastry blender or your hands work the butter into the mixture until the butter is pea sized. 

Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full with batter. Using a large spoon, place the cream cheese over the batter using a digging and twisting motion in the center to work some of the cream cheese into the batter. Top each muffin with a generous spoonful of streusel.

Bake for 22-26 minutes or until a toothpick come out with some crumbs attached. Allow to cool for 15 minutes prior to removing the muffin from the muffin pan. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container, refrigerated.

Makes 12 muffins.




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24 comments:

  1. Beautiful muffins!!! I always have wipes with me, but mostly to clean the kids if they happen to eat something messy while we are travelling. Otherwise, I have to admit I never think much about the germs, the only thing I do in a hotel is to clean the toilet myself before using it the first time... with wipes... :) Funny about changing dipers on a tray, I have two kids, but it never occurred to me to do that. :) :)And one thing I always have when we drive for a longer way or fly is "puke bags"... if I forget them, it is bound that one of the kids will have to throw up. Nice comment, isn't it, wipes, germs, toilets and vomit... :) :) :)

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    1. LOL! The necessities when you have young kids :) I love your comment, Adina! I didn't travel with puke bags when my kids were little but there are always "boogie bags". A talkshow host I watch on TV said she has seen people clip their toenails on flights :(

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  2. oooh cream cheese filling AND streusel?! how decadent (: and the one thing i can't leave without is my wallet! obviously it's annoying if you have to buy a bunch of things you already have at home, but at least you can (;

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    1. Yes! Having money and credit cards is important! People are nicer to you when you pay 😄

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  3. I have read the same thing about airplane trays - SO gross!!! I'm also a weirdo about wiping them down, so you're not alone. My must haves for traveling are lip chap, hand sanitizer and moisturizer! These muffins are so dreamy, Thao. I love the streusel - all muffins should have streusel!!

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    1. My husband just told me he plans to carry sanitizing wipes for the plane too! I must be really rubbing off on him :)
      Lip balm! Yes! I go everywhere with them too...year round! Oh! And hand cream, another must have. I'm so glad we have similar check lists!

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  4. These muffins look so good Thao. I love the peach and cream cheese filling...and since it is a muffin, I am going to make these for breakfast��
    Love this recipe...thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you so much Ashika! I'm so glad you want to try these! I really hope you'll like them :)

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  5. Glad you didn't wait until peach season for these beauties because I need to make them for Sunday brunch this weekend! I'd also cut one of them in half, toast them up, and put ice cream on them for dessert. I don't really have an essential travel item but, after reading your post, I'll now carry wipes around with me EVERYWHERE!!! lol!

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    1. OMG! I need to steal your dessert idea! It sounds awesome! Here's a tip from a seasoned pro: I leave a container of hand sanitizer in the car so I can be ready at all times, and I also carry a few in zip lock bag in my purse. Too much? I understand if you're not ready for that yet 😆! Have a great brunch, Karrie!

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  6. This will prob sound crazy, but i've prob only used sanitizing wipes a couple times in my life. For me, I must have water when I travel. I hate to feel dehydrated. Anyways, these peach muffins look awesome. That struesel topping looks delish!

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    1. When my kids are little and when did daycare, wipes became a big part of my life. Now I'm just neurotic about it 😆. Water is great too! It's definitely ranks high on my must have list.

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  7. I have heard about airplane trays... so icky. I need to start carrying around wipes. The thing that I can't leave my house without is my phone. When I'm travelling, I need a good data plan too to use GPS and research places to go. Anyway, these muffins looks so wonderfully fluffy and full of peach flavour! Plus that streusel on top is perfect.

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    1. I guess I’m not a light packer. A phone is a must for me as well, especially when I’m alone. I’m directionally challenged and and aveca had time finding myself around.:). GPS is a must!

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  8. I definitely have to have hand sanitizer when I travel (actually, it's always in my purse). And I always have to have my facial cleanser and moisturizer for my nightly routine ;) Now, these muffins! I don't know if I've ever had a peach muffin!! Can you believe that? And I love peach! So, I have to get on that and try these soon. They look super good and love the generous amount of peach in there! A tall glass of milk to go with and I'm set :)

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    1. High five got my hand sanitizer buddy!! �� Facial cleanser and moisturizer are also essentials for me too on overnight trips to help keep my skin looking like I’m stil in my 20’s (hahaha)!! I have never come across a peach muffin until I decided to make these, and I’m glad I did! They are a keeper!

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  9. Wow these muffins look stunning! I love the streusel topping! I did the same with blueberries muffins it was so tasty I loved them. I bet the combination of peaches and cream cheese made these muffins so moist and sweet!

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    1. Thank you! The blueberry muffins sounds wonderful! I'm saw thinking of doing some with strawberries. Can't wait :)

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  10. These muffins with peaches look amazing!! Anytime I hear cream cheese I know they're gonna be great! lol I can see why you carry sanitizer, those planes really aren't as clean as they should be and I hate a sticky tray. Take care.

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    1. Hahaha! The same goes with me when I hear coconut. It always gets me attention. Once I'm through wiping down, there are no such things as sticky trays, seat belts, armrests, air nozzles, or light switches :) Take care Stacey.

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  11. I didn't know how dirty those trays are. Just one more reason I always get sick after plane rides...These muffins sound AMAZING, Thao!

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    1. That brings me to the second must have item when I travel or fly... Airborne! 😷😄

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  12. They are beautiful ! bravo.

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