The lovely color of gold brightens the world around us. Countless pieces of jewelry are made with the precious metal. Hair is colored in its various hues. Walls are painted with it to give a comforting glow to a room. A setting sun is nature’s brilliant display of the color. It also appears in food and many times with baked goods. It was my inspiration for making Golden Morning Glory Muffins.
These muffins are a twist to the usual. Typical morning glory muffins are made with carrots and raisins. I used parsnips which I prefer over carrots. Golden raisins were an easy swap. However, the best part comes from golden brown butter. Oh yes! What a way to take these up a notch. I started using it instead of oil to give an extra flavor boost. I was hooked once I did it for the Apple Swirl Bundt Cake.
I made the muffins selfishly for myself. It’s my birthday and I wanted to start the day with a special treat. I used to go out and get one however I can’t find them close by my home. The coffee shops that carried them have long since closed. Making them at home meant now all I have to do is warm up one and then drizzle it with golden honey. The hearty, nutty muffin is filling and goes wonderfully with coffee or tea.
What is your favorite birthday breakfast? Do you go out or make something for yourself at home? Perhaps these golden morning glory muffins will be your new favorite. They certainly are one of mine.
Recipe adapted from one in the The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook. (Affiliate link to Amazon where you can purchase the book).