I’ve never really been a fan of rosemary. My Giagia used it only in her revithia (that’s Greek for chickpeas) and my mom … well, I don’t think my mom has ever used rosemary. Needless to say, it’s never been an herb I’ve gotten excited about. I used it with some lamb chops a while back (it may even be four years already), but there weren’t any oohs and aahs emanating from the dinner table that evening and I haven’t bought another bunch of rosemary since. That is until last week.
I decided to give this fragrant herb another shot. I used most of what I had purchased in a pork dish, which–I must admit–turned out great (stay tuned next week for that recipe). And then I got to thinking of what I could do with the rest. For some reason unbeknownst to me, my thoughts turned straight to muffins. Plus, having just glanced over at the crate of mandarins my husband brought home a day earlier, it was really a no-brainer–Rosemary and Mandarin Muffins it would be.
The muffins were moist, with a hint of rosemary and sweet mandarin. I imagine they’d be perfect with brunch. I personally enjoyed two today–one with my morning coffee and one with my mid-afternoon cup of Chai (which I just started drinking and–much to my surprise–really like).
Rosemary and Mandarin Muffins
1 stick of butter, softened
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup thick Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
1 tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped
Zest and juice of 1 mandarin
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with baking cups.
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in rosemary, mandarin zest and juice.
Blend in one third of the flour mixture, then half the yogurt, alternating between the two until done. Fill the muffin cups 1/2 to 3/4 full and bake until golden (I didn’t pay attention to the exact timing, but when they start getting some color, just insert a toothpick into the center, make sure it comes out clean and voila!).