Thursday, March 28, 2013

Apricot Cream Cheese Muffins for Dad

The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. ~ Feodor Dostoevski

We are all of us creatures of habit.

I've only recently noticed just how many habits I've collected along the way: how I have coffee in the morning before the cereal, how I always sit on the right-hand side of the bus,  how I check the same websites every morning.

My Dad was no exception.  In fact he could've been the poster boy for habitual living.  We used to go out for lunch as a family every weekend.  For years it was BB's Cafe in Wairau Park.  And every single weekend he would order exactly the same things: a cappuccino in a bowl with chocolate, a ham and cheese croissant (heated) and an Apricot and Cream Cheese Muffin.

We were such regulars, I even ended up working at the place.  And Dad would still come in, every Sunday, for his coffee, croissant, and muffin. 

It's eight years today since he passed away.  And I can still see him sitting there just like it was yesterday, with the paper in one hand and a muffin in the other.  So today, I broke my morning habit to bake Dad's favourite muffins and remember all his quirky habits with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.

Apricot and Cream Cheese Muffins for my Dad.  I love you.  I miss you so much.  

I never got to be privvy to the BBs muffin recipe which made incredibly soft tender moist muffins that my Dad loved.  I've searched high and low for a similar muffin recipe and this is the best one I've found so far based on this blueberry muffin recipe.  My oven ran a bit hot for this batch so the tops were a bit crunchy but the bottoms were still lovely and tender.

Apricot & Cream Cheese Muffins

Makes 10 muffins

1 1/2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
100mL milk (1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon), room temperature
1/3 cup oil (flavourless like canola)
1 large egg, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 can of apricot halves, drained
~ 100g cream cheese
icing sugar to decorate

1. Preheat your oven to 200oC.  Place 10 cupcake liners in a 12 cup muffin tray.

2.  Reserve 3 apricot halves to slice up for decoration.  Dice the rest of the apricots and set aside.  Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk to mix. Make a well in the centre.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, egg and vanilla.

3. Pour the wet ingredients into the well in the dry ingredients and fold gently a few times to just in corporate. The mixture will seem quite dry. Add the diced apricots and fold in quickly and gently until only just mixed.  A light hand here is best...the more you mix the tougher and denser your muffins will be!

4.  Divide the mixture into the baking cups ~ about 3/4 full.  Scoop 1/2 teaspoons of cream cheese and push into the middle of each muffin, making sure the cream cheese is covered by muffin mixture.  Place a slice of apricot on top

5. Bake at 200oC for 18-20 minutes.  Immediately take muffins out of the tray and onto a wire rack for cooling. Sprinkle with icing sugar when cooled.  Best eaten on the day of baking.  You can reheat them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds on high (one muffin at a time).


  1. xxx Nessie
    You did too, every day sit (sleep) on the right side of the 945 bus!

  2. Yum these look simple and delicious. What a lovely tribute. :)

  3. Beautiful post. Gorgeous muffins.

  4. these look fantastic - i have some apricot pieces frozen away somewhere that would work well.
    it is beautiful when food reminds us of people.
    and as a solid creature of habit, i think there is absolutely nothing wrong with it! though i do try to shake it up every now and then ... and end up creating new habits!

  5. I love your blog, you have some wonderful recipes on here. Thanks for sharing.



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