Food Friday: May Day Muffins

It’s a damp and cool May Day here, but that didn’t stop a herd of nursery schoolers in our town from delivering blooming baskets to unsuspecting neighbors all over town.



But before they delivered their wares, they fueled up with these May Day Muffins (it was our day to bring snack). Apricots and butter, yum.

May Day Muffins

3 cups all-purpose flour (I used half all-purpose, half white wheat)

1 cup sugar (I used 3/4 cup)

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups plain yogurt

2 large eggs

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

2 cups dried apricots, diced

1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the over to 375 degrees.  Line a muffin tin with muffin papers.

2. Mix four, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk yogurt and eggs together in a medium bowl. Gently fold the yogurt-egg mixture into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just combined. Fold in melted butter. (TAKE NOTE: I think I mixed too much, and my crust was SLIGHTLY tough. Definitely don’t over mix.)

3. Use a large ice cream scoop to divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake until golden and a toothpick comes out clean, with just a few crumbs. Be careful not to overbake. (25-30 minutes)

4. Let muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

(Easily customized, of course. If you don’t have apricots, make lemon-blueberry muffins, adding 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries. Or orange-cranberry. Or lemon-poppyseed. Or raspberry-almond. Or banana-walnut. You get the idea.)


After snack and basket delivery, it was time for the Maypole.




And on a completely different note, a wiser mom than me saw Henry permanently attached to me this morning, noted my frustration about not being able to walk three feet away from him without fuss, and quietly reminded me, “They won’t always need us. Enjoy it while they do.”  Thank you, Amanda. You are so right.

They also won’t always delight in making crowns of ivy and wearing them. I’ll snuggle up with them while they do.


Happy May Day!


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10 Responses to “Food Friday: May Day Muffins”

  1. Tang Says:

    Such a cute blog. Happy May day!

  2. exhale. return to center. Says:

    love that last picture.

    we went out with may baskets today too. we’ll dance the maypole next weekend!! such sweet traditions!

    and such a nice reminder from your friend. one i needed to hear too!

  3. Christina Says:

    What a sweet post, beginning to end. I’m talking “aww, sappy-sweet” and “yum, tasty sweet.” The baskets are darling, and the muffins sound tasty!

  4. Lucia Says:

    I had that same moment the other day, being more than slightly irritated by the constant ring of my name and the need of a child. I had that same thought that all too soon will be a day when they may not even want to talk to call my name (and when they do it will surely be mom, not mommy or momma), I’ll take this over that any day!

  5. Chelle Says:

    I want to dance around a May pole after seeing these photos!

  6. Erin Says:

    What beautiful pictures… And I’m sooooo jealous of Will’s eyelashes!

  7. B. Says:

    Happy May Day!

  8. libound Says:

    Have I mentioned that I think your son is an Angel? Oh yes, I think so. I want my kids to go to this school – wonderful May Day celebrations!

  9. Maria Says:

    I Love May Day!

  10. Maria Says:

    And your post! From recipe, to photos, to sweet reminder!

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