Monday, August 24

Red Grapes In Muffins? Oh, Yeah.

red grape and sweet wine muffins

Prior to blogging, I rarely made muffins. OK, I never made muffins. Now I find it difficult to go a week or more without baking some. There are so many things to love about muffins: They're easy to make. They're endlessly versatile. And, unlike many baked goods, they're portion controlled. (That is, as long as you don't eat two or three per sitting.)

While I enjoy baking traditional muffins like my Mom's Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins, I really love to play around with ingredients and concoct unique muffins such as Fresh Apricot and Kiwi and Coconut.

Up until a few weeks ago, however, I had never made muffins with red grapes. I mean, red grapes in muffins? Is that natural? Oh, it's beyond natural. It's extraordinary. I should know. I have made them three times within the past few weeks, including for a brunch, where they received rave reviews.

farmers' market red grapes

These wonderfully moist muffins are laced with fragrant, subtly sweet wine and punctuated with juicy, red grapes. They're lovely as a midday snack with a cup of tea and even work well as an appetizer or light dessert when paired with a glass of wine and some cheese.

Come to think of it, it's been nearly two weeks since I last made these muffins. And it just so happens that I have a bunch of plump, juicy red grapes in the fridge....

red grape and sweet wine muffins

Sweet Wine and Red Grape Muffins
Makes 6 jumbo or 12 regular sized muffins
Here is the original recipe for Individual Grape and Vin Santo Cakes on

Note: The original recipe calls for a jumbo/Texas muffin pan. Since I don't have one, I used a 12-cup regular muffin tin. I was only able to fill 11 cups, so I filled the 12th cup with a little water while they were baking.

1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon orange zest
2/3 cup sweet wine (I like Rieisling and Muscata)
1 cup seedless red grapes

confectioners' sugar for garnish

1. Place a rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat to 375 degrees F.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. Beat butter with 2/3 cup sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed, until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in zest.

4. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternately wtih wine, beginning and ending flour, mixing until just incorporated.

5. Toss grapes with remaining tablespoon flour, then fold into batter.

6. Divide batter among muffin cups. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake until golden and springy to the touch, 18-20 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then loosen with a knife, and remove. Cool to warm, 5-10 minutes more. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.

Here are more muffins you might like:

Sweet Corn and Honey Muffins

Orange, Walnut, and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Peach Pie Muffins

Here are more great grape recipes:
Champagne Grape Loaves at Melecotte
Grape and Raisin Bread at Baking Bites
Red Grape and Aniseed Schiacciati at Morsels and Musings
Citrus Grape Cake at Green Gourmet Giraffe


veron said...

Oh yeh! Those muffins look fantastic.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I started doing much more baking after i started my blog too. These sound so good. I am bookmarking them!

Anh said...

The best looking muffins, Susan. Nice and neat idea, too!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This sounds glorious! How nice to sweeten with a touch of wine and to see those surprising, red jewels tucked inside!

GF Gidget said...

Decadent and brilliant!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those muffins are very original! A wonderfulidea!



Homemade Heaven said...

What a clever idea - I also make lots of muffins and would never have thought of red grapes.

Pauline said...

I always wanted to bake muffins and breads with grapes, but I never found a recipe for it so I thought it couldn't be done! Now you've proved that assumption wrong! Forget raisins! Fresh grapes are a bounty to muffins. Yours look adorable, especially with that light sugar dusting. The almost look like mini angel food cake. Great treat!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Susan, I'm glad you now make muffins more regularly, because your muffins are the best! Such wonderful flavors - I have a couple of recipes bookmarked and will be trying them soon.
These are divine!

grace said...

i make muffins more often than anything else i think. have i ever included grapes? that's a negative. great idea!

Soma said...

last week when i husband suggested to put grapes in a cake, i laughed:-) .. but it does work!! i wondered if the grapes stayed watery & would ruin the cakes! have to try it & let my hubby know he was right.

nora@ffr said...

love ye photography!! ye muffins look soo pretty!

Hornsfan said...

Beautiful photo and tasty looking muffins!

Susan from Food Blogga said...


lisa-Don't lose that bookmark!

anh-Thanks so much!

tw-They are jewels, aren't they?

katrina-Ooh, thank you!

rosa-They're unique, indeed!

rose-I know. Who would have thought? But it's lovely.

pauline-I have made focaccia with grapes but never muffins. Seriously. You've got to try it. They're wonderful.

patricia-That's great to hear!

grace-I know. You've gotta try it.

soma-They didn't get watery at all. Although I would use firm grapes.

nora- Many thanks!

hornsfan-Thanks so much!

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eatme_delicious said...

Ooo I LOVE the sound (and look) of these muffins!! I've been making muffins every week or two for the last year or so and am getting really sick of them. But these ones are luring me back into muffin making!

Anonymous said...

Would NEVER have thought to put grapes in any baked good. Cool. These sound really tasty.

Sean said...

Red is definitely going to look better...but I have some not-so-stellar white grapes in the fridge right now...maybe I'll substitute and give that a go!

Awesome pictures as always!

Unknown said...

Wow, I've not thought of baking with grapes! These muffins look fantastic, Susan! I love trying new muffin recipes, however, my family is picky about what fillings or toppings I use.
You are sooo creative!

theteachercooks said...

Just letting you know that I am a food's teacher that will be using your site as a resource in my foodblog that I do with my cooking class. I loved your blog about Bisquick!!

Abby said...

Never though of doing such! But I always have grapes around. And I do like muffins...

danielle said...

Grapes are my son's favorite fruit so I'd love to make these for him, but maybe I'll substitute juice for the wine. He's only 6!

Annie said...

Great idea Susan! Grapes are so versatile to begin with, so why not in muffins. I love addition of the sweet wine!

vijitha shyam said...

Awesome idea Susan! yummy moist n soft muffins.

Pam said...

I would never have thought of this. They are so creative and tasty - I am loving this recipe. Bookmarked!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Interesting! I love muffins that look this way. More dainty than those huge "domed" ones in cafes and delis.

sunita said...

What pretty muffins Susan. Love the grapes peeking out.

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

What a unique idea! They look lovely.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Well if you can put raisins in muffin, why not grapes? This is the first time I've seen grapes in a muffin and I must say it looks really good. I don't know why more people don't do it.

I hear ya on the "Only if you eat just one" thing!

pigpigscorner said...

ooo yea...they look and sound good!

Anonymous said...

I eat just one muffin when I make them, but my are jumbo muffins. I guess that's bad, huh? I've never had grapes in muffins before, but I'd love to try these. Thanks for sharing the recipe Susan!

The Leftoverist said...

I really never would have thought of it. And eating them in the afternoon sounds divine...

Nanette said...

Wine? In muffins? You are my kind of woman! They really look great.

Deeba PAB said...

Fancy that Susan. What a great idea. I love it when you get creative with muffins.Grapes and wine in there sound delicious!

lisaiscooking said...

Your muffins looks so pretty! I love the idea of serving these wine and some cheese. Must try.

Johanna GGG said...

Thanks for the link - I was excited to bake with grapes last summer - now I will be wanting to try your wonderful-sounding grape muffins - the grapes just go so lovely and soft when baked

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

These look so beautiful, Susan. I'll have to wait till the grape season of course. I guess I could use grape juice instead of wine.
Have plans to make bread too, when the grapes arrive.

Lisa Turner said...

Great idea! I never would have thought to add grapes to muffins. And your photos are just gorgeous!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

vincent-Thank you for the contact. I'll be checking it out!

ahsley-They'll get you back into the swing of things in no time!

teah-I know! And they're amazing!

sean-That's nice of you to say. Thanks! Go for the white!

lynda-They might just be converted!

theteahcercooks-Ooh! That's so exciting! Thanks for letting me know.

abby-Hop you give them a try!

danielle-Yeah, I'd go for the juice. :)

annie-It's subtle yet distinctive.

vijitha-They really are deliciously moist. Thanks!

pam-yay! Let me know how you like them!

littleteochew- Yeah, I like regular sized muffins too. The jumbo ones are just too big sometimes.

sunita-I do too!

alisa-Thank you!

sdoc-I know. Willpower. Willpower.


anonymous-You're so welcome!

leftoverist-It's better than just a cup of coffee.

nanette-Oh, yeah, baby.

deeba-It's fun!

lisa-They make a great appetizer. And they're different, ya know?

johanna-I'm looking forward to trying your cake!

lisa-Thanks! I appreciate that!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

aparna-Sure, you could use juice instead. I just found a recipe for grape bread. I want to try that too.

Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

I'm so glad you posted this- I have mountains of grapes in the back yard that will be ripe any day now!

Jennifer said...

These are so unique and creative! WINE AND GRAPES in muffins? Not in my life would I have put those I cant wait to try!!

Lucy Vaserfirer said...

What a great idea! Our grapevine is producing for the first time, so I've been looking for inspiration for what to do with all of these grapes. Muffins have been on my mind, but I didn't think of the addition of wine. Sounds delicious!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

sara-That's a problem I wouldn't mind having!

jennifer-You'll love them!

lucy-How exciting! A new harvest of grapes! Enjoy!

Yivinns said...

These muffins had me at hello! They are absolutely delicious! Made them this morning for breakfast, and now I'm going to grab a cup of orange tea and one right now! ;] Thanks.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

yivinns-Wonderful! They must be lovely with orange tea. :)

CayleyBeth said...

These just came out of the oven, and they are absolutely the best muffins I've ever made. So light and delicate. Grapes are a genius idea, and paired with the wine, orange zest, and that extra sugar on top - it all comes together just poetically. I couldn't keep them from sticking a bit to the bottom of the pan, but I feel like that was probably user error. Thanks for this recipe!!

Oh, and when you're stuck with extra wine, orange, and grapes...a makeshift sangria pairs well with these :-)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

cayleybeth-So glad you like them! I find them refreshingly light too. I didn't have problems with sticking. Sometimes if the tins are scratched that can happen. A makeshift sangria? Ha! You're my kind of gal. Cheers!