Tuesday, March 24, 2009

moscato grape muffins

a couple months ago, jDub sent me a link to gourmet magazine's recipe for grape & vin santo muffins along with a request to make them for her. i willingly obliged because well, um...they're made with WINE!!! even better, dessert wine! the recipe calls for either vin santo or any other sweet wine so i used moscato.

these muffins are so unique and just divine. the grapes are a delightful surprise. tart & juicy. bake them up for your friends and family and they'll think you're an absolute gourmet.

i made them again this past weekend. i adjusted the recipe slightly this time, adding vanilla for flavor and some sour cream for moistness and i like them even better this way.

moscato grape muffins
adapted from gourmet magazine
makes 12 muffins

1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream (optional, makes the muffins more moist)
1 tablespoon lemon zest (original recipe calls for orange zest)
1 teaspoon vanilla (not in original recipe)
2/3 cup moscato (or vin santo or other sweet wine)
1 1/4 cups seedless red grapes
raw sugar for garnish (or regular sugar)
*plus more flour and butter for muffin cups

preheat oven to 375 degrees.

brush a 12 cup muffin pan with softened butter, dust with flour and tap out all excess.

in a bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

prepare the grapes. mine were on the bigger side so i halved them. toss them w/ 1 tablespoon of flour until they are all well, but lightly coated.

in the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted w/ the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar and until light and fluffy. add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. add sour cream, vanilla and lemon zest and beat until well combined.

add the flour mixture in 3 batches alternately with the wine, begining and ending with the flour, until everything is just well combined. do not over mix.

remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the grapes with a spatula.

divide the batter into the muffin cups and sprinkle generously with raw sugar.

bake for 18-20 mins or until the muffin tops are a deep golden brown and a toothpick entered into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove the muffins and cool on a wire rack.

bon appétit~!


  1. These sound heavenly. One of my fave things in the world is grape focaccia. And making that same flavor combo in muffin-form is sooooo much easier.

  2. I ripped this page out of Gourmet when it came out too and have been thinking about making it. It looks really lovely!

  3. this thing is yummy!!!


  4. i made your muffins with vin santo and frozen mixed berries (thats what i had on hand) and no sour cream or zest but they came out GREAT! i made them in a muffin top pan so i got extra surface area! LOVED IT. thanks for sharing.

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