Pistachio Chai Muffins

April 19, 2012

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I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a while. I found it in Cooking Light magazine, tabbed it and then forgot to make it. Typical. My Cooking Light magazine collection is a disaster. Most of the pages are ripped, stained or scribbled on. As are all my other cooking magazines and some of my cook books too. I can’t help it. Flipping through those glossy pages froths up so many culinary ideas and experiments that I simply must get down RIGHT NOW! Mostly, I use the recipes I find as inspiration for new recipes that I can share on the blog. But sometimes (like now) I strictly follow the letters on the page. These pistachio chai muffins were simply too good to be tampered with.

Ingredients: (makes 12 muffins)

Borrowed from Cooking Light

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tea bags blended chai tea, opened
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
1 large egg
cooking spray (or oil)
1/3 cup shelled dry-roasted pistachios, chopped
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon water

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

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Next, prepare the chai. Use scissors to open the tea bags and add it to the flour mix. If the tea is coarse rather than fine, pulse in a food processor prior to adding it to the flour mix.

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In a separate bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the egg mixture. Stir until just combined.

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Spoon the batter into greased or lined muffin cups. I used silicone liners and they worked great.

Sprinkle the chopped pistachios over top.

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Bake for 15 minutes and place on a wire rack to cool.

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While the muffins cool, make the icing. Blend together the powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon water. Drizzle over top of the muffins.

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Yum.

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Serve with a mug of hot tea or coffee.

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amanda April 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

My two favourite things: pistachios and chai. I’ll definitely be making these!

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 21, 2012 at 7:17 am

Such gorgeous photos! These muffins sound wonderful.

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Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

I love the idea of pistachio and chai! And of course no muffin is complete without a good glaze :) The same thing happens with my Cooking Light’s…I think I’m 2 months behind on reading them!

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Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf April 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

What a great combination! Yummy :) I love your baking cups!

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Blog is the New Black April 19, 2012 at 7:56 am

Pistachios- yum!

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