Cook the Book Fridays: Brown Sugar Spice Muffins from Everyday Dorie

Brown Sugar Spice Muffins with Nectarines on a colourful plate with dots.

(for those of you wondering about my absence from this site in the spring and my surgery in May, I’ve written it up here. I know my “Dorista” friends were surprised when I missed a few deadlines…)


This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Everyday Dorie. Brown Sugar Spice Cake is a lovely recipe for the fall…. Spices, late summer fruit and a touch of cornmeal for some crunch in a recipe that comes together in minutes (no hand beater or stand mixer required).

I spied prune plums on my way home from work the other day (the original recipe uses these) but was on foot and didn’t want to carry fruit for 5km so figured I’d get some another day closer to home. When I went to my fruit stand, they were all out but they DID have beautiful Ontario nectarines and I figured I might as well “play around” with the recipe. I also omitted the cardamom as I’m not a huge fan, just using ginger and cinnamon as the “spice” component and I think it worked well for me. Not wanting a huge cake hanging around the house, I divided the recipe by 3 (original recipe calls for 3 eggs so this is the easiest way to evenly divide) and it made 5 muffins. Perfect for some lunches and breakfasts!

I enjoyed these a lot and would definitely make again – because they are dairy-free, I am sure they could easily be adapted to be gluten free (oat flour?) which makes them “staff room inclusive” 🙂 Plus, you can really use any fruit here – apples, pears, plums, nectarines etc… A very flexible recipe!

Get the recipe for Brown Sugar Spice Cake on p 256 of Dorie Grenspan’s Everyday Dorie or a version of it here.

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5 thoughts on “Cook the Book Fridays: Brown Sugar Spice Muffins from Everyday Dorie”

  1. Thank you for sharing your story Mardi. Wow what a year it has been for you. I am happy you are on the road to recovery. Hugs from California!

    Another great job minifying your recipe.

  2. These are beautiful muffins, thank you for the conversions as this would work well here, too, with just the two of us these days. Your story is so brave, you are such a trooper, best wishes for a complete recovery.

  3. Ohhh I love the look of your muffins with the sliced fruit on top..I would like to try this next time! On a side note, thanks for sharing your story…such a scary year you have had! So glad you are on the other side of it now and recovering so well! ❤️

  4. We’re certainly missing your postings when you’re out. I’m so used to seeing your uninterrupted posting throughout the years; your absence was noticeable. Very pleased to learn about your remarkable recovery and, hopefully, come back stronger than ever. I wish I have the foresight to bake the muffins with 1/3 of the recipe. Nicely done, Mardi!


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