Sue Ten has been talking about adding muffins to the pie shop menu lately, but I do think she is mistaken. Surely she means adding muffins to the Swing Barn menu for those few fools who think breakfast should be full of fluff and sweetness. Wait a minute, that would be me. Yes, I want brepakfast to have bacon, toast, eggs, grits, and some sort of garnish, maybe an nice twist of Florida orange, but not a muffin.
A muffin is more of an afternoon food, or perhaps really an accoutrement to the entre. Should be a bit grainy, and small.
I don’t know where this breakfast muffin came from. I think it’s a little crazy and I don’t believe that what people are calling muffins today are muffins at all but are instead some sort of glorified cupcake. I’m with Frank Zappa here, on the muffin question.
Now somepeople they like cupcakes . . . .
And why not? Especially the Hostess variety, chocolately with those white squiggles on top. Yum. I ate those for years, until the adventt of ding dongs and ring dings. Oh, my teeth hurt just thinking about it.
And then there were the birthday cupcakes that we had one year for the Twins – little cakes piled high with frosting beyond belief. For some reason, blue ws the color of the day and the frosting was spread from child to sugarfied child quick as a wink or a wiggle. Each cupcake had a little blue clown head with pointed cap; each child wore a pointed blue clown cap. All in all, a fairly eerie site. Good thing the whole crew was outside and we were just able to hose them down later on. What do parents of winter-birthday children do? I shudder to think.
Muffins, though, should be nourishing and life giving. I remember one particular camping trip in Maine, when my fellow partiers, i mean drinkers, no I mean campers, chided me for bringing along a dozen blueberry muffins from the jordan marsh bakery. Ah, but in the morning, when we opened our blearing eyes and spied that pale pink bakery box, my stock rose as fast as the sun. Yes, nourishing and life giving.
Corn meal muffins are the perfect accompaniment to fish chowder, and bran muffins are, well, medicinal at best. Banana nut muffins reek of tea time. Let’s see, then there are all manner of poppy seed ones, lemon grass, and who knows what else.
Muffins are a step up from biscuits, and a stair case up from the nasty burned things that my mother called “bride’s biscuit” decades after she was a bride.
So how did they become the trashy breakfast dessert things they are today? The monsters with umbrella-mushroom tops handing over the edge? I don’t know.
I’ve also noticed that in some parts of the country people refer to donuts as “rolls” and I think calling near-cupcakes “muffins” is the same faux-healthiness. Oh, how can I eat something big and sweet and pretend that it’s really good forr me? I know. I’ll call it a muffin. All 2,000 calories of it.
So, no to Sue Ten. The Slice of Heaven 24-Hour Pie Shop and driving range will not be adding muffins to the menu, but I will give you my recipe for corn muffins and you can serve them on Saturday nights along with the endless franks-and-beans buffet. Outside of that, steer clear.
We are a pie shop. And a driving range. Life is good.