I first made these peanut butter muffins in Taiwan in my oven the size of your average dorm room microwave. It was a special request for a friend. They turned out moist and delicious. They are the perfect portable snack. I should know. I wrapped each one up in plastic wrap, put them in a shopping bag, and carried them all over Taichung City on foot, passing out muffins to friends and acquaintances in People's Park, at TGI Fridays, and later to complete strangers at La Ble D'or. This is a beer only establishment with a French name, a Taiwanese staff who wear German outfits, and Spanish music playing in the background. The perfect example of cognitive dissonance that I lived with on a daily basis during my two years as an expatriate.
But back to those muffins. They are delicious both before and after a giant beer. The giant beer makes it seem okay to eat four of them, though. They're topped off with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for a touch of extra sweetness. Next time I make them, I think I'll hide some jelly inside. Because... um... why not? It would taste amazing. Make them. Share them. Horde them. It doesn't matter. You won't be able to stop eating them.
*Photos 2 and 3 by Gillian Logie