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Bread Baking: Jam Muffins

[Photograph: Donna Currie]

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but in my house, sometimes clumsiness is the mother of breakfast. When a jar of raspberry jam fell off a shelf and the lid got a little dent, I heard the distinct thnnuck of the lid losing its seal. I put the jar in the fridge and contemplated what to do with it.

I considered cupcakes and cookies, but didn't want something quite so dessert-y. Muffins sounded good. They're single-serving, easy to transport, and fast to make.

I used raspberry jam, but any flavor would do.

I made the muffins themselves a little less sweet, because I figured the jam would add its own sugar. If you're using a very tart jam and want your muffins sweet, consider adding 1/4 cup of sugar to the muffin batter to compensate.

About the author: Donna Currie has been cooking for fun and writing for pay since the days when typewritten articles traveled by snail mail. When she combined those talents in a food column for a newspaper in her area, she realized that writing about food is almost as much fun as eating. You can find her on her blog, Cookistry or follow her on Twitter at @dbcurrie.

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