White chocolate craisin muffins

By | November 6, 2011

[This recipe originally appeared in the Oct. 10 edition of “From Tali’s Kitchen,” the cooking column I write for Binah magazine.]

A few hours before my in-laws boarded their plane to Israel last month, my mother-in-law called with good news: They had lots of extra room in their luggage — did I need anything?

Those four magical words…do you need anything? (Yes, please, thank you!!)

I envisioned my in-laws’ pantry, stocked with crackers and cereals and dry goodies. I envisioned their toiletry closet, the one that most closely resembles a small store. I was in good hands.

Among the items I asked for were a handful of granola bars (they’re more expensive here) and a box of good old-fashioned American cereal. The cereal would be a snack for my husband, who could probably finish it in one sitting.

If I was looking forward to a box of cereal and a few granola bars, imagine my delight when mom pulls not one but four big boxes of cereal out of her magic bag…followed by about 60 granola bars!

If you know me, you know my delight was genuine.

And now, 25 days later, they’re…all…gone. (Not that I expected them to last much longer.)

Having those 25 days with a steady supply of no-prep breakfast items was pretty incredible. But as soon as we were down to our last Nature Valley bar (sob), I took out the big mixing bowl and whipped up a batch of my favorite muffins. White chocolate and craisins — what’s not to love?

These, too, did not last. It hasn’t even been 24 hours and we’re down to just one.

That’s how it goes around here. And after almost a year…I’m almost used to it!


Ester on November 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm.

Yum! I HAVE to make these!


Ahuvah Taub on November 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm.

Super yummy made them today. Yaakov Moshe helped make them and then he cried because they didn’t bake fast enough. We ate them hot out of the oven. A recipe with a lot of ingredients but worth it for the texture and flavour. 


Tali Simon on November 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm.

Don’t worry, Yaakov Moshe. We all feel like that sometimes. :)


Malka Krentzman on January 15, 2012 at 11:03 am.

Made these in mini for Moshe Eliyahu’s kiddush on shabbos (we always make kiddush together and I’m sick of him getting chocolate on his shabbos clothing at 8:15 in the morning!!) Success! Moshe Eliyahu and Daniel loved them. Thanks so much.


Tali Simon on January 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm.

Glad to keep fav baby’s shirt clean another hour. :)


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