Whether it’s Monday morning or Saturday brunch, the sweet and fluffy pastries make every day better.
In our humble opinion, muffins are one of the more under-appreciated pastries. Yes, the oft-eaten treats are a breakfast essential, and tasty to boot. Yet in a world of fluffier-than-air cupcakes, delightful donuts, and gooey cookies, they can get lost amid the flurry of sweet, over-the-top options.
Lost no longer. This time around, it’s time for muffins to have their day in the sun. Whether you pick up a sky-high sweet to power your weekday morning or sneak one into your late afternoon pick-me-up with coffee, you’ll love taking a few quiet moments to savor the Hudson Valley’s under-the-radar snacks.
Order: Chocolate Chip Muffin
It’s dangerous to live in drivable distance of Bert’s. The Fishkill bakery is particularly tempting around breakfast time, when it lures innocent passersby with enticing scents of apple turnovers and cinnamon rolls. Get them if you like, but don’t forget to treat yourself to a chocolate chip muffin while you’re there. You can savor it right then and there or, if you’re really feeling it, throw in an order of fresh challah, then pat yourself on the back for indulging in a much-needed self-care moment.
While sampling a new muffin recipe this morning, Bread Alone co-owner, baker and big-hearted visionary Sharon Burns-Leader remarked that “It takes a village to make a good muffin.” We couldn’t agree more, Sharon. â¤ï¸ Speaking of that new muffin, we’re pretty excited to tell you about it… very soon!
Boiceville, Kingston, Rhinebeck, Woodstock
Order: Seasonal Muffins
Bread Alone does pretty much everything well, so it’s no surprise that the Hudson Valley brand’s muffins are top notch. While you can’t go wrong with the hearty morning glory muffin or iconic blueberry, the seasonal treats are divine regardless of whether you toast them or enjoy them as is. As for the flavors, they could be anything from mixed berry to pumpkin.
Order: Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Muffin
When you need a wake-up call sans the blaring alarm, go straight to By the Way Bakery and pick up the classic blueberry muffin. When you need a middle-of-the-day pick-me-up, however, make a beeline for the cinnamon chocolate chipper. Topped with a brown sugar crumble, it’s more than a little addicting.
Order: Corn Muffins
Be warned, Hudson Valley sweet teeth! Dottie Audrey’s is a confectionary wonderland in Orange County. Don’t let that sidetrack you from your muffin-powered journey, though. Options like corn (topped with sweet raspberry jam) and pumpkin cream (when in season) make the trek to Tuxedo Park more than worth it. Of course, if you do get distracted by the wealth of goodies while you’re there, feel free to pick up a cupcake or crumble bar for the road.
Order: Blueberry Crumb Muffins
Ok, so we can’t promise you’ll find a blueberry crumb muffin waiting for you whenever you decide to take a trip to Katie Rose, since the menu depends largely upon seas the bakery’s whims. Don’t let that deter you from a trip, though. Who knows, your journey to the shop may lead you to an equally tempting chocolate chip or morning glory muffin instead. Katie Rose has an ample selection of gluten-free goodies as well.
Order: Cranberry Walnut Muffin
Mahopac’s cornerstone bakery is a must for bagels and coffee in the morning. When you’re ready to switch it up from the same old, same old, however, go for one of the shop’s towering muffins. While corn and double chocolate are standby flavors, the cranberry walnut hits a delightful balance between fruity and nutty without ever being too sweet.
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Order: Lemon Poppy Muffin
If you’re in the Nanuet area, you’re probably most familiar with the yeasted treats that come out of Rockland Bakery. Think bagels, breads, rolls, the works. While those goodies are admittedly wonderful, they’re only part of the story at the all-in-one bakery, which does sweet just as well as savory. On the muffin front, the lemon poppy variety is a dream afternoon snack when you need a treat that doesn’t send you straight into a sugar coma.