Muffins, those little bites made with flour, egg, oil and yeast as a base, have conquered many hearts. They are tender and juicy muffins, of small size, that, although it is very typical to find them in their sweet version, they admit all kinds of fillings and ingredients. So we can find Muffins of all flavors. And such a versatile pastry, could not be without its day on the calendar, so every February 20 is celebrated Muffin Day. Will you join us to celebrate it?
But what are Muffins?
These curious and delicious muffins have many names: muffins, cupcakes, muffin, muffin… But they are all the same. Sweet pastries, originally from England, with the same shape as our classic muffins: with a cylindrical base and a wider surface.
They differ from them (among other things) because their flavor is less sweet. And, although sweet muffins are the most popular, we can also find savory muffins. So, unlike muffins, muffins can be made with all kinds of ingredients.
This day, created to commemorate this sweet muffin, has a most touching origin. And a precious and generous background. Let’s take a look at how Muffin Day was marked on the calendar.
The first Muffin Day was celebrated in 2013, when Jacob Kauffman, a citizen of San Francisco, started giving Muffins to all the homeless people he met on his way to work. This detail made him feel so good, he continued to do it on a daily basis. This soon caught the attention of his neighbors, who praised him highly for this act.
As the story goes, this is how his neighbors and acquaintances wanted to found a day to commemorate Jacob Kauffman’s generosity and encourage everyone to help the needy, thus creating Muffin Day. For it was what Kauffman had decided to distribute to the needy. Thus, the Muffin became a symbol of kindness and generosity.
In fact, even today, many people continue Jacob Kauffman’s work on Muffin Day. There are NGOs that continue to distribute these sweets to the most needy people with fewer resources. Without a doubt, it is one of the best ways to celebrate Muffin Day.
How to celebrate Muffin Day
Without a doubt, the best way to celebrate Muffin Day is to continue Jacob Kauffman’s work and bake these muffins for those in need. So, get to work, wear your best apron, and start baking muffins to give to the most disadvantaged in your city.
I assure you that this simple gesture will make you feel better than ever and all those people will thank you for the detail. Although this does not solve any problem, it is a precious detail and a way to show that we care about the most disadvantaged.
Brief History of the Muffin
As we have already mentioned, Muffins originated in medieval England, specifically in London. The first muffin of this type appeared in 1703. At that time these muffins baked in ashes were prepared for breakfast, and it was very common to include walnuts and raisins.
Over time, the recipe evolved and, with it, became increasingly popular in England. More ingredients began to be added, such as butter and eggs, to lighten the dough and give it a better texture.
When they arrived in the United States, thanks to the English settlers, they also became very popular there. It was at the beginning of the 17th century, when this simple preparation was only flour, water and salt. Therefore, the recipe has evolved differently in the United States and in England, where it originated.
Some curiosities about Muffins
And we finish celebrating Muffin Day knowing some curiosities about this fantastic muffin. Well, did you know that not only February 20 is marked on the calendar in its honor? There are many more dates that commemorate Muffins. For example, July 11 is celebrated as Blueberry Muffin Day. While Oatmeal Muffins celebrate their day every December 19. And a single date was not enough for these versatile and tender muffins.
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