When I was in junior high, my mom signed my brother and me up for a reading/study skills course at my school. I appreciate my mom’s desire for us to acquire such important skills, but that course started at 7am and we lived 25 minutes from school. For a 12-year-old night person, I was not super excited about leaving my house at 6:30am. (For that matter, as a 26-year-old night person, I’m not super excited about anything at 6:30am.)
Our aptitude for studying may have improved thanks to those early mornings, but frankly, what I remember most has nothing to do with my ability to read or study. What I remember is how my mom
bribed motivated us to get out of bed: If we left the house on time, we’d stop at a local bakery along the way and get to choose a breakfast treat.
The motivation worked and probably 90% of the time, I chose a decadent, chocolatey muffin, which was really a dessert disguised as breakfast. Fresh bakery muffins definitely helped get me through that study skills class. And those study skills most likely helped me complete high school and college. Moral of the story? Fresh bakery muffins will help you get a college degree. (OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration.)
This morning I was perusing the Internet and came across this recipe for bakery style chocolate chip muffins from Anna over at Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet. They’re made with Greek yogurt for some added nutritional value, but most importantly, they remind me of those early mornings with my mom picking out bakery treats.
Head over to Anna’s blog to get the full recipe.
What’s your favorite bakery treat? Have you ever tried to replicate it in your own kitchen?