Recently, I had the pleasure of being at a friend’s birthday party and as I sat next to a close friend of the birthday girl, I was asked about the origin of the sweet potato muffin. I was asked if it was a family recipe and my response was, with a smile of course, “I wish it was!” It certainly would have been a lot less work. The funny thing is I still get such delight, when people first bite into the muffin. If I give a sample, I am known to ask people to try it right then and there. I never want to put people on the spot, but there is something so satisfying about knowing how much work went into putting a smile on faces day after day.
The story of the sweet potato muffin started when I had my son, Jordan. I told myself I was going to be the mom, who not only cooked, but also cooked all of the baby food from scratch. Well, I made sweet potato puree, just knowing that my son was going to LOVE it. Not only did he not love it, he wanted no part of it. I was a bit over zealous with the puree making and I had to find another use for it, since clearly my son was not an option.
At the time, the only sweet potato products we made were sweet potato pie and cheesecake. As popular as they were, I wanted to come up with another sweet potato product that was a little more unique. I thought that a muffin might be great. We went through a few versions and I knew I had success when Jordan asked for a second taste. I had to sneak the first crumb in my son’s mouth as he moved his head back and forth in protest. It almost didn’t happen because I was laughing so hard. Once he had a chance to “savor” the crumb he asked for more, as well as a 10-month old can express. In that moment, I had a flash back to the Mikey commercials for Life cereal. I said to myself, “If Jordan really likes this muffin, I think others will too.” Jordan has always been my picky eater, so that was a good litmus test.
People often ask how we come up with recipes. It can be for many different reasons, but in this case it was a bit out of necessity to avoid wasting perfectly good sweet potato puree. I will say that the sweet potato muffin is still one of Jordan’s favorite dessert items, but he has expanded his dessert choices.