Land of Milk and Honey Muffins, #TwelveLoaves

Even if you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, doesn’t the Land of Milk and Honey sound luscious? According to Bible and Talmud experts, The Land of Milk and Honey is a metaphor for Israel, the Promised Land and fertile fields. 

Got Milk?

The holy books of mainstream religions tend to be pretty thick, right? But the idea of a Land of Milk and Honey has survived and seared into our consciousness. Maybe the idea has survived because we all need the promise of a better day. The motive to create a more wonderful world for ourselves is a mighty reason to get up in the morning. And we'll keep moving (whether Moses is with us or not) as long as we have a happy place or another plateau we want or need to reach.

Got Manischewitz?

I’d be delighted if you’d share what the Land of Milk and Honey means to you.  While you contemplate, the idea, I do highly recommend nibbling on Land of Milk and Honey Muffins. Full disclosure: According to Rabbi Menachem Posner, the honey referred to in the Talmud is date honey. Bee honey - organic Italian Mandarin Orange Honey - was used in this Ninja Baker's Land of Milk and Honey Muffin.

A bite into my Land of Milk and Honey Muffins
may not deliver you to the Promised Land.
But they will take you to your happy place!

Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories requested that we all contribute Jewish breads for this month’s Twelve Loaves baking group. (Scroll down for details on how to participate.)  I’ve attempted my version of Challah-like braided bread and munched on my yummy Manischewitz donuts. So, why not try a Land of Milk and Honey muffin? And I’m very glad I did. The muffins are mini coffee cakes clad in cupcake cases. Streusel garnish atop a moist, light muffin may just have you thinking you’ve entered the Land of Milk and Honey!

Land of Milk and Honey Muffins

Bite into the tender crumb of a Land of Milk and Honey Muffin and the promise of a sublime mini coffee cake is delivered.

Land of Milk and Honey Muffins are best made with high-quality ingredients and a lot of love.

Adapted from a recipe at

Yields 12 muffins.


Streusel Ingredients:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon spice
  • 5 tablespoons softened butter

Muffin Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • Heaping ½ teaspoon of powdered lemon peel
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup honey (I used an Italian organic Mandarin honey.)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Preheat the oven to 375° Place cupcake cases into a muffin tin.

Melt the ¼ cup butter in the microwave or over low heat in a saucepan. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, sugar and cinnamon for the streusel. Cut in the softened butter until a fine crumble appears in the streusel bowl. Set aside.

For the muffin batter, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, powdered lemon peel and salt in another clean bowl.

To the melted and cooled butter, vigorously stir in the egg, milk, honey and vanilla bean paste.  Slowly, add the dry muffin batter ingredients. When well combined, divide the batter among the 12-cupcake cases.

Sprinkle each muffin with the streusel.

Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.




#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess and runs smoothly with the help of Heather of girlichef, and the rest of our fabulous bakers. Our host this month is Karen from Karen's Kitchen Stories, and our theme is Jewish Breads. For more bread recipes, visit the #TwelveLoaves Pinterest board, or check out last month's mouthwatering selection of #TwelveLoaves  "A Little Something Sweet" Breads!

If you'd like to bake along with us this month, share your Jewish bread using hashtag #TwelveLoaves!


Wishing you places where the promise of happiness awaits.

The Ninja Baker

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