Apricot and ginger muffins and drug-free pharmacists


A few years ago, I wrote an article about a much-revered institution in France: The Pharmacy. Yesterday, having popped into our local one for some toothpaste, I found myself in the incongruous position of dispensing advice to the pharmacist on how to treat her debilitating cold. She was quite adamant about not wanting to use ‘nasty chemical drugs’ that made her feel drowsy and dried out. I found her resolve amusingly disloyal in view of her job – rather like a butcher promoting a vegetarian diet – but I was even more astonished when she went on to say that she tries to avoid pharmaceuticals at all costs: Talk about doing yourself out of work! Anyway, I spent so long dealing with her fervent drug phobia and streaming orifices (I set her up with a concoction of herbs and some essential oils to sniff and rub on) that it was only when I reached home that I realised that I’d come away empty-handed… Natural remedies: 1, pharmaceutical profits: 0.

Ingredients (makes 12)

60g salted butter, softened

60g coconut oil, softened

150g spelt flour

2 organic eggs

60g ground almonds

1 teaspoon baking powder

80g cane sugar

50ml milk

200g apricots, cut into quarters and lightly poached

2 teaspoons ginger, freshly grated

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cream the butter and coconut oil for about four minutes. Add a spoonful of flour, beat again, then add the eggs, beating further until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add a little more flour to prevent curdling. Gently fold in the remaining flour, ground almonds, baking powder, cane sugar, and milk. Lastly, fold the poached apricots and grated ginger into the mix. Spoon into muffin trays and bake for 25 minutes.

17 responses to “Apricot and ginger muffins and drug-free pharmacists

  1. Hilarious! I had a boyfriend way back when who worked as a chemist (in the pharmaceutical industry) and preferred going sick for days rather than take medicine. The cakes look delicious.

  2. Lovely muffins, love the combination of apricot and ginger. Funny about the pharmacist, I know doctors like that.

  3. In a German Pharmacy the pharmacist will ask you if you want a natural or chemical remedy. Your muffins look great and I still have some apricots from last year in the freezer.

  4. That is quite something to find a French pharmacist who doesn’t like drugs! A first I’d say. I always laugh at the size of the bag I come out of the pharmacy with whenever I pop in for the slightest thing, or the amount of drugs a doctor prescribes for the smallest ailment. Lovethe sound of yur muffins, I’m a ginger freka and anything with it in is good for me, I love it in all forms so I just have to give this recipe a go. I’m going to pin it for reference. Thanks for linking up with #AllAboutFrance, very happy to have discovered your blog.

  5. This is hilarious, glad I am not the only one who gets sidetracked! Can’t wait to try the muffins, I love anything with spelt flour and coconut oil gives everything such a fabulous taste and smell. Sounds like another complete winner on the recipe front from you – thank you and have a great weekend, enjoy the sunshine:)

    • Spelt flour and coconut is such a winning combination in baking isn’t it? Hope you like them and a lovely weekend to you too. It’s meant to be 22°C here tomorrow – about time after all that rain!

  6. Funny story and your muffins looks scrumptious 🙂

  7. This sounds like the set up to a joke, “What do you call a pharmacist who doesn’t use pharmaceuticals,” though I’m not sure what the punchline would be! Anyway these muffins sound just lovely so at least you can enjoy those even if you did come home empty handed!

  8. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after
    browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Nonetheless, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back often!

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