Small Talk Secret Recipe – Glazed Chia Grapefruit Ginger Muffins


I’m going to tell you a secret. It’s not my favorite, but it is necessary, my nearly foolproof recipe for making fast friends with girls:

  1. Introduce yourself by name and ask theirs and remember it
  2. Pay them a genuine, but surface-y compliment that you actually mean and look in their eyes so they know you mean it because people can tell when you don’t mean compliments
  3. Somehow segue the convo into boys/relationships, finding a connection point on either a recent rejection or a recent connection (Just be like, “So. Tell me about the last interaction you had with another human.”)
  4. Invite them to eat some fresh-baked pastries with you (to commiserate or celebrate)

You should have enough to go on by that point that the conversation can flow naturally onto other, more meaningful things because let’s be real: Girls + boys + food + fashion? The essential building blocks of girl small talk. I say “nearly foolproof” because I have, on occasion, run into a few girls who are under age two, and their articulation is poor, so the friendship-making skills are more of a mystery to me.


For the pastries part, nothin’ like a muffin to welcome new house-dwellers. Previous new roommate muffin time here. My two new roommates will walk into the kitchen and say things like, “You’re in here…again?” Clueless lol. But in a nice way.

These reminded me of the way England does fairy cakes. Just a thick glaze, no buttercream swirls necessary. I baked these on the first Saturday morning that all the fairies were together in the house, soaking in the morning sunshine and trading boy stories.



Trying to get after these babies again, I included juice and chia seeds. They weren’t quite as moist as last time, no idea why, but the glaze was jamming. And these are muffins, so breakfast.


Small talking,


Glazed Chia Grapefruit Ginger Muffins

Adapted from this recipe

2 cups (9 ounces/256 grams) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon (12 grams) baking powder
1 heaping teaspoon powdered ginger, to taste
¼ cup (2 ounces/50grams) granulated sugar
½ tsp (4 grams) salt
¾ cup (6 ounces/177 grams) milk (or 1/2 cup milk + 1/4 cup water)
Juice and zest of one grapefruit
½ cup (3 1/2 ounces/100 grams canola oil)
¼ cup (3 ounces/82 grams) maple syrup
2 tablespoons (20 grams) chia seeds
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit  (180 degrees Celsius), and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ginger, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the milk, juice, zest, oil and maple syrup. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined, then stir in the chia seeds.
Scoop evenly into the holes of the muffin tin. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a skewer poked in the center comes out clean. Cool for 3-4 minutes in the muffin tin, then remove and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. These freeze well.
For the glaze, beat together 2 tablespoons butter with 1 cup powdered sugar. Add milk one teaspoon at a time to get a consistency that you like, adding more sugar if needed. Top with extra grapefruit zest.

2 Responses to “Small Talk Secret Recipe – Glazed Chia Grapefruit Ginger Muffins”

  1. 1 Deena Kakaya February 8, 2015 at 9:17 am

    What a lovely combination of ingredients !

  2. 2 esochko February 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Pretty foolproof indeed. These look amazing!

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