There’s nothing dainty about the Thoroughly Modern Muffins that are expertly handmade with love by Allan Seiler. These behemoths are two-handed beasts — beautiful and golden, and stuffed with delicious hidden treasures. These are muffins that will last you several breakfasts — if you can stop yourself from eating them, that is.
The flavors aren’t simply blueberry or chocolate chip, either.
Think Italian Classic (roasted chicken with mushroom, artichokes and pesto sauce), Jimmy the Greek (spinach, onions, ricotta and feta), barbecue pulled pork, chicken pot pie (roasted chicken with peas, carrots, onions and celery), Grandma’s Old-Fashioned (apples, walnuts and raisins) and Chocolate Delight (sweet chocolate ricotta cream with semi-sweet and white chocolate chips.)
And then there’s my favorite, the Lox, Stop and Barrel. Fluffy, delicious and stuffed with smoked salmon, dill, lemon juice, cream cheese and scallions. It’s the flavors of breakfast packed into a soft, delicious, warm (he’ll gladly heat them up for you) muffin. It’s unexpectedly delicious and altogether awesome.
“I figured, well, if it can be spread on a bagel it can certainly be put inside a muffin,” says Seiler, who takes his muffin-making inspirations from the foods he loves.
Seiler came up with the concept in 2003 and began selling them wholesale in London shortly afterwards. He did that for five or six years before getting tired of the weather there. He eventually moved to Boca Raton and last December started up Thoroughly Modern Muffins again.
Seiler sells his giant stuffed muffins at markets throughout South Florida, including the Delray Beach Green Market on Saturday mornings.
“There are certain ingredients that are so popular,” he said. “Like the chicken pot pie — everyone likes that.”
THOROUGHLY MODERN MUFFINS
Find the muffins on at the weekly Delray Beach Green Market at Old School Square Park (on NE Second Avenue, 1/2 block north of Atlantic Avenue), Delray Beach. The market is open Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about the muffins, call Allan Seiler at 305-903-5576.