Monday, July 25, 2011

Muffin Divinity

All right, we're all friends here, right?  So, I'll just come right out and say it:  I'm a big, hungry, sweet-loving pregnant girl. 

And these, these muffins right here?  They are my new BFFs.  And I hate the term BFF.  They are that good.

Doughnut Muffins.

Yes, people, Doughnut Freaking Muffins.  They are muffins, that taste like doughnuts.  I've done died and gone to Muffin Heaven, where lil' muffin men are dancing around me in ring-around-the-rosy chains and kissing lady doughnuts behind every streetlamp that is bouncing along to the bumpity-bop rhythm of the baked goods big band.

I got the recipe off of Kiwi homemaker extraordinaire, Paisley Jade's blog.  Who got it from Jen over here.

A word on my muffin making adventure:

I used muffin papers to avoid scrubbing my muffin tin.  (if you have children or a soul, you will understand my shortcut)  I also did half the batch fully dipped in butter (did she just say dipped in butter?!) and the other half remained under wraps with only their lil muffin tops getting the buttery goodness.  I thought that the full butter dip might be a bit of an overload and I think I was right.  At least for my tastes.  But, heck, you might be Paula Freakin' Dean and to you I say, go for it!  My muffins aren't as pretty as the original website's muffins because I had to peel off the wrappers and I don't have those kinds of mad baking skills.  Or the time to photoshop my muffins.  (I wonder how many Google hits I'm going to get for that last sentence?)

Without further ado, here is the recipe:

Doughnut Muffins


For the muffins:

•1 3/4 cup flour

•1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

•1/2 teaspoon salt

•1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

•1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

•1/3 cup oil

•3/4 cup sugar

•1 egg

•3/4 cup milk

For the coating:

•1/4 -1/2 cup butter, melted

•1/3 cup sugar

•1 tablespoon cinnamon


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin.

2.Combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

3.Combine oil, sugar, egg and milk in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients and stir only to combine.

4.Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. While muffins are baking, melt butter in a small bowl. In another small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.

5.Shake muffins out of the muffin tin while the muffins are still hot.

6.Dip muffins in the melted butter and then into the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place on a wire rack and allow to cool.  Makes a dozen average size muffins.

7.Stand over rack and consume hot muffins while your children tug on your skirt and ask annoying questions like Can we have one?  Are they good?  Why are you shaking and sweating so much?  Should we call Daddy?
8.Get tested for di-uh-beet-us.
But seriously, all in moderation folks.  Of course, I had to immediately try one full coat and one buttered top only to decide which I preferred.  All for you, my loyal readers.  The sacrifice was all for you.  And the one I will eat after hitting Publish will be for you as well.  Because I care.
Time to go stuff this here muffin top into a more comfortable pair of pants...