After much trial and error I have learned that I'm not especially fond of cooking. I'm not horrible at it, I just don't enjoy it all that much. Baking? Baking I love. I can't get enough of it! For some reason or another it is so much simpler to understand for me. This much flour, this much butter, presto-chango! Cake! An old friend of mine, Angie over at Kneady Sweetie shares some really great recipes. One of her recent posts shared her "donut" muffins and I knew that it was love. They're so easy to make, extremely satisfying in a not overly sweet kind of way, and they make your house smell like nutmeg. What's not to love about a recipe like that?
French Breakfast Muffins
via Kneady Sweetie
2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 large egg
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons milk
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
Heat the oven to 375.
Butter the bottoms only of 12 standard size muffin cups and set the pan aside.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
In separate bowl, whisk egg until frothy. Blend in milk, melted butter, and vanilla.
Add wet to dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
Bake 15 minutes. Rotate pan and bake 5-7 more minutes. Transfer pan to cooling rack until muffins are cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes.
While muffins cool, prepare topping. Mix sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Melt butter in another small bowl.
Quickly dip tops of muffins into the melted butter and then the cinnamon sugar, rolling to cover the entire top. Serve immediately.
Makes 12 muffins