Sunday, February 28, 2010

Doughnut Muffins

These are great little muffins, because they use basic ingredients, nothing fancy. Though they seem fancy with jelly filling, and crunchy tops.

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, put 3 1/2 cups flour.


1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder


1 teaspoon salt


1 teaspoon cinnamon


1 teaspoon nutmeg


and 1 1/2 cup sugar.


Stir to combine.


Now, in another mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups milk, 2/3 c vegetable or extra virgin olive oil


and two eggs


Mix well.


Pour milk mixture into your flour mixture.


Mix.




Now, you will need to line with paper, two 12-cup muffin pans, or do this in two batches. You are going to put about 1 Tablespoon of the batter into the bottoms of the cups.


Now the fun part.

Take your favorite jelly or jam...or even apple butter. I am using strawberry for half, and my homemade wild blackberry jelly for the other half. Put about 1 tsp in the middle of each cup.


Now you will cover the jelly with batter. I use a medium sized scoop to do this, but you can simply spoon the batter in, filling the cups about 3/4 full.


Now bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes or until they test done when a toothpick is inserted in the middle. These muffins do not get very brown.

While they are baking, melt 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter.


Pour it into a small bowl...I used one of my measuring cups.


In another small bowl, combine 2/3 c sugar, and 2 tsp cinnamon.


Here are the just-out-of-the-oven muffins.


Now for the tricky part. Carefully remove a hot muffin from the pan, and dip the top into the melted butter. (If you try and hold the muffins near the top of the paper, they are a little easier to handle.)


Then immediately dip it into the cinnamon sugar.


Repeat with all of the muffins.


And then let the muffins cool a couple minutes. Dipping the hot muffins in the butter and then cinnamon sugar creates a crunchy and sweet top to the muffins.


Eat warm or room temperature.


Enjoy!

*Note: If 24 muffins are too much for your house, you can half this recipe to make 1 dozen. When I make these, I often give some away as gifts to friends or neighbors, so 24 is perfect for around here.


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