Good Morning! Hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend! I just felt like sharing this picture of Mr. Rudolph the fawn because I think it is awesome. It was snowing outside last weekend and I was minding my own business driving to get an eye exam done and there he was, waiting to cross the street. So I stopped and let him cross in front of my car and grabbed my Iphone and snapped this gem. I was so proud of this shot I got. Meanwhile there were two cars behind me wondering why in the heck I was stopped…woops. Hold your horses people Im taking a picture of this beauty!
Anyway, I had tagged this recipe for “French Breakfast Muffins” from Ann over at Velvet Lava Cafe a LONNGGGG time ago. I liked it because it was a simple muffin recipe and many readers commented on her post after making the muffins and said they were great. My boyfriend is away for this rotation and is working ridiculously long hours (I on the other hand have ridiculously easy hours…) He didnt even get to SLEEP or SIT DOWN one day…what in the?! Anyway, he seemed stressed out and tired and I have some free time on my hands so I decided to surprise him at his hotel with a little care package for him and his roommate to share (you hear that Harry? Share with Tyler!). I made these muffins (and some for my family at home obviously) and threw in a card that I wrote a little note in, a scratch off (for shits and giggles), big cup reeses, kitkats, snickers, oatmeal/bowls/spoons, honey, almond butter, bananas, granola bars, trail mix (which I made at wegmans…that was fun!), gum, chapstick, pretzels, etc. It got to his hotel on Saturday after he got back from working over night– perfect timing! He was surprised!
Anyway, Ann (from the blog I got this recipe from) got this recipe from her friend Jane who called the muffins “French Breakfast Muffins”…. but Ann said she didnt really understand the French part and that yes you could eat them for breakfast but they are good for any time of the day. I agree. So I changed the name up a bit. They remind me of this cinnamon sugar donuts my mom used to get from a farm market by our house when I was a kid. The donuts are DELICIOUS and these muffins smell EXACTLY like them! So there you have it…”Donut” muffins. They are really good! I love the cinnamon sugar on top….yumm! I should have coated the whole muffin in it…now that would be something. Very easy to make and very tasty. Make them, RIGHT NOW!!!!
- 1/3 c. butter, melted- I used salted…doesnt matter what you do.
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 egg (preferably room temperature-if you didnt let the egg sit out, just put the whole egg into the microwave for 5-10 seconds, as needed…dont cook the thing though!)
- 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 c. milk- I used skim but use whatever you want!
Topping (option: cut topping in half*)
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1/4 c. butter, melted
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a medium-large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients and stir just until combined, but still a bit lumpy. Do NOT overmix
- Scoop batter with an ice cream scoop into muffin tins that have sprayed with cooking spray. **I got 8 medium-LARGE muffins out of the batter..you can get 10-12 muffins by distributing the batter a little less generously. Or double the recipe. Or use mini muffin pans (but cook for less time if you do this)
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they just start to turn a bit golden at the edges (mine took 25 minutes)
- For the topping, mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place melted butter in another small bowl. Dip the warm muffins in melted butter (you can dip just the top or the whole muffin….hmmm), then dip/roll the muffin in cinnamon sugar mixture.
Recently, it was my 24th birthday. This weekend I went home to my parents house and my Mom made me a delicious birthday dinner. They wanted to go out to dinner but I dunno…I love going home…it is so relaxing and I dont get to go home that much anymore and miss home cooked meals and relaxing at home with the family . She made this spicy glazed salmon, roasted brussel sprouts, homemade caesar salad (she makes an AWESOME dressing), roasted rosemary potatoes, and a chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream icing! Everything was delicious!!! Here is a VERYYYY flattering photo (*sarcasm*) of me waiting to blow out the candles