Thursday, September 11, 2008

Do you know the Muffin Lady?

Mike has been working insanely long hours at work for the past few weeks. There were a couple muffin recipes I was dying to try. Put the two together and everything works out perfectly. I went for 2 types so I would have plenty to send with him and a few to keep at the house. These turned out awesome and were the perfect breakfast treat. Both were delicious and I will definitely make them again.

Of course, there are those who came before me. No, I don't come up with my own recipes... don't be silly. So if you'd like to check out where they each came from, check out these blogs: What's Cooking in the Orange Kitchen and Kelly Cooks...and Other Amazing Feats.

I followed the recipes exactly with minor changes (see parenthesis).

Sugar & Spice Muffins
Source: What's Cooking in the Orange Kitchen

* 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1 c a.p. flour and 3/4 c wheat flour)
* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 3/4 cup white sugar
* 1 egg
* 3/4 cup milk
For Topping:
* 3/4 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 cup butter, melted (only about 4 tbsp is needed - 1/2 cup is way too much)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups or use liners.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat together oil, 3/4 cup sugar, egg and milk. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture, just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. (I found that they only needed about 18 mins, I baked for 20 and they were a bit dry)

While muffins are baking, mix together 3/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. In a separate small bowl, melt butter.

While muffins are still hot, dip tops in melted butter and then in cinnamon sugar mixture.

Banana Coconut Muffins
Source: Kelly Cooks..and Other Amazing Feats

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I used 3/4 c a.p. flour and 1/2 c wheat flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 very ripe bananas, mashed (3/4 cup)
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut

- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line muffin cups with liners.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Whisk together bananas, butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and 1/2 cup coconut in a large bowl until combined well, then fold in flour mixture until flour is just moistened.
- Divide batter among lined muffin cups and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup coconut.
- Bake until muffins are puffed and golden, about 25 minutes. (I baked for about 22 mins)


Erin said...

Wow...these look so good. I love coconut!

Joelen said...

Both of these look delicious! Muffins are dangerously deceiving though. Just when I think one muffin will be enough for me to satisfy a sweet tooth, you'll find me reaching for 1 (or 2 or 3) more. :)

Kelly said...

Mmm..looks delicious! Hope you liked the coconut ones -- and I think those sugar and spice ones are going on my "to bake" list!

That Girl said...

I haven't made muffins in ages! I really should.

Lisa said...

Both look great! I love to bake muffins.

~Priscilla~ said...

these look delicious!! yummo!

Christina said...

Your blog is great! I have my own on called journe of the muffin lady. I will have to try your muffins. I make muffins every Monday for work.