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Monday, December 31, 2018

Mini Donut Muffins - #MuffinMonday




Donuts are not very popular in Jamaica. Occasionally, you'll see someone on the street selling a box of jelly filled donuts. And honestly, it's been a while since I've seen a donut man. Maybe I'm not paying attention though. Until I can get my Prestige jelly donut fix, I will just have to make my own in mini muffin form. 
was pleasantly surprised by how delicious these were. Dangerously delicious. I tasted one and when I looked at the plate, three were missing. Three? I swear I was only tasting one. I have always loved powdered sugar covered donut holes so I opted to use powdered sugar here. I actually glazed some and then added some sprinkles but as usual, my glaze just did not look right so I didn't take pics of that. It was delicious though - may or may not have used rum to make the glaze. Tis the season! Feel free to roll them in cinnamon sugar if that floats your boat. Dip in some melted butter first. Next time, I'll add some jelly and pretend they're from Prestige. 

For more muffin goodness, be sure to check out the list below the recipe. Happy New Year, everyone!



Mini Donut Muffins
Yield: 20 mini muffins

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar  (I used light brown)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk 
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar for coating

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a mini muffin pan.
whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl whisk egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently until just combined. Scoop into the wells of the mini muffin pan. Aim for about 2/3 to 3/4 full. 

Bake 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool and then coat in powdered sugar. I added less than a cup of powdered sugar to a bag and tossed the muffins in one a time.






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Monday, November 26, 2018

Wine Muffins - #MuffinMonday



The idea for these muffins came to me while I was soaking fruits for Christmas cake. Shall we pause to marvel at the fact that I already have fruits soaking? Yes, I know everyone else's fruits have been soaking since last year. But since the week of Christmas is usually early enough for us, having fruits already in liquor from early November is cause for celebration. 

And let's celebrate with some red wine muffins. I used the same wine that I use to soak fruits. Typically, this is Red Label Wine but this time I used another brand's fruit wine. Use what you have. You don't taste the alcohol here. I think the wine I used had about 15% alcohol. You're instead left with wonderful hints of the wine and spices. They tasted like our spice buns (not Easter buns but the everyday version). If you want to taste some alcohol, drizzle these with a wine glaze. I used very little on each muffin  but then I kept dipping each bite of muffin in leftover glaze. 

Lots more muffins below. Be sure to scroll down.


Wine Muffins
Yield: ~10 muffins

Ingredients 

2 cups flour 
1/2 cup sugar 
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger 
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated 
1 egg 
1 cup wine 
1/4 cup oil 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F and grease or line the wells of a muffin pan. 

Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and nutmeg. In a separate container whisk together the egg, wine, and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir gently - batter is thick. Divide among the wells of the muffin tin. 

Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. 

If desired, drizzle cooled muffins with a glaze made from confectioner's sugar and wine. It's a dismal colour so add some food colouring.

Muffin Monday

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Marble Muffins - #MuffinMonday




These marbled muffins are a result of stress baking. It’s been a rough week. I lost a freelancing gig that I was counting on to cover some expenses. Hours after that, I realized that I might not be getting through to my students at all. I need a new approach. Then a cheque that I was told that I would be getting is somehow on hold – indefinitely. I got into a little tiff with someone (still in it) and then on Saturday morning, our water utility company decided to fix some leaking pipes. That sounds like a good thing, right? Except they didn’t forewarn us and I realized what was happening when the washing machine wouldn’t fill up. No water on Sunday either and based on their progress, Monday could be dry too. "Good" times that call for chocolate and baking.

These muffins are a bit on the cakier side of the muffin - cupcake spectrum. I think next time I’ll use some sour cream and try for a denser muffin. Still delicious though and definitely satisfying my chocolate and baking needs. OK, I’m lying, the handful of chocolate chips that I ate took care of the chocolate need.

More muffins below the recipe!



Marble Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

240 grams flour

100 grams sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons cocoa powder



Method

Grease a muffin pan. Preheat oven to 425 F.

Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate container whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and cocoa powder.

Gently combine the wet and the dry ingredients mixing only until just combined. Lumps are OK.

Remove scant half of the batter and add the cocoa powder.

Use tablespoons to drop alternate drops of white and chocolate batter filling the cups almost full. Use a toothpick marble the batters at the end but be careful not to overdo it. I left some of mine as is.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

Cool slightly and then remove from the pans.




Muffin Monday
#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday, can be found on our home page.
Muffin Monday
#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday, can be found on our home page.
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