Friday, October 19, 2012

Cinnamon, The Remix

This is a little late in coming, I know, but I've been super busy. Which is weird, since, you know, I'm unemployed now and should theoretically have a lot of time on my hands. But hey, at least I'm not bored! Now, I like to sometimes send Sambo to work with goodies for his co-workers, if you didn't already know. A while ago, I attempted (and pulled off!!) the most delicious cinnamon rolls ever, which were a hit with all his co-workers. I sure do love cinnamon. And giving people yummy trreats! So now, I'm bringin' cinnamon back in muffin form! (Which were gobbled up in less than a minute, so that should tell you how freaking amazing they were!)

Simply Sinful Cinnamon Muffins
from King Arthur Flour

For the Topping
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup diced pecans
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup All-Purpose flour
3 tablespoons soft butter

For the Filling
3 to 4 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

For the Batter
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups All-Purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup cinnamon chips or butterscotch chips (Go with cinnamon. Just trust me.)

Preheat your oven to 400°F.

Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake papers, or grease it lightly. But why grease when you can use adorable cupcake liners? Like this one:

Prepare the topping and set it aside. Maybe take a teeny tiny sample... for um, quality control. Yeah, that's it...

Prepare the filling. It should have a soft, pudding-like consistency. Set it aside.

It smells soooooooooo good! :D

Now stop! It's batter time! (Sorry, that was cheesy...) In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, milk, and eggs.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

Add the dry mixture to the liquid, stirring just until combined.

Now fold in those heaven-sent cinnamon chips. I'm not exaggerating. They seriously are that delicious.

Divide half the batter evenly among the muffin cups. This is actually a long process from start to finish. I think I went through two whole episodes of Vampire Diaries. That Damon. Mmm...

Dollop 2 teaspoons cinnamon filling onto each muffin, and spread it around to cover all of the batter.

Now, go ahead and top that with the remaining batter.

Sprinkle all of that with topping, pressing it in just slightly. I wasn't kidding about it being so time-intensive!

Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they're golden brown.

Remove them from the oven, and wait 5 minutes before transferring them from the pan to a rack to cool. They'll be nice and puffy and sooooo gooooood!

This will make 12 muffins.

If you want my advice, double this recipe!!!!!!! The muffins Sam took to work were vacuumed up in like, 10 seconds. And the cinnamon chips? They make these little breakfast delights that much better!


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