Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins

The months December-February are probably the most miserable on the East Coast. I never used to understand why old people would retire in Florida or why some of them would purchase a vacation home in a warm place and move there during the winter months. When people used to ask me to choose between extreme cold or extreme hot weather, I'd always pick the extreme cold weather. My theory was you can always put more clothes on, but there are only so much you can strip off. I now have a completely different theory, no matter how much clothes you put on, you will still be miserable in these winter months. If I had the money, I'd move and retire in Florida right now :)

These cinnamon sugar muffins are perfect with a cup of coffee on a cold day. The only good thing about being snowed in is that you have an excuse to lounge around, sit by the fire place (that exudes no heat), drink something hot, eat something sweet and read a book.

Original Recipe from babeinthecitykl
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs
1 cup plain yogurt
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 to 8 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping: (I doubled this amount since I like to have extra thick cinnamon sugar topping)
1/2 stick bugger, melted (about 55g)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Position oven rack in teh middle position and preheat oven to 200 degrees C. line a standard muffin pan with paper cups.
2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix with light strokes until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Don't over mix; batters should not be smooth.
3. Divide batter among the muffin cups and bake until a toothpick inserted in one or two of the muffins come out clean, 12-15 minutes.
4. While the muffins are baking, melt 1/2 stick butter and place in a bowl just large enough to hold a muffin. Combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small, shallow bowl. As soon as the muffins are done, dip them one at a time in the melted butter and then roll in the sugar mixture. Set on a rack to cool.

yields 12 standard size muffins 


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