“it’s like a cakey donut made by angels”
there are daisies growing on my porch and breakfast puffs with a side of coffee to start out this monday morning….now that’s the right foot to start a week on.
last week was moving week and i’ve been trying to get to my new kitchen for about a week now…plowing through boxes and getting everything put away in its proper cabinet/drawer. i had unrealistic plans of baking this for bethany to enjoy before she skipped town in my two day window of B time last week…but my apartment moving woes had other ideas. unfortunately B isn’t here to try out this tasty treat…but it won’t be their last appearance…no worries.
in searching for a recipe i fell on two that intrigued me…..both topped with cinnamon….one was less challenging and time consuming…..i’ll let you imagine which recipe i picked :)
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
6 tablespoons butter/margarine, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pre-heat the oven to 350
cream together shortening, sugar and egg in mixer. combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg and sift into sugar mixture – alternate sifting in dry ingredients with pouring in the milk. I used skim milk – cause that’s what I always have on hand….but i think it would be interesting to taste the difference between skim and whole milk.
pour mixture (or more like scoop mixture) into greased muffin cups – filling about two-thirds full. bake at 350…my magic number was 25 minutes. you’re looking for golden brown tops.
while baking – melt the butter/margarine in one bowl and mix together sugar and cinnamon in another.
ALSO while baking…..clean up that kitchen! my mom always told me…clean while you wait! that way once it’s time to enjoy your treat…you don’t have to worry about cleaning up after yourself! (that’s a mama tip for free)
let the puffs cool for a few minutes before removing from pan (so you don’t burn your fingers)….and then roll in butter and then cinnamon-sugar. best served warm.
i actually doubled the recipe…because i assumed the 15 puffs the recipe said i would end up with…wouldn’t be enough to satisfy the hungry “case of the monday’s” coworkers.
when i was mixing the ingredients i noticed the mixture had more fluff to it than a typical muffin mix…hence the name “puff” i’m sure! they did have that cake donut kind of texture – more airy than a muffin….but also not so sweet it makes your jaw cringe a little like a donut does.
one coworker noted that the small size was good since they had that cakey taste but with no icing….that you weren’t getting too much of that cake taste and longing for icing to go with it. i just used a regular muffin pan….but i think that using a mini muffin pan would be even better.
and also….don’t forget to grease your pans….i lost three little puffs cause i guess i was in too much of a rush this morning…and that’s just a shame for them….poor little buddies not getting to live out their glory days and fulfill their tasty treat duties.
this was a success in my book! – L