Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

These little babies were CRAZY good. And I didn't even make the sugar topping that Joy the Baker suggested. That might have sent my sugar crazed children right over the top yesterday. Oh the holidays of sugar have arrived! Next up... Easter!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
4 tsp active dry or rapid rise yeast
2/3 cup warm milk (100-110F; low fat is fine)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg

Filling/Topping

2 tbsp butter, room temperature
2/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch ground cardamom

Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp milk or cream

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Dissolve the yeast in a measuring cup filled with the warmed milk, then stir milk mixture, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and egg into the flour mixture. Mix well, until very smooth. Pour into prepared pan and let rest for 15 minutes.
While the dough rests, mix together butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom in a small bowl using a fork until all the butter has been incorporated into the sugar and mixture is crumbly. Divide the batter between 12 greased muffin cups. Sprinkle evenly on top of rested dough and press the mixture down into the dough with your fingertips (or swirl in with a spatula.)

Place pan into a cold oven, then set the oven temperature to 350F.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until bread is lightly browned at the edges and the center of the bread springs back when lightly pressed. Some of the sugar mixture on top may still be bubbling.
Cool for at least 30 minutes before whisking the powdered sugar and milk together to form an icing and drizzling it onto the bread.

Serve warm. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave.

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Recipe found HERE! And I must admit to being quite smitten with Joy the Baker. She seems cool, fun, and completely good at what she does... and she is willing to share her great ideas and great ideas she finds with us lowly quickbread experts (which BTW is the only thing I ever bake. lol! That's right folks. I don't bake my own bread. In fact, bread that turns out eatable in my house is considered a MAJOR accomplishment.) I am excited to explore her site more and see what other bites of goodness she has to offer!

1 comment:

Sandi Felch said...

Hi Val! Glad to hear you are all feeling better. I've been praying for you. I'm at Don & Kathy's house(my son and d-i-l) in Montgomery, AL right now. Haven't been keeping up with life if Blogville. Kathy and I are going to make these yummy-sounding muffins in the next couple of days. Clearly, though, I need to come and teach Alex & Cyan how to make great whole wheat bread. Love, Sandi