Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dirt Bombs

I remember waking up early at Nickerson State Park campground. If you know the rules of the campground...you have to be REALLY quiet until 8 am. VERY difficult for a tent of 4 little girls.

I remember waiting for my Dad to wake up.  My sisters and I usually didn't leave the tent until my parents woke up.  We knew the deal, the local bakery usually delivered FRESHLY baked donuts, already packed in boxes, to the campground store..but they ran out fast and you couldn't pick your own.

As soon as we heard Dad's loud stretched out yawn... we would quickly unzip the double zippers of our nylon tent. The air was always dryer and cooler as we popped our head through the door and stepped onto the dirt and pine needle covered ground, one after the other...(ok..maybe not one after the other...maybe it was a slow..one after the other...and one of us..would still be laying there sleeping)

Dad would be standing outside his tent in his p.j. pants, his hair sticking up like a parrot...and we would line up, one girl next to the other and watch, as he rubbed his eyes. With his elbow bent and pointed upward, he would peek through his turned fist and say...do you want to go get donuts???
We would all race to the caravan and he would take us straight to the bakery where we could pick out whatever donut we wanted.

The sweet smell of cinnamon and sugar fill my kitchen while baking these little sugar muffins. It reminds me of those summer mornings where Dad would take us to the bakery on Cape Cod.

Ingredients:

3 cups of flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of all spice
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of milk (whatever you have in the fridge will do)
2 eggs
1 1/2 stick of UNSALTED butter

TOPPING MIX:
2 sticks of butter 
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon



Oven temp 400 degrees. If you are using a dark muffin pan make sure you reduce the heat a little bit.. I baked it on 375 and mine were a little dark on the bottom.




Also, You will need to make sure you pan is coated with either butter,spray, or oil. I use usually use cooking spray (but I tried butter this time)..just make sure all those little crevices on the bottom part of the  muffin tin are covered. You definitely don't want these yummy treats to stick to the pan.


                                                                                      
                                             (my little sidekick, RC, coating the pan with butter)

First mix the butter and sugar in your mixer. When they are nice and fluffy slowly add your eggs. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and all spice.


Add the dry ingredients slowly into your mixer with the wet ingredients alternating with the milk. Starting and ending with the dry mixture.This batter is thick.(THESE TASTE LIKE DONUTS!! DENSE DOUGH)


Fill your muffin tin 3/4 of the way... my  batch made 6 regular size muffins and 13 mini muffins. (as a friend once said to me..when you eat the mini one's--- you feel less guilty..until you eat..too many!) 

(can you see my spoonula?? somehow it mysteriously broke?? How does that happen?? I will come back the that!)


Bake these for about 25 minutes. Check on them...they will be done when they are a nice golden brown. ( You can also do the tooth pick test..stick a tooth pick in..if it comes out w/ dough on it.. they are not done..if it comes out clean..then they are FINISHED BAKING!)


Ok now you are going to have coat these little sugar muffins.
FIRST: Put your melted butter into a bowl and your sugar cinnamon mix into a separate bowl.







NEXT: Dip your muffins into the butter and immediately dip and roll them around in the sugar mix.



These are soo yummy! Try them out...share them....
and enjoy.




2 comments:

  1. Breathtaking cake, exceptional blog that is well organized, well written and the presentation is very professional. Hat's off to you. Will enjoy returning for a bite of more.
    Many thanks for sharing,
    Cheers, PT
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