Doughnuts? Muffins? Doughnuts That Taste Like Muffins?!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

So, I had these grandiose plans of bringing home made cinnamon rolls to my brother's belated big 3-0 birthday celebration today however, upon further review of the receipe I calculated I would have to wake up at about 4am. After coming to that rude awakening (ha, get it), I thought of what Jeff likes to eat.  First thing that came to mind.  Doughnuts.  Jeff has forever loved doughnuts.  His buddies even nicknamed him doughnuts due to his love of this pastry treat.

Everyone knows that doughnuts are not the best thing for you...I found a recipe a while back that is a good alternative.  I'm not saying they are health food but they are better for you than their grease cooked counterpart.

I woke up this morning ready to go! It was the day for my brother's party and I was in the kitchen.  But, I was in the kitchen without flour.  Ugggh.  Did my head fall off when I was in the grocery store!? I forgot everything on my list.  Yes, there was a list and nothing on it ended up in my basket.

Anyway, it was time to improvise.  Flour....flour...what has flour in it?  Pancake mix!  I took a look at the ingredients..flour, sugar, leavening agents and a bunch of things scientists came up with (kind of gross)....seemed like too many things besides flour.  Up a shelf I feasted my eyes on......
Who knew we even had it in our pantry!?  Check out the ingredients....quite a few but sugar was not listed.  Bingo.  I gave it a shot.

Crossed my fingers and put on the jams.  Specifically: All Star by Smashmouth.  Every time I hear this song I think of my brother belting it out in the back of our rental car driving up the East Coast.  Fan-tastic.

This recipe could not be any easier....also note that I made a double batch incase this looks like a lot!
Start with sifting the flour (Bisquick).  I'm really not much of a sifter but this stuff looks lumptastic.
Then I added the baking powder.  I saw that there was a "leavening agent" in the Bisquick as well.  So, I cut down the amount by 1/2 and seriously crossed my fingers.  
Add the salt...
Nutmeg...mmmm I love the smell of nutmeg. This is what makes the doughnuts taste like doughnuts. 
Next goes the oil.  I like to buy oil in bulk aka. Costco. Then put it in squeeze bottles.  This way you can really measure as much as you want quickly or do a little drizzle in the pan.  I also keep vinegar in a squeeze bottle.  
Let me back up...before the oil stir the flour (Bisquick) mixture.  Also add the sugar...I did things a little backwards.  This was before my morning coffee. 
Add the eggs
And milk...
Sir the mixture so there are almost no lumps. 
Pop into a greased let me emphasize greased muffin tin.  Lets just say there was a little issue when I tried to use canola oil and a paper towel.  Mr. Schwartz is on his way to the grocery store for some non-stick spray.  Always my knight in shining armor.  

And then I saw it while I was putting away the ingredients....
DO NOT SIFT.  Shit. Like I didn't have enough working against me this morning.  Again with the crossing of the fingers and the praying to the heavens.  Into the oven they go.  
While the muffins cook, put some sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  I like less cinnamon than others but do what you like.  A similar mixture if you like cinnamon sugar toast.  This will be used to roll the muffins in to have a crusty, sugary exterior.  mmm humm....

Then melt butter in the microwave.  Use this to dip the muffins in then into the sugar cinnamon so it sticks.  
Pop the muffins out of the muffin tin and let cool slightly before going to the butter then the cinnamon sugar mixture.  
These are so easy and they will rock your world.  

Just a little side note: the Bisquick totally worked!!! Yay!!!!  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEFF!  You are the best brother a little sis could ask for! LOVE YOU!! 


Muffins That Taste Like Doughnuts

1 3/4 C Flour (or Bisquick)
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder (cut in 1/2 if using Bisquick)
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/3 C Canola/Vegetable Oil
3/4 C White sugar
1 Egg
3/4 C Milk

1/2 C Butter
1/2 C White Sugar 
1 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

Sift dry ingredients...mix with wet
Put batter into a greased muffin tin.  NO papers.
Pop in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes
Take muffins out of the tin when they are still hot
Dip in melted butter...roll in white sugar and cinnamon mix.


1 comment :

  1. Sis - Thank you for the wonderful muffin doughnuts yesterday! I knew a lot of love went into them but no ideas the trials and tribulations you went through yesterday morning. Thank you for making my party extra special! Love you!


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