Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins (Treats For Co Irkers)

You know what's worse than screwing up a recipe? Not screwing up a recipe but thinking you screwed up a recipe and starting all over when you wouldn't have had to if you'd just been a patient little girl and not gotten your knickers in a knot and been over-anxious to unwrap them and eat one because you didn't have any breakfast and the smell was driving you insane! (geeze Mags, take a breath already; Really.... it'll be OK)

Let me explain. I've had my eye on this cinnamon streusel muffin recipe from King Arthur Flour for quite some time. And the reason I've been itching to try this recipe is because I've had these delicious little cinnamon chips in my pantry, waiting for a baked good to call home.

So, I baked the first batch of muffins this morning, and as I stated earlier in this post, I became impatient in letting them cool and set properly. When I peeled my luscious little treat from its paper, I was so disappointed to see that the filling part had settled to the bottom of the muffin during baking and it was now stuck to the paper. The muffin fell into pieces. No matter at the moment because I was starving. I shoved it down the hatch before even thinking about how I was going to remedy the situation. It was probably just one of those freak things, I thought to myself. It was just that muffin. The rest will be OK. And, I'm still hungry enough to eat another one, so let's just see how the paper peels off the next one. Same stinking thing happened! Now I'm getting a little miffed. Miffed enough to comment on the King Arthur website. (which I NEVER do!)

I decided to regroup and come up with another treat for hubby to share with his co workers, because there was no way I was sending these flops into work with him. But in the back of my mind, I was still wanting this recipe to work.... badly. So, I decided to make another batch and leave the filling out. Success! I even went back to the King Arthur website and commented again!

Hours passed. It was now time to write up this post. And I thought it would be interesting to take a picture of one of the "dud" muffins to show you how it stuck to the paper and fell apart, etc. I unwrapped every single one of the original batch. NONE OF THEM STUCK TO THE PAPER. NOT ONE. (I'm too ashamed to go back to the King Arthur website to comment a third time today. They won't let me order from them again, I'm just sure of

Did I mention that patience is not one of my virtues?

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup diced pecans (I toasted mine first)
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons softened butter

3 Tablespoons softened butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake papers and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Prepare the topping by mixing the ingredients together until crumbly. Set aside. (I had enough topping to do two batches of muffins)

Prepare the filling by mixing the ingredients together until they've become paste-like. Set aside.

To make the batter: In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, milk, and eggs. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the dry mixture to the liquid, stirring just until combined.

Divide half the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Dollop 2 teaspoons cinnamon filling onto each muffin, then top with the remaining batter. Sprinkle with topping, pressing it in lightly.

Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they're golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and wait 5 minutes before transferring them from the pan to a rack to cool.

Drizzle with a powdered sugar glaze, if desired.

Yield: 12 muffins.


Co Irker said...

Cool! I finally get to be the first person to comment.
When your hubs came in today, he was bearing an empty plate. Total fake out - he had them hid away in his office. I tried to play it cool but really the man should not tease hungry women first thing in the morning. We will seek revenge;)

Anywho...these were sooo good. I would have taken the rejects. Around here we ain't picky...about presentation at least.

Thanks again, our muffin makin' maven.


Linda said...

I love that you are blogging your entire experience--makes me feel better about my "mishaps"! These look absolutely delicious. I am inspired to try them.

Moogie said...

Well ghee-whiz, I thought I was a one of a kind. You of people know what I talking about, the kind of crazy person that shots first and then asks questions later. Now I see that we belong to the same freaky sisterhood of having no patience to wait till the cake cools or the pudding sets up.

stephchows said...

I keep seeing posts with cin chips... I need to find some stat!!! No worries about the multi comments, totally something I would do! You should go back and comment for the third time, that way others know they do work :) I wish I was a co-irker!! Cause I would CHOW these!

Debbie said...

Oh they look so good. I would love one of those with some coffee!

Mags said...

Co Irker: You have my permission to punch him the next time he tries a stunt like that!

Linda: I hate admitting that I'm not

Moogie:LOL@shooting first and asking questions later. Yup, that's me.

Steph: I'm working up the nerve to go back and comment there again. I just now noticed that they posted my second comment.

Debbie: Thanks! (and they were delicious with coffee!)

HoneyB said...

lol. I'm so jealous you came up with Co Irker. ;-) And the co-irker who actually comments here...I love it!

I love the muffins too. Love the mini cinnamon chips. I get them at a local Mennonite shop!

Morta Di Fame said...

Wow, that looks good!

Mags said...

HoneyB... I can't claim the fame of thinking up Co Irker. Co Irker herself came up with that. And it still tickles me every time I read

Morta... thanks! I just checked out your blog and it's lovely.

PheMom said...

Those are my very favorite kind of muffins. I'll definitely have to try this recipe!

Jen @ said...

Ooh - I love cinnamon chips! These muffins look so delicious. It's always nice to read blog posts about things that didn't go smoothly in the kitchen - makes me realize I'm not alone in my kitchen blunders!

Mags said...

PheMom: (love your name!) yes, try them. You'll love them!

Jen: the cinnamon chips definitely make this muffin. Thanks for commenting!

Jennifer said...

I LOVE cinnamon chips!!! My husband, not so much so I dont use them much in baking. These muffins look amazing!!

Barbara Bakes said...

These look like the perfect cinnamon muffins to me!

Mags said...

Jennifer: Don't you just hate it when the hubby doesn't like something you love.

Barbara: Thanks for the kind comment!