Sunday, March 26, 2006

So-so muffins from Martha

Cinnamon-Sugar Mini Muffins
Martha Stewart Living Annual Recipes 2003 Copyright 2002

10 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup buttermilk
1 large egg

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a mini-muffin tin, and set aside. In a small bowl, combine ½ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon sugar; set aside. (I made half the amount of cinnamon sugar and it was still way too much.)
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and remaining one teaspoon cinnamon; whisk to combine. In a small bowl , combine 6 tablespoons butter, remaining ½ cup sugar, buttermilk and egg; whisk to combine. Using a large rubber spatula, fold butter mixture into flour mixture; use no more than 10 strokes. The mixture should be lumpy. Lumpy? It was thicker than cookie dough!
3. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each prepared cup and bake until tops are nicely golden, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool in pan 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
4. Dip tops of muffins in remaining melted 4 tablespoon melted butter, and dip in reserved cinnamon mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 2 dozen.

I wasn't thrilled with these. The batter was super thick. I went over the recipe several times and I don't think I messed up but it's always possible. These reminded me of a boxed coffee cake mix my mom used to buy and I would make, when I was young. Not bad but not overly moist or flavorful.

I have a couple of Martha Stewart cookbooks but her recipes just don't thrill me for some reason. Well, it's the idea of making the recipes that doesn't thrill me. I like looking through the books but I never get around to actually making anything. The recipes are either overly complicated or ridiculously simple. The exception is her baking book which I have checked out of the library right now. For some reason I really like the recipes in that one and I've been making her pizza dough recipe (which I'll be blogging about soon) from that book with great success.

Question of the Day: Are you a Martha Stewart fan?


Heather said...

I like to watch her show and look at the rest of her stuff. I am definitely not a hater, but not a lover either. I could take her or leave her.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I like Martha, especially as a business woman. I don't think she deserves most of the abuse she gets.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a huge fan.I have found her recipes to be the same as you.

Wanda said...

I am definately a M.S. fan! No one has done as much to raise homemaking to such a level of creativity and respect. And personally, she has certainly come a long, long way. Never one to feel sorry for herself, she always has been able to accomplish whatever she set her mind to.

But although I like to read/hear about cooking, I don't actually like doing it, so don't care overly much about her cooking shows or books.

Anonymous said...

I,m new to computers, but, how can i print off any recipies on your website, rather than write them domn!!!!

The Cookbook Junkie said...

Your best bet is probably to copy the text to Word and print it from there. Or highlight the text and hit File, Print, selected text.