Sweet, cake-like and scented with cinnamon and nutmeg, these muffins taste remarkably like doughnuts. Kids love them because they’re deliciously plain, and adults love them because they’re just plain delicious. Unlike doughnuts, they’re baked not deep-fried. And if you need one more reason to try them, they’re easy to make with ingredients you probably have on hand.
Begin by combining the milk and lemon juice. This is essentially making your own buttermilk (since you only need 1 cup), which reacts with the baking soda in this recipe to give these muffins a nice, open crumb.
Next, combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. All that nutmeg is what makes these muffins taste like doughnuts.
Whisk to combine and then set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, a few minutes.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined.
Mix in the vanilla extract.
Add a third of the dry ingredients.
Mix well, then add half of the milk mixture.
Continue alternating the dry and wet ingredients until the batter is well combined. It will be quite thick.
Scoop the batter into a greased muffin pan, filling the tins to the rim.
Bake until firm to the touch, 25 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the toppings: melt the butter and whisk the cinnamon and sugar together.
When cool enough to handle, brush the muffins with melted butter and roll in the cinnamon-sugar.
Serve warm out of the oven or reheated in the microwave. I especially love them slathered with jam.
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For Muffin Batter
- 1 cup milk (low-fat is fine)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
- 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but still cool
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For Muffin Topping
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2-1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Spray a standard muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine the milk and lemon juice in a measuring cup or bowl and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the vanilla.
- Add a third of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix on low speed to combine. Add half of the milk mixture and mix well. Mix in another third of the flour mixture, followed by the remaining milk mixture, and finally the remaining flour mixture. Mix until evenly combined but don't over-mix. The batter will be very thick.
- Scoop the batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup to the rim. (I like to use an ice cream scoop with a wire scraper for this.) Bake the muffins until firm to the touch, 25-30 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool.
- In the meantime, prepare the toppings: Melt the butter in a small bowl. In another small bowl, whisk the cinnamon and sugar together.
- When the muffins are cool enough to handle, working one by one, use a pastry brush to paint the top of each muffin with butter, then roll in the cinnamon-sugar. If you have cinnamon-sugar left over, sprinkle muffins again. Serve warm, or cool on a rack and wrap airtight. Store at room temperature. Reheat muffins briefly in microwave for that fresh out of the oven taste.
- Per serving (12 servings)
- Serving size: 1 muffin
- Calories: 342
- Fat: 16 g
- Saturated fat: 10 g
- Carbohydrates: 46 g
- Sugar: 21 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 5 g
- Sodium: 234 mg
- Cholesterol: 70 mg
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