Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mini Doughnut Muffins.

Usually, when K goes to Tim Horton's with one of his favorite grown-ups, he gets to have a box of 10 Timbits to share. When offered, I am the oddball that picks the plain Timbit out of the box. Five year olds don't like them anyway. Right? 

The reason why i love the plain ones, is because of the nutmeg taste. When i was a kid, my Mom made doughnuts often, and before she started experimenting with different sugar and spices, the flavour in them was always Nutmeg. I love the clean smell clean smell, and the delicious taste. The wonderful memory of Mom's doughnuts always comes back when i have a plain Timbit. Even though they are totally different, with one taste of the nutmeg that is in them, i can almost hear Mom telling us to watch our fingers as we sugared the hot doughnuts for her. 

When i came across a recipe for muffin pan doughnuts in a community cookbook, i decided i had to try them just because the only spice was nutmeg. I set the cookbook aside with the page marked, and pretty much forgot about them. This morning, when i was perusing blog posts from overnight, i found someone who had made something similar. I dug out the Anglican Church cookbook that i had found it in and decided i was going to make them tonight. After work, i looked at the recipe again and wasn't really impressed by it. So i did a quick internet search and came up with this one instead, from How To: Simplify. They looked delicious and have the nutmeg in them, so away i went to the kitchen. 

Doughnut Muffins.

1+3/4 cup flour.
1+1/2 teaspoons baking powder.
1/2 tsp each salt, nutmeg, cinnamon.
3/4 cup sugar.
1/3 cup oil.
1 egg.
3/4 cup milk.

In large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, spices and baking powder until well blended. In smaller bowl, whisk together oil, egg and milk. 
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Pour into prepared muffins tins. Bake for about 15 minutes in 350 F oven. While still hot, dip in sugar or cinnamon sugar. 

The recipe states to spread a bit of melted butter onto them, and then dip into cinnamon sugar. I just dipped them into a bit of sugar while they were still hot. I burned my fingers a bit, so watch out! The sugar will usually stick to hot goodies and it's my theory that if any falls off after they cool, i didn't need the extra calories anyway. I got 24 mini muffins from this recipe, and one mini half loaf. I got impatient after two pans, and didn't want to wait for a third (i need a second mini pan!!) so i threw the batter into a mini loaf pan and got this. 

The only disappointment i have of the recipe is that i wish they had browned a bit better. But maybe i did not have them in long enough, they passed the poke test at least, or maybe that is how baked doughnuts just are. This recipe has the perfect amount of nutmeg in it, you can even see it in the batter. I could probably eat the whole batch tonight, but i should be nice and take some to my co-workers tomorrow. 

I will be definitely be making this one again and again, maybe next time in regular sized muffin tins. 

It is mid week, it's all downhill to the weekend from here, hope everyone is having a great week! I picked up a special book today because next week is my 1 year blog anniversary! Once i find the perfect recipe from the book, i will make and post it and have a copy to give away as well, stay tuned for that!! 


  1. Happy 1st year blog anniversary!

    I can see lots of spices in your mini doughnut muffins. Yum!

  2. Thanks! i can't wait to make them again and try them with cinnamon sugar!

  3. Happy Anniversary!!!

    I know my kids would adore these for breakfast...and I'd have less guilt feeding them these than donuts (they LOVE donuts).

  4. These really look delicious. I love to have one with my morning coffee. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  5. Thank you! I already have many goodies to take home for my family for Easter, but i may end up taking these as well!