Category Archives: muffins

kaneelbullar (swedish cinnamon buns)

I don’t know where I found this recipe, I might have photocopied it somewhere, so please forgive me for not linking it to the original post. While going through a couple of recipes online to see where I might have found the one I am using, I saw that most recipes call for lukewarm milk instead of cold milk, but I stuck with the cold milk.

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The dough should be kneaded well for at least 10 minutes but my hand-held mixer is not up to the task, so I tried kneading the dough with my hands. It was a terrible, sticky mess and I gave up. I also hadn’t dissolved the yeast properly, so I was quite curious to see how these buns turned out. While I was writing this and leaving the dough to rise I started feeling sorry for the dough and gave it another try (it hadn’t risen a millimetre yet).

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I guess I used another 1 1/2 cups (200g) of flour trying to wrestle the dough under control, but I think it was worth it in the end. It did look a little bit better.

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I rolled out the dough into four thinner squares and placed these smaller buns into mini muffin pans and ended up with 48 mini cinnamon buns.

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kaneelbullar (swedish cinnamon buns)
 
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Yields: 20
Ingredients
dough
  • 1 cup 6 1 tablespoon (250ml) cold milk
  • 5½ tablespoons (80g) softened butter
  • 6 - 7 tablespoons (75g) sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 packages dry active yeast (14g)
  • 4 cups (500g) flour (plus 1or 2 cups (200g) or more)
  • 1 egg (L)
filling
  • 7 tablespoons (100g) softened butter
  • 14 tablespoons (120g) brown (granulated) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 egg for brushing
Instructions
  1. Mix the milk with the yeast and stir until dissolved.
  2. Then add the butter, sugar, salt, cardamom, egg and enough flour to make the dough combine.
  3. Keep the mixer on continuously using the dough hook while adding the flour.
  4. Work the dough for about 10 minutes with a mixer.
  5. Leave to rise (1 to 2 hours) until it’s doubled in size.
  6. Work through the dough with some more flour until the dough stops sticking and can be shaped, then cut the dough in half and roll out the first piece in a rectangular shape (around 18 x 14 inches / 45cm x 35cm).
  7. Spread a generous amount of butter evenly, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  8. Roll the piece lengthways so you end up with a long, tight thin roll.
  9. Cut the rolls into about 20 pieces and place each in a muffin pan.
  10. Cover and leave to rise another 1 to 2 hours.
  11. Beat the egg with a pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon of water and brush carefully on the buns.
  12. Sprinkle with pearl sugar (optional).
  13. Bake at 480°F / 250°C for 8-10 minutes.

 

Even though I didn’t follow the instructions properly the miniature cinnamon buns turned out pretty OK. I’m sure they could have been better, probably not so dense, but they were still delicious.

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sea salt chocolate muffins

When I saw this recipe I just had to try it – chocolate and sea salt, my favourite combination in a muffin. It’s adapted from the simple, sweet life.

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I made one half with white chocolate (Green&Blacks) and the other half with dark chocolate (Valrhona Manjari 64% cacao).

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The recipe recommended adding the chocolate pieces on top to stop them from sinking to the bottom, which I think is a great idea. Mine did sink to the bottom nonetheless, I’m not sure what went wrong there – maybe the chocolate chunks were too heavy?

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sea salt chocolate muffins
 
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Yields: 22
Ingredients
  • 1 stick (114g) butter
  • ½ cup (120ml) milk
  • 1 cup (190g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs (L)
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (90 -100g) chocolate, chopped (white and/ or dark)
  • sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425° F / 205° C and line or grease a muffin pan.
  2. Melt the butter and add the milk to the warm butter.
  3. Combine the sugars with the butter and milk mixture in a bowl, then add the baking soda and vanilla extract.
  4. Whisk in the eggs one at a time.
  5. Stir in the flour until everything is completely combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the muffin pan and add the chocolate chips on top.
  7. Bake the muffins for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 350° F / 175° C.
  8. Continue baking for 10 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle the muffins with a little bit of sea salt and bake for another 5 minutes.

 

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At first I thought I overdid the salt sprinkling part, but my usual cake testers (I want to call them my guinea pigs, but they are my colleagues) thought they were perfectly fine.

 

banana granola muffins

Last Sunday I made these banana granola muffins, mainly because I needed to get rid of some of my ridiculous granola stash and the ripe bananas wasting away in my kitchen. So I searched the net and came across the Banana Crunch Muffin recipe from Ina Garten’s The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and changed it a little bit.

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banana granola muffins
 
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Yields: 24
Ingredients
  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (190g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ pound (240g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs (L)
  • ¾ cup (180ml) whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 medium sized ripe bananas (half-heartedly mashed with a fork)
  • 3 cups (240g) granola (I used a granola with nuts and raisins) - you can easily substite one cup of granola with chopped nuts or raisins or cranberries...
Instructions
  1. Line muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C.
  3. Sift the flour, then add the sugars, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the melted butter and blend.
  5. In a second bowl combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas.
  6. Add them to the flour&butter mixture, add the granola and mix well, but don't overmix.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the tops are brown.
  8. Cool slightly and serve.

 

The muffins turned out flavourful, tender and moist.

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