09 March 2012

Decadently blue, perfectly done

I was in the mood for something sweet and warm and good with coffee, so I baked a batch of French Breakfast Muffins. They're simple and perfect for a rainy day. I usually opt for healthy ingredients and substitutions (i.e. agave nectar, coconut oil, whole wheat flour, cut the sugar in half, etc.), but I was having a craving for the other kind of baking.   

Normally I would use King Arthur's white whole wheat flour as the recipe calls for, but I can't find it in the NL. It's invaluable in a baker's kitchen and better for you without giving baked things that heavy, whole wheat taste. The flour here is weird. I definitely miss my gazillion options in the supermarket baking aisle.

French Breakfast Muffins, adapted from Ann at Velvet Lava
  • 1/3 c. butter, melted
  • 1/2 c. raw sugar
  • 1 egg (preferably room temperature) 
  • 1 cup pastry flour
  • 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk 

  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted 
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium-large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and stir until combined, but still a bit lumpy. Don't over-mix. Scoop batter into muffin tins that have been prepared with paper liners. Bake for 20-25 muffins, or until they just start to turn a bit golden at the edges. 

For the topping, mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place melted butter in another small bowl. 

Dip the tops of the warm muffins in melted butter, then in the sugar mix. 

I've been really loving black and white accents lately, and I've also been looking for a pair of leg warmers to have an excuse to wear shorts this early in the year; it was a double win (!) when I stopped in at H&M after a little fun with my camera class buddies in the city centre and found these cozy striped things. 

Enjoy your weekend!

sweater, shorts, belt, & leg warmers | H&M
bodysuit | ModCloth
shoes | OTBT