Thursday, August 9, 2012

Monkey Bread Muffins!

 I feel a little bit guilty about not having posted any recipes in so long but the truth is, my schedule has been just a little bit too hectic. This recipe was supposed to go up a few months ago but I didn't get around to writing this post until today. I have a few more like this one that I do really want to share so I'll have to make an effort to get those posts written asap! For now, enjoy these little monkey bread muffins - a delicious and super easy alternative to cinnamon rolls! You don't need to spend anytime waiting for the dough to rise to it's a very quick cinnamon craving fix! 

1½ sticks of butter, cut into small pieces
2 Tbsp of maple syrup
1/3 Cup of sugar (+ 2Tbsp for the dough)
1/3 Cup of brown sugar
1 Tbsp of cinnamon
2 Cup of Flour
1 Tbsp of baking powder
½ Tsp of salt
¾ cup of buttermilk (though we never have butter milk at home – I always just measure out the ¾ milk and squirt 1 Tbsp of lemon juice into it and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before using)
For the drizzle:
1 Cup of icing sugar
2 Tbsp of Milk

For the dough:
In a food processor, pulse the flour, baking powder, 2 Tbsp of sugar and the salt until combined. Use all but 4Tbsp of the butter and pulse the small chunks with the flour mixture until the entire mixture looks crumbly. Add the buttermilk and pulse until the dough forms.
Work the dough with floured hands and separate it into 20-30 little dough balls.
Combine the sugars and cinnamon into a small bowl.
Melt 4 Tbsp of butter with the 2 Tbsp of maple syrup in a microwave safe bowl (maybe 30 seconds not more) and set aside. Use muffin liners to keep the muffins from falling apart
Prepare the muffin pans before the assembly process as it can get quite messy. This recipe makes 12 muffins.
Dip each small dough ball into the butter/maple syrup mixture until they are fully coated, and coat in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Once they are coated, place them in a muffin pan (3/4 per muffin).
Bake on the bottom rack of a 425-degree oven for 15 minutes (or until they are nice and golden). Once out of the oven, drizzle with the glaze ( combine the icing sugar and milk until smooth) and enjoy!

Bon Appétit! 

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