Monday, May 23, 2011

Mini Cinnamon Streusel Pancake Muffins

by Darla

I have encountered so many great blogs through my cooking experiences. I’m so often astounded at the talent and creativity that abounds out there. I am constantly inspired to try new things, like the mini semi-homemade cinnamon rolls that came from Jenny over at Picky Palate.

Today, I have another mini, delicious little breakfast treat to share with you that was inspired by another amazing food blog.

Josh and Maria, from Two Peas and Their Pod, must have the tastiest kitchen ever (not to mention beautiful). They consistently post recipes that I find irresistible, and their ideas have really expanded my kitchen repertoire…especially when it comes to breakfast. Holy wow, do those two know how to do breakfast. I want to live by them so I can mooch tasty breakfasts from them every day. I’m pretty convinced that they need to open their own breakfast diner. If you think I’m exaggerating, hit that link to be proven wrong.

One of their more recent delectable breakfast recipes is their cinnamon streusel pancakes. I know, right? The words say it all. Cinnamon. Streusel. Pancakes. Yeah…wow. I knew right away that I had to try them, but I wanted to add my own twist, so I decided to make them into sweet mini pancake muffins.

Uh-huh. I just said that. I made mini cinnamon streusel pancake muffins. They are fantastic! All of the deliciousness of a yummy buttermilk pancake topped with the sweet surprise of spicy cinnamon streusel. I even added a sugary glaze to bump these right on over the top of over the top.

These little pancake muffins require just a few ingredients: all-purpose flour, milk, an egg, unsalted butter (melted), sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.

Be sure to generously grease and flour your mini muffin pan. I also did some mini donuts to see how they’d be…more on those later.

Once the batter is mixed, I decided to put it in a decorating bag for easy distribution (you can also use a zip top bag). Just snip the end of the bag and fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full.

For the streusel topping you’ll need unsalted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, sugar, and all-purpose flour. You’re going to cut these ingredients together with a dough cutter or fork, but be careful not to touch it too much with your hands. The heat from your skin will melt the butter, which you don’t want…yet. The mixture should be sandy with small pebble like chunks in it when you’re done.

Evenly sprinkle each of the muffins with the topping then bake the muffins at 350 degrees for eight to nine minutes.

If you’re feeling frisky, you can make some sweet confectioners’ sugar glaze (recipe below) to top the muffins with.

Just drizzle it over the muffins after they’ve cooled for a few minutes, then serve warm. These are delicious with the icing or just as tasty with a little butter and warm maple syrup.

Now, you may remember that I mentioned mini donuts. For these, I decided to try putting the streusel topping into the pan first, then filling it with batter.

This recipe made great little pancake donuts. They were light and airy, but really delicious and filling. The only thing I would change would be to put the batter into the pan first and top it with streusel, like I did with the muffins. I also think they’d be great baked plain, then pressed into the streusel topping while still warm, but I think you’d have to make sure you got the topping to be somewhat fine in order for that to work.

I love that these have all of the awesome qualities of a fantastic, indulgent pancake, but they’re bite sized, finger foods that are perfectly packable for a breakfast or brunch picnic! This is certainly a decadent breakfast treat that’s full of sweet sugary punches, but with some soft salted butter, you can’t go wrong, and a tall glass of cold milk or some strong, hot coffee suit these perfectly. Another great thing about these? They’re quite fast to make. Like all pancake batters, they mixed up in no time at all and my family had hot pancake muffins in less than 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Mini Streusel Pancake Muffins
Makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen mini muffins
Ingredients

FOR THE TOPPING
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks

FOR THE MUFFINS
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

FOR THE ICING (optional)
1/2 cup confectioner’ s sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the topping: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Cut the ingredients together with a dough cutter or fork, trying to touch it with your hands as little as possible, until you have a sandy mixture with small pebble like chunks in it; set aside.

To make the muffins: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a mini muffin pan; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, butter, maple syrup, and vanilla until combined. Make a well in the flour mixture and add the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Batter will be a little lumpy, don’t over mix.

Fill a decorating or zip top bag with the batter, snip off the pointed end, and fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full. Sprinkle each muffin generously with the streusel topping. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack set over parchment paper to ice (optional).

To make the icing: In a small bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle over the warm muffins. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria May 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

So glad you liked the pancakes enough to create these adorable little muffins! They are too cute! You are the best!

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2 Rita May 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

They look incredible! I might try these as an afternoon treat rather than a brekky – they look like they need a good dollop of ice cream on the side! Yummo!
Your blog never fails to bring a smile to my face, and a rumble to my tummy! Thanks for doing what you do! :)

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3 Mary Anne May 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Now THESE, are adorable! This is something I can see myself making when The Girl has a friend sleep over. Or even better, letting them loose in the kitchen to make them for ME!
I’ve been wanting to try the Two Peas recipe for a while now, just haven’t gotten to it. Mornings, even weekend mornings, seem to be too hectic for us these days. They might have to become a “breakfast for dinner” sometime soon, though (even though most nights aren’t that much less hectic…)

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4 Karly May 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Oh my word. I think I found my new favorite breakfast treat.

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5 Valerie May 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Perfect for tea time!! I love cinnamon, your muffins look like little donuts, they’re cute and look yummy!!

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6 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit May 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

oh em gee these look so good! I like that you used a donut pan too. I just bought one and wasn’t sure what to make with it first. I’m gluten free, but I could totally replace the flour with almond flour. Thanks for sharing this great recipe :)

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7 yasmeen {wandering spice} May 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

i also love the blogs you mentioned. they’re full of inspiration!

i’m a firm believer that cinnamon streusel makes life better. its no surprise i started drooling over this post :)

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8 Jun May 24, 2011 at 12:23 am

Ugh… I need to eat this… right now…

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9 Emily@SoDomesticated May 24, 2011 at 1:27 am

How cute are these!?! I bet they taste pretty yummy too!

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10 katili May 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I know what I’m making for breakfast on Saturday :D

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11 Abigail Neely May 24, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I didn’t have a little muffin pan so I used my waffle maker. Perfect :]
Thanks for the recipe!

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12 Patricia Scarpin May 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

These look so pretty! Not to mention delicious… So golden and that icing… Just amazing!

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13 Katili May 28, 2011 at 1:41 am

Unsurprisingly, mine didn’t come out nearly as pretty as yours lol! The topping and I… we didn’t see eye to eye. They are delicious, at least though :D I had to add more milk to my icing to actually be able to drizzle it and make it stretch over all my mini-muffins (I wound up with 3 dozen).

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14 whatever DeeDee Wants June 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

Oh my those look delicious!

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15 Shannon July 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

These look delicious, adding this to my must-try list!

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