For some reason, Raizel has been obsessed with cinnamon. My niece, “Yo-Yo” (this is short for Yocheved) gave me a great recipe for Cinnamon Pull Apart Buns when we went to visit my sister 2 weeks ago for Chanukah.
I have to share how much my niece, Yo-Yo is growing up to be a delightful young woman. Similar to my sister, Raizel, Yo-Yo has developed a passion for baking. The 2 of us enjoyed reading and discussing various cookbooks and recipes. She is truly my sister’s daughter.
However, since I am time challenged, I decided to experiment with this faster Cinnamon Muffin recipe instead. Hopefully, it will satisfy Raizel’s craving for cinnamon. If not, stay tuned for Yo-Yo’s Cinnamon Pull Apart Buns.
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used spelt)
1 cup sugar (I used slightly less)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
Alternative: use water, coconut or nut milk instead. I used rice milk
½ cup oil
By hand: combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Mix the eggs, oil and liquid in a bowl. Making a well in the center, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until blended.
With a food processor: Mix eggs, sugar, and oil in food process for 1 minute. Slowly add liquid until well blended. Add flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder and pulse until just blended.
Pour batter into a greased, sprayed or parchment lined cupcake tin.
Bake in a preheated 350°F oven until done and when inserted toothpick comes out clean.
For fun, I thought I would experiment with making a glaze similar to the one used for the doughnuts, and with cinnamon added as well.
Equal amounts of water and sugar, i.e. 1/4 water and 1/4 cup sugar.
1 teaspoon cinnamon
To make the glaze, place equal amounts of sugar and water and the cinnamon into a small pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook the sugar, cinnamon and water over high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved.
For a thicker glaze, continue to cook the glaze and stir occasionally until it reduces to a thicker consistency, or add more sugar.
When the muffins are done, dip them into the simmering glaze and then place on a serve plate.
Here are the pictures:
The girls are back at school today, so, it is too soon to tell how much they like them.
However, I love the smell of cinnamon. To me, it is the scent of Ha-Olam Ha-bah (The world to come or heaven).
Postscript: Raizel came home from school today and said, “These are awesome! Wow.” She then spontaneously said, “They still don’t compare to Cinnamon Buns. Can we make them on Sunday?”
I had to laugh when she said that. So much for fast and easy delicious muffins. It looks like we will be exploring Yo-Yo’s Cinnamon Buns recipe next.