Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Honey and Cinnamon Muffins

Yesterday it was my 17th birthday and I recieved a beautiful cupcake tower from my mum.  Whilst these are not cupcakes, they were certainly fitting to celebrate the beauty of the cupcake tower.  These light muffins were best eaten straight out of the oven...with the cinnamon and honey taste truly coming through. 

Ingredients
135g almond meal
1 cup plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
160g butter
1/4 honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs, seperated whites and yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon

Method
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees (fan-forced) and line a 12 hole cupcake tray.  In a medium bowl, combine the almond meal, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Set aside.  Beat butter, honey, sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl until light and fluffy.  Add lightly beaten egg yolks one at a time on low speed.  Switch speed to medium and continue beating for 4-5 minutes.  Add flour mixture in 3 equal parts to the yolk batter with a wooden spoon, then using beaters, beat on low speed for exactly 5 seconds.  In a seperate bowl, beat the egg whites until light and fluffy, approx 4 minutes.  Gently fold these egg whites into the yolk batter in 3 parts.  Fold with a wooden spoon lightly and quickly until mixture is fully combined.  Be careful not to overbeat.  Spoon batter into prepared cupcake holes and bake for around 20-25 minutes.  Eat one at least hot from the oven!

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful muffins, and a Happy Birthday to you!

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  2. Love the flavour combo! Happy belated birthday!

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  3. Feliz cumpleaños!!
    El mejor regalo, de tu madre que te conoce, tenían que estar deliciosos.
    Besos

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  4. Happy Birthday!! Your cake sounds lovely I've heard of macaron towers but not cup-cake towers - I'm sure it looked lovely and you enjoyed it.
    ~Dianne~

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  5. Il profumo e il sapore di questi muffins deve essere delizioso, ciao ♥♥♥

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  6. Happy Birthday Sweetie! I cannot believe you are only 17! Your baking is so impressive. These muffins look delicious x

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  7. Happy Birthday! I love that cupcake tower, it's so pretty! Those muffins look yummy and would make a great breakfast muffin.

    Maria
    x

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  8. This is about the time of year I go get a fresh jar of honey from a local bee keeper. Your muffins are simple and flavourful enough for me to get them made in no time ;o)

    Brittany...here's a big hug on your very mature 17th B-day ;o))

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  9. Happy Birthday! The muffins look so festive in their beautiful cupcake tower!

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  10. I'm sending birthday wishes your way. I hope you had a wonderful day. Your muffins sound delicious and I'm sure your cupcake tower will be put to good use. Blessings...Mary

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  11. Happy belated Birthday, Brittany! Your muffins look and sound delicious!

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  12. Happy Birthday!! What a beautiful tower. The muffins look delicious too :)

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  13. Hi Brittany, happy birthday :)
    I'm a 18-year old French girl and I really like your blog, everything always looks so good!
    You should come to France and eat macarons~

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  14. So delicious looking! I love the way they muffins have taken such a smoothe shape.

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  15. je te souhaite un heureux et joyeux anniversaire, tous mes vœux de bonheur
    ces cupcakes parfumés sont délicieux
    bonne soirée

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  16. Joyeaux anniversaire, Brittany! I love muffins right out of the oven with a big glass of milk. Enjoy your special day!
    Bises,
    Genie

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  17. @ All above - Thank you for your kind wishes!


    @ Maria - I would love to come to France and eat macaroons and croissants! Speaking of which, I must try and make macaroons one of these days. Thank you for visiting my blog

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  18. Happy Birthday Cara!!!!;-)
    E complimenti,nonostante la tua giovane età gia sei bravissima in cucina,per cui,doppi complimenti!!!!
    Ti ho aggiunta alla mia lista amici..:-)
    Tanti baci e grazie:-*

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  19. Happy birthday! What a great gift to be given - love that it is different to all the normal stands generally on the market. And I don't think it matters what you display on it, they look very tasty!

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  20. Joyeux Anniversaire!!! :) These look delicious!! I just started following your blog and I'm excited to see what all you're going to make next! :) I want to try making macaroons some day. I had a HUGE macaroon when I went to France this summer and it was wonderful. :)

    J’espère que tu a passe un bon semaine d'anniversaire! :)

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  21. Happy belated birthday, Brittany!
    ~ingrid

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  22. Hi Brittany! Thank you so much for your comments on my blog. I was scrolling through your posts today and saw this one. A very Happy (belated) Birthday to you!! You have the same birthday as my father, and my favorite great aunt (although she is no longer alive). The 21st is a very good day for birthdays, I think. :)

    And oh my heavens, I had NO idea you were only 17. I had to go back and re-read, like, three times to be sure I had read right. I thought surely it should say "27" or even "37," not to mean that I think you are old or anything, lol, but that your maturity of writing level and skill at cooking are *well* beyond your years. I wish I had had my sh*t together as much as you when I was your age, hahahahahaha. ;-)

    Well, if you ever do make it to France, and Paris in particular, you can count on me to be around to help you with anything you need (provided I still live here, of course.. :) ).

    Keep up the wonderful work at this blog, Brittany.

    (Going away, still flabbergasted at the fact that I could be your *mom*. Oy. :D)

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