If you are living in the Middle East, you’d know that Sunday mornings are very slow. The struggle to get out of the bed, run back and forth from the kitchen to a bedroom to wake up the little one for school is so dreary it wouldn’t allow the peace you want. It is that day you need an antidote like no other. Copious amounts of caffeine can do the trick but did you know comfort food work just as best? Or a baking therapy in the wee hours of morning, may be? These donut muffins come together in less than 45 minutes and having fresh muffins for breakfast sure beats anything else, don’t you think?

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wpid-img_8144_1_wm.jpg The classic muffin and donut gets a makeover in this recipe, because it is Sunday morning and you want to start the week on a positive note. Just like donut holes, they are tiny and poppable yet leaves you with a mark of muffin in every bite. If you shun the fried donuts give these a try because they are baked, petite in size and won’t feel guilty of eating one too many. I have used homemade strawberry jam as a filling and added ample cinnamon to fight the sugariness. It makes for well-spiced muffin, however, if you wish you can go ahead and ignore the jam completely and reduce cinnamon in that case.

Every child love their muffin and a donut and also being your associate while you make them. Philips Kitchen Machine does the job of mixing the batter perfectly and is so much quicker than having to work out your hands first thing in the morning.  All it takes from a child, is to fill in the muffin cups and they will bake away in the oven while they get ready for school.The little ones are more delighted to carry their creation to school and share the story with friends. So, when I was in the midst of Philips Middle East #30daysofhomemade challenge, I knew these donut muffins will somehow fit in just perfectly. These make well without the any machine but just a whisk and spatula. Hope you like it. wpid-img_8149_1_wm.jpg

Strawberry Jam Donut Muffins

  • Servings: 8 medium muffins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients :

  • All purpose flour – 1 ¼ cup
  • Unsalted butter – ¼ cup, at room temperature
  • Egg – 1, large
  • Buttermilk – ¾ cup
  • Vanilla essence – ¼ tsp
  • Baking powder – 1½ tsp
  • Salt – ¼ tsp
  • Cinnamon powder – 1 tbsp
  • Nutmeg – 1 ts[
  • Brown sugar – ¼ tsp
  • White granulated sugar – ¼ tsp
  • Chocolate chips – ¼ cup, optional
  • Homemade jam – ¼ cup, at room temperature, optional

For dusting:

  • Powdered sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon powder – 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 Degrees C and grease the silicon muffin moulds with butter and flour.
  2. Keep the Philips Kitchen Machine ready with a bowl and paddle attachment. Combine butter and sugar and beat until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Scrape down the sides and add buttermilk. Beat for a few seconds.
  4. In another bowl mix together flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix on low speed until just incorporated. Do not over mix.
  5. Add chocolate chips and mix in with a spatula.
  6. Using a teaspoon fill the muffin moulds with jam. Using a spoon drop around a tablespoon of muffin batter into the mould. Fill each about ¾ th full.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool on top of the wire racks before removing from the silicon moulds.
  8. Using a tea strainer, dust the top of donut muffins with sugar and cinnamon.

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