Before we headed off to Virginia last year, we were lucky enough to get an invite up to our friends parents place in Michigan. The last time we saw them, Bonnie, our friends mum made us the most delicious pecan rolls- soft buns, oozing with brown sugar syrup and crisp pecans, Nic and I had gone to heaven and when Max tried them he was hooked too! Sadly Alex hasn't yet had the pleasure.
We arrive at the lake house around 1-am, after work and kids are fed. Being it a 5 hour drive the kids usually fall asleep on the way up........20 minutes before we get there of course, the rest of the 4 hours is the favorite road trip question "Are we there yet?" at 20 minute intervals.
Tired and a little bleary eyed, our kids awake at 6 am ready for the days adventure. After walking around the lake and checking out all the great places for the kids to run and go wild, we head back up to the house where Bonnie and her grand daughter are preparing cinnamon muffins. I didn't think anything of it at first but hoping they were as delish as the pecan rolls a few years back. I was also impressed with the fact that Bonnie took it all in her stride with an extra 8 mouths to feed at an early part of the morning.
Once the muffins were cooking the smell started filling the air and I knew we were in for a treat.
Twenty minutes later we were eating the warm, soft buttery muffins- heaven! I have a love of donuts and they were almost the same texture, coated in cinnamon and sugar yet half the work. Since my first taste of these muffins I managed to persuade Bonnie to share her recipe and I have to say it is one of my favorites. I have tinkered with it a fraction but the results are wonderful. Granted they are doused in melted butter and sugar but I always say- everything in moderation, especially when you have a house of friends and family and you need a quick tasty muffin on the fly.
PS I made them with black bananas the other day and they were sensational
Bonnie's muffin recipe
2 cups flour (all purpose/plain)
1 cup whole meal flour
1 Tb baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp all spice (or nutmeg)
1 stick butter- melted
1 cup milk
In a large bowl add all dry ingredients. Make a hole in the middle of the flour and add the butter, milk and eggs. With a light touch, fold the mixture to combine. When all mixed (you will have a few lumps and that is fine) place into muffin tins.
Bake in a 375/190 oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn out.
While muffins are still warm dip them in 5 oz (130grams) of melted butter and then roll each muffin in a mixture of:
1 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Eat warm or cold. They taste great the second day, if your lucky enough to have any left. This recipe make about 18 muffins.