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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Jelly Donut Muffins



The other day, I was craving a jelly donut. I was at home, and didn't feel like running out to get one. Or two, hehe. I never get them anymore. They're just so not good for you. But it got me thinking, which can sometimes be dangerous. Luckily, this time it wasn't!

I love muffins. All kinds of muffins! Sweet ones, savory ones, healthy ones, not so healthy ones--you name it. So why can't we make muffins that taste like jelly donuts? Well, we can! I took a basic muffin recipe and changed things up to make donut/muffiny goodness. I started thinking, again...I wasn't interested in doing a raised yeasty type one, but the cakey plain donut type--you know the ones. Plain, but good, not too sweet, and often passed by for the frosted, dipped, glazed and jelly filled ones. Poor things.

I thought about what gives those plain ones their special flavor. Definitely some nutmeg, and there's gotta be a little cinnamon. Oh, and a sprinkle of sugar over the top before baking to give them that little "crunch" that a fried donut has. And while we're at it, let's add some raspberry jam somewhere in the middle so we can have our jelly donut fix!

I'm happy to report that they were a success! The kids loved them, and my husband said I should make more. He also said the whole world would love them, but then again, he's my biggest fan. I love that man. :) I put just over one teaspoon jam in these, and compared to my
jelly donut standards, it could have used more, hehe. Maybe 1 1/2-2 teaspoons, but be careful, because you don't want the jam oozing out during baking and making a huge mess in your pan. Also, these aren't overly sweet, which is exactly what I was going for. I figured with the jam in there, I'd cut the sugar, and it worked.

I'm submitting these to SnackShots #3 Muffin Roundup at Greedy Gourmet.

So now I'll shut up (finally!) and give you the recipe. I'm really happy with how they turned out!


Jelly Donut Muffins

2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
your favorite fruit jam
sugar for sprinkling over the muffins


1 Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2 Sift the dry ingredients together.
3 Mix in the eggs, oil, butter, milk and vanilla.
4 Grease the muffin pans. Fill the muffin cups almost halfway, carefully place about 1 tsp of jam in the center, and cover with a little more batter.
5 Sprinkle tops with sugar.
6 Bake for about 18 minutes.
7 Cool in pan on rack for about 5 minutes, then turn on out on rack to cool.



Yield: 9 muffins

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25 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

I too LOOOOVE muffins - there's so many varieties to create and enjoy!!

How funny!! I posted on my blog about Jelly Donut Cupcakes, not TOO long ago (about a month or two ago). Such a fun baked good!

Steph said...

There is nothing like a good jelly donut, but I'm sure these are even better!

Vicarious Foodie said...

What a great and creative idea. And they're so cute! I'll take one of these muffins over a donut any day.

April in CT said...

What an excellent idea! I can't wait to make these yummy lookin' little things.

Elle said...

Veggiegirl--that is funny--what a coincidence!

Steph--at least I feel better eating one of those than a fried donut, lol.

Vicarious--thank so much! Me, too.

April--let me know if you do, and if you add more jam, hehe.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

kikiki...i love muffins too and i finally make my very first muffins inspired by indonesian dessert kolak (sweet potatoes with coconut milk & palm sugar)

hmmm i am not a big fan of jelly donuts, but i love chocolatey donuts (slathered with, filled with, plus chocolate dough...triple chocolate!) hehehe...can we make those?

Grace said...

what a stroke of genius! they're easier and healthier than donuts (eating four donuts would be frowned upon, but four muffins? eh, that's not so bad) and quite possibly more delicious! good for you, elle!

Pixie said...

Came across a similar recipe in one of baking books and seeing yours in print with raving reviews convinces me I should make them pronto. They look sensational....you've been awarded the 'E' details on blog.

taste memory said...

that looks great...and esp. as an alternative to donuts. I'm sure that would hit the spot.

I live too close to Krespy Kreme (ultimate donut chain) and I have been really good about not doing any drive bys there...there is a drive thru and plus a neon sign out in front that announces when the donuts are HOT.

Fun post!

Sandy said...

Hi! I always forget about putting a spoonful of jam in muffins! My kids would love it!!

RecipeGirl said...

I like the Boston Cream filled donuts. Can you make me some BC filled muffins please?

I love when experiments turn out great. You should enter the Pillsbury contest next year :)

Ben said...

Oh, what a great (and healthy) twist on donuts. I won't feel as guilty eating these :D

AMY VIG said...

Oh my! These sound delicious. Now that you've gotten me thinking about jelly donuts I'll have to make some of these to resist the urge!

giz said...

Muffins to me are such a great way of restricting how much "cakey" foods we eat, or at least I eat. I can make a batch, keep one out and freeze the rest and I don't feel like I'm cheated. These look so good - what a nice way to combine a donut with a muffin.

Deborah said...

I'm a muffin fan, and these sound brilliant!!

EAT! said...

I think I'll have to triple this recipe!!!

Rhyleysgranny said...

How clever you are. They look sooooo yummy
xxx

Noble pig said...

Oh this looks great. I have been wanting to make muffins like this for a long time.

Kevin said...

Jelly donut muffins sound good! The jelly filling is a great idea!

canarygirl said...

Jelly Donuts from the bakery haven't got a thing on you, Elle! The cake donuts (plain ones) have always been my favorite, closely followed by the powdered sugar ones....these look SO good! I'm going to have to give them a try...I have some lemon curd that would be great inside.....*swoon*

Elle said...

Rita--I'm totally going to figure out how to do chocolate!

Grace--yeah, much better! And I won't tell anyone if you eat four, if you don't tell if I do. ;)

Pixie--thank you!

Ingar--thankfully, we have no Krispy Kremes around here. whew!

Sandy--this is the first time I ever put jam in muffins. It went over very well!

Recipegirl--I'll bet that would be delicious! With a nice chocolate glaze on top...mmmm!

Ben--Yes! Much less guilt!!

Amy--isn't it awful once you et a craving?

Giz--thanks! I actually still have some almond joy muffins in the freezer. A few seconds in the microwave and they're warm and fresh tasting.

Deborah--thank you!

EAT--i think I'll definitely have to double it next time.

Granny--thank you!

Noblepig--i still have your two latest muffin recipes on my to do list.

Kevin--thank you!

CG--oh. my. God! What a great idea! And maybe a little powdered sugar over the top like a lemon donut!

CupcakeLady said...

Wow, what a combination??!!

Ruth Elkin said...

These sound and look so good!!!! I love jelly donuts and the idea of them in muffin form is fantastic! Great work!

Michelle said...

What an interesting twist! Thanks for participating in SnackShots and don't forget to check out the roundup - there are a lot of ideas for you to play with! ;-)

Elle said...

Thank you, Michelle! I'll definitely check out the roundup!

Cupcake Lady and Ruth--thank you!

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