Monday, January 3, 2011

French Puffs

French Puffs
from the Pioneerwoman cookbook

Puffs:
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1 Cup Sugar
2/3 Cup Shortening
2 Eggs
1 Cup Milk

Coating:
6 Tablespoons Butter
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside. In a separate large bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening. Add the eggs and mix again. Alternating adding one-third of the flour mixture and one-third of the milk to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Fill the muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. To make the coating, melt the butter. In a separate container, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Dip the tops of the muffins in the butter, the roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Happy New Year! I hope all of you are keeping your resolutions. Mine is to read one book every month. I know I wouldn't keep a resolution like "workout twice a day" or "no more desserts till 2012". Anyway, back to the french puffs! So, one morning... OK early afternoon, I was in the mood to bake. Just as luck would have it, I had all the ingredients I needed to break in my PW cookbook and make french puffs. Perfect for a quiet winter morning (or early afternoon) with a cup of coffee. Enjoy!

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