It’s the weekend, and that used to mean sleeping in. These days, it means being up at the crack of dawn and finding something to put together for breakfast. These muffins are a great weekend breakfast, especially with a baby in the house, because mini muffins are just the right size for toddler hands. They’re a little sweet, but you can also make them a little savory with the addition of bacon or sausage crumbles, and they’re convenient if you’re on your way out the door early, or spending the morning trying to accomplish things around the house. This morning we were in a cleaning frenzy — well, I was. Both because there were some things that got ahead of me, and because we were expecting a visit this afternoon from my mom and stepdad, so we could exchange Christmas presents early. They were very generous, and even took us out for a nice dinner (since we will miss sharing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with them this year) and I hope they were pleased with the presents we got them, as well. Lyric got a kitchen set, and we placed it next to my actual kitchen, so now she can cook in her kitchen while Mama works on recipes! I look forward to stocking her kitchen with a selection of pretend food, and encouraging her love of cooking to grow like mine has!
Maple “Pancake Breakfast” Muffins
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup maple sugar (plus some to sprinkle on top.)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt (I like Fage best)
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine all ingredients well, and spoon into greased or lined muffin pan, filling to about half (Makes one pan — 6 jumbo, 12 regular or 24 mini muffins.) Sprinkle with maple sugar, and bake 20 minutes for jumbo (slightly less for smaller muffins)or until tops are nicely golden brown. Test doneness by inserting a wooden skewer or toothpick into the center; if it comes out clean, they are done. Note: You could also stir some crispy bacon or sausage crumbles into the batter before baking or sprinkle them on top to add to the ‘pancake breakfast’ effect.