So on Saturday the kids and I made what we call "Daddy Muffins." These have a history going back to when Ben and I first met. We met at BYU right after he got back from serving a 2 year mission for our church in Russia. We lived in adjacent apartment buildings and were in the same church congregation and weekly 'family home evening group.' We had just started to kind of hang out and were getting to know each other, when one Friday evening he told me about these muffins his mom made. I said they sounded way yummy and to please make me some. Well, early the next morning there is a knock on our apartment door, and remember this apartment is inhabited by 6 females, so of course no one was awake early on a Saturday morning. But one of my roommates hears the door and drags herself out of bed. And there is Ben with a plate full of warm 'daddy muffins' for sleeping me. When I finally woke I was very impressed. I was hooked and knew I had to marry this early rising, muffin making man (well, maybe not at that exact moment did I know this, but the thought did come pretty quickly). So, these muffins have become "daddy muffins" in our house because they are the muffins Daddy made to woo Mommy :) and Ben generally makes them. I think they are officially called French Breakfast Puffs, but if you say that at my house no one has a clue what you are talking about, but if you say "daddy muffins" you have everyone's attention and taste buds salivating. So enjoy! See who you can woo when you make them.
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
Cream the above together then add
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tes. salt
1/4 tes. nutmeg
1 tes. baking powder
1/2 cup milk
Mix well and scoop into greased muffin tins filling about 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes.
Topping: 3 Tbl butter, melted
in a separate bowl combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tes cinnamon. Mix well.
Take hot muffins and dip the top in melted butter, then dip in cinnamon/sugar mix. (see picture above, the kids love doing this part)
Makes about 10-12 muffins.