Thursday, January 14, 2010

Foodie Friday - Muffin Madness

Baking muffins may not be the way to keep that New Year's resolution to lose weight, but it's certainly keeping my kitchen warm during the terrible spell of cold weather that has been invading the hills.

Last week I made a batch of French Breakfast Puffs, which are far and away my all time favorite morning goody. An ordinary, plain muffin becomes spectacular when dipped in melted butter, and rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. I limited myself to 1 1/2 of these darlings, but it wasn't easy! On a good morning, I could polish off several of these in record time.

This week I tried a 'new' savory/sweet treat. The recipe for Bacon-Cheddar muffins has been languishing on a note card in my recipe box for such a long time, that I now have no idea who gave it to me!

A sweet muffin is studded with crumbled, crisply fried bacon and a smattering of sharp cheddar. My husband really enjoyed them, and they were definitely tasty, but I think I'd prefer these with less sweet and more savory. An extra strip of bacon, a little more cheddar and less sugar would be more to my liking. Have to admit, they did photograph well though, in spite of the fact that I'm having camera problems...

You can find the recipe for the French Breakfast Puffs at The Pioneer Woman. If you're one of those rare mortals who have never been to her blog, you're in for a real treat. She's one heck of a good cook and also just published a new cook book! Simply click on the link, and you too can become addicted to these tasty little morsels. I'm gonna hold back on the Bacon-Cheddar muffin recipe until I play with it a bit. I'm thinking it needs a little tweaking.

Now scoot over to Designs by Gollum, and see who else has been firing up their ovens to keep their house warm. Michael Lee is our hostess for Foodie Friday, and she has Mr. Linky up and running.

BTW: I've got a great dieter's tip to share. Go ahead and make that recipe that's on the forbidden list, then find victims, (excuse me, I meant to say something more like friends, family, co-workers,) with whom to share. You'll be surprised how quickly a basket of warm muffins can disappear!


  1. Nancy Jane- I would have to hide the breakfast puffs from myself--I'm afraid I would not have your self discipling :) They certainly did photograph well. Thanks...I I'm hungry :)

  2. Nancy, These darling little muffins look all yummy and melt-in-your-mouth good. Thank you for the link to these gems. I am going to make these on Saturday... if I can wait that long!

  3. Hi Nancy, Thanks for stopping by. To answer your question, I have a Sony Cybershot. This is my second one. It is so easy to use and it has a micro setting as well as a "food setting". It is a point and shoot.
    My wonderful husband got me a fancy schmancy digital camera for Christmas, but I haven't figured it out yet... I am very happy with this little frugal camera!

  4. Good morning and thanks so much for stopping by.
    I had to run over and see YOUR muffins, too. These were just a tad too sweet for me but I did love them, unadorned with the extra sugar, very much.
    Have a great day....

  5. Oh my! This looks so good/ I think I might just have to make a batch of muffins.

  6. I love muffins and your breakfast puffs are AWESOME!!!
    I have become a follower of your blog, I love to share recipes and ideas. Come by and visit maybe you can do the same.

  7. Nancy Jane, I really liked your post this morning. Both the sweet and savory muffins look delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful Foodie Friday.

  8. Two muffins. One sweet, one savory. What could be better? There's just something hearty and comforting about both of them.

  9. I have a recipe for ham and cheese muffins that everyone loves! It isn't sweet. If you want to try it just let me know and I will give you the recipe.
    Your muffins look wonderful!
    Suzanne :)


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