Recipe summary

Hands-on time:
10 mins. to 12 mins.
Baking time:
15 mins. to 17 mins.
Total time:
25 mins. to 29 mins.
Yield:
12 muffins
This basic muffin is not your stir-it-gently, dense, fruit-and-nut-filled health muffin. Instead, it's a beat-it-up, cake-type muffin, high-crowned and very "vanilla-looking." This is a great muffin for kids (young or old) who don't want a lot of "stuff" in their muffins. With its basic sugar-cinnamon-nutmeg flavor, it's more reminiscent of a plain doughnut (without the deep-fat frying) than anything else.

As plain as it is (which is just the way some people like things), it's a good candidate for additions of dried fruit and/or nuts to the batter, as well as a garnish of flavorful jam or preserves when serving time rolls around.
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Batter

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 to 1 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg, to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup milk

Topping

Directions

  1. 1) Preheat the oven to 425F. Lightly grease a standard muffin tin. Or line with 12 paper or silicone muffin cups, and grease the cups with non-stick vegetable oil spray; this will ensure that they peel off the muffins nicely.
  2. 2) In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars till smooth.
  3. 3) Add the eggs, beating to combine.
  4. 4) Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla.
  5. 5) Stir the flour into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined.
  6. 6) Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan, filling the cups nearly full.
  7. 7) Bake the muffins for 15 to 17 minutes, or until they're a pale golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the middle of one of the center muffins comes out clean.
  8. 8) Remove them from the oven, and let them cool for a couple of minutes, or until you can handle them. While they're cooling, melt the butter for the topping (this is easily done in the microwave).
  9. 9) Use a pastry brush to paint the top of each muffin with the butter, then sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar. Or simply dip the tops of muffins into the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon-sugar.
  10. 10) Serve warm, or cool on a rack and wrap airtight. Store for a day or so at room temperature.
  11. Yield: 12 muffins.

Tips from our bakers

  • Want to make REAL doughnuts — but baked, not fried? These are simply scrumptious. Spoon the batter into our lightly greased doughnut pan, filling the wells to about 1/4" shy of the rim; bake in a preheated 425F oven for 10 minutes; remove from the oven, and shake warm doughnuts in a bag of cinnamon-sugar (no dipping in butter necessary). The recipe makes 12 to 14 doughnuts, depending on how full you fill the wells in the pan, so you'll have to bake in at least two batches (unless you have two pans).
  • For mini muffins, reduce the baking time to 12 to 13 minutes. Yield: about 30.