French Muffins

According to food historians, ever since the 9th century muffins were the favorite savory treats of peasant and royalty. The word muffin is a derivative from the French word “moufflet”  meaning soft bread.

In England muffins were created by the servants from leftover dinner party cakes served in the manor homes of English nobility.  Britain, in the 1700’s, found muffins being sold on street corners by so- called “muffin men” and were considered pastry treats. As the popularity of muffins increased they soon became part of British “High Tea”.

The French Muffin recipe we have today may or may not have been served to royalty.  However we know that this recipe is from two of the best Innkeepers on Cape Cod.  Deb and Joe Curran own the Inn on the Beach in Harwich.  And their French manager is Stepanie Marques.  Based on guest reviews, the Inn on the Beach is considered one of the best places to stay on the Cape.  This is the Inn’s recipe for French Muffins.

French Muffins
Serves 12

Ingredient List:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
dash of cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup of melted butter
1/2 tsp of vanilla

Coating for muffins:
1/4 cup of white sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup of melted butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375*
Liberally grease muffin tins and in medium bowl and combine all dry ingredients.
Stir until dry mix is incorporated together.
In a small bowl, combine egg, milk, vanilla and melted butter. Mix together.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour liquid into it. Stir together dry and wet until moistened. Batter will be lumpy. Bake 20 minutes, remove from oven and when cool enough to handle dip the muffin into the butter and then roll in the cinnamon/nutmeg/sugar mixture.

Hint: For tender, delicate muffins you should never over bake or over mix.

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