Monday’s Muffin: Maple Muffins with Maple Butter

by kitchenarian on February 28, 2011

In a perfect world, I would wake up rested and refreshed every morning, run a few miles and get back home in time to shower and prepare a wonderful sit down breakfast with my family before I made gourmet lunches for everyone and took my youngest child to school with all of his homework and school supplies in his backpack. But alas, I am human and while I might be able to pull off some of this on some days, it really doesn’t happen often in my house. So part of my goal with Monday’s Muffin is to move away from packaged cereals and breakfast quick foods and offer fresh home baked varieties for my family for breakfast; a fresh breakfast on the go.

So when I saw this recipe for maple muffins I was intrigued, because who doesn’t love pancakes with maple syrup. I adapted a recipe from The Ultimate Muffin Book by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarborough. The muffin itself is slightly sweet, with a hint of maple, but, honestly, a little plain.  I decided to make a maple butter to go along with it, and I think it makes the recipe.  So, don’t skip the maple butter!

Ingredients:

Muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
½ cup maple syrup, Grade A Dark Amber
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
¾ cup milk
2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla

Maple Butter:
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a muffin pan or line with paper liners.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In another large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the maple syrup, brown sugar, milk, butter and vanilla. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and blend together until moistened. Spoon into cupcake pan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until top bounces back when lightly touched. Don’t over bake.

To make the maple butter, put softened butter and maple syrup together in a small bowl. With a hand mixer, mix until well blended and fluffy. Put in a small bowl and put back into the refrigerator until ready to use.

Kitchenarian Notes: The original recipe called for 3 tablespoons of maple sugar instead of light brown sugar. The maple sugar would certainly have been good, but I didn’t use it because I knew I would be adding the maple butter and I didn’t think it was a necessary expense for this recipe.  Make sure you use a good quality maple syrup for this; it will make a big difference.

Enjoy!


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yummychunklet February 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

These look like a great morning treat! I especially like the maple syrup!

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RavieNomNoms February 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Oh wow, what a great Sunday morning breakfast that would be!

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Celia February 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm

As a New Englander, I’m a total maple nut – these look right up my alley!

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Christina February 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Mmmm! All that mapley goodness!!!

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briarrose February 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm

The maple butter does add the perfect touch. A wonderful breakfast muffin.

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Pauline February 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I am a maple ‘convert’, love it plus butter on the muffin too. Looks like that would make a great tea bread too. Sold!

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Happy When Not Hungry February 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Wow these muffins look amazing! That maple butter definitely looks like a tasty addition. Definitely need to try this recipe!

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Kita February 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Oh I love the idea of the maple butter!

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Kate @ Diethood.com February 28, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Maple muffin with maple butter… I’m loving it! It’s like a pancake in a muffin…. perfect!

That is also my perfect day in a perfect world; I want to wake up, run a mile, shower, bake muffins, and make a gourmet dinner.

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snippets of thyme March 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

These sound and look delicious. My husband adores pure maple syrup so he would think this is a special treat!

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torviewtoronto March 1, 2011 at 7:42 am

delicious looking muffins maple syrup in it yummy

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Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan March 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Maple butter? Oh wow that sounds soooo goood.

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Christina March 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Sounds great! I love idea of maple butter. Delicious.

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