Cinnamon Butterscotch Muffins

Posted on 02/17/2013 by patsrockmybosox
This is really a King Arthur recipe that I somehow stumbled across when I was looking stuff up online. They call these muffins "Simply Sinful Cinnamon Muffins" which is really a mouthful, so I renamed them Cinnamon Butterscotch Muffins. I think I misread the substitution for the cinnamon filling so the cinnamon flavor in these was really underwhelming. Actually, everything about these was really underwhelming. They tasted okay, but were really dense and none of the flavors really packed much a punch (probably because I made a mistake on the filling). I pretty much followed the recipe to a "T", only leaving out the pecans so that my boyfriend didn't die. The muffins stuck to the muffin papers, even though I also sprayed them with non-stick spray. I think next time I will try making these as a bread instead.

At least they looked cool!

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Cinnamon Butterscotch Muffins
Recipe from King Arthur

Topping
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup diced pecans
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
3 tablespoons soft butter

Filling
1/2 cup Baker's Cinnamon Filling mix*
3 to 4 tablespoons water

*Or substitute 3 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon for the Baker's Cinnamon Filling mix and water.

Batter
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons Signature Secrets(r) Culinary Thickener or cornstarch
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup cinnamon chips or butterscotch chips

Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake papers, or grease it lightly.

Prepare the topping by mixing the ingredients together until crumbly. Set aside.

Prepare the filling by mixing the Baker's Cinnamon Filling with enough water to make filling with a soft, pudding-like consistency. Set it aside.

To make the batter: In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, milk, and eggs. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, including the chips. Add the dry mixture to the liquid, stirring just until combined.

Divide half the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Dollop 2 teaspoons cinnamon filling onto each muffin, then top with the remaining batter. Sprinkle with topping, pressing it in lightly.

Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they're golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and wait 5 minutes before transferring them from the pan to a rack to cool. Yield: 12 muffins.

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Anyone else have "meh" results with KA recipes? I'm hardly a professional, but pride myself on making things from scratch and trusting that they'll come out the way they're supposed to AND taste good. Is it just something I'm doing wrong are all KA recipes underwhelming?
gileswench 17th-Feb-2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
I've never actually used a KA recipe, though I have used various and sundry of their products, so I can't comment on the generality of them. I do think, though, that if I were making these my first act would be to add a dash of cloves to the cinnamon filling. It strikes me as a little one-note flavorwise, but that's an easy fix with just a bit of some spice other than cinnamon to make it more complex. A small swig of vanilla in the batter would also help with that aspect. Cinnamon and butterscotch are both tasty, but I can find them cloying if there isn't some other flavoring involved.

Edited at 2013-02-17 03:17 pm (UTC)
loudmere 18th-Feb-2013 12:24 am (UTC)
I've had mostly successes with KA recipes, but some of it is personal taste.

A lot of the KA recipes have comments at the end, look on their blog for hints & tips from other users.. when in doubt email them that you found them underwhelming and their team of bakers will email you back with some tips & tricks. I've used their "hotline" with their recipes a couple times.
patsrockmybosox 18th-Feb-2013 11:03 am (UTC)
I did, was was how I knew to spray the cupcake liners! LOL A lot of people also said that they didn't have their cinnamon mix but made it the suggested way and it was delicious. I went back through the comments yesterday though and if I had dug deeper I would've found more mixed reviews instead of mostly positive ones. I supposed it could be that I just like a hell of a lot more cinnamon in my stuff than most people, too. :)
resin_ga_miteru 18th-Feb-2013 02:41 am (UTC)
The recipes that don't use specialized ingredients (like their cinnamon filling or flavoring oils) have worked out for me. I've baked about a dozen recipes from their website and a lot more from their baking books and was happy with the results.

Edited at 2013-02-18 02:41 am (UTC)
patsrockmybosox 18th-Feb-2013 11:05 am (UTC)
Thanks. I suspect that might be the problem, too. I had reservations when I first saw the recipe, but thought it would be OK since they told you how to make it yourself. I'll just have to try a regular recipe of theirs with no special stuff next time and see what happens.
smittenlilly 18th-Feb-2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
You're right, they really do look good!
Next time just a little bit more of everything and it might turn out well :)
Never tried KA recipes, sorry.

Edited at 2013-02-18 11:19 pm (UTC)
rachelpage 21st-Feb-2013 01:59 am (UTC)
I'm excited to test these! Sounds easy and delicious.
love_spent 1st-Mar-2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
looks so good om nom nom
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