Before we went to bed on Saturday night, the police officer asked if I was planning on getting up to make pancakes the next morning for breakfast. Now, we all know he really wasn’t asking if I was going to make pancakes; he was pretty much telling me that he wanted pancakes and I was going to have to do something about that.
I woke up the next morning and before getting out of bed asked, “Do you still want pancakes? Are you going to wake up and eat them if I make them?” He mumbled something and rolled over. I knew it was a hopeless cause, so I just got up and figured I would make them when he woke up if he really still wanted them. I was searching around for new pancake recipes and trying to decide what kind I was going to make. When he came downstairs an hour later, I asked him if he wanted pancakes. He just said, “No, we can wait to eat until lunch.” Okaaay, fine.
I went into the kitchen anyway. I was in the mood to make something warm, delicious, and breakfasty. I decided on muffins. Then, I decided to make them tailored to the police officer. PB&J. He is known to live on PB&J for weeks when we are running low on food…or least running low on food that he wants to eat…like chicken nuggets.
I usually try and use some wheat flour when a recipe calls for all-purpose, but I figured, “What the heck. It’s Sunday. It’s snowing. No substitutions here.”
Add in 2 little drops of sunshine.
And a big cup of delicousness…feel free to add a little more if you feel so inclined.
Would it be acceptable to just spread that batter on some bread and make a sandwich? Or, maybe, just eat it with a spoon?
These came out like little monsters. So big, but very soft and fluffy!!! Hmmm…maybe not such a good comparison – monsters can be big, but I guess they really aren’t soft and fluffy. Oh well, you guys get it! Right?
adapted from Pillsbury
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup jam, jelly, or preserves of your choice. I used Smucker’s strawberry preserves.
1/4 cup sugar for topping
Preheat oven to 375°. Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray. Stir together flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Add in milk, eggs, sugar, peanut butter and oil into bowl with flour mixture. Combine ingredients on low speed until just moistened. Do not overbeat.
Fill muffin cups evenly with half of the batter mixture. Place 2 level teaspoons of jam, jelly, preserves in the center of each muffin. Evenly divide the remaining batter mixture over the muffins. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 18-20 minutes (mine took 20).
Yield: 12 muffins
After eating these, the police officer was glad that he passed on those pancakes.
Oh, and I think my pan is still soaking…baked-on preserves is not a good time. Some dripped to the bottom of my oven too. I can’t even think about that. I’m hoping that my cleaning fairy will have taken care of it by the time I get home tonight.
Enjoy Muffin Monday!!!