French Breakfast Muffins and Films

Muffins 6Saturday morning breakfasts at home are rapidly becoming a very special time at Team Pugh HQ! As weekends are often busy with visits here and there when we are at home we like to get up and have a yummy Saturday morning breakfast together. We often have pancakes, drop scones or porridge in the winter months but this morning we decided we should have muffins hot from the oven!!

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hot from the oven before the magic is added

Now last night Becksie and Ian watched half of Julie and Julia (Becksie has seen this before but may have fallen asleep mid film so we will finish it tonight). This is a fun film and last time Becksie watched it she was not herself a blogger so this time round it really has struck a cord. The film follows a lady who decides to cook her way through Julia Child’s famous cookery book in one year and….. blog about it! It got us thinking when ‘they’ i.e. Hollywood call (if hehe #dreamland) to ask if they can make ‘A Year Without Supermarkets The Movie’ who will play the cast and crew of Team Pugh? We had a few ideas but…. We’d love to hear your thoughts! As we said we can dream!

 Now one of the things mentioned in the film was how if anything tastes truly delicious then its usually because it has butter in it! How true is that? So Becksie went to sleep with butter on the brain!

Muffins 8So…. What could be better then hot muffins out of the oven with (warning dieters look away now) melted butter and a sugary topping! There are a million great breakfast muffin recipes out there but sometimes simple is best – so……. this is how Becksie makes French Muffins! She is unable to credit the original recipe as she has had it a long time scribbled on the back of an envelope not in her neatest writing and with a very detailed method: 200c, mix all, bake, 20 – 25minutes – #detail (so apologies if you are the recipe owner but….. we suspect its an old classic)! Now this recipe is measured in cups as who can be bothered with scales on a Saturday morning (fishermen, midwifes, greengrocers?!).

Muffins 3So all you need to do is preheat the oven to 200c. Get a large bowl and choose your cup! So its 1 1/2 cups of flour – now we actually used strong bread flour on recommendation of our lovely bakery lady Lil (Becksie keeps going in and getting bread tips!) who said they bake everything with strong bread flour and told Becksie that its pointless to buy normal plain. 1/3 cup of melted butter, 1/2 cup of caster sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, a very generous grating of nutmeg (1/2 teaspoon if you are using powdered) 1/2 cup of milk, 1 egg and what Becksie sees as the magic ingredient in this recipe 1/2 teaspoon of salt (trust us it works).

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Muffins 2Put everything in the bowl and mix it up. The great thing about muffins is the mixing bit is very quick and so this makes them great breakfast treats. Put the mixture in the muffins cases (this makes about ten muffins). Bake for 20 – 25 minute until golden brown. Muffins 4

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Yes……… That is Becksie in her dressing gown or is it gowned Aunty Leah?

Whilst they are baking melt a 1/4 cup of butter. Then get a 1/4 cup of sugar and mix in cinnamon and nutmeg to taste (we used a generous amount of each). When the muffins are cooked and still hot brush with butter and dip in the sugary mixture.

Enjoy with fruit and coffee or Jersey Milk if you’re a small human.Muffins 7

PS – After writing this up do you know how tempted Becksie is to make a second batch?? Eeeeekk – oh dear she’s away!


13 thoughts on “French Breakfast Muffins and Films

  1. They look fabbie Becksie, although they definitely won’t fit in with my Wartime rations experiment so I shall do my best to resist using about 2 weeks butter ration! That’s a great tip about the strong flour though which I will use and have crossed plain flour off my shopping list now!

    • They won’t sorry to tempt you 😦 Scary when put like that – 2 weeks rations yikes #fattyteampugh. Let us know what you think about the flour I think we’re sold on the idea

      • Well maybe not 2 weeks..Im prone to exaggerating!….weeks fat ration per person 2oz butter, 4oz, Marg, 4oz Lard, then 8oz sugar, 3 pints milk,1 fresh egg, about 8oz meat and 4oz bacon, 2oz cheese …(but you would be ok with the lovely chicks!) If you look at wartime baking recipes they typically have not more than 2oz fat and sugar in a cake which was a bit of a shock to my normal 4-6 oz and 3 eggs in a cake…..I guess there wernt many fatties around then and Im enjoying the challenge although do get tempted when I see yummy recipes…oh well I will go and munch on a carrot!….eat as many veg as you like!

  2. Am bemused as to what is French about these muffins. The French barely ever eat them – and certainly not for breakfast. However, I don’t necessarily expect you to have an answer to that seeing as you’ve lost trace of the origin of the recipe.

    However, that’s not to say muffins are not a great way of pimping breakfast in general 😀 I make a mean batch of reduced-sugar courgette and walnut muffins that are amazing and really filling, so perfect for breakfast 🙂

    (FWIW, though, we still prefer the full English to the surly little pastries offered by the French :p )

    • At a guess it could be to do with the cinnamon and sugar topping which is a bit like french toast? No idea really but…….. so tasty and you can always call them something else hehe – how about Faringdon Muffins?
      The walnut recipe sounds great 🙂

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