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