Monday, April 13, 2009

Cinnamon Sugared Puffs

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I was debating between cinnamon sugared puffs or cinnamon sugar muffins and it was hard to choose, since both sound amazing. Even though my puffs are supposed to look like this, they ended up looking like muffins... These were addicting, just as Kelly said they would be. When you bite into them, you get a nice contrast between a crisp and soft center. I felt that they were a too chewy, but I may have overwhisked when I did it by hand instead of using the food processor (aka the most annoying thing to clean). There are only 2 tbsps in the batter, but 4 tbsps for brushing on top. Was I really going to let myself consume almost an entire stick of butter myself in one day because I know how addicting these cinnamony-sugary puffs are? No. Instead, I just dunked them into a bowl of cinnamon sugar one at a time while they were still piping hot so the sugar would actualy stick..except that it didn't..haha. A little butter next time would probably be helpful. The recipe says to leave them to cool in the pan for a few minutes, but I removed them right after I took them out of the oven to retain as much crispness on the outside. It is, that amazing contrast between crisp and plushiness that makes these so good and I didn't want to lose it.

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Sugar Puffs taken from Kelly of Eat, Make, Read
Recipe by David Lebovitz

For the puffs:

Softened unsalted butter, for greasing the pan

2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon salt (1 used 1/2 tsp)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup flour

For the sugar coating:
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, melted.

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Liberally grease a nonstick popover pan, or a muffin pan with 1/2-cup indentations, with softened butter.

2. For the puffs, put the 2 tablespoons melted butter, eggs, milk, salt and sugar in a blender and whiz for a few seconds.

3. Add the flour and whiz for 5 to 8 seconds, just until smooth.

4. Divide the batter among 9 greased molds, filling each 1/2 to 2/3 full. (I got 12)

5. Bake for 35 minutes, until the puffs are deep brown. (After 20 mins, I reduced the temperature to 350 because they were really starting to brown)

6. Remove from the oven, wait a few minutes until cool enough to handle, then remove the puffs from the pans. You may need a small knife to help pry them out. (I took them out right away instead of waiting)

7. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Thoroughly brush each puff all over with melted butter, then dredge in sugar and cinnamon mixture to coat completely. Let cool on a baking rack. Makes 9 puffs (I got 12).

43 comments:

  1. Puffs that look like muffins... PUFFINS!! :-D But that name is already taken by my favorite cereal, haha. Your creation still looks and sounds diiivine!!

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  2. oh my goodness - those are ADORABLE! i love how perfectly shaped like a muffin they are... so cute :)

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  3. ok these are cute and love the addition of cinnamon. I have been wanting to get D. Lebovitz book or books.

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  4. Mmm puffs! I want some! Great job, even though they weren't exactly as you planned.

    And I'm the same way with my icing tips! I just want to pipe cupcakes and only eat one or two, not a dozen haha

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  5. Mmmm, cinnamon! These look amazing!

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  6. yummy cinnamon is one of my favourites. these surely are a nice treat for Easter monday. look great :)

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  7. I would love to taste those. I can't resist anything that has cinnamon. They are beautiful.

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  8. these look mouth wateringly good!! I love that you just tried to roll them in the cin/sugar :) totally something I would have tried :)

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  9. Mmmmm, those do sounds & looks good. I guess you're not surprised, seeing as they have some cinnamony sugary goodness going on!
    ~ingrid

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  10. Those look delightful! I love cinnamon and sugar together (who doesn't?) and I bet that they were fantastic. I can't wait to try these.

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  11. Oh. These could be big, big trouble. They look divine!

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  12. It looks tempting indeed... won't be long before I give it a try !!

    Btw, I bought cardamom to make pulla to begine with and simply fell in love with it..I personally prefer it to cinnamon.. Ahhh got an idea now..why not try these puffs with cardamom ?? Hmmm :)

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  13. They do look super addicting - they would be gone in no time at our place! Yum.

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  14. Ooh, they do look good. Like a fresh cinnamon doughnut, only MUCH better.

    Let me know if you make wacky cake! Yes, you do lose some richness without using eggs, but the cake is surprisingly (relatively) tender and moist without them...and it's a cake you can make when you're out of stuff (eggs, butter, milk, etc.) :)

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  15. Woahhhh! light and airy! Gotta keep that one! ...very, very well done!

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  16. Wow! Those look like the perfect antidote to all the chocolate I ate this weekend. I'll have to try them.

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  17. Nice site! Very interesting creation, and looks delicious! (and thanks for visiting my site!)

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  18. I love anything with cinnamon! These look so tasty!

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  19. My family will LOVE these! I think I just found our Saturday morning breakfast - thanks Steph!

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  20. Your puffs look fantastic, and now you have me wondering about the muffin recipe. I'll have to search one out.
    Nancy

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  21. They sound wonderful! I love big empty confections like this.

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  22. OMG, that looks so friggin good. Gimme gimme!

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  23. uh oh, these sound dangerous. my favorite recipes to make and eat are ones like these that use just the most basic of baking ingredients.

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  24. These look so great and are literally making my mouth water as I prepare for bed.

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  25. I probably could polish half a dozen of these in no time;)

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  26. Like popovers! I love them, they look so delicate and sweet.

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  27. Wow! How yummy looks inside! I copied the recipe and I'll try it soon.

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  28. They looks so light and airy. The cinnamon has my attention!

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  29. Wow they look perfect!

    I'm very glad to hear you love Amy Sedaris' recipe. I hate when I recommend a recipe and people are like "I didn't like that at all!" I feel like it's my fault. Lol! But happy to hear you had fantastic results :D

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  31. Oooooh those look so delicious! I just ordered some good cinnamon from Penzeys. As soon as it comes in I need to try these.

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  32. Oooh Mmm! They look delicious - I love the things you bake! Each visit here makes my mouth water (attractive eh?) :D

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  33. Puffs over muffins, good choice :)! These are so fun and the flavor is perfect!

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  34. You could also try maybe spraying a little non cook spray on top before adding the cinnamon/sugar so it will stick more??

    Either way, these look amazing!

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  35. Those look so light and airy and good!

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  36. These puffs look amazing. I love that hollow, chewy, soft, and wonderful interior. And the cinnamon sugar crusty coating--mmm, the perfect contrast. I want these right now. Delicious!

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  37. I would have sprinkled the batter with cinnamon-sugar before putting the pan in the oven. I do that with most muffins/cakes/cupcakes -- much easier than frosting, and it makes a nice crackly top.

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  38. Oh my goodness I MUST make these!! They look like sugary yorkshire puddings yummmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!

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  39. I think these might be the most delicious looking things ever made. I'm adding them to my to-do list right away! Thanks for stopping by my blog, Steph :)

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  40. These look divine- just perfect! Have bookmarked the recipe and will absolutely be adding them to my "must bake" list! -e

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  41. Hey Steph! Any ideas on how long these will stay fresh? I want to make them ahead of time (less than a day) but they seem like they're best when eaten right away. Thoughts?

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