French Toast Muffins

When I first looked at this recipe, I was hesitant.  I’m not a pup anymore.  Remember when you could eat a huge cinnamon roll donut as a kid and be just fine until lunch?  Ya, me, too.  Try that now and I feel heavy and sick to my stomach.  Don’t even get me started on the feeling like a nap is imminent.  These are the reasons I had to pause.  But, I was making this ahead for Tahoe, so coupled with some eggs, if just might work.  And I dare say, it did!

Ingredients:

For muffins:

1 loaf French bread cut into 1/2″ cubes (challah is a great option here)
2 cups milk
6 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (such as Spice Island)

For streusel topping:

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Preparation:

Spray a 12-muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Cut bread into cubes and completely fill each well with bread.  In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla.  Carefully pour mixture evenly over each muffin well, compressing the bread cubes to allow more liquid to be absorbed. Cover the tin with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 – 12 hours.  (I refrigerated 2-3 hours and they were still amazing!)

Preheat oven to 350° and prepare streusel topping.  In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and butter.  Use two forks or two knives to crumble mixture into coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle mixture evenly on muffins.

Bake muffins 20 – 25 minutes, or until tops are golden.  Let muffins cool about 5 minutes and serve warm.  These are great made ahead and then popped in the toaster oven.

Serves: 12 muffins
Total time: 2 hours, 40 minutes

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*Derived from The Pioneer Woman

Lemony Sour Cream Muffins

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These quick, light, and tangy muffins are perfect for warm summer mornings!

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1 lemon, zested and juiced
¾ cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp lemon extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted

Preparation:

Whisk dry ingredeints, including lemon zest, in a large bowl.  In another bowl, whisk remaining ingredients, including lemon juice.  Pour wet ingredients over dry.  Gentlystir everything together.  Don’t worry about lumps, they’re better than overmixed batter. 

Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin tins.  Bake 18-20 minutes until muffins are golden.

Serves 12

Prep Time: 20 minutes; Bake Time: 20 minutes

*derived from Parade Magazine