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Friday, June 10, 2011


My friend, Marysol, at Memories in the Baking, originally shared the recipe for these little tastes of heaven on an internet cooking forum we both occasionally visit.  "Dirt Bombs" are wonderful muffins dipped in melted butter (sounds good already, right?!), then rolled in cinnamon sugar.  Covered in cinnamon sugar.  Glistening with cinnamon sugar. The coating keeps them moist and, well, irresistible.  My son said they were a cross between a doughnut and a muffin, and so re-named them "Duffins".  Fine by me!  Duffins it is!

Sol's Dirt Bombs
Yields: 12 muffins*

3 cups AP flour, minus 3 tablespoons
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk **

Topping ***
3/4 cups unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400º F. Place the rack in the center position. Generously grease a 12-cup standard muffin pan.

Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cardamom into a mixing bowl. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl down half way through. Mix in the eggs. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk in two additions, mixing gently by hand to incorporate all the flour. The batter will be on the stiff side, but airy. Don’t over mix or beat the batter as this will make the muffins tough. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, without smoothing the tops. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. As soon as the muffins are cool enough to handle, turn them out onto a wire rack.

Add the melted butter to a bowl. In another bowl, mix the sugar
and cinnamon. Dip the muffins (top, sides and bottom) in the butter, using a pastry brush -if necessary- to cover areas not buttered by dipping. Immediately roll the muffins in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Sol's notes:
*I've made this twice, and both times, this recipe has yielded 16 muffins instead of 12.
**I substituted whole buttermilk for whole milk because I always have it on hand and prefer it for baking.
*** The amounts listed for the sugar and cinnamon are not quite enough to coat all the muffins, so I recommend you double it.


Martha said...

What a great name for those little morsels -- we called them Doughnut muffins and found that when we baked them in the mini muffin tins they were much better -- more cinnamon sugar ratio to muffin!!! But they are a good treat by whatever name they are called!

La Table De Nana said...

I cannot see a duffin or read the word duffin without thinking of Sol:)

You did her proud! I have yet to try these..I will..

Cathy said...

I couldn't possibly pass up a recipe entitled "dirt bombs. My grandkids will love them for that alone. My mother used to brush leftover strips of pie crust with butter, cinnamon and sugar. So delicious!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

I've made something very similar but somehow your photos make them look even more appealing! I'll have to compare recipes b/c I know my kids couldn't pass up your duffins :)

Unknown said...

These look so good! Love the name too. X

Marysol said...

Lori, I don't remember seeing this before. The beginning of dementia, I suppose.
Anyway, yours look awesome and make me want to reach in and grab one for breakfast!

Hope everything's ok, and you'll be back to blogging soon.

Catherine said...

Dear Lori, you have a fabulous site! I am pleased to have discovered it! These 'duffins' look sinfully delicious!!! Please do come and visit me soon! Blessings, Catherine xo

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