Oh, these were so delicious with their crunchy outside and moist chewy insides. The texture reminded me of refridgerator rolls fresh from the oven. You know how you can "knock" on the tops but the inside is still fluffy? The jam inside gave a nice burst of flavour to these and the glazed tops added a bit of sweetness.
The muffins did take time to make. Between the kneading, rising, punching, filling, folding, rising, baking and glazing there was alot of steps. I think once I make it a few times it'll be a snap but will require some planning before hand to make sure I have enough time to do it.
JELLY-FILLED DOUGHNUT MUFFINS
Adapted from Elaine Magee's new cookbook, Fry Light, Fry Right: Fried-Food Flavor Without Deep Frying
1 cup milk
4 1/2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1/4 cup light cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3 cups unbleached white flour (use 1/2 cup more, if needed, in kneading step)
1 packet active dry yeast (or about 2 teaspoons)
1/2 cup jelly of your choice (boysenberry, raspberry, and cherry work well
1. Place milk in a microwave-safe glass and microwave on high until fairly hot to the touch, about 1 minute. (Or put in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until just hot).
2. Place 2 tablespoons of the canola oil along with the cream cheese, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low until blended. Slowly pour the hot milk over the cream cheese mixture, and continue to beat until well blended.
3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Here's the dough before needing and adding extra flour. It felt like a jelly fish - ew!
4. Stir together 2 cups of the flour and the yeast in a large bowl. Add the flour mixture slowly to the milk mixture and beat on low until smooth. Beat in the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
I added about an extra 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup flour while needing and it came together nicely.
5. Place the dough in a large mixing bowl that has been lightly coated with canola oil or canola margarine. Turn the dough over to coat the entire surface with oil. Cover bowl and let dough rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/4 hours.
After placing in muffin cups, I poked a hole in each one.7. Let rise in a warm place until almost double in size, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the tops of the doughnut muffins are nicely browned. Remove from the oven to cool. Top with a vanilla glaze if desired (made with 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 teaspoon water, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract).
Later this week, I'll post the Lobster Newburg recipe that I made last night.
Happily submitted to Mouthwatering Mondays over at A Southern Fairytale. Check out her recipe for Pasta With Scallops, Shrimp, Basil and White Wine Sauce. I can't wait to make it :)
Happily submitted to Muffin Tin Mondays over at Muffin Tin Mom.