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You can prepare our easy jam filled Old Fashioned Donut Muffins at home in less than one hour.
Old Fashioned Donut Muffins are a perfect sweet breakfast or on the go snack. You can also serve them as a decadent dessert accompanied by scoops of vanilla ice cream, chopped nuts or fresh sliced berries.
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History of Muffins
A muffin is an individual-sized, baked product most commonly associated with morning mealtime. It’s one of the most popular on-the-go breakfasts that can easily be made ahead and stored in the freezer to enjoy later.
Muffins can refer to two distinct baked goods, a part-raised unsweetened flatbread that is baked and then cooked on a griddle, and a cupcake-like sweet or savoury quickbread that is leavened with baking powder and baked in a mold.
While the most common quickbread muffins are sweetened (such as lemon blueberry muffins, mincemeat muffins and morning glory muffins), there are also savoury varieties such as jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins and cheddar apple muffins.
One 19th century source suggests that muffins may be related to the Greek bread maphula, a cake baked on a hearth or griddle. Culinary historians also look to the Old French mou-pain, meaning soft bread, which may have been corrupted into “mouffin.”
The word is first found in print in 1703, spelled moofin; it is of uncertain origin but possibly derived from the Low German Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake. The expression muffin-man, meaning a street seller of muffins, is attested in a 1754 poem, which includes the line: “Hark! the shrill Muffin-Man his Carol plies…”
One of Canada’s top selling cookbooks of the 1980s was Muffin Mania, which helped popularize muffin making from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Homemade muffins were originally prepared as a healthy breakfast option, high-fibre mid-afternoon snack or low calorie dessert.
In 1997, muffins were popularized once again in Seinfeld’s now famous “The Muffin Tops,” episode. Like many muffin lovers, Elaine shared her love for only eating muffin tops. She hilariously talks about the fact that muffin stumps are not worthy of consumption as they don’t have the desirable crunchy texture. She shares the idea of opening a store that sells just muffin tops with her ex-boss and is outraged when he steals her idea.
When he offers her 30% of the profits to help his struggling business, they initially give the unused stumps to a homeless shelter. But after they get complaints about the missing muffin tops by a charity worker, they have to get rid of them elsewhere. Newman eventually takes the muffin stumps off their hands, smiling with glee!
My Family Loves Old Fashioned Donut Muffins
One of my fondest memories growing up as a kid was waking up in the morning at our family cottage in Muskoka and smelling freshly baked muffins.
My family’s two favourite recipes were Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Lemon Blueberry Muffins. In the summer we’d forage for wild blueberries and incorporate them into out favourite baked goods. My sister was the family blueberry fan while I was mostly obsessed with the marriage of banana and chocolate.
When I was a kid my family would always stop to fill up gas in Barrie on the way to the cottage. My sister and I would pop into a local donut shop to grab a snack and I’d always order an Old Fashioned Donut filled with berry jam.
I developed this jam filled muffin recipe in the summer to celebrate sweet berries and fresh lemons. In the fall or winter I suggest tossing your Old Fashioned Donut Muffins in a cinnamon spice mixture and filling with apple or fig jam.
Our family loves making this recipe all year round because the fillings and coatings can be adapted to what’s fresh and in season.
Buying VS Making Homemade Muffins
Today, muffins are often sold at grocery stores, McDonald’s cafes and coffee shops like Starbucks and Tim Horton’s. Unfortunately most commercially prepared muffins are simply cupcakes without the icing.
Read the ingredients list and you’ll find store bought muffins are full of sugar, fat and “flavourings” rather than real fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. The excessive sugar, salt, fat and additives in commercial muffin recipes allow the grocery stores and coffee shops to extend the shelf life so they don’t go stale as quickly as a homemade muffin would.
The best way to enjoy healthy muffins is by preparing them at home, allowing you to control the proportion of ingredients. We suggest eating muffins fresh the day they are prepared. If you have any leftovers muffins pack 3-4 in a ziplock bag in your fridge and simply warm them up the next day in the oven. You can use a microwave to reheat muffins but they won’t produce the desired crunchy texture.
Any remaining Old Fashioned Jam Donut Muffins should be stored in the freezer and can keep for 2-3 months. We like to double our muffin recipes when we prepare them so we have a storage of yummy muffins in the freezer that we can easily enjoy several weeks later.
Best Old Fashioned Jam Donut Muffins Recipe
There’s no better comfort food than a steaming, moist Old Fashioned Donut, tossed in cinnamon sugar after frying in bubbling oil.
We prefer to prepare healthy Old Fashioned Donut Muffins as they are small individual portions and don’t require deep frying. Homemade muffins can be easily stored in the freezer to extend their shelf life and are a great on-the-go breakfast snack.
So what qualities make the best Old Fashioned Donut Muffins? The perfect muffin must be crunchy on the outside, well leavened so the muffin cap holds its shape and doesn’t shrink when cooled and feature a moist and light interior.
Looking to prepare easy homemade jam filled muffins? Baking is a science so you can’t just lower a muffin recipe’s fat and sugar content or you will bite into a chewy, hard and unappetizing product.
Old Fashioned Donut Muffins Tips
If you’re looking to prepare Old Fashioned Donut Muffins on a whim and are missing a few ingredients at home don’t worry!
You can easily substitute whole wheat flour if you don’t have All Purpose. Or use buttermilk if you don’t have access to regular milk.
Create an unexpected burst of flavour by adding a few drops of vanilla extract or almond extract. We’ve used raspberry jam for the filling but you could substitute for your favourite jam or jelly flavour.
Berry jams like strawberry, raspberry and blueberry pair well when tossed in lemon sugar. You can also make spiced Old Fashioned Donut Muffins by tossing them in cinnamon sugar rather than a lemon zest mixture. A sweet spiced coating pairs well with an apple, fig or peach jam filling.
Serving jam filled Old Fashioned Donut Muffins for a special occasion like Easter, Mother’s Day or a baby or bridal shower? We suggest decorating the top of your muffins with fresh fruit that corresponds to the jam interior. If you’re using strawberry jam, top each muffin with a slice of fresh strawberry.
The one tip I give all muffin making beginners is to avoid over-mixing the batter. Light and fluffy muffins are made by reducing the amount of gluten in the batter. If you whip muffin batter with a beater the final product will be as hard as a hockey puck.
For best results, form a well in the dry ingredients and pour your wet ingredients inside. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. The finished batter should be fully incorporated, so be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl so you don’t find unmixed flour. The most important rule to muffin making: when mixing, less is more!
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Best Old Fashioned Donut Muffins Recipe
Old Fashioned Jam Donut Muffins
- muffin tin
- mixing bowl
- measuring spoons
- measuring cups
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup Raspberry Jam
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- In a bowl, combine four, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
- In another bowl, combine thoroughly oil, sugar, egg and milk.
- Add liquid ingredients to dry and stir only to combine.
- Fill well-greased muffin tins half way with batter. Spoon a teaspoon of raspberry jam into the centre of each muffin cup. Top jam with additional batter until it each tin is full to the rim.
- Bake Old Fashioned Jam Filled Donut Muffins at 350F for 20 minutes.
- Shake muffins out of their tins immediately when done. While still hot, wash with melted butter and dip in white sugar and lemon zest.
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