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Friday, February 26, 2010

French Breakfast Puffs





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...We have a code known only to the folks who call this house home. When Bob comes into the kitchen for his first cup of coffee and the kitchen is in glorious disarray, he knows exactly what's going on. "You gotta a thing this morning?" I nod affirmatively. "Whatcha making?" I smile broadly and parry, "Stuff." I had a lot of "stuff" to make for my "thing" this morning and, with a still limited range of motion, it also had to be easy to do. I remembered these delightful muffins and decided to resurrect the recipe which is almost as old as I am. French Breakfast Puffs were first made in Florida by the mother of Esoline Beauregard's. Her recipe  appeared in the Betty Crocker cookbook  and the puffs became and remained enormously popular in American kitchens. They lack the cache of croissants or the wide appeal of bagels, but they have withstood the test of time. These morsels taste a bit like cake donuts, though they are less dense. I can't say they are lighter because each muffin is dunked in melted butter before it's coated with cinnamon sugar. While the muffins are quite pleasant on their own, the bath in butter and sugar is what made their reputation. Think snickerdoodles and you'll understand why folks love them. Years ago, all surfaces of the muffins were coated. I no longer do that, but it is important to let the muffin tops sit in butter for a minute or two before they are rolled in sugar. These do not keep well and they are best served warm. Here's the recipe for a very easy old-fashioned treat that just won't go away.

French Breakfast Puffs ...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Betty Crocker

Ingredients:
1/3 cup shortening or butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions:
1) Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 medium muffin cups.
2) Mix shortening, 1/2 cup sugar and the egg thoroughly in medium bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg alternately with milk. Divide batter evenly among 9 muffin cups.
3) Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Immediately roll hot muffins in melted butter, then in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Serve hot. Yield: 9 muffins.

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This recipe is being linked to:
Designs By Gollum - Foodie Friday

57 comments :

Michael Lee West said...

Mary, I'll have to make these puffs for my mother while she's visiting.

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Mary said...

Simplicity. That's why I love Betty!! Those look very nice and lovely. Easy to see why they have stood the test of time.

Lynda said...

I have never heard of these before, but they look lovely - and so easy to make, too !

Hope that you are keeping well :)

Lynda, Kilimanjaro, East Africa

bj said...

Hi, Mary..I made these just a few weeks back. While I LOVED the puffs, the extra butter and sugar was almost too much for me. We liked them hot, buttered and now I wish I had one this very minute.
I am up late...just not sleepy and one of these would be so good with a hot cup of tea! *sigh....
hugs, bj

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, these would put my kids in sugar heaven! They sound amazing
xoxo Pattie

Alessandra said...

Bob is a lucky man! ;-)

Debinhawaii said...

They look like little bites of heaven! What's not to like about butter, cinnamon and sugar? ;-)

Barbara said...

Mary, You never let me down...there is always something delicious in your kitchen. If I lived close to you, I would weigh 400 pounds...Thanks for all the wounderful recipes.
Barbara

Dawn said...

I am working on a syllabus for a bread baking class. These are going to fit in nicely under the "snack" section for one of those sessions. Thanks for sharing!

Wobegon Cottage(alice) said...

Now here is a recipe I do have. They are really good and I was just thinking of making them today. I have three days without grandbabies and these go well with coffee or tea, at least I think so. Thanks for sharing.

zurin said...

Ah yes I know these ....its in the betty crocker book and ive always been wanting to make these....they look so good!..thanks for reminding me ^^beautiful photos as always

Rettabug said...

I've got that BC book & never even knew about them being in there! Thanks for showing them to us. My doughnut loving hubby is going to get to try some next week if not sooner.:)

Lovely photos, btw...always a treat to see how pure & simple you set them up. I'm so envious.

fondly,
Rett

Lori said...

These are one of the very first things I made when my Mom bought me my first new cookbook. I was 16 and so proud they came out so nice. Not to mention entirely delicious.

Mary you always got the goods!

Cathy said...

What a lovely way to start the day, and I'll bet they smell wonderful while they are baking. Wish I had one to go with the cup of coffee I just poured.

Claudia said...

I can smell the aroma. Simple can be the best thing. And speaking of things, isn't it wonderful to have a "thing" going?

Elisa, Croatia said...

I'm salivating..these sound yummy and cinammon sugar! I love cinammon. Can I have you over in my kitchen one of these days? LOl

Cottage Sisters said...

I have made these before and they are wonderful! I love your history lessons on food. I didn't know Betty Crocker started them. Have a wonderful day! Denise@cottagesisters

George Gaston said...

Mary, your husband is one lucky fellow! Cause you know how to make some great "stuff"!

Here's to many more "stuff" making mornings....

Bob said...

Heh, I make stuff all the time myself. The puffs look amazing, I've actually never had them. I need to make some soon.

A Year on the Grill said...

Oh Mary i love the idea of these...

and rolled in butter and then cinnamon sugar... Come ON!

Marcela S. said...

Very nice.Simply easy and delicious. The perfect combination. Cheers.

Ramya Manja said...

Hey Mary,
Thanks for stopping by,ur comment indeed helped me to take a peek at ur blog,and I must confess here that u have an awesome blog,lovely recipes...Loved ur desserts and salads...Book marked ur blog...

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Lawdy Mercy! Dunked in butter.....then, rolled in sugar and cinnamon. Why have I never made these before??!?!? They look just heavenly!

Karen said...

I've seen these pop up on a few different blogs and thought they were a new thing. Good ole' Betty :)

Mary said...

bj, I'll be over to visit later today. I can't connect from here.

ginny said...

Hi, I am glad you visited my blog. I am placing your blog on my favorites, because I love to find new recipes that are tried and true. Please visit me again.

Sophie said...

They do look like they have the texture of a cake donut. Very delicious, I'd love waking up to these in the morning!

Debbie said...

I would most definitely enjoy these with my coffee!

♥ Kathy said...

you had me at dunked in butter :)

JG said...

Mary, when I read "think Snickerdoodles" I knew I'd like the Puffs!

Snickerdoodles and Oatmeal Cookies are our two favs. :)

Joan said...

Mary, my husband usually makes me breakfast on Sundays, but I think I'll surprise him with these. And all the ingredients are all ready here!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Mmm, these are like those sugared doughnut muffins! I love the nutmeg in these!

Susan said...

They look delicious Mary! I will have to whip them up one morning.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's not always as exciting, but I try. :)

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

I dont know why but i read 'em as cheese puffs and said what a delightfull breakfast bake these would make...maybe i'll add some cocktail and they turned way way better than that when read ur recipe...oh they sound way way good ...Oh these sound so quick to put together n delicious too..thanx for anotheer wonderful recipe...

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh yum yum yum.

The Fajdich Times said...

They look soooooooo good. Yum:)

Stephanie - My Frugal Lifestyle said...

OH MY GOODNESS! These breakfast puffs look mouthwatering! I can't wait to try making these babies! Thanks for stopping my blog. Your sweet words meant alot to me :)

ARUNA said...

They look so beautiful and gorgeously puffed!

Sewconsult said...

I'm telling my age when I say, we made these in 9th grade Home Economics class in 1964! I have company coming for the weekend & just might give them a try again...for old times' sake. Thanks.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Janice said...

Love the whole 'thing' and 'stuff' sounds like real people talking!

Shellbelle said...

I wouldn't have to worry about these not keeping long, they'd be gone in a flash! When you said, think Snickerdoodles, I was hooked!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, perfect Sunday morning treats.

Chef Aimee said...

These puffs would make any morning perfect!

Martha's Menagerie said...

Yummy! Great post this week as always. I especially like this simple little treats, they look delicious!
Martha - Seaside Simplicity

Amanda said...

These look wonderful! The name alone is appetizing ;)

Kathleen said...

They look wonderful! What could be bad about something drenched in butter and rolled in cinn sugar..:)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Doesn't everything taste better with cinnamon and sugar? These look simple and delicious...perfect for having the girls in for coffee.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Sue

MonsterMama said...

I've made these before and didn't know they were Betty Crocker either. I make them as mini muffins, they are a favorite!

Sue said...

Hi Mary...these look just wonderful....and they would just have to be if they are dunked in melted butter!! Thank you for stopping by my blog....the one with the hot dogs coming out of my ice maker....I just posted about our lunch today at the Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta....You want to see pictures of really bad food....stop back and take a peek....Sue @ Rue-Mouffetard.

lostpastremembered said...

WOw, what puffy goodness... they would be great for brunch on sunday...make all this snow melt away!

Meredith Myers said...

Mmmmm, that's breakfast for tomorrow morning then! Thank you so much for sharing - I read a book called 'Lunch in Paris' last week and these were mentioned, but I can't remember if there was a recipe.

My Little Space said...

Oh boy, these look so delicious! I'm going to save this up for later use. Thanks!

Petite Little Bee said...

This sounds amazing. I am going to try these and I am soooo glad I found you. Lia

Meredith Myers said...

Yep, had them for breakfast and they were divine.
My husband, son and I sat out on the patio while it was still cool with a coffee (hot chocolate for my son) and ate to our heart's content.
I made them in mini muffin tins, I like my food bite sized and for some strange reason didn't have nutmeg in the pantry so used vanilla bean paste instead. I used patty pan cases as well (I'm lazy, didn't want to have to grease the tin) so the sugar and cinnamon was only on the top and we decided that it was a good move.

RCakeWalk said...

My Grandmother made a muffin similar to these but called them "muffins that taste like donuts"! I'm sure it was the same recipe source...but I want to find her handwritten card and double check!

Katy ~ said...

Muffins like snickerdoodles! I'm in love. I've only seen recipes for french breakfast puffs but have never made them. Now that I see one so tempting and gorgeous, I must rush to the kitchen.

Hope you are feeling better every day.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I remember these from back when I was learning to bake as a teenager. The recipe was in my mom's Betty Crocker cookbook and I made them all them time. They were fabulous!!! I cannot wait to make them in the morning for my family.

Thank you for sharing this oldie, but goodie!

Kristina

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