Sticky Bun Muffins

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Sticky Bun Muffins
From www.foodfanatic.com, by Megan Myers

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Did you wake up to a hot breakfast someone lovingly prepared for you today? Yeah, me either, unless you consider the crusts of my kids’ peanut butter toasts their loving gift to me. No French toast bake or nutty coffee cake for me.

As a child I didn’t enjoy nuts very much, sticking to peanuts, and walnuts if they were mostly surrounded by fudgy brownie. I missed out on a lot of incredible foods because of this, not the least of which was sticky buns. Who can resist a sweet roll topped with gooey caramel and nuts? Apparently I could — at least until my sense kicked in.

Sticky buns are now one of my favorite breakfast treats. There’s only one problem: Because they are made with a yeast dough, you have to plan ahead and then wait a looooong time. I don’t know about you, but when a craving comes on, I gotta have it as soon as possible!

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These sticky bun muffins take care of those nutty, caramelly cravings. They only take minutes to prepare and you can be polishing off your second serving before the hour is up. While you could make a more complex caramel, brown sugar and butter are perfect for making a very simple topping. As the muffins bake they melt together and infuse the whole muffin with flavor, not to mention make those chopped pecans totally drool-worthy.

When making these sticky bun muffins, you definitely want to use paper liners in the muffin pan. Not only will this make cleanup much easier, but it also makes it easier to scoop any luscious topping that was left behind when you turned out the muffins. You’ll want to remove the papers as soon as you can to ensure the topping stays with the muffin and not the paper. If your muffins have cooled, you can warm them in the microwave before removing the paper.

Sticky bun muffins are best served warm, so get everyone out of bed just before the timer goes off. Even if you can’t be woken by delicious aromas, at least you’ll get the spoils of your work.

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Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.
  2. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a small bowl. Stir in brown sugar until it becomes a blended slurry. Divide mixture among paper cups. Sprinkle pecans on top of the mixture.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together remaining 4 tablespoons butter and granulated sugar. Beat in eggs and yogurt.
  4. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until just blended.
  5. Divide batter among paper cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until lightly browned.
  6. Let cool in pan for 2 minutes, then remove and turn muffins over, carefully removing the paper liners. Scrape any stuck caramel or pecans off the liner and onto the muffin. Serve warm.

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