Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Lazy Saturday Morning

One of our favorite things is lazy Saturday mornings. With Sarah no longer here and no jobs to make Saturday a strictly "chore" day, we can "laze" about on Saturdays. With the paper and cups and cups of coffee.

Our laze location of choice is the breakfast room -- and for Saturday morning it's quite casual -- mugs of coffee, an easy treat (sometimes homemade -- sometimes boughten pastries) and some great music on the stereo.

This Saturday morning, while we contemplated garden chores that we need to be doing -- after breakfast and after the paper, we munched on some freshly baked muffins -- muffins often being the breakfast treat of choice for Saturdays -- while we worked the crossword -- a daily ritual whether it's a lazy Saturday or a busy Tuesday!

The muffins -- "Doughnut Muffins" -- a simple muffin baked with a hint of nutmeg and then rolled in butter and a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Served still warm, they were a delight -- we each had two!!!! (and the rest were delivered by Husband Jim to some friends who were not feeling well -- I'm sure the muffins brightened their spirit!!!)

They're easy and delicious and it's hard not to have just one (or two!!!) -- they're that good!

Lazy Saturday mornings and muffins for breakfast are two of my favorite things and so I'm joining Laurie at Bargain Hunting with Laurie for Saturday faves! See what other favorites there are by visiting Laurie.


12 T. butter at room temperature
1 c. sugar
2 large eggs
3 c. flour
1/2 T. plus 1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1/2 cup plus 1/3 c. milk
1/8 c. buttermilk

For dipping:

8 T. unsalted butter, melted (use more if needed)
1 c. sugar
1 T. ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350. Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until just mixed in. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Combine the milk and buttermilk. Mix a quarter of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Then mix in a third of the milk mixture. Continue mixing in the remaining dry and wet ingredients alternately, ending with the dry. Mix until well combined and smooth, but don't overmix. Grease and flour a standard-size muffin tin (or use paper liners -- but you have to take them off before you dip them). Scoop enough batter into each tin so that the top of the batter is even with the rim of the cup. Bake the muffins until firm to the touch, 30 to 35 minutes.

To finish:

Melt the butter for the dipping mixture. Combine he sugar and cinnamon. When the muffins are just cool enough to handle, remove them from the tin, dip them all over with the melted butter, and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar.


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Yummy. They look good. The weather is giving us a lazy Saturday. I have plant for working in the garden but I think it will be tomorrow afternoon instead. The hubby and I have a lunch date for today.

Olga Poltava said...

Muffins and coffee! What a great way to start Saturday!
The muffins look so delicious, and I have all the ingredients on hand. I'm going to try this recipe.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your table looks wonderful and the muffins sound so good. Such a treat for a Saturday morning. Hugs, Marty

Pondside said...

I love the thought of your Saturday morning ritual. We've just had toast and coffee here and I'm planning a soggy day in the garden.
I have a recipe similar to this - always called 'French Muffins' at our house. They are a treat!

Martha said...

How wonderful! I must say I'm a little jealous, life is so hectic in my world, rarely time for just relaxing. Oh well I'll be joining you one of these days. Have a wonderful weekend!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So hope you enjoy your lazy Saturday! Thanks so much for the recipe...the look marvelous!!!

From the Kitchen said...

That's our kind of Saturday too. My husband is still adjusting to retirement but he's getting there. I have to keep reminding him that other days of the week are for chores. The weekends are for us. The muffins are a must try!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

those muffins look great! Oh how I look forward to one day when my husband and i can linger on a Sat afternoon.

acorn hollow said...

you just described our sundays. We get the paper delivered. I am letting my homemade cinnamon rolls rise right now and nice hot coffee.
we sit in the sun on the love seat in the kitchen and relax. no chores,no phone calls and nice sweet jazz on. Oh the perfect morning.

Mary Bergfeld said...

They look wonderful to me and the sound of that lazy morning make me a bit envious. It's a good thing I like you :-). Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

This looks like such a beautiful way to start the day ~ at your table with the pretty blue and whites, and with one of those muffins that looks like it would melt in your mouth. Thank you for sharing this recipe for Favorite Things. laurie

On Crooked Creek said...

Great idea for Saturday Morning! As the weather on the prairie reaches 60 plus, I like to take mid-morning coffee on the deck. That time will be here soon! I'll archive this recipe for a later date.

simon said...

Just recently came across your it, love it.
Will have to try your wonderful recipes soon. Renate