french breakfast puffs

i was perusing for a simple dessert that i could bake up with whatever i had on hand. luckily i stumbled on something perfect…French Breakfast Puffs. i had everything i needed on hand..something simple and sugary, perfect for my sugar cravings! no, i didn’t have it for breakfast, instead i had it for dessert after i cooked up a lemon-garlic chicken recipe from the foodnetwork site. it was good, but not as impressive as those puffs! think next time i would let the chicken marinate in the lemon-garlic broth, because it was too subtle for my taste.

Lemon-Garlic Chicken served atop linguine noodles [noodles just tossed with butter, black pepper, and parsley flakes, simple yet delicious]. recipe from here

French Breakfast Puffs, recipe from here but here it is if you’re too lazy to go to the site! i just want everyone to see how simple it is, and try em out! you probably have everything you need on hand =] i didn’t have shortening on hand, but that was easily solved with an oil substitution.


* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/3 cup shortening
* 1 egg
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 6 tablespoons margarine, melted


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups or line cups with paper muffin liners.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, cream together 1/2 cup sugar and shortening. Beat in egg. Stir flour mixture into shortening mixture alternately with milk. Beat well. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. While muffins are baking, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
4. Remove muffins from oven and muffin pan. Immediately, dip the tops of the muffins into the melted margarine, then into the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Repeat with each muffin, until all muffin tops are covered. Serve warm.

the lone muffin in a bed of cinnamon sugar. mm mmmm.

the french breakfast puffs aren’t really very “puff-like” more like a little muffin is what they are. it’s not a light airy pastry, it has a breadier feel to it, but veryy good.

highly recommend!

    • Ate
    • October 15th, 2009

    I will definitely have to try and make these, maybe this weekend!

  1. Those look wonderful! I’ll definitely put them on my list to try.

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