“Look, down on the plate!  It’s a donut.  It’s a muffin.  No, it’s a Duffin!  Yes, it’s a Duffin, an eccentric food from the Culinary Diva that came to fruition with tastes and textures far beyond those of mortal donuts or muffins.”  (Adapted from the opening of the Superman television show.)

This week’s “Back to School” theme from the Sunday Supper Crew caused a conundrum.  With no kids at home, other than the canine kind, I wasn’t sure if I was even qualified to participate in this week’s event.  Then I realized that “back to school” means more than just the traditional matriculation to an educational institution and that the members of my little family were each about to embark on their own form of “school” journey.  For Sous Chef, it means hours and hours of assiduous research, analysis, and television for his participation in an annual NFL Death Pool competition.  For Coco and Rafa, it likely means a return to formal or informal temperament training to resolve some unfortunate habits, such as barking loudly from the comfort of our vehicle when they spot any dog or person on the street, or challenging every bird, sprinkler, or moving branch on our property to some sort of altercation.  For me, it means taking a food writing course from Monica Bhide and attending every food blogger conference and webinar that time and money permits.

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It turns out a great “back to school” food for the mature “student” is the Duffin.  The Duffin is a hedonistic Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffin (hence my moniker “Duffin”) whose butter-laden batter results in a light, melt in your mouth texture and inexorable pleasure from the butter-cinnamon-sugar mixture across its top.  Paired with a tasty cappuccino, the Duffin is perfect for a student’s inevitable mind-numbing study sessions .  Of course, as I found through scrupulous application, it is just as tasty for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack.

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A special thank you to Momma’s Meals for hosting Sunday Supper Back to School event.  For more great back to school recipes:

Back to School Beginnings

Back to School Lunches and Simple Suppers

Back to School Sips

Back to School Super Snacks

Back to School Sweets and Treats

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This recipe and other great family friendly recipes can be found in “The Loving Kitchen” by Leann Rice.  Nelson Books has graciously allowed me to share this recipe with you.

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Cinnamon Spice Donut Muffins
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Nelson Books has allowed me to share this recipe from “The Loving Kitchen” by Leann Rice. You can find this and other family friendly recipes in this book.
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12-30

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon Sugar Topping
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground sugar

  1. To make the muffins:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the muffin tins with liners.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar together with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each one until just incorporated. Pour the milk into a small bowl. Add the vanilla and stir to combine. Beat a third of the vanilla milk into the butter mixture until incorporated, then a third of the flour mixture until incorporated. Repeat in thirds until everything is combined. Do not over mix.
  5. Fill the muffin liners three-fourths full. Bake standard size muffins for 25 minutes or mini muffins for 18 minutes. Test the doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of a muffin. The muffins are done when the toothpick comes out clean.
  6. To make the topping:
  7. Melt butter in a bowl just wide enough to fit muffins. In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. As soon as the muffins are cool enough to handle, dip the tops into the melted butter. Then dip into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve warm.