Sunday, September 5, 2010

Vanilla Jam Muffins

Hanged out with the gang today. Had a mini gathering at Marina Barrage. We've just discovered a new found past time - kite flying! This is the second time we've been to the barrage within 3 weeks. We only had one $3.50 kite (which we shamelessly named it 'Soaring Guppy') the first time we went and it flew so far that it became a dirty pixel in the sky. This time we had not 1, not 2, but 3 kites!! LOL

Grabbed this recipe online only the night before. I halved the recipe as 3 1/2 cups of flour seem like a pretty intimidating volume to me. Love the outcome of it. The nutmeg perks up the vanilla and heightens the taste of the muffins, but I don't want to add too much of it as the spiciness may take over the whole flavor department. I like how the cinnamon sugar on the muffins top gives the already-crispy muffin crust even more crunch. A refreshing change from the usual chocolate chip/blueberry muffins. I ended up with lots of cinnamon sugar dip after sprinkling on the muffin tops so you may wish to reduce the cinnamon sugar dip ingredients as long as the ratio is there.

And, kite flying and playing 老鹰捉小鸡 are fun and nostalgic. :D
Vanilla Jam Muffins (modified from Anna Olson's Sugar)
makes 12 small muffins

180ml milk (I use full cream milk)
1/2 vanilla pod (I use 1)
245g all purpose flour
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 nutmeg powder (I use a pinch)
1/4 tsp salt
150g white sugar
80ml vegetable oil (I use canola)
1 large egg
60ml raspberry jam (I use 12 tsp of strawberry jam)

28g unsalted butter, melted (I use 15g)
25g sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder


1. Preheat oven to 175°C
2. Heat milk with scraped vanilla seeds and pod in a saucepan over medium-low heat for abt 15 mins to infuse the flavors together
3. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature
4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg, and salt and mix well
5. Whisk in sugar, vegetable oil and egg into cooled milk
6. Blend milk mixture into flour mixture until just combined
7. Fill muffin cases 2/3 full of batter, and spoon 1 tbsp of jam (I use 1 tsp) into the centre of each muffin and top with the remaining batter
8. Bake for 35 ~ 45 mins until light golden brown on top (I baked for 30 mins for my smaller muffins)
9. Let muffins cool on a rack while you prepare the dip mixture
10. In a separate bowl, mix cinnamon powder and sugar
11. Brush muffins with melted butter and dip them into the cinnamon sugar mixture (I sprinkled the sugar on top instead)


  1. I wanna bring my boys to kite flying too!!

    Sounds like fun ;)

    ps : lovely looking muffins u have..!

  2. hey there! thanks so much!

    you should, there're many families gathering around there and kids running around with their baby kites hehe

  3. The kite flying looks like so much fun! The muffins look great as well!!
    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D

  4. This is a favourite in our household :) Thank you so much !!!