Thursday, March 24, 2011

Brown sugar mini muffins

These cute little bite size muffins are so simple to bake and quick for eating. I took less than an hour to bake them and they are gone within seconds...



I must apologize for my extreme slow response with all the awards that I have received. I must admit that I've not been prompt enough for updating my blog. Comparing to my fellow bloggers, I'm have been too slow with my reading and response to comments. My apology for that.

Nevertheless, the following are the awards that I've received from my fellow bloggers. 

Jeannie, Baking Diary 
Jean, Noms I Must
Karen, Karen and Nigella
kitchen flavours
Rhondi, Big Mama's Home Kitchen

I wish that I can present these awards back to them because their blogs are really wonderful. In fact, I love all the blogs that I followed and would love to present these awards to all. However, rules are always rules and it's better to abide the rules for any reasons.

Here are the rules to abide in order to accept this award and they are:

1. Post linking back to the person that gave you the award
2. Share 7 random things about yourself
3. Award 15 blogs
4. Drop them a note and tell them about it.

Here's the 7 random things about me:

1. I'm a super-health-conscious person but love to eat anything with butter and sugar.

2. Less than a year ago, I've finally conquered my fear of driving which had been haunting me for years. My ultimate motivation is actually my son. 3 Cheers for my Mummy-Power!

3. My biggest 2011 resolution is to be able to run a half-marathon and I'm training very hard now for this day to happen.

4. I can never be sick of watching girly movies. My all-time favorite is The Devil Wears Prada. Love love love Anne Hathaway...

5. Shopping used to be my best loved hobby. Most of my friends think about me when they watched the movie, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Isla Fisher. Unfortunately, I didn't that much money to shop. So now, it is baking. LOL.

6. I love buying shoes but hate wearing heels and love wearing boots.

7. I'm a vege-person rather than a meat-eater but I have to tolerate two ferocious meat eaters at home (they are my husband and son) and have to cook meat to compromise all tastes.

And, here I am presenting these awards to 15 of my fellow bloggers...

A Hungry Spoon
Life given, eat well
My Kitchen in the Rockies
Mama with Flavour
Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
Life's too short to skip dessert
A Busy Gran's Kitchen
Sweet and Savory by Sarah
Sweet as Sugar Cookies
Kitchen Meditation
No-Frills Recipes
A Duck's Oven
A girl, a dog & an oven
Anncoo Journal

Last but not not least, this is the muffin recipe from Daily Delicious  
(with my slight modification in blue)

Make 14 (I made 16 very mini ones)

110g Cake flour
1½ tsp Baking powder
60g Unsalted butter
50g Brown sugar
1 Egg
45g Crème Fraîche (replace with 60g milk)
½ tbsp Honey
A pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 170°C.
Line mini muffin pans with paper muffin cups.
Sift cake flour and baking powder together, set aside.
Beat butter, salt and sugar together until light in color, add the egg, beat to combine.
Pour the honey into the butter and beat to combine.
Add the flour to the butter in 3 parts, alternating with the Crème Fraîche (milk).
Divide the batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 15-17 minutes or golden and spring when touch lightly.
Let the muffin cool on a wire rack.

Happy Baking
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  1. Congratulations on you awards,Zoe!!! How exciting!
    Your brown sugar muffins look lovely by the way!


  2. Looks yummy, gonna give it a try soon ;)

  3. Nice little bite size cakes! Will try it out soon. ;) btw, congrats to your awards! You deserve it!

  4. Mmm, those muffins look delightful. Thanks for the awards and congrats on the awards you got. You definitely deserve them.

  5. The muffins look scrumptious! They would disappear quickly in my house too! Congrats on your awards and thank you for thinking of me! It's good getting to know you better.

  6. Zoe really love these mini muffins congrats by your Awards!! gloria

  7. hey Zoe! I'm sure you can do it for your run since you've already overcame your fear for driving. I've heard many raves for the Devil wears Prada...maybe I'm gonna download it and watch it this weekend. And your muffins looks really cute and delicious! All that work gone in seconds eh haha

  8. Congratulations on your awards, Zoe! And thank you for accepting it.
    The muffins looks fabulous. Really moist and soft, just as I like them! Gone in a matter of seconds.. they would too, if they are right in front of me.. with a cup of hot black coffee, mmm.. yum!

  9. que exquisitos y lindos se ven ,una delicia,que maravilla,finos y esponjosos,me llevo uno,abrazos y cariños.

  10. You deserve your awards. I just wrote a post yesterday and I didn't have a chance to notify you until today, but I also have an award for you. :) It's the same one you gave me, haha. Thank you for the award Zoe! I can relate to you on number 1. Except, I barely eat the things I bake because I'm satisfied with just making it and smelling the delicious aroma, but I definitely have a bite so I know what it tastes like :D. I love high heels, but I barely have any chance to wear them. Also, I read the series Shopaholic and it was hillarious, never watched the movie though.

  11. beautiful muffins! congrats on the awards you deserve them!

  12. Zoe, Congratulations on your awards and passing them on to me. I am honored.
    The muffins sound really tasty. Wish I could pack some for my very early drive up to Vail tomorrow morning.
    Thanks again.

  13. Cute and fluffy muffins ya! Congratz on the awards ;)

  14. Those muffins looks absolutely marvellous,congrats on ur awards.

  15. Congrats on the awards! :) The muffins looks v soft and I like it nicely browned...

  16. Congratulations on your awards! These muffins look so soft and fluffy I would gladly have couple with my hot chocolate!

  17. The muffins looks so soft and moist! Thanks for sharing! Also, congrats on the awards!

  18. haha love reading those 7 random facts about you!
    ive still yet to conquer my fear of driving >< maybe i will once i get some of that mummy-power! ;) of my fav chic flick too...i get all excited when the intro song to the prada movie plays! lol

  19. Congratz on the awards. Looks so moist and delicious!

  20. congrats on the awards! it's really nice to knwo a little about you , i like your (2) and (3)

  21. Congrats on your awards and thanks for passing on to me. So glad that you've conquered your fear of driving. Your muffins look so moist and delectable!

  22. Hi Zoe, thank you very much for the lovely awards and you deserve the awards too, Congrats!!
    The muffins look delicious and I love the simple recipe. Will definitely try to make this when I'm free. :))

  23. Perfectly baked goodies with super soft and moist texture...

  24. CONGRATS ZOE! (:
    the muffins look so soft and fluffy! nice! (:

  25. Hey, nice blog!
    love anne hathaway too, what a smile :) she was so sweet in love & other drugs too!
    i feel like watchin devil wears prada again

  26. You deserve every bit of your award. And thank you for thinking of me. Gosh, I'm blushing a little:)

    The muffins look amazing. I know my daughter would be tickled pink to have me bake these for her. :)

  27. Your mini cupcakes are so lovely and moist. Just the right size to pop into the mouth!
    Btw, congrats on the award you got. Thanks for giving me one!

  28. Thank you so much for honoring me with an award on your blog, Zoe! It made my day :) I love reading about all of the sweet n' tasty treats you're always whipping up in your kitchen. These muffins look fabulous!

  29. BTW, I just posted my lovely award. Thanks again!

  30. Zoe congratulations! I love this recipe

  31. Aw, thank you! You're so sweet, Zoe! Congrats on the awards, yourself!

    This recipe looks delicious! Muffins and brown sugar, there's nothing better!

  32. Mmm, these look delicious, and I'll bet they go great with a cup of tea!

  33. Looks moist and yummy!!

    I am here for first time, and happy following you..

    Do visit me @

  34. Yay! Congrats, Zoe! These muffins look so tempting....

  35. Thanks for the award! Yay! Made my day.
    I run half marathons and I can tell you they aren't scary. They are the perfect distance for a race! Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. :)

  36. Hi Zoe,

    I have followed your recipe here to make these mini muffins. Can I put a link in my blog post to your post here?

    BTW, there are brown specks/spots on my muffins, any idea why? Was it the brown sugar not totally melted?

    Many thanks.

  37. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments.

    Sherlyn: you are welcome to place a link at your blog to my brown sugar muffin post.

    About the brown specks on my muffins, I'm guessing if you have not beat the butter and sugar light and fluffy enough. At warm weather or high humidity, brown sugar can clump together and form small pieces of sugar and if they are not well mixed into the butter, they will form spots on cakes. Hope that will help.

  38. Thank you for the award! I MUST try these muffins asap! Great recipe!

  39. Hi Zoe,
    Your brown sugar mini muffins look cute n delicious. Recipe looks simple and easy.
    Will try it out and let your know how the result.

    mui mui (Doreen)