Spiced Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs
· 1/3 cup unsalted butter
· 1/2 cup sugar
· 1 large egg, at room temperature
· 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
· 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
· 1/4 teaspoon allspice
· 1 pinch ground cloves
· 1 pinch ground ginger
· 1 teaspoon orange zest
· 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
· 1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature
· 6 tablespoons butter, melted
· 1/2 cup granulated sugar
· 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the 1/3 cup butter, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until browned and nutty smelling. Pour into a mixing bowl and allow to cool completely to room temperature.
Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease and lightly flour a 12 cup muffin tin.
Add the sugar and egg to the cooled butter. Beat with an electric mixer until all creamed together.
In a separate little bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, spices, zest, and chopped crystallized ginger. Add the dry ingredients in increments to the butter-sugar mixture, alternating with the milk and beating well after each addition.
Divide the batter evenly into the cups of the muffin tin. Pop into the oven and bake until golden brown and fragrant, about 20-25 minutes.
While the puffs are puffing, put the melted butter in one shallow bowl and combine the sugar and cinnamon in another one. When the puffs come out of the oven, use a knife to gently pop them all out of the muffin tin.One by one, dip each puff in the melted butter -then roll it in the cinnamon sugar. Transfer it to some lovely, festive serving platter, and continue until you have rolled all of the puffs. Serve warm.