Good Monday morning, friends! It's December 19th -- only 6 more sleeps 'til Christmas! Is your shopping done? Are you baking this week? Are you tired of Christmas music on the radio (and everywhere you go) yet?
With Friday's wedding reception behind us (went fabulously, by the way), we're plowing full steam ahead today and plan to spend the day in town running errands, finishing our gift shopping for the papa, and enjoying lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant. :) So to answer our own questions:
Finished shopping? No.
Baking this week? Yes.
Tired of Christmas music? Definitely not!
Check back later this week when we'll be sharing our plans for the new year along with a special mid-week muffin recipe since we have two to go and only one more Monday in 2011. Hard to believe we're nearing the end of original quest, but here we are! Moving along, we offer for your holiday baking enjoyment today's muffin...
Like eggnog? You're going to love today's muffin recipe! Honestly, these are sooo good. And your kitchen will smell deliciously wonderful while they're baking!
Inspiration provided by King Arthur Flour.
Eggnog Spice Muffins
makes 12 muffins
2.5 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 c. organic sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. sea salt
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. real vanilla
1/4 c. butter, softened
1.25 c. eggnog
Preheat oven to 425F and either grease muffin tin or line with paper baking cups. In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar together using an electric mixer. Add the eggs, beating until mixture is well combined and smooth. Beat in the baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla.
Add the flour and eggnog by stirring each in by hand, alternating between the two, beginning and ending with flour until ingredients are thoroughly combined. Using an ice cream scoop, fill prepared muffin cups (they will be nearly full).
Sprinkle tops of muffins with a pinch (or more!) of organic sugar (optional) before placing into preheated oven. Bake about 20 minutes or until muffins are a pale golden brown -- check with a toothpick to be sure they're done.
Cool slightly in pan; remove muffins to wire rack.
We would love to know if you give any of our muffin recipes a try. Let us know how they turn out or if you put a different spin on them. :)
This is the 50th installment in what will be, Lord willing, our year-long muffin adventure: Muffin Mondays! 52 Mondays, 52 Muffins. There are 2 more to come, stay tuned!
Proudly sharing this week's muffin recipe with: Mouthwatering Monday, Titus 2sday, Teach Me Tuesday, Far Above Rubies, 2 Maids a Baking, Raising Homemakers, Let's Do Brunch, Healthy 2day Wednesdays, This Chick Cooks, Real Food Wednesday, Women Living Well, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, and Friday Food