Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bringing Sexy Back

Figs don't last very long. I still have 5 in my fridge left over from the other night, and time is running out. I don't want my lovely figs to die in vain. Think, tic toc, think, tic toc, think. What is a blog titled Breakfast and Bed if I don't start making some breakfast? And then, Sexy Fig Muffins were born.

Recipe for Sexy Fig Muffins (makes 6 big muffs):
  • 5 Black Mission figs, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp goat cheese (softened)
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 + 1/2 cup flour
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of good salt
  • 6 tbsp cold butter, cut into 1/2" pieces

Preheat oven to 375. Line your muffin pan with individual paper cups, or grease with butter. In a small bowl, beat together the milk, goat cheese, cream cheese, egg and vanilla. The cheese is what gives these muffins their sexy melt-in-your-mouth texture. In another bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Scatter the pieces of butter over the top of the dry ingredients and mix with a pastry blender (or the paddle attachment on a stand mixer) until the butter is incorporated but you can still see small chunks throughout. Add the cheese mixture and beat until the batter comes together. Fold the fig pieces in to the batter using a spoon or spatula, then spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them to the top.

Bake for 30 minutes. After 25 minutes, brush the muffin tops with honey butter. Bake for the remaining 5 minutes until golden. Let cool for 10 minutes, and serve with the extra honey butter.

Feed one to your honey in bed, with a french vanilla latte, and your sexy muffin will turn into a sexy morning.

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