Our Muffin Monday recipe for today was a pancake muffin with maple syrup and a streusel topping. Which sounded delightful. But at our house, the pancake of choice, especially when the girls had slumber parties, always included either little chocolate chips or mini M&Ms and not a drizzle of syrup. So I decided that if I were going to make pancake muffins, I’d better do it right.
I was baking these on Saturday in preparation for posting on Monday and we were indeed celebrating a birthday, although, sadly, without a gaggle of giggling girls sleeping over. And I learned a new term: Golden Birthday. I guess the whole world knows what that is but I had never heard it before. It was my elder daughter’s Golden Birthday, which means that she turned 22 on the 22nd. It also means that my grandmother is now 99 years old! She and my daughter share a birthday and a special bond, as she was the first great-grandchild. So I offer you these special birthday party pancake muffins in celebration of two very special birthdays. Perhaps there is someone in your family that needs celebrating too? Make them these!
For the muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup vanilla sugar (or 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
3/4 cup or 150g mini M&Ms
For the topping:
1/4 cup or 50g mini M&Ms
1/2 cup or 115g Nutella
Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. Grease and flour a 12-cup muffin pan or fill it with paper liners.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together your buttermilk, eggs, butter and vanilla (if using.)
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.
Fold in the first lot of mini M&Ms.
Divide the batter between the muffin cups and bake about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool for about five minutes then remove the muffins from the pan and cool completely on a rack.
Fill a decorating bag with Nutella and pipe it all over the muffins. (If you don’t have a decorating bag, put the Nutella in a Ziploc bag and cut a tiny hole in one corner.)
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