Spiced muffins with a Nutella heart

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Here is my first Nutella recipe. And I have to say that it was really good!
I call them spiced muffins because there’s cinnamon and nutmeg in. The taste of the nutmeg is very subtle. It’s really the cinnamon that predominates, but that’s also because there’s a cinnamon topping on the muffin.

Let’s get started!
This is what you need for the muffins:
– 75 gr of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
– 100 gr of granulated sugar
– 1 large egg
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 120 ml of milk (cow, almond, soy)
– 190 gr of self-rising flour
– 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
– A big jar of Nutella!

And these are the ingredients for the topping:
– Granulated sugar
– Ground cinnamon
– 50 gr of unsalted butter

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We start with the muffins, but first preheat the oven to 220°C. Then, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer on medium speed. Mix in the egg, vanilla extract, and milk.

Now, sieve the flour above the bowl, and also add the baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in gently. Do not overmix, stir until *just* combined.

Put one tablespoon of the mixture into the muffin cups. Layer this with one teaspoon of Nutella in the center and spoon another tablespoon of mixture on top. Repeat layering into each muffin cup. I got exactly 9 muffins.

Bake at 220°C for 5 minutes. Keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce temperature to 175°C and bake for an additional 13-17 minutes. Allow muffins to cool for about 5 minutes. As you can see, I put too much into my muffin cups and some of them overflowed. Well, I read that if you fill the empty cups half with water, your muffins can bake ‘even’. So I will definitely try this next time!

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While the muffins are cooling, make the cinnamon-sugar topping. Melt the butter  in the microwave. If the butter is not completely melted, stir and if it’s still not melted, put it back in the microwave. In a separate small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon.

Dip the top of each muffin into the melted butter and dip into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Swirl them around in the cinnamon-sugar a bit to make sure you get a thick coating.

And you’re done already. I really liked it, because I’m a huge cinnamon fan and since the topping is made with granulated sugar, it’s quite crunchy and the mix of both textures, crunchy and soft is a great combination.

You should definitely try it yourself!

Lots of love,
Laura

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