11/22/09

sweet potato muffins stuffed w/ cinnamon-mascarpone

sweet potato muffins stuffed w/ cinnamon-mascarpone

My latest kitchen experiment. I had posted a picture of this creation on twitter and everyone wanted to know where, when, who....NOW! So, I rushed to type up the recipe and get it out to you. Yes, these were seriously good muffins. I mean really good. A great muffin base that melded perfectly with the mascarpone stuffing. I hate boring muffins, I know I've said this before, but what is the point of eating a boring muffin? All those calories wasted for nothing. If I'm going to have fat and sugar it better be good. Normally I do not eat what I bake, I only taste-test and then away they go to a good home, where they are pampered, loved and sincerely appreciated. If I ate everything I baked I'd be 500 pounds. (I'd be a hot looking 500 pound babe, just so you know) BUT with these muffins my friends I had two muffins. I could not help myself. These are also very pretty to look at; might be a good breakfast treat for your Thanksgiving morning if you have company over. Easy peasy to make too.

sweet potato muffins stuffed w/ cinnamon-mascarpone

sweet potato muffins filled w/ cinnamon-mascarpone

sweet potato muffins stuffed with cinnamon-mascarpone
muffins slightly adapted from Noble Pig
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Muffins:
2 & ½ cups AP flour
1 & ¾ ts baking powder
½ ts table salt
¼ ts baking soda
¼ ts ground nutmeg
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup heavy or light cream
¾ cup plain sweet potato puree
1 & ½ ts good quality vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs

Stuffing:
8 oz. mascarpone cheese, room temp.
Big pinch of salt
½ cup of sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 ts ground cinnamon
½ stick unsalted butter, room temp.

¼ cup or less of crushed walnuts or pecans (for garnish)
Cinnamon-sugar mixture to sprinkle on tops of muffins before baking.

In a medium bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and ground nutmeg. Set aside. In a large bowl combine cream, buttermilk, sweet potato puree and vanilla extract. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and dark brown sugar with an electric mixer, until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Alternately mix in dry and wet ingredients into the butter, starting and ending with the dry; mix only until each addition is incorporated -- Please do not overmix.
Coat a muffin pan with nonstick spray and fill muffin cups 1/2 full. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a generous amount of cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. (mine were done at the 20 minute mark).

For the stuffing: combine all ingredients and beat with an electric mixer or with stand mixer. Beat until well incorporated. To fill the muffins, all I did was cut out a large hole in the tops of the muffins and filled them with the stuffing. Use a pastry bag and pipe in the stuffing. If you don’t have a pastry bag you can use a plastic ziplock bag and snip a small hole at one of the edges. Decorate the tops of the muffins with crushed walnuts or pecans.

59 comments:

  1. Your BEST kitchen experiment! :)

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  2. oh my goodness- first of all...BEAUTIFUL photography. And how yummy do those look? Its like a WAY better version of a carrot cake/cream cheese muffin. When does your bakery open? I want to place the first order :)

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  3. Oh heavenly!!!! Those are unbelievable!

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  4. Those look amazing! Oh, what I would give to be your neighbor.

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  5. Thud.

    I think I just died and went to Heaven! These sound and look amazing. I want one NOW!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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  6. Woot!! I love the stuffing concept of it. Fantastic!! Now this is a breakfast I can definitely go for.

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  7. I totally agree. A little bit of something sinfully good never did anyone harm! Looks delish!

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  8. Haha, you definitely would be a hot 500 pounder, but I know what you mean about giving away the baked goods. That's probably the only good thing about working in a place with so many people. I give it all away! I have some mascarpone coming to room temp right now..wish I could make these with it!

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  9. wow - thats what I have to say!

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  10. muffins with stuffing,oh this looks so good!

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  11. You had me at mascarpone.

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  12. These muffins look stunning! I love that you piped cinnamon-marscapone cream. This recipe is so creative and simply heavenly!

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  13. Thanks for posting these. They look fantastic!

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  14. Dawn I don't know where you get these ideas from. Its like you take a poll of universally awesome tastes and mix them together with a sugar covered spoon. I'm glad you did this, especially because we think the same calorie wise.

    500 pounds of sexy you should say :)

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  15. Oh my, you are in the holiday spirit! So good and so beautiful. Forget about buying a house. Please open a bakery soon so I can visit.

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  16. I am gawking at the muffin tops!!!!!

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  17. I can't stand bland muffins either...such a waste! Your friends are so lucky, especially since your experiments are always so cool.

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  18. Wow, those do look fabulous!

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  19. Wow Dawn, these should be in some posh coffee shop!! I am so making these for breakfast this week.

    I want those William-Sonoma muffin tins now. I have their bread pans, they are the best ever.

    Laura

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  20. darn I must try this! you tempt me hard!

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  21. i can't promise that i'd ever taste the muffin in its entirety because i'd immediately lick all the cinnamon stuffing out of the center...if it ever made it into the muffin to begin with. :)

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  22. Just looking at the photos, my stomach immediately started rumbling! Guess it wants some of these gorgeous muffins!

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  23. Oh. My. God. Those are amazing!!

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  24. Yikes, that looks fantastic and like an entire meal in one!

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  25. Gorgeous photo, Dawn! They have just the right amount of macarpone on top as well. I am with you, take a test bite then send them away! Gotta maintain our hotness ;)

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  26. Gorgeous Dawn! I just love when muffins kind of explode to the top and sides like that! And the filling sounds just flippin'good!

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  27. these might be worth a trip to the cape ;) save one for me!!!

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  28. Yum, great sounding combination! I love your giant-sized muffin tin too.

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  29. These look incredible and I want to make them! But where does one buy sweet potato puree? My supermarket doesn't have it.

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  30. These took my breath away! These are just divine! Love everything about them especially the filling!

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  31. I think I've died and gone to heaven. These muffins are beautiful (as is your photography) Wonderful ideas and great for the holidays!

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  32. Jessica: you can make your own sweet potato puree by baking sweet potatoes till done; remove skin; and puree in blender with a bit of salt & pepper. Don't put them in blender while potatoes are still hot though, let them cool.

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  33. Those do look wicked good! And I do believe I've mentioned my love of all things mascarpone.
    ~ingrid

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  34. Wow! And from the angle of the photo they look HUGE! See, I am not alone in my baking mind set. I bake and bring to work-keeps it off my hips (well, not enough) and I get the joy of creating. Ahh, happy, happy, happy.

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  35. Oh, those are just gorgeous and sound so good with cinnamon-mascarpone filling, yum!

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  36. these look absolutely gorgeous and so comforting.

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  37. Gosh, those look amazing! Love the mascarpone stuffing and then you top it off with crunch! Wonderful!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  38. These look amazing! I actually went to Williams Sonoma today to buy the crown muffin tin just so I could make them. One question though...you say to fill muffin tins half full. In the crown muffin pan did you fill up to the indentation? I just want to make sure I get a big muffin top...the muffins, not me:) Also, do you think pumpkin would be ok?

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  39. My goodness these look delicious! That filling is calling out to me! :D I love using sweet potato in muffins.

    Your photos are wonderful. What a gorgeous place you have here!

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  40. Yum. Yum. Yum. I really wish I had one of those for breakfast tomorrow - they look divine.

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  41. Wow, these muffins look incredible! I love sweet potato.

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  42. Those muffins look so good, have a happy Thanksgiving Dawn!

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  43. Sarah: I actually have just filled the muffins up 3/4 way full and had no problems. I think using pumpkin would be ok. Let me know how they turn out.

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  44. Girl you are AWESOME! I love these! Once again, you have successfully perfected the art of "food porn"! :)

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  45. Beautiful blog! I love your recipes and pictures! Those muffins look fantastic.

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  46. Oh my! These are decadent!

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  47. Wow, they are gorgeous! You SO need to open a bakery! YUM!

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  48. They look so good with that giant "hat" and being stuffed!

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  49. ohhh a 500 pound hot chic. I know a few chubby chasers that would be alllll over your robust ass!!!

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  50. Those are absolutely beautiful. I love the crowns and guess part of it is due ot your fancy muffin pan. The mascarpone is a great idea, but I think your muffins would be good without it too.

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  51. I made these this morning; just waiting for them to cool. My filling didn't turn out like yours (mine's darker and I think the butter wasn't warm enough) but it's still tasty. Can wait to try the final result!

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  52. omg sweet potatoe muffins! i never thought of that combo sounds so good!

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  53. These look Fabulously Yummy! I'll have to try these. I just made muffins today and was looking for something different! Thank you so much for posting these!

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  54. My experiments never turn out anywhere near as delicious-looking as these! I would've had three for myself . . . !

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  55. Oh my... these muffins look scrumptious! What a fantastic way to capture the flavors of Autumn.

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  56. Um, these look AMAZING. You do know that right? Yum!

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  57. I may just have to make these beauties this weekend! Brilliant Dawn!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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