* Reader Recipe
Not surprisingly (she’s an amazing cook!), my friend Karen brought an unusual, and unusually delicious, dish to The First Unconfidential Cooks’ Dinner (check out the other recipes she’s shared, below). These muffins, which she suggests serving warm, are amazing, perfect for brunch along with eggs, and ideal if you’re like us and love breakfast for dinner. The top, which was originally the bottom, is slightly sweet and carmel-ly, like a tarte Tatin. The muffin has a light airy cornmeal texture so the addition of the sausage gives it flavor-heft only and in no way weighs it down. Couldn’t be more fabulous! And I always love the idea of serving something totally “new”—nobody at the table for ten had ever eaten anything similar.
(MAKES 6 JUMBO CUPCAKES; TOTAL TIME ABOUT 1 HOUR)
FOR THE MUFFINS
1 1/2 C. ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
1/2 C. CORNMEAL
1/3 C. PACKED BROWN SUGAR
1 TBSP. BAKING POWDER
1 TSP. BAKING SODA
1/8 TSP. KOSHER SALT
1/2 C. PLAIN NONFAT YOGURT OR BUTTERMILK (I USED BUTTERMILK)
1/4 C. MILK
2 TBSP. VEGETABLE OIL
1 EGG WHITE
1/2 LB. BULK BREAKFAST SAUSAGE
1 FUJI APPLE, CORED AND THINLY SLICED
FOR THE CARAMEL
1 C. PACKED BROWN SUGAR
1/3 C. HEAVY CREAM
1/4 C. MAPLE SYRUP
2 TBSP. BOURBON OR RUM, OPTIONAL (I USED RUM)
1 TSP. SALT
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES. COAT CUPS OF JUMBO MUFFIN TINS WITH NONSTICK SPRAY.
COMBINE FLOUR, CORNMEAL, BROWN SUGAR, BAKING POWDER, BAKING SODA AND SALT IN A LARGE BOWL. COMBINE YOGURT, MILK, OIL, EGGS AND EGG WHITE IN ANOTHER BOWL. SET ASIDE.
BROWN SAUSAGE IN A SKILLET OVER MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT, ABOUT 5 MINUTES. REMOVE FROM PAN AND DRAIN ON PAPER TOWELS.
WHISK BROWN SUGAR, CREAM, SYRUP, RUM, AND SALT FOR CARAMEL TOGETHER IN A SKILLET OVER MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT, STIRRING OFTEN. BRING TO BOIL, REDUCE HEAT TO MEDIUM-LOW AND SIMMER FOR 10 MINUTES.
STIR SAUSAGE INTO FLOUR MIXTURE AND ADD YOGURT MIXTURE. STIR JUST UNTIL COMBINED; MIXTURE WILL BE SLIGHTLY LUMPY.
FAN THE APPLE SLICES IN THE BOTTOM OF EACH CUP. MAKE SURE THAT EACH SLICE MAKES SOME CONTACT WITH THE CUP.
SPOON ABOUT 4 TBSP. OF CARAMEL OVER APPLE SLICES IN EACH CUP, DIVIDING EVENLY AMONG CUPS.
TOP CARAMEL WITH ROUNDED 1/2 C. OF BATTER.
BAKE UNTIL TOOTHPICK INSERTED IN A MUFFIN COMES OUT CLEAN, ABOUT 30 MINUTES. ( I SUGGEST UNDER-BAKING SLIGHTLY.) LET COOL BRIEFLY BEFORE RUNNING A PARING KNIFE AROUND THE EDGE OF EACH MUFFIN SO THEY DROP OUT WHEN PAN IS INVERTED.
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