Hot Polka Dot
7May/11

Muffins For Mom.


The thing about moms is that you never seem to really appreciate them until you've grown up.

When you're a child mom is your best friend, banisher of monsters and kisser of boo boos. When you're a teenager she's the voice of reason, enforcer of chores and face of dreaded responsibility. When you're in college she's the embodiment of worry, telephone police and always the last one to find out about anything. When you've finally settled down and maybe even starting a family of your own she's right back to being your best friend, reliable confidant, trusted adviser.

I had struggled to draw upon one memory in particular to illustrate my mom for you. I've decided I can't choose just one because so many swim to the surface. Drawing lady bugs on band aids over my scraped knees. Letting me lick the bowl and beaters. Teaching me how to thicken sauce or roll dough. Knitting into the night squinting in her tiny reading glasses. Talking in her sleep in the dim light of the TV. Driving me to piano lessons and making sure my fingernails were cut short. Passionately singing along to songs on the radio to which she only knows half the lyrics. Sending me care packages of fudge, seeds, aprons and pearls. Calmly taking my various panicked calls about the pie, custard or turkey.

It's a well known fact that all moms love muffins. Breakfast is the traditional celebratory meal for mother's day so I combined the sweetness of turbinado sugar, the enticing scent of cinnamon and the adorable tartness of cottage cheese to make this mother's day special.

I love you mom! These muffins are for you.













Cinnamon Cottage Cheese Muffins

Makes about 30 muffins.

Source: My imagination.

1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
2 cup flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 cup plain cottage cheese
2 tbsp turbinado sugar









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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and position a rack in the center. Line your muffin tins with baking cups and set them aside.

In a large bowl lightly blend the egg, milk and oil. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients along with the cottage cheese until it's just mixed.






































Divide the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling each cup 3/4 of the way and sprinkle turbinado sugar over the tops of each. Bake them for about 15 minutes until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into each comes out clean. Transfer them to a cooling rack and enjoy!







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  1. What a sweet post!! As a mom, I know that this post will mean a lot to yours.

    Happy Mother’s Day, Mama Polka Dot!! xoxo

  2. This post was so sweet…really in tune with you! And, of course, I love these muffins! The use of cottage cheese is really cool! I never bake with it. I must try.

  3. How sweet! I know my mom would love these and me, too, even though I’m not a mom. :-)

  4. Lovely Mom’s Day post. Its nice to know my mom wasn’t the only one drawing critters on my bandaids :) Thanks for sharing these great muffins!

  5. Okay, my eyes are leaking. On this mother’s day eve the miles loom wide between us. Although we speak almost daily on the phone or converse via cyberspace, Edmonton and Belleville are half a country apart and I miss you so much. I am deeply touched by your post. A Mom could not ask for a more loving and thoughtful daughter.

    Thank you sweetie. I love you so much.

    Mom

  6. Such a nice tribute to your dear mom! I don’t think I’ve ever seen muffins with cottage cheese, but the sure look wonderful~

  7. This is so sweet, thoughtful and true:)) Wonderful muffins and happy mother’s day to your mommy!

  8. Hi Lindsey, this is such a cute post and such a beautiful photo! I have a tear in my eye reading the message from your mom. What a lovely way to say “Mom I Love You!”

  9. Excellent imagination, great muffin and its butter-free as well:)

  10. Such a sweet post! And what a great recipe-I think I have all the ingredients already on hand! Gorgeous photos too.

  11. Awwww I love this post – It’s so sweet! Lindsey, your mom must be so proud!

  12. This sounds like a really interesting recipe. I have never baked with cottage cheese, but I’m interested in trying your muffins now. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  13. What a lovely post. Your mom is lucky to have you and it sounds like you are lucky to have her! The muffins look delicious too. I love just about anything when it’s topped with turbinado sugar.

  14. What a cute post, these look really good! I bet they taste even better too!!

  15. I competely agree with you. You never appreciate them until you grow up. Now, like you, we bake cupcakes for them. Love the pink cupcake polka dot liners!

  16. Can’t wait to try them…so, your Mom is an artist too–how cool is that!

  17. I am going through some of the stages you mentioned with my girls now. I don’t cook much with cottage cheese so I am looking forward to trying your muffins.

  18. cottage cheese and cinnamon…hmmm

  19. awww this post def made me smile ;) cant wait to try this!

  20. Just made these and they were fantastic! Very moist! My husband hates cottage cheese and he ate 3!! Thanks for the recipe!! What is the best way to store these? Can you freeze them?

    • I’m so glad you and your husband liked them, Cindy! I’m sure you could freeze them without much trouble at all. I stored mine in the fridge and zapped them for a few seconds in the microwave before eating them. Enjoy!


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