2/3 cup solid vegetable shortening (such as Crisco), cold and cut into 4 pieces
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs, well beaten
1 cup butterscotch baking chips
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Position oven rack in center of the oven. Line muffin
tins with papers or grease and flour muffin tins.
In a large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar until no lumps remain. Add shortening
and cover with the flour/sugar mixture. Use a pastry blender or your fingertips
to gently combine until the mix resembles coarse bread crumbs. (This may also be
done in the food processor using a few short pulses of power. Do not let it run
or the shortening will melt.)
Reserve 1/2 cup of the flour/sugar mixture and set aside to use as the crumb
To the remaining flour/sugar mixture, add baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon,
nutmeg, and salt. Using a fork, combine well. Add buttermilk and beaten eggs. Using
a large spoon, mix briskly until thick and batter takes on a sheen. Fold in butterscotch
Fill muffin tins 2/3 full. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of reserved crumb topping
mixture over the top of each muffin. Gently tamp down topping into batter.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until tests done with a wooden pick.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Yield: about 16 large muffins or 60 mini-muffins
For mini-muffins: Do not add butterscotch chips to batter before filling mini-muffin
cups. Instead, fill cups 2/3 full, then gently press 3 butterscotch chips into each
mini-muffin before adding crumb topping. Bake for about 14 minutes until edges are