Exactly Like That But Without the Wings

In an old Russian movie, a man is shopping for a birthday present. He can’t find anything suitable – no wonder, under the communist regime, there was nothing suitable in the stores, since all the good stuff was sold out of the back door for several times the official price. Exhausted and frustrated, he wanders into a consignment  shop. Suddenly he spots a beautiful antique figurine of a Greek victory goddess Nike, complete with glorious wings. He requests to see it, he turns it around, examines it from all angles, and finally asks the clerk, “Would you happen to have another one like that but without the wings?”

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I recalled this episode when I read a scrumptious recipe by Carol of https://cookingforthetimechallenged.wordpress.com. Carol is a wonderful person, an amazing parent, and an incredibly creative cook. I wanted to bake her cinnamon muffins right away, but there was one important change I absolutely had to make – chocolate! My Own Rules of Dessert clearly state: It’s not a dessert if it’s not chocolate!

So I took Carol’s recipe and knocked the wings off: used xylitol instead of sugar and soy milk instead of regular milk, and I made chocolate frosting instead of cinnamon glaze. Here is the original recipe, and please come back for my chocolate frosting recipe, if you are interested.

Carol’s Cinnamon Muffins

For some reason, Raizel has been obsessed with cinnamon. My niece, “Yo-Yo” (this is short for Yocheved) gave me a great recipe for Cinnamon Pull Apart Buns when we went to visit my sister 2 weeks ago for Chanukah.

I have to share how much my niece, Yo-Yo is growing up to be a delightful young woman. Similar to my sister, Raizel, Yo-Yo has developed a passion for baking. The 2 of us enjoyed reading and discussing various cookbooks and recipes. She is truly my sister’s daughter.

However, since I am time challenged, I decided to experiment with this faster Cinnamon Muffin recipe instead. Hopefully, it will satisfy Raizel’s craving for cinnamon. If not, stay tuned for Yo-Yo’s Cinnamon Pull Apart Buns.

Continue to the original post.

Chocolate Frosting

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cup softened Smart Balance or butter substitute of your choice
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cups xylitol
  • 1/2 cup soy milk or milk substitute of your choice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

PROCEDURE

Cream Smart Balance with xylitol, add the rest of ingredients.

Enjoy!

 

 

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38 Comments Add yours

  1. simonjkyte says:

    what was the film?

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    1. I wish I could remember the name of it; it was more than 40 years ago…

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      1. simonjkyte says:

        hmmm soviet cinema was at a peak

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      2. Definitely. It was a comedy, and I think it was Yuri Yakovlev in the lead, but my husband thinks it was Andrei Mironov. I’ll find out and let you know.

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  2. [ Smiles ] Hey, you will have to veganize that for me.

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    1. That’s easy! Use egg substitute. Sorry, I just found your comment!

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  3. Such a funny story!
    Chocolate and cinnamon go so well together, so I’m sure the result was very tasty. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Ronit, it was – gobbled up, that is! Especially with those monster blackberries on top.

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  4. I say that you are the creative one. You have taken a simple muffin to a whole new level. This even looks beautiful! I love the frosting and the blackberry. Yum!

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    1. Thank you, but it was your recipe to begin with, so the credit goes to you!

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      1. Great minds think alike?😉

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  5. Thanks for sharing, love muffins and will have some sort of muffin in the house at qny given moment.
    Oh, do you know the muffin man / lady???

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  6. The muffin lady…. I am a muffin-holic, so the muffin lady 😉😉, you the funky cat 😻😻

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    1. I see. I am a chocoholic funky cat, then.

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  7. You left me in suspense! Did the shopkeeper have one without wings?

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    1. Hi Mel, it’s Nike – she doesn’t exist without wings!

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      1. Otherwise what would Michael Jordan do?!

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      2. Perfect illustration!

        Must be the engineer in me. I connected with the character’s mindset (and yours) right away , I thought, “there must be a way we can improve on this perfection?” (smile)

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  8. Clever anecdote to introduce the changes in the recipe. I usually take the wings off too — and did, even before I started eating Gluten Free. That’s half the fun of cooking.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  9. Love this.
    Saw Carol’s recipe a while ago.. You’re both amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much, but all the credit goes to Carol!

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  10. Jasmine S. says:

    Yum, Dolly!! I have to agree with your rules of Dessert!

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    1. Yay!! Chocolate rules!

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  11. Elizabeth says:

    Carol’s muffins looked great (although apparently not as good as Raizel’s buns) but chocolate! I hear angels singing! Darn! Now I’m going to have to make both!

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    1. Thank you! Chocolate rules!

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  12. Gilly says:

    Wow – I could actually eat that frosting because it is sugar free – Xylitol is the only sugar substitute that taste good to me. Will be trying this for sure. Thank you!

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    1. I feel the same about xylitol. Thank you for your kind comment – I am glad you like it!

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  13. Devorah, Dolly. You have brought us to your kitchen wanting more. Your rendition of these Cinnamon buns is to die for. We loved the intro about the man wanting the wings removed. Can’t wait to try another recipe but not until I finish the last bun on the plate.

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    1. Dear Tom and Audrey, thank you so much for your kind words! If you have made these little treats, I hope Emma also got some!

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      1. Emma got a nibble, lol

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      2. Good – I was worried!

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