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Fruit-Filled French Breakfast Muffins

Fruit filled muffin by A Merry Recipe

I have been making French Breakfast Puffs for 50 years!!! A cinnamon-sugar coated muffin that became a family favorite; always made for birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas morning.

Could this classic muffin be improved just by adding a four fruit preserves filling? The answer is yes!

Fruity Filled French Breakfast Muffins
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Fruity Filled French Breakfast Muffins


Muffin Batter:

1/2 cup unsalted melted butter

1 cup buttermilk

2 large whole eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Sugar and Spice Filling

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon

3/4 cup melted salted butter

1 jar (13 oz) Bonne Maman Four Fruits Preserves or Cherry Preserves


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups with soft butter.

In bowl of a standing mixer, combine melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, and sugar. Beat on low 30 seconds. Scrape bowl with spatula

Add flour, baking powder, salt, soda, and nutmeg. Beat on low 30 seconds. Using a rubber spatula, scrape to the bottom of bowl, fold batter 5-6 times, or until just mixed. Evenly divide batter into prepared muffin cups, about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Allow muffins to cool 3-5 minutes then remove from pan and place on a cooling rack.

Pour melted butter into a shallow bowl. Combine sugar and spice in another shallow bowl. Dip muffins in butter, coating thoroughly, and then roll in sugar-spice mix. Place back on cooking rack.

Using a cylinder apple corer, melon baller, or knife scoop a hole in the top center of muffin to fill, about 1-inch wide and to within 1/4-inch of muffin bottom. Spoon preserves into center hole and serve muffins with a smile!

Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins | Total Time: 40 mins | Yield: 12 muffins


On my first attempt to incorporate Bonne Maman Preserves into this classic muffin, I made a fruity preserves swirl that baked in the batter. It was nice but I found the preserves hiding instead of being featured. When I took a bite I felt the need to slather more Bonne Maman Four Fruits Preserves over the muffin’s swirl. And then my culinary light went on, or perhaps my desire to eat more Bonne Maman Preserves! I made a four fruit preserves filled sugar ‘n spice muffin, hurray a perfect muffin to feature Bonne Maman four fruit preserves. I am eager to serve this dish at our next family gathering!


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