Monday, February 28, 2011

Recipe Monday: Cinnamon Sugar Muffins - YUM!

This recipe was created by one of our Innkeepers, the beautiful and talented Dominique. She works at both of our Inns - the Inn at Playa del Rey and our sister property, Channel Road Inn.

Domi says, "Make sure you wait until these muffins have cooled completely before dipping in the butter mixture and sugar. Otherwise the muffins will fall apart."

I say, "Make sure you put one of these aside for yourself before serving to others, otherwise you'll never see them again!"

Cinnamon Sugar “Donut” Muffins

1 egg
½ cup low-fat milk
6 T. butter - softened
1 ½ cups + 2 T flour
¾ cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. nutmeg

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter – melted
¾ tsp. vanilla
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
¾ cup sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients; add to wet ingredients until fully combined. Add milk and mix until incorporated.

Grease a 12 muffin tin, and fill each cup about halfway with batter. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or just until browned. Let cool completely.

For topping: In one bowl combine melted butter and vanilla. In another bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar.

Dip cooled muffin in butter/vanilla, then roll in cinnamon sugar.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday's Recipe Corner

Every Monday, we'll be featuring a different recipe that we have served at the Inn the week before. We enjoy trying new things, and the women who work here often come up with their own recipes or additions to an existing recipe. You can always email us with your favorite recipe or a suggestion on what you'd like to see us make. Our email address is - we'd love to hear what you think!

Today's recipe is for our magnificent Brunch Muffins. They are moist and delicious and are best served warm. Add one cup of dried or fresh fruit to make this one a real standout!

Brunch Muffins

Preheat oven to 400*
Coat a 12-cup Muffin Pan with cooking spray

1 cup chopped fresh fruit
1/3 cup plus ¼ cup sugar, divided
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter
¾ cup orange juice
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Preheat oven to 400*. Lightly grease 12 standard muffin pan cups or line with paper baking cups.
2. Combine fruit and 1 tablespoon sugar in small bowl. Blend flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Cut in ½ cup butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in orange juice, egg and vanilla just until ingredients are moistened. Fold in fruit mixture; spoon batter into prepared pan.
3. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan. Dip tops of muffins in melted butter; sprinkle with remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar. Serve warm.

For more wonderful recipes visit the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns website.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Great Backyard Bird Count -- Feb 18-21

This weekend across the nation birders will participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Good news is anyone can participate. It takes as little as 15 minutes or as long as you like each day of the event. And if you don't have birds in your own backyard, come visit ours. Grab binoculars and head out to the Ballona Freshwater Marsh with your tally sheet and start counting our feathered friends!

For more information and a tally sheet visit the Great Backyard Bird Count website.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snomageddon! Blizzaster! Thunder-snow! Great White! - There's a Blizzard in the Midwest!

It sounds like things are pretty rough out there... For travellers stranded in Los Angeles, the Inn at Playa del Rey currently has rooms available through the weekend. Please call us at 310-574-1920 - we can get you into a great room at a reasonable price, and we will waive our customary 48 hour cancellation. The Inn is located less than 3 miles form LAX.

Enjoy our breakfast on your patio overlooking the peaceful wetlands, ride your bike on the bike path along the beach or snuggle up in front of the fireplace. Best of all, there's no Snownageddon!