Cinnamon-Sugar-Doughnut Muffins from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook (Review)

I collect vintage cookbooks, tablecloths, silverware, china. Most of the pieces were given to me by my grandmother and my mom. Some pieces were found in thrift stores. I was excited when I received The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook to see that most of the pictures were taken using vintage pieces. I guess they love it as much as I do.

Cheryl and Griffith Day founded Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia, in 2002. We have couple things in common, we enjoy scratch baking, we are self-taught bakers and we believe that baking is an art. They are nationality recognized and locally for their homespun decadent desserts and delicious rustic breads. 

To celebrate the bakery's tenth anniversary, the duo has written The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook: More Than 100 recipes From the Best Little Bakery In The South, filled with customers' favorite recipes. 

The book is divided into chapters like: Breakfast; Coffee Cakes, Quick Breads, and Sweet Yeast Breads; Cupcakes and Cakes; Pies, Cobblers, Crisps and Tarts; Puddings and Custards; Cookies; Brownies and Bars; Confections; and Savories.

Flipping thru the cookbook you will rave looking at the mouth-watering pictures. You will find in the cookbook recipes like Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs, Blueberry Muffins, Buttermilk Cornmeal Pancakes' Pecan-Chocolate-Espresso Coffee Cake,  Lovely Lemon Loaf, Chocolate Bread, Cinnamon Sticky Buns, Strawberry Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Heaven Cake, Brown Sugar Bundt Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, Bourbon Pecan Pie, Salted Caramel Apple Pie, Snickerdoodles, Creole Brownies, Caramel Popcorn Bars, Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Cobbler to name a few.

Being a collector of cookbooks The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is becoming one of my favorite's. This cookbook is a must have for bakers and since I've received it I have been drooling 
over it.

Since I was hosting the book club, last night, I could not resist but to bake the Cinnamon-Sugar-Doughnut Muffins. It was an instant hit. On top of that my two sons and their friends loved them. If you are craving an old-fashioned doughnut this is the recipe that you should bake first. The next time I make them I will increase the amount of nutmeg in the batter. To prepare the topping you dip the muffins into melted butter and then you dunk them in a mix of sugar-cinnamon. I added nutmeg to the topping mix and it was delicious. Instead of making large muffins I baked them in mini muffin pans, which are a perfect bite size, and we ended up with 36 mini Cinnamon-Sugar-Doughnut Muffins.

In the 'Savories' chapter I decided to try the Candied-Rosemary Pecans. I omitted the Rosemary from the recipe, just because I had none left in the house, and the pecans turned out pretty good. The pecans are mixed with maple syrup, butter, sugar, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, fleur de sel and rosemary and then baked. It is just the perfect combination of ingredients and the nuts are addictive. They will keep well for up to a week in a airtight container.

Whether you are a novice or an accomplished baker you will find in this cookbook exciting recipes that will make your family and friends happy.

''The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook'' is published in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Ltd 

Check out their trailer for the book: 

Cinnamon-Sugar-Doughnut Muffins
Adapted from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
For the muffins
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cup buttermilk
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
For the topping
4 Tbsps unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon & nutmeg to taste




  1. A lovely cookbook and wonderful muffins!



  2. I love vintage stuff, I have so many beautiful silver ware, gorgeous, I wish I can share it with you-) And I love old cooking books. I have Russian book from 1940..-)) Real rear thing!

  3. Très beaux tes ti muffins!!

    Ce livre de recettes contient plein de cochoncetés!! J'adore:))
    Existe-t-il en français?

  4. Esther je ne crois pas pour le moment. C'est dommage car c'est vraiment un bon livre pour les desserts et tu aimerais.

  5. how cute are they?!?! and this is a super tasty recipe--nice post, helene!

  6. These remind me of the doughnuts we used to get at the apple cider house. They are wonderful fresh from the oven and dipped in either cinnamon or sugar.

  7. I just read an article about them in a magazine I subscribe to. I thought their bakery was adorable. Those muffins look fantastic too!

  8. WOW, those look fantastic! As always, your photos are just lovely!

  9. These muffins look amazing! Beautiful pictures. Love it!

  10. What a charming trailer and what a fun book cover! I hadn't heard of this couple nor of their bakery until this post. I'll be looking for their book next time I'm in the city (where's there a book store!) The donut muffins look great as do the nuts.

  11. Looks like an exceptional cookbook! I've made muffins like that yummy! And your cashews look wonderful, too :)

  12. Si jamais tu le vois en français, fais-moi le savoir , il m'intéresse vraiment! Tu connais sûrement mon goût pour les desserts!! Hi!

  13. This is my kind of cookbook! We used to make these into simple sugar doughnuts growing up as kids . . . they are still wonderful to this day!

  14. Sounds like a great book and the muffins look delicious!

  15. What a great cookbook! The muffins look amazing.

  16. I've been to that bakery...really good stuff. Glad to see they have a cookbook now.

  17. I've been hearing about this cookbook - I need to own it! I love sugar doughnut muffins!

  18. Mmm! I wonder if these would work in my new little donut maker!

  19. Back in the day for sure; I remember making these often for my boys when they came in from school.

  20. Wow!!that so sweet.. The great cook book I was looking for.please keep posting such blogs....

  21. The lighting on those donuts is fantastic which really makes me wish I had one right now. The book sounds like a keeper and just thinking about your collection of old things has me wanting to visit a big flea market.

  22. The cookbook sounds really interesting!! Thanks for informing us about the same!

  23. I adore this cookbook. And may I say, your food and pictures look beautiful!


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