Honest recipes for muffins from leavened and unleavened dough

Muffins or muffins are not only a Mardi Gras treat, just like donuts are.

They find use as a main course or as a dense dessert after lunch.

We can find several types of these flours.

But we will imagine the most famous and popular recipes for muffins.

The best Bavarian pancakes

One of the best sourdough specialties. These are Bavarian jam buns.


  • 500 g semi-coarse flour
  • a cup of milk
  • 25 g of yeast
  • 25 g of butter
  • 1 spoon of sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • pinch of salt

To decorate the muffins:

  • a glass of plum jam
  • cottage cheese/cream


  1. Add sugar to the milk and crumble the yeast.
  2. Leave to rise in a warm place.
  3. Add a teaspoon of salt to the flour, mix and add the dissolved yeast.
  4. Add the yolk and melted butter. We will make the dough so that it is flexible.
  5. Let it rise under a towel for another hour.
  6. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 2 cm and cut out circles.
  7. In addition to the classic round shape, we can also use other shapes for unfilled pastry dough and join several of them together or process the dough by hand into different rolls, which we can also interweave.
  8. Let the shapes rise on the table for about 10 minutes and then fry them in oil on both sides with the lid closed.
  9. Decorate the buns with a dollop of jam and a cottage cheese cap.
Try this recipe for Bavarian Jam Muffins.

Savory muffins with poppy seeds

However, we must also mention the salty version of poppy seed muffins, which are very popular.


  • 7 and ½ cup bread flour
  • 5 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 3 cups of water

To fill:

  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 large onion
  • poppy seeds for sprinkling
  • egg for brushing


  • Pour flour into a bowl, add salt, pour lukewarm water and add dried yeast and a teaspoon of sugar.
  • Then we thoroughly work out a dense dough, which we leave to rise in a warm place for at least an hour.
  • Then we roll the dough into a pancake, cut out circles using a glass, flatten the centers of the muffins, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise again for at least half an hour.
  • Cut the onion into cubes and fry.
  • Then brush the muffins with a beaten egg, put a fried onion in the wells and cover everything with poppy seeds.
  • Bake the muffins at 230 °C.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes.
Recipe for poppy seed muffins.

Vlčnovské buns from the oven

You can also try the recipe for muffins, which can also be prepared according to the original recipe baked in the oven.


  • 300 g plain flour
  • 50 g of yeast
  • 50 ml of milk
  • 50 g of sugar
  • a cup of sweet cream
  • 30 g lard
  • 3 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla sugar
  • a teaspoon of rum
  • about 50 g of butter for spreading
  • 250 g of butter for the fat dough
  • 100 g plain flour for fat dough


  1. Crumble the yeast into the lukewarm milk, add a teaspoon of sugar, three tablespoons of flour, mix and let it rise, covered. In the meantime, we will prepare the fat dough.
  2. Mix softened butter with flour, knead thoroughly by hand and leave to cool.
  3. Put flour in a bowl, add yeast, sugar, cream, melted fat, egg yolks, salt, vanilla sugar, rum and make a smooth, elastic dough. We work it well and let it rise in a warm place for another hour.
  4. Roll out the risen dough into a square.
  5. We also roll out the fat dough – half the size of the yeast dough.
  6. Put half of the leavened dough on the fat dough, fold the other over and roll out the dough.
  7. Then fold the combined dough into thirds and let it rise covered. Roll out and fold into thirds 2 more times.
  8. Divide the dough prepared in this way into thirds. We gradually roll each part into a thin layer.
  9. Divide into palm-sized squares and place a ball of cottage cheese in each. Wrap the balls well and place them seam side down.
  10. We make a hole with our finger, which we fill with jam, put a crumb on top.
  11. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes at 250 °C.
  12. Then, while it’s still hot, brush it with butter.
  13. We prepare the fried version without crumbs and fry in oil on both sides until golden, finally sugar with powdered sugar.
Excellent deep-fried Vlčnov muffins.

Do you like pastries with jam in general? Try the recipe for our epiphany cakes .

Grandma’s Best Yeast Muffins

Looking for a muffin recipe that works every time? We have a great tip. Proven hospitality for every visit.


  • 500 g of flour
  • ½ packet of fresh yeast
  • 200 ml of lukewarm milk
  • 50 g of butter
  • 50 g of sugar
  • salt
  • 2 eggs
  • sugar for coating
  • frying oil


  • Pour flour into a bowl, make a hole in it and sprinkle yeast, a teaspoon of sugar and pour a little warm milk into the hole.
  • Cover and let the yeast rise.
  • After 10 minutes, add the melted butter, the rest of the sugar, milk, egg and a pinch of salt.
  • Knead everything thoroughly, cover the dough again and let it rise in a warm place for another 30 minutes.
  • Then we make a roll from the dough and divide it into 12 pieces.
  • We make a ball from each piece, which we flatten so that the pancake is the thinnest in the middle.
  • Place the muffins on a floured roll, cover again with a tea towel and leave to rise for another 10 minutes.
  • Then fry the muffins in a sufficient amount of hot fat on both sides for about 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
Yeasted buns are great especially with jam and cottage cheese

Unleavened yogurt muffins

Don’t have time to wait for the dough to rise? We have an alternative for you, which are fried muffins without leavening.


  • 1 and ½ cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 vanilla sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 spoons of sugar
  • frying oil

To serve:

  • sour cream
  • fruit


  • Mix eggs with sugar and vanilla sugar, add yogurt and mix.
  • Add flour mixed with baking powder.
  • We make muffins from the thicker dough in the lower layer of heated oil, which we fry until golden brown on each side for about a minute.
  • Served with sour cream and favorite fruit.
Yogurt pancakes with sour cream and fruit.

Also try the homemade yogurt muffins. It can be made very easily. If you’re interested in more, see how we tested yogurt makers .

Homemade potato muffins

Have you ever tried potato dough muffins? They are certainly denser, but also more nutritious.


  • 200 g semi-coarse flour
  • 150 g of potatoes boiled in their skins
  • 1 spoon of sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ fresh yeast
  • 1 dl of milk
  • jam


  • Crumble the yeast into the lukewarm milk, add a teaspoon of sugar and let the yeast rise.
  • Put the flour in a bowl, grate the potatoes, add salt, the rest of the sugar, eggs and add the leavened yeast.
  • We make the dough and let it rise for about an hour.
  • We then roll it out on a floured roll and cut out circles, which we flatten in the middle.
  • Fry in hot fat until golden on each side.
  • We serve it with marmalade, but we can also add cottage cheese, whipped cream or sour cream.
Homemade potato pancakes.

You can also appreciate recipes for sweet fritters . There are leavened and unleavened options to choose from.

Why are muffins actually called muffins? Perhaps this was caused by the creation of a hole in the middle of the dough. It is there on purpose to make the center easier to bake and at the same time to keep the filling in place.

Unlike doughnuts, the buns are not filled, but the filling is placed on top of them. This traditionally includes cottage cheese, jam, but also sour cream, whipped cream, marmalade, or even honey and cinnamon.

The dough is typically leavened, but today it has also seen simpler variations, where baking powder or baking soda can be used. You will get similar processing in a fraction of the time.

Although nowadays recipes for muffins are fried, according to our grandmothers they were baked on the griddle.

And which of the recipes appealed to you the most? How did you do it? Share your experience with us in the comments.

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