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McKenna Peden's Spamkins recipe

NATIONAL SPAM® KID CHEF OF THE YEAR

GREAT AMERICAN SPAM® CHAMPIONSHIP

SPAMKINSTM BREAKFAST MUFFINS

(McKenna Peden, 9-year-old, blue ribbon winner from the Kentucky State Fair)

FOR BATTER:

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 (1/4-ounce) packages rapid rise yeast

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup warm milk

1/4 cup melted butter

1 egg

FOR TOPPING:

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (12-ounce) can SPAM® with Bacon, diced and sautéed in a small amount of butter

3 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

1/3 cup maple syrup, divided

Cooking Directions:

Lightly spray 18 standard-size muffins cups with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine all batter ingredients. Place about 1 tablespoon of the batter into each muffin cup. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Divide and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over each of the muffins. Arrange the SPAM® with Bacon over the batter (about 1 tablespoon in each muffin cup). In another bowl, combine the 3 eggs and 2 tablespoons of milk. Divide and pour the egg mixture over the batter (about 1 tablespoon in each muffin cup). Drizzle the muffins with syrup. Place muffin pans in a cold oven and set temperature to 350°F. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the egg mixture is set. Let muffins stand for 5 minutes in the cups. Remove muffins from cups and serve warm or at room temperature. If desired, serve with additional maple syrup for dipping. Makes 18 muffins.

--Grand prize winning recipe selected from 2008 state fairs

1. In the SPAM® National Championship youth division, nine-year-old McKenna Peden's recipe for SPAMKINSTM Breakfast Muffins came out on top. Over 300 youth entered recipes at fairs this year.

2. Locally, McKenna won a blue ribbon and a $150 cash award in the "Great American SPAM Championship" contest held at the Kentucky State Fair on Wednesday, August 20. McKenna's recipe took 1st place among 43 total entries.

3. McKenna's recipe was judged based on the following criteria: Taste (45%), Originality (30%) and Presentation (25%).

4. The third grader's SPAMKINSTM Breakfast Muffins are unique, tasty and kid-friendly, as in "easy-to-make-and-eat."

5. Peden starts with a French Toast-inspired batter made mainly with yeast and flour. She spoons this into muffin tins; sweetens things with a sugar and cinnamon layer, then adds the savory part: cubed sautéed SPAM® with Bacon. She completes each breakfast muffin with an egg mixture and a playful drizzle of syrup before baking. Her recipe is just 10 ingredients and about eight steps to completion. She "takes the cake" with this highly creative breakfast dish.

6. Peden named her recipe after the online "Webkinz" phenomenon (virtual pet care). She enjoys this activity as well as kitchen crafts. At the national level, the youngster's creative recipe was picked from first places at 40 different fairs across the country. For her grand prize, the clever cook wins a $2,000 cash prize from Hormel Foods and the "National SPAM® Kid Chef of the Year" title.

7. For more information about the upcoming SPAM recipe contest visit <http://www.spam.com> or <http://www.kystatefair.org>.

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