6 slices cinnamon-swirl bread, crusts trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Heat oven to 375°F
Combine all French toast topping ingredients in medium bowl; set aside,.
Combine 1 cup milk, melted butter, 1 egg and maple flavoring in another medium bowl. Combine all remaining muffin ingredients in large bowl. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture just until mixed.
Spoon batter into greased 12-cup muffin pan. Spoon French toast topping evenly over batter; press down slightly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Immediately brush muffins with maple-flavored syrup. Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Sprinkle over glazed muffins. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Serve warm.
Serve these muffins warm with maple-flavored butter. Combine 1/2 cup butter, softened, with 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar and Va teaspoon maple flavoring in small bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Store covered in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.