Saturday, June 5, 2010

Weekend Cooking: Cappuccino Chip Muffins

Weekend Cooking is a wonderful weekly meme hosted by Beth Fish.  It is a lot of fun and oftentimes motivational to get back into the kitchen and perform some culinary experiments.  Feel free to join if you would like!

A couple of weeks ago I regaled you with my adventures of Molly the Muffin Lady and I promised you some muffin recipes.  As I said in that post, I typically made three different muffin recipes each week, a double batch of each recipe, and baked mini-muffins as give away treats at my husband's bank or my weekly Bible Study.

Muffin recipes came from all sources: adapted quick bread recipes, a variety of cookbooks, and family favorites shared by friends and relatives.  Today's recipe came from a cookbook that I used a lot at this time in my life, Mostly Muffins by Barbara Albright and Leslie Weiner (copyright 1984).  I have used this book so much over the past two plus decades that it is literally falling apart.  Some of the recipes that I have made numerous times (usually with a little adaptation here or there) include:  Carrot Cake Muffins, Sweet Corn Muffins, and a delicious Cream Cheese Spread that goes well with any muffin, bagel, or toaster concoction.

Today's recipe is for Cappuccino Chip Muffins, although I am sure  you can eliminate the espresso powder and have a delicious Mini-Chocolate Chip Muffin as well.  These muffins are very versatile as you can easily serve them as a decadent breakfast treat, a delicious mid-afternoon tea snack, or even an after-dinner dessert when you just want something "a little sweet" to complete the meal.  I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I usually use a bit more)
  • 1 cup scalded milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (I think the secret is to use the mini chips!)
Directions:
  1. In a rather large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, espresso coffee powder, salt and cinnamon).  Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl blend together the milk, butter, egg, and vanilla.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients; add milk mixture and stir to just combined.
  4. Stir in mini-chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon into muffin tins (I used the mini-tins, but any size muffin tins should do fine)
  6. Bake in 375 degree oven for approximately 15 - 20 minutes (for regular size muffins; I think I typically baked the mini-muffins about 12 minutes or so).
  7. These muffins are great served warm or room temperature.
  8. They also freeze well.

15 comments:

  1. "I am sure you can eliminate the espresso powder" -- NO!!! LOL. These sound heavenly. I love coffee anything.

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  2. YUM! I'm definitely giving these a try. I bring in some sort of baked good to co-workers once a week, so this is going on my list!

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  3. Those certainly sound delicious. I may give them a try, though I have a very uneven track record with muffins. When they are good though, they are terrific!

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  4. Those certainly sound delicious. I may give them a try, though I have a very uneven track record with muffins. When they are good though, they are terrific!

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  5. These were my favorite growing up! Yum!!

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  6. This muffin book really appeals to me. I love muffins too. That cream cheese spread sounds good as does the carrot cake muffin. I'm going to search for this one.

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  7. Anything coffee-flavored would be a huge hit around here. YOu can be sure I'll give this a try!

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  8. This one sounds very yummy!!!!

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  9. Oh Yum, Molly! I may need to make these for work next week! One question? What is espresso powder and where do I find it?

    *smiles*

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  10. I found this weekend cooking meme through your blog. Thanks for the heads up.
    The muffins sound lovely.

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  11. sound good, even if I am not the biggest coffee fan. now those carrot cake muffins...

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  12. I want to try this recipe! I've seen instant coffee but not instant espresso. Do you have a specific brand that you use?

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  13. Your muffins sound lovely.

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  14. Hi, Molly!

    My mom and I tried this recipe on Monday and they only lasted about 30 hours! We sent some home with my grandparents, and I had a friend over who loved them.

    Great recipe!

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