Tuesday, September 21, 2010

TWD: Coffee Break Muffins


Can you believe that there are only a couple recipes that I've made over and over from this book? We've been so busy, the last (gulp) 33 months baking them that only a few have jumped from the one night stand to a long term relationship. (Yes, I anthropomorphize my baked goods. I do it with molecules in chemistry too - try it, it makes organic chemistry much more fun.) The cream scones are my go-to scone recipe, the cranberry upside-downer is perfect for Thanksgiving, world peace cookies (in all their variations) are always amazing. And these coffee muffins - oh, these coffee muffins. I have made these at least a dozen times, always sharing them, always amazing people with them. And little do they know, the reason I made them the first time? I was out of milk and wanted muffins!


In fact, when I opened the book to the page for this recipe, the fiance happened to walk into the kitchen at the same time. He looked over and just started laughing - there were drops of batter, smears of butter, a dusting of flour. All over the page. Think I liked these muffins? You have no idea. I tweak them the teensiest bit each time I make them - the first time was as-written, but then I went on a spree of combining the original recipe with the one on the opposing page - carrot spice muffins. Lest you think those don't go together, I shared them with coworkers. They loved them. Most times though, I do what I did this last time - I up the spices, tripling or quadrupling them. It gives a wonderfully complex spiced coffee muffin.


These, too, went in to school (I just wrote work - obviously, I haven't been in grad school long enough to get out of that habit!). While I shared the peanut butter criss crosses with classmates, these went in to our office area. And I don't think I have to tell you - they were quite well received.


Last Week: Raspberry Upside-Downer
Next Week: Tarte Fine

13 comments:

Tia said...

super cute little gems!

Cakelaw said...

Glad these are favourite in your house! They look great.

Clivia said...

Somehow this recipe was hidden from me all this time. I'm newly in love. Yours look delicious!

Pamela said...

What a bunch of beauties!

Bridget said...

Oooh, the pure coffee version is so...coffee-colored! Now I really want those. I can't believe I'm sort regreting addingn chocolate to something.

Jess said...

I think I'll be making these again and again, too. Yours look great.

tiina said...

Oh my, you had me at the title. Sounds like the perfect flavors to me!

Rhiani said...

I'm glad you had another opportunity to make an old favorite!

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

i'll be making these again and again. your high praises gave me the kick in the pants that i needed to get off the ledge and make these. and i'm SO glad i did. definite winner. and a multiple repeat. i'm making these again next week ;)

Flourchild said...

Wow I can tell you love these muffins..I made them for the first time with Chai tea but I must try the coffee version! I love those pages on my recipe book that are messy with over use! Im glad you have found a winner muffin you enjoy! They look incredible!!

TeaLady said...

AW! too bad you didn't like these - NOT!! Have you tried them with cocoa powder. So good.

Judy said...

I think this recipe was hiding from me. I love the coffee flavor and like having the choice of adding extras in, or not. Yours have such a lovely coffee color.

Kayte said...

So, did you like these? LOL. I told everyone on my blog you would! You are the coffee guru! These look lovely.