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Andrew’s coffee and cinnamon muffins

 

So the lovely boyfriend made these http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/23841/coffee-muffins.aspx they certainly are a lot less sickly than mine!

They were really easy to make although the oil gives it an odd texture, I think I prefer using butter in cakes etc but im guessing thats what separates it from just cakes, im not sure. what do you think? What separates a cake from a muffin in your opinion? Also trying to work out what tea goes well with these, I seem to be on a chai fix recently so keep wanting to put it with everything.  The cinnamon black tea I have may be a good call with even more cinnamon what can go wrong? 😀

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Ingredients

Makes: 15 muffins
    • 250g plain flour
    • 75g caster sugar
    • 75g dark brown soft sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 egg
    • 225ml milk
    • 110ml vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Preparation method

  • Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 23 mins | Extra time: 5 mins, cooling
    1.
    Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Grease a muffin tin, or line with paper cases.
    2.
    In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking powder, coffee granules, cinnamon and salt.
    3.
    In another bowl, combine the egg, milk, oil and vanilla. Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture until just moistened – do not overmix! Fill prepared muffin cups 3/4 full.
    4.
    Bake for 22-24 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from tin to wire racks.
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 225ml milk
  • 110ml vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Dark chocolate bacon muffins

 

My friend Rosie created a facebook group about baking with a different challenge every week which all the members of the group get to vote on.  This week was muffins.

So I made Dark chocolate bacon muffins this evening. I also had a great cup of Chai with one, really adds to the flavour, the chai from Tea Palace is great, especially if you add a bit of extra cinnamon.

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I used the following recipe from the bbc food page http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/dark_chocolate_bacon_85665

The thing I realised is that its a really odd texture when eating them and they will certainly be better with frosting im sure.  Andrew is also about to make some coffee muffins which is rather cute 🙂 im hoping he doesn’t do what I did and put too much mixture into the muffin cases.  Other than that they are generally pretty good.

Ingredients

For the buttercream icing

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Crumble two-thirds of the grilled pancetta onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and cover with the melted chocolate. Allow to set before chopping into bacon chocolate chips.
  3. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and mix well.
  4. In another bowl beat the eggs, coffee, soured cream and vegetable oil until well combined, and stir this into the dry ingredients. Stir in the bacon chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon the mixture into about 20 muffin cases, bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. For the buttercream icing, whisk together the butter and icing sugar. Fold in the melted chocolate.
  7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool before piping the icing onto the cupcakes. Top with the remaining bacon pieces and a sprinkling of sea salt.