Monday, August 20, 2012

Salted Caramel Macchiato Muffins for Muffin Monday


Every morning of every day, the first thing that passes my lips is a hot cup of coffee, with two teaspoons of creamer and one teaspoon of sugar.   When I have time to linger over it, I love nothing more than to hold that cup lovingly near my nose and inhale its delicious aroma.  Is there anything more delightful than to wake up to the smell of coffee brewing in the kitchen or even over a camp stove, while you stretch languidly in bed?  I think not.  (Unless it is the smell of bacon frying in the same situation.  But that is a whole other post.)

I give you a coffee haiku.

Precious elixir
My good reason for rising
Coffee, always.  Yes!

This week’s Muffin Monday original recipe was for a cappuccino muffin with semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Which could already have been perfect.  But we all know that I can’t leave well enough alone.  What would take this muffin to the next level of perfection?  The addition of salted caramel sauce, of course.  Best of all, you can’t spill this and burn yourself as you travel to work on a busy train or bus or car.   Think of it as your morning coffee made more user friendly.  And delicious.  You are welcome.  (And don’t even get me started about how great these smell while they are baking!  I feel another haiku coming on.)

Ingredients
2 cups or 250g flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup or 170g vanilla sugar (or sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
1 cup or 240ml milk
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1/2 cup or 115g butter, melted and cooled
1 egg
3 1/2 oz or 100g semi sweet chocolate chips
1/8-1/4 cup or 30-60ml salted caramel sauce - store bought or from this recipe at Baked Bree.  Which is what I used.  (Make the whole batch.  You won’t regret it.  This stuff is great on everything, if you can stop yourself from eating it straight out of the jar with a spoon.)

Method
Preheat oven to 375°F or 190°C.  Lightly grease 12 muffin cups or line with muffin papers.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of your flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  


Mix your milk, egg, and coffee granules together.  Stir until coffee is dissolved.  (Don't forget the teaspoon of vanilla extract if you don't have vanilla sugar.)




Add in the melted butter.  Mix well.


Pour coffee mixture into your dry ingredients and stir until just combined.



Fold in the chocolate chips being careful not to over mix.



Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.



Spoon on about half a teaspoon of the caramel sauce for each muffin and swirl with a pointy knife or a toothpick.



Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.  Let cool five minutes in the muffin pan then place on cooling rack.



 When completely cool, drizzle with extra caramel sauce. 



Enjoy!

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10 comments :

  1. I absolutely adore the combination of coffee and caramel! Your muffins look amazing! Happy Muffin Monday! :)

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  2. Thanks, Anuradha! Happy Muffin Monday to you too!

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  3. Elizabeth @Mango_QueenAugust 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    I love caramel macchiato on any ordinary day, but on muffins? Whoa! I nearly died reading this post & staring at the gorgeous photos. Must make this! Thanks for sharing & the kind blog-visit!

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  4. Thank you, Elizabeth! Your cheesy burgers would be my usual choice because I don't eat many sweets but these were special. I think it is the combination of coffee and the salted caramel, which i adore.

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  5. OMG - or, as my boys would say these days 'ermahgerd!' (don't ask. Just don't.) I will have to try these asap -I head back to school tomorrow for inservice week and there's usually a certain amount of food coming into our department meetings. My colleagues (all German) are always mentioning how much they like 'American Cooking' - perhaps I'll tell them this one's Egyptian...; )

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  6. Best of luck in the new school year! (And keeping dry.) The blogger in charge of choosing the weekly muffin actually lives in Mumbai, so these guys are transcontinental. There are no borders with the internets. :) I think you will be very popular if you bring in muffins though and that is always a good way to start a new school year.

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  7. Just had to come back and let you know I made this recipe tonight (to take to a work meeting on Monday) and am now having to hide the muffins from DH and Son#2 in order to ensure there will be any left for Monday....I know people say this all the time, but they are to die for! Tomorrow's project is the pecan/maple syrup bundt cake (Nigella's, I think)...thanks!

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  8. I am so glad to hear that! You have made my day. [doing happy dance] Let me know how the Bundt cake goes!

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  9. Yeah, it was pretty awesome. : ) Thank you !

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