Cappuccino Muffins

IMG_4212Farmers Markets are a mainstay in most rural communities.  The variety of product is amazing.  Thetis has had markets for the past 12 or so years, moving between the marinas, and change with the artisans and producers that attend them.  Our community hall is going to play host to Summer Community Fairs this year.  The same group of volunteers that puts on lunches through the winter months is going to take charge of the kitchen and serve up coffee, teas and home baking.

Not sure how it happened, but I’m looking after the kitchen tomorrow morning for opening day.  I’ve made these for morning events for several years now.  They’re a nice change from fruit and earnest muffins.  Sometimes it’s nice to have something a little different.

They get their coffee hit from espresso powder, while the different chocolate bits make you think a barista has somehow made this latte type muffin for you. 

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Makes 12

Ingredients

2 c all-purpose flour

½ c sugar

1 T baking powder

2 t instant espresso coffee powder (or instant coffee)

½ t salt

1 t cinnamon

½ t nutmeg

1 c whole milk

½ c butter, melted and cooled

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 t vanilla extract

½ c dark chocolate pieces

¼ c white chocolate pieces

Topping: ¼ cup sugar, 1 t cinnamon, ¼ t nutmeg – mixed together in a small bowl.IMG_4200

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Line muffin tins with paper liners.

You probably know how to do this, I just liked the photo.

You probably know how to do this, I just liked the photo.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, espresso powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.IMG_4195

In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, egg, and vanilla until well combined.

Stir milk mixture into flour mixture only until combined. Do not over mix.IMG_4197

Fold in the chocolate pieces.IMG_4198

Spoon in to 12 muffin cups.  Try to keep the amount equal for each muffin.IMG_4199

Fill muffin cups ¾ full.

Sprinkle each muffin with about ½ t of the sugar mixture.

Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes.

Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to racks to cool.IMG_4204

These muffins freeze well. Be sure they are fully cooled before putting in a sealed food container that is appropriately sized.  Freeze within 6 hours of baking.  Let thaw in the sealed container at room temperature for several hours (or overnight) before serving.

 

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