I woke up last Saturday morning with a craving for some strong coffee and a muffin. I fumbled sleepily over to my cookbook collection and knew right away that Dorie would have something perfect for me to bake.
Muffins moistened with strongly brewed coffee and flavored with espresso powder? Yes please! I threw in a handful of chocolate chips to the batter and added a sprinkle of turbinado sugar to each muffin, which made for the perfect cozy Saturday morning treat.
p.s. These are the first food photos I've taken with my new 50mm/f1.4 lens (thanks for the best birthday present, Dad!). Hoping to take my photography to the next level...ready, set, go!
Coffee Chocolate Chip Muffins
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours
Makes 12 muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup strong coffee, cooled
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Turbinado sugar for topping (optional)
1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 400F. Butter or spray with nonstick baking spray a 12-cup muffin pan. Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, espresso powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the brown sugar, breaking up any lumps. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together coffee, melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract until well combined.
3. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients. With a whisk or rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend, adding chocolate chips at the last minute. Don't worry about being thorough, a few lumps are better than over-mixing the batter. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups and sprinkle each muffin with a bit of turbinado sugar, if using.
4. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from the pan.