12 May 2009


I have been making alot of muffins lately. 10 dozen in 1 week to be exact. Jeff and I pyschoanalyzed the recent muffin making and discovered nothing to really worry about. Being a Grey's Anatomy fan, I was concerned that Izzie made muffins after Denny died, so I thought it might be a foreboding sign. I think it has more to do with the fact that I am juggling lots of open projects and it is nice to be able to actually start and finish something. I like to check things of to do lists. I like closure.
Here are my muffin recipe recommendations should you decide to bake in the near future.

1. Cappuccino Muffins Recipe #4156 (Recipezaar.com)
Makes 14 muffins

4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups all-purpose flour (I used half whole wheat, half white flour with no taster complaints)
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

In a food processor (or using a hand mixer), combine the spread ingredients, cover and process until well blended.
Cover and refrigerate until serving.
For the muffins: In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, stir milk and coffee granules until coffee is dissolved.
Add butter, egg and vanilla; mix well.
Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
Bake at 375°F for 17-20 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Serve with espresso spread.

2. Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins (Grouprecipes.com)
Makes 24 muffins

1 C butter
1 C sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk (can use milk with 1/2 tsp vinager)
2 mashed ripe bananas
1 C oatmeal
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp soda
2 C all purpose flour
1 C chocolate chips (I use 1/2 milk & 1/2 semi-sweet)

In mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla, and mix well.
Add milk and bananas and blend together.
Add oatmeal, salt, soda, and flour until well blended
stir in chips
grease 24 med size muffin cups and fill 2/3 way full
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Let cool for at least 15 min before serving

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