Tuesday, September 21, 2010

TWD - Coffee Break Muffins


Best muffins ever! Does anything else need to be said? Substituting a good strong cup of espresso for the liquid in this recipe is genius. Toss in some mini chocolate chips and the family comes running. I made a topping of whole rolled oats, brown sugar and butter to give the muffins a nice homey appeal. Perfect with a hot cup of tea.

I made them again this past weekend. I used my mini muffin pan and left out the chocolate chips. I dipped the tops into the mocha frosting I had left over from my Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts and added a candied peanut. I took these Espresso Bites to a dinner party and they were a hit.

Many thanks to Rhiani of Chocoholic Anonymous for choosing this recipe.

23 comments:

  1. Wow, both versions sound wonderful! I liked them plain, but I think I'll hop them up next time. Great job.

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  2. Ciao Clivia ! These muffins were wonderful but I have no words for the minis !!!!

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  3. I totally agree! I didn't think of frosting them but mocha would be amazing! I love your idea of topping them with a streusel.

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  4. I think that topping is the best idea. It looks great and I can taste it, just sitting here.

    This is a wonderful choice and I see how versatile, it can be.

    You made the second one like a cupcake, a delicious one.

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  5. What gorgeous, plump muffins! But I especially love the chocolate-dipped minis!

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  6. Awesome looking. Nice that you made them again in dessert form, too. Pretty flower shot!!

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  7. beautiful topping. It really adds to these muffins in appearance and taste i bet.
    I made mine into coffee cake with chopped chocolate bars on top! Tia @ Buttercreambarbie

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  8. Oh I love your topping! I tried an icing sugar glaze on one but it wasn't what it needed. I think you nailed it with something homey.

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  9. Oh wow - both toppings sound fantastic. These are right up there as "best muffins ever."

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  10. Omigosh...with frosting, that sounds wonderful.

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  11. Oh wow both versions are totally drool worthy!

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  12. Oh darn ...why didn't I think of adding oats! I love you muffins!!

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  13. Mmmmm thanks for the variations. Definitely interested in that. I am all over adding something to these simple little bites to razzle dazzle them
    Love the topping.... the oats. Great for breakfast right?
    AmyRuth

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  14. Those look fantastic, Clivia. Love the topping. These are definitely a repeat - often.

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  15. I love both your toppings, great work!

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  16. your crumble topping is exactly what would dress these babies up. i wish i would have thought of that when i was wracking my brain for a simple crumble topping. Doh!

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  17. love what you did w/this recipe! it definitely needed a good topping!

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  18. I like the idea of mini muffins for these. I haven't seen a blog yet with the plain version.

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  19. Wow, love the streusel topping and dipping them in chocolate--which is what I did. They both look great.

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  20. Did you inject the caramel into them like the baker you got the idea from? That really makes them a pastry, especially with the frosting, don't you think? We really have to figure out some kind of Fedex arrangement. I'm dyin down here from "look but can't taste".

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  21. Both versions/topping sound absolutely delicious! I wouldn't know which one to try first.

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  22. Streusel topping would make these even better than the original recipe (and they're really good to begin with). The mocha ones look terrific too; what a perfect little bite at a party.

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