Monday, 31 October 2011

Marble Streusel Muffins

Welcome to the first installment in Baker Street's Muffin Monday holiday series! I suppose this just means the muffins get more and more decadent from this point onward? An excellent start, then, with this Marble Streusel Muffin.

This week's recipe looked perfect just how it was. I didn't want to change anything. A batter made of two parts chocolate, one part cream cheese, all swirled together and then topped with a chocolate chip streusel? This  muffin sounded like a treat for the eyes as well as the tastebuds.

I really wanted to know what they tasted like, especially after learning that cream cheese was getting involved.  [Heavens part. Enter heavenly choir.]



A beautiful, bright morning for muffins.
 
  


Jasmine of CookThatBook outed she and myself as cream cheese fanatics a couple of Mondays ago, so I know she was as happy to see this recipe as I was! I also know Anuradha keeps us company in the addicts club, and I suspect Elena does, too. Anyone else going to come forward? Hmm? We're all friends here.

In any case, I am happy to report that this muffin is the perfect balance between muffin and cupcake: Sweet, but not too sweet. A treat without feeling like you're completely over-indulging. Just perfect.


Marble Streusel Muffins
from Recipe Digest

Ingredients

Streusel:
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Muffins:
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
110 g cream cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil (I didn't have any, so I used coconut oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method
Streusel:
- Combine the sugar, cinnamon and flour.
- Add the butter and work it with your finger tips until the mixture is crumbly and then stir in the chocolate chips.

Muffins:
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Line a 12 pan muffin tin.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
- Remove half a cup of the flour mixture and set aside.
- Add cocoa powder in the remaining (first) mixture.
- Beat cream cheese, 1 egg and the reserved 1/2 cup of flour.
- In a third bowl, combine the egg, water, vanilla extract and oil.
- Add it to the cocoa mixture. Gently mix until incorporated.
- Spoon the batters side by side equally in the muffin cups. (I swirled the batter around a little with a knife.)
- Sprinkle the streusel on top and bake for 20 - 25 mins.



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11 comments:

  1. wow i'm so envious with how amazing your muffins came out! mine almost rose too much and spewed out everywhere and my streusel was really gloppy rather than crumbly, but it still tasted great :) i just want to take a bite out of the screen these muffins look so good!

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  2. Weren't these muffins fantastic?! Definitely one of my new favourites ;) Ya think it has anything to do with the cream cheese?!?!

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  3. Loving the new banner!

    The one thing my pantry never runs out of is cream cheese! Lol. I know that just sounds wrong. Glad to know that elena is joining us too!

    These muffins are magical! I just love everything about it!

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  4. Perfect muffins, Aimee, in looks and taste. There's nothing not to like with these!

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  5. Oh yeah, cream cheese come to mama:) These were great:) Maybe the reason I ended up with less 'white' batter was because I kept 'tasting' it before filling the muffin cups to see if there's enough cream cheese:))) Oh and I second A. - love the new banner!

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  6. Love the close up of the inner crumb...Looks amazing!

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  7. Beautiful dome muffins! I do like how they're not overly dense... I think she's easing us into this holiday series gently.

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  8. Your photos certainly show off the lovely texture of this muffin. Great choice for the holiday series kick-off.

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  9. I love your muffins ! This was such a great recipe! Glad to have baked with you today! Happy Halloween!

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  10. I love it when muffins are made of different layers, make it all together more interessting.

    Wish I ad an oven though.... =/

    I d like some with my tea pls!! =)

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  11. these are gorgeous muffins! they look great! lovely photos as well!

    glad to be baking with you again!

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