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December 18, 2012

Mocha Muffins with Coffee Glaze

Mocha Muffins
I hate coffee. Yes, you heard it right. I’m a tea person and I just can’t stand the smell of strong brewing coffee at all. My native being Kumbakonam, which is known for its aromatic and strong “Degee Kaapi” (Filter coffee), many of my friends and relatives just cannot understand my hatred for the beverage. Earlier whenever I visited a relative’s home and when offered coffee, I used to gulp it down without turning down their offer as I did not wanted to offend their hospitality only to end up nursing a migraine but now-a-days I don’t bother explaining myself.

However, my better half is a coffee lover, more of an addict, I could say and can survive an entire day on just coffee alone. So when Jayanthy gave me the secret ingredient as coffee for our Hush Hush week of Avant Garde Cookies, I was quite sure it would please Hubby immensely, if I made something for him specially. I adapted these muffins from the Basic Muffins recipe and added lots of cocoa to reduce the strong flavor of the coffee so that I would not end up with a migraine and replaced milk with yogurt. The result was such a spongy muffin that went to a higher level with the glaze on top or at least that is what the coffee lovers at home told me.

Mocha Choco Muffins

Prep time: 10 mins | Bake time: 30 mins | Makes: 12

 

Ingredients:

  • All purpose flour – 1-1/2 cups
  • Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Soda – 1 tsp
  • Cocoa powder – 4 tbsp
  • Strong espresso – 3 tbsp
  • Dark chocolate chips – 1/4 cup
  • Salt – 1/8 tsp
  • Eggs – 2
  • Vegetable oil – 1/4 cup
  • Yogurt / curd – 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
For the glaze:
  • Icing sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Strongly brewed coffee – 3 tbsp

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven at 180 Degrees Celsius. Line a muffin tray with paper liners and keep it ready.
2. In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. Add chocolate chips, whisk once again and keep aside.
3. In another bowl beat together eggs, oil, yogurt, vanilla essence, coffee until incorporated.
4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the egg mixture (liquid ingredients) into it and mix gently till you do not see any dry flour. Do not over mix.
5. Scoop the batter into the muffin tins till 3/4th and bake for 20 minutes or till a skewer inserted comes out clean.
6. Let it cool on a wire rack. Meanwhile whisk together both the coffee and icing sugar for the glaze and pour on top of the muffins, drizzle and let it set.
7. Enjoy with your favorite cuppa!


Notes:

1. If you want to store them or freeze them, do so without the glaze and add it only just before serving.
2. You can also use instant coffee powder instead of espresso. Just mix the powder in 1 tbsp of hot water.
3. You can also replace half of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour.
4. Oven timings will vary accordingly.

This is off to Avant garde Cookies

18 comments:

  1. That is a coffee lovers dream!!! so tempting and soooooo delicious!!!
    Sowmya
    Ongoing Event - Eggless Bakes and Treats
    Ongoing Event - SYF&HWS - Ginger

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  2. I'm drooling looking at the glaze....yummmm...

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  3. me is a coffee hater too Radhi and that s why i dont try all this mocha stuff but it looks like you ve kicked up some great ass in the kitchen and i m sure the boys would have loved this to pieces

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  4. Oh you dont like coffee, you know wat am missing that aromatic degree coffee here. Everytime i visit my relatives in Kumbakonam, i'll ask them to make some coffee for me,love it that much.

    Mocha muffins with coffee glaze, i dont hesitate a second to grab and have.

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  5. superb cupcake :) loving your new header Radhika :)

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  6. so soft n moist muffins, recipe sounds flavorful n delicious...even these muffins are perfect for breakfast...love it!

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  7. Not able to control myself Radhika. I like the coffee glaze. Yumm!!!

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  8. tickling palates with twinkling header and melting muffins...Picture Perfect...love your blog and glad to follow it

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  9. That looks so good and yummm!!!

    Regards,
    Manju
    http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com/

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  10. Oh no...didn't know you had such an aversion towards coffee. I could have easily suggested some other ingredient. BTW its the reverse in my house. My hubby is a tea person and I'm a coffee lover...what can I say I don't get to drink coffee at all so that's what came to my mind. Coming to the muffins...they look gorgeous and I'm sure with the coffee glaze this muffin seems heaven for coffee lover like me.

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  11. It look so delicious.Love it very much.Perfect for the holidays!!!

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  12. I just coffee especially the freshly brewed filter coffee...nice muffins,looks perfcet n moist

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  13. aahh i love the last click; just right to woo the coffee liker in me. radhi it is surprising that a kumbakonam native abhors coffee but then to each his own; the coffee kicked muffins have my attention :)

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  14. I am not a coffee person but tempted so much to try!
    http://great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com

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  15. Hi!!!!!
    Coffeeeee.....wow!!!! lovely recipe..bookmarked to try this.

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  16. tried it but not enough wet ingredients, had to add more liquid otherwise it wouldn't have been enough for all dry ingredients.

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