Monday, April 11, 2011

Coffee Cake Muffins



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...While this is not my only recipe for sour cream coffee cake, I have a special fondness for it. It is, of course delicious, but it also gives you the option of making muffins rather than one large cake. The muffins are wonderful for morning meetings or a family brunch and help eliminate guess work when it comes to portion control and judging the quantities needed to feed hungry hordes. The cake/muffins are really easy to do, especially if you are comfortable making pie crust. No equipment, save your hands and a spoon, is needed to make this lovely breakfast treat. While the muffins can be made a day before they are needed, they are really best if made just before they are to be eaten. To make their assembly easier, all ingredients can be measured the night before serving, leaving you only to combine them and then bake off the muffins. You will find these to be very popular with your family and friends. What's not to like? They are kissed with the barest hint of orange flavor and the combination of easy and delicious is hard to beat. Here's the recipe.

Coffee Cake Muffins...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite adapted from Gourmet Magazine
Ingredients:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed light brown sugar, divided use
2 sticks (1 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1-1/2 cups (6 oz) pecans, toasted and chopped
1 cup sour cream
1 whole large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons finely grated fresh orange zest

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 18 1/2 cup muffin cups. Set aside.
2) Stir together granulated sugar, flour, salt, and 3/4 cup brown sugar in a large bowl, then blend in 1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal with some pea-size butter lumps. Transfer 3/4 cup to a bowl and blend in cinnamon, remaining 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter, and remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar with your fingertips or pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in pecans, then chill streusel topping 15 minutes.
3) Whisk together sour cream, whole egg, yolk, vanilla, baking soda, and zest, then stir into remaining flour mixture until just combined (batter will be stiff).
4) Divide batter among 18 well-buttered muffin cups (they'll be about two-thirds full; butter tops of tins as well). Sprinkle each with streusel topping, pressing it lightly into batter. Bake coffeecakes in middle of oven until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pans on racks 30 minutes. Loosen cakes with a sharp small knife, then carefully remove cakes from pans.

Cooks'notes: The coffeecake batter can also be baked in a buttered 9-1/2-inch springform pan  for 1 to 1 1/4 hours.








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This post is being linked to:
Smiling Sally - Blue Monday

78 comments:

yummychunklet said...

This looks great! And, I like your "look back" at the previous posts, especially the drink!

Susan said...

What a great idea, Mary! I'd never thought of coffee cake muffins, but it's such a neat technique. I'm bound to try this recipe as I love orange and cinnamon!

Ginny said...

I always have muffins on hand, and I like baking them in the toaster oven as well. I love the trick about mixing the dry ingerdients ahead of time. I do that with my pancakes, too. I may try those oven roasted potatoes for a crowd if I could get them down to four servings, I have tried about six recipes, and always love them, so I can't leave yours out!

FLORY said...

Wonderful!

Al Dente Gourmet said...

Oooh, Loving the idea of muffins with coffee flavor :) Bravo! Beautiful recipe,Mary.

Have a wonderful day,

Aldy.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

I LIKE this idea!!

tandysinclair.com said...

what a clever idea to measure out the ingredients the night before! Have a great day :)

My Little Space said...

My goodness, these muffins sounded incredibly good. Aren't they? Happy Monday, Mary. Hope you're enjoying your day.
Blessings, Kristy

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Another winner, Mary, and a beautiful photograph. YUM.

fondly,
Glenda

Su said...

This muffins look just delicious, and you are right, it is a great treat for breakfast, snacks and for guests ;)
Big kiss.

Hovkonditorn said...

Looks great once again!

Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane said...

I love muffins! I love coffee cake! The combination of the two are fantastic :) I will definitely be making these for those grab and go breakfasts!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I love those recipes where you can assemble the dry ingredients ahead. And, I would appreciate a "muffin option" on almost any cake recipe.

The Blonde Duck said...

This is so much easier than a whole coffee cake!

Ana Rita said...

Mary another great recipe of muffins!!!I'm not a huge fan of coffee in desserts or cakes but those muffins would be perfect for my afternoon snack...

Kisses,
Rita

Suman Singh said...

Oh yum!! These look light and delicious..

Nisrine M. said...

My MIL makes ana mazing coffee cake. This one reminds me of it. It's great in muffin form.

Clint said...

This would go perfectly with my morning cup o' joe.

Kim said...

WOW! These muffins looks perfect and I think I would had to these some blueberries!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the "turn coffeecake into muffins" idea. I love coffeecake but can't eat a whole one myself. Muffins can be frozen. I'm trying this soon!

Martha in KS

Vivienne said...

the streusel topping looks so delicious!! something id love to have for morning tea snack :D

Martha said...

Mary, these look yummy and I like the idea of a coffee cake in a muffin!

PeggyR said...

Yum those sound good. Too warm here yesterday to cook. We will cool down again this week.

highplainsdrifters said...

I feel that streusel is one of everyone's favorite yet under-utilized food groups. Everything should come with streusel. Cheers!

edith said...

Mary, this muffins are so lovely.

Priya said...

MArvellous looks muffins..

Ciao Chow Linda said...

That coffee cake was one of my standards back in the day but I love the idea of making muffins from the recipe. Great for Easter morning.

Katerina said...

I never say no to a good muffin recipe such as this one!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

These look beautiful! I bet the topping is amazing on them...that's the best part of coffee cake anyway, isn't it? lol

I have been making a lot of muffins lately...love that this is a cake transformed into muffin form!

StephenC said...

I almost never read recipes for sweet things and/or baked goods. I made an exception today because of the respect I have for you. These cakes sound lovely. It's not that I can't eat anything with sugar, it's just that I don't. Stay the course.

Parsley Sage said...

I love this series! Beautiful muffins. Well done :)

brandi @ BranAppetit said...

great idea! the crumb topping is my favorite part, so I bet it's great on the top of the muffins :)

David said...

Mary, Great Idea! Beautiful muffins too. Maybe having them in muffins will help with portion control...can't just have another 'little' slice! Take Care,
Big Daddy Dave

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Coffee cake muffins sound divine, Mary! I love coffee cake, and putting them in muffin form is a master stroke.

I also enjoyed seeing that you have your posts from past years. I like that idea a lot.

I was thinking of you and some of my other wonderful gourmet friends when I had what I'm convinced is the most delicious soup I've ever eaten. It was a mushroom/brie soup, and it's flavor was incredible. I immediately thought of you, Mary.

Hope you have a wonderful week. I'm expecting company from England next weekend, and I can't wait!

XO,

Sheila :-)

SmilingSally said...

I don't know about that portion control business; I could always grab another one!

Happy Blue Monday!

Be sure to check out my book giveaways, Mary.

Diethood.com said...

Oh my, with coffee...yum... your muffins sound incredible!

Elaine said...

Mmmm...these would be perfect for my next team meeting. Have a lovely day!

Holly said...

I think any cake/ muffin recipe with sour cream is a winner! It makes it so moist. I'm also so glad you posted those recipes from 1 and 2 yrs ago. I am printing the roasted potatoes now! Mmmm

Michelle said...

Yum! I would love to have on of these this morning!

sweetlife said...

coffe cake muffins, what a great idae, perfect for the office, teachers and guest!!

sweetlife

paula MARIANA said...

A wonderful suggestion Mary, great for breakfast or snacks, thank you for the recipe,

kisses and have a good week!!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious muffins...loved the clicks too

dana said...

One of my good buddies always brings sour cream coffee cake to our brunches. I will send her the link to your great muffin recipe. It looks/sounds awesome!

Happy Monday!! dana

Rita said...

REally am enjoying your coffee cake theme. Wishing you a wonderful week.
Rita

That Girl said...

Muffins are so much easier for grabbing on the way out the door!

Joanne said...

I find muffins to be so much fun to make, so these will definitely work their way into my rotation! They're also easier to share! Double plus!

lena said...

delighting muffins and i think the streusel makes this a whole lot delicious!

Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

I love serving muffins for breakfast or brunch and these look fantastic! I love the combination of pecans and orange, they sound lovely!

darcyeats said...

Coffee cake...in a muffin...that's a serious breakfast hybrid. These are gorgeous!

Design Wine and Dine said...

I love recipes where you can pre measure and then "roll" with it! Keeps clean up easy...which I swear is one of the reason I don't bake much! These coffee muuffins would be gone in seconds in this house!

Tasha said...

For some reason, baked goods are most appealing to me in muffin form. I love the idea of a coffee cake version- they'd be so perfect to serve for Easter brunch.

Gen said...

I love the coffee cake AND the cupcakes they look so good! The cupcakes are perfect if you only want a bite, and the cake if you want to share it with your family and friends!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Have made a note of this it sounds delish. Diane

Malli said...

Love the coffee cake muffins but above all looking at your older posts .... the drink is absolutely llovely!

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

Perfect with morning or evening coffee.I like how simple your recipe is.Have a nice week ahead.

Ana Powell said...

Lovely previous post, the ginger ale drink is definitely my favourite.
Coffee flavoured muffins, what a treat ♥

Joy, The Herbed Kitchen said...

Gorgeous, Mary. The hint of orange absolutely makes these muffins. This makes me want brunch even more now!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

Such a great idea. Muffins are such fun to eat and i could have fun with these!

Leontien said...

aha after reading the ingredients, it shoudn't taste like coffee, your supposed to eat it with your coffee...

Well in my case this would be tea!

Thanks
Leontien

Jennifurla said...

heaven I tell you! Oh if I only I could have one of these.

Wendy Irene said...

Coffee Cake muffins are a great idea! Coffee cake is so delicious and muffins make for great portion control for my family :)

MaryBeth said...

I love coffee cake and to have it in a travel size is even better.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Coffee cake in a muffin is perfect portion control. But I'd like two anyway :)

Elin said...

Mary, this is indeed easy to make and I know I will love this. Thanks for sharing such an awesome coffee cake muffins with me :) Have bookmarked this and my list is getting longer now :)
Have a nice day ,
Elin

Victoria said...

Definitely a great breakfast treat. I love coffee cake, and having it in individual form in muffins is a lovely touch. Thanks!

LV said...

Had to take time to drop by and see what tasty creation you were serving. I would dearly love to have one of the coffee cake muffins. I am glad you got out of the kitchen for awhile and paid me a nice visit.

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

These look & sound amazing!

One of my favorite ingredients to place in a muffin, cake, or cupcake batter is Sour Cream!

Marguerite said...

These coffee cake muffins look wonderful and I love the streusel topping, too! Thanks for another great recipe!

Juliana said...

Mary, this coffee muffins sound and look delicious, and you are right, the orange zest just add some freshness to the muffins. Have a great week ahead :-)

teresa said...

delicious!! i love muffins like this.

A little bit of everything said...

what a great idea. love these grab and go version of the coffee cake.
thanks for sharing Mary

scrambledhenfruit said...

These would be a big hit at work- they look delicious! I love the bit of orange in them. :)

~~louise~~ said...

Oh goodness, I know what I'm baking in the morning...I'm getting a cinnamony fruity whiff "as we speak."

The notion is just perfect for me...After all, you know me and pie crust, lol...

Thank you so much for sharing, Mary...

Only Fish Recipes said...

wow...these muffins are just so delicious !

Chelsea said...

Nothing beats sour cream coffee cake! Thanks for the kind words on my blog. Glad to meet a fellow blogger from Eugene! I've had a lot of fun perusing your blog :)

Cooking Creation said...

Coffee cake and a muffin in one? What a fabulous idea! Love the touch of orange! Thanks for sharing :)

FOODESSA said...

These simple, no tools needed muffins can kiss my lips any day, especially with that hint of orange ;o)

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Katrina said...

I love making any kind of cakes/breads that I can into muffins instead. (They bake and can be eaten so much faster!) ;)
Thanks for the link!

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