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Coming up with a name for this week’s muffin was much easier: coffee and hazelnuts. Doesn’t get much simpler (or tastier!) than this folks. The original recipe comes once again from Women’s Weekly, and is a cinch to prepare. The batter uses a variety of flours, including self-rising, all-purpose and hazelnut meal. (If you can’t find hazelnut meal/flour in the store, simply grind your own to a fine texture in a food processor).
After going online and reading the majority of complaints with this recipe was the lack of coffee flavour, I decided to ramp things up by using 1 ½ Tbsp of espresso powder rather than instant coffee. I also added ¼ cup of cooled dark coffee into the batter. No way the coffee flavour would be getting lost in these muffins!
Brown sugar, eggs and buttermilk are also added to the batter along with the flours and 2 Tbsp of Nutella (possibly my favourite thing on earth). Once the muffins are cooled, the recipe calls for a hazelnut frosting as a topper.
Check it out – these muffins rose like a hot damn!
I loved the depth of the coffee flavour, although I found the taste of hazelnut got lost. Next time I would double the amount of Nutella, or possibly include a dollop in the middle to become deliciously melty. As for the hazelnut frosting, I decided to skip this part. In our household muffins have become a regular part of our lives, but my husband is always complaining that we should call our challenge Cupcake Mondays due to the sweet decadence of some of the muffins. Of course whenever he complains his mouth is usually full!
Knowing that the hazelnut frosting would be playing right into his argument, I served these muffins bare. At least until we discovered how good they tasted cut in half and smeared with Nutella!
What do you think? Should muffins be served with or sans frosting? Where do you draw the line between muffin and cupcake?
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