Muffin Monday: Coffee Hazelnut Muffins

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Thank you to Kate from Food Babbles, who came up with the best name for the muffin madness I concocted last week (Tropical Chai Oatmeal Muffins). A much better name indeed!

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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).

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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!

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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.

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Check it out – these muffins rose like a hot damn!

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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!

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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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For a copy of the original recipe for this week’s Muffin Monday, please click here

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4 comments on “Muffin Monday: Coffee Hazelnut Muffins

  1. Kate @ FoodBabbles on said:

    Hey! Glad I could help you pick a name for those insanely good muffins last week 😉 And your muffins this week are gorgeous! I was so sad I missed out this week because the recipe sounded like it was to die for. Happy Monday (even though it’s now Tuesday)

  2. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Thanks again for your help Kate! And I highly recommend trying this week’s recipe at some point, just be sure to dial up the flavours more than the recipe calls for :)

  3. Food, Je t'Aimee on said:

    Love that little Nutella heart! Cute touch! Good call on all your alterations to amp this bad boy muffin up, including that smear of extra Nutella at the end :) I think I would have rathered your coffee flavour over this brazil nut flavour, but ya live and learn I guess! Next time, more Nutella indeed :)

  4. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Well Aimee I do heart me some Nutella :) Glad you were able to bake with us this week!

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