coffee cake muffins

January 22, 2013


One of my favorite weekend treats is coffee cake. It’s delicious with its namesake drink, or tea even. A whole cake might have been a little much for just me and Matthew, so I thought muffins might be the perfect solution. They’re perfectly sized {although the recipe actually called for jumbo tins}, and you get just the right amount of sweetness to start off your morning. The muffins are moist and layered with the delicious cinnamon streusel, which there can never be too much of- in my opinion! 

Coffee Cake Muffins from Martha Stewart

For the Streusel Topping
1 cup packing dark-brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

For the muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pans
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
1 cup sour cream
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Prepare streusel topping: in a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles large coarse crumbs {I could have done this more!}. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffins: Butter and flour a jumbo 12 cup muffin tin (or two 6-cup muffin tins). In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, sour cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. With mixer on low, beat flour mixture into butter mixture.

Divide half the batter among prepared muffin cups. Top with half the streusel mixture, then remaining batter, and top with streusel. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

I think I’ve re-ignited my love of breakfast desserts with donuts on Saturday night and coffee cake 
muffins on Sunday morning. Do you have a favorite breakfast treat?

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