Sunday, May 16, 2010

'We Made It!!!' Coffee Cake Muffins

After about 20 hours side by side, trailer in tow, kayak and bikes on top, lots of snacks and some great BBQ we made it! That's right ladies and gentleman, Mountain Man is now the lovely co-habitant of the little apartment in Temple, TX... the big question now? What the heck are we going to do with all his stuff?!
Even before we got to the apartment yesterday evening MM already had breakfast on the mind.. I think I've told you before how much we enjoy a good breakfast and this just goes to show how serious I really was. Yesterday afternoon, while stopping for some delicious BBQ in some little town in the middle of nowhere Texas, MM looked at me in all seriousness and asked "So what are you making for breakfast tomorrow morning?" I laughed at the question, but the scary part was that I actually had already thought about it..sad huh??

So in celebration of our long journey Coffee Cake Muffins made the menu for Sunday morning breakfast. I tried to make them a little healthy, but I think I counteracted all the healthy ingredients with the deliciously sugar/butter filled streusel. We have a lot of unpacking and reorganizing to do, so hopefully these yummy little muffins will give us the energy to get through it all :)

Coffee Cake Muffins 
Oven: 375 Bake Time: 25 minutes
Makes 12 muffins

1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup turbinado sugar (or regular sugar)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup regular sugar

Streusel: In small bowl mix flour, sugars and cinnamon. Add butter and using a fork (I actually used 2 forks), mash until combined. Once everything is mashed and mixed you'll get a thick paste- place in fridge while you make the batter.

In large bowl, combine/whisk flours, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Cut butter into small cubes and using paddle attachment mix into dry mix until butter in fully incorporated.
Mix in applesauce.
Add egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract- mix until smooth.

Remove streusel from fridge. In a prepared muffin tin (spray with Pam), place a spoonful of batter into each mold. Use your fingers and sprinkle streusel over batter (about 1-2 teaspoons). Cover with another spoonful of batter. Top with remaining streusel.
Transfer to oven and bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and place on cooling rack for 10 minutes before serving.

Let the unpacking begin!!
Happy Baking!