Sunday, October 30, 2011

Marble Streusel Muffins

I was excited when I saw this weeks recipe, and I'm sure the Muffin Monday 'regulars' know why; Streusel! Yep, I didn't have to add it myself this time because it's part of the recipe. And, not just any ole streusel, chocolate chip streusel :)

The first thing that came to mind when I saw 'marble', was Marble Pound cake, so I knew immediately that I was going to use some of my batter to make mini loaf cakes. Of course, these little molds are small enough to call rectangular muffins. That's my story, and I'm stickin to it!

The recipe says to divide the batter evenly in the muffin cups, but I had a good bit more chocolate batter (which actually was more like a dough in consistency), so I just eyeballed it while scaling. I was scared I may have mis-scaled something, but they turned out fine, so I just said; 'Thank ya sweet baby Jesus'!

Jumbo Muffin with yummy streusel

An from Baker Street says these are her favorite muffins, and I can understand why. They are moist, delicious, and the cinnamon streusel with chocolate chips adds a nice depth of flavor and tiny bit of crunch.

These were so tasty, I was hoping to use them for some easy brownie points since Smokin Hot had undergone some minor surgery this past week. As I handed her  my 'special treat', however, she sat up and said: 'Oh, are these the Muffin Monday Muffins?'.  Foiled again, but I did make her some specially requested homemade tomato soup to make up for my deceptive ways.

Mini Loaf cut in half diagonally

Be sure to visit Baker Street and see how all of the great bakers put their own spin on these yummy muffins!

For The Muffins:

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
4 oz. cream cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla essence

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup chocolate chips

For the Streusel:
Combine the sugar, cinnamon and flour. Add the butter and work it with your finger tips till the mixture is crumbly and stir in the chocolate.

For the Muffins:
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Line a 12 pan muffin tin
- Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a bowl
- Remove half a cup of the flour mixture and set aside
- Add cocoa powder in the remaining mixture.
- Beat cream cheese, 1 egg and the reserved 1/2 cup of flour
- In a separate bowl combine the egg, water, vanilla essence and oil
- Add it to the cocoa mixture. Gently mix it till incorporated
- Spoon the batters side by side equally in the muffin cups
- Sprinkle the streusel and bake for 20 - 25 mins

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  1. i was a little nervous when i saw how much more chocolate batter there was than vanilla but the resulting muffin was heavenly good! i def thought about making a loaf too :)

  2. Weren't these muffins fantastic? Definitely one of my new favourites! Knew you'd be excited about the streusel ;)

  3. ooh! I hope smokin hot is better and back home from surgery!

    the muffins are moist and delicious, aren't they? Just a perfect treat and surely my kind of treat!

  4. Hey Streusel King, I also had the same train of thought with the quantities of the two batters, thinking I did something wrong:) but delicious they were:) I was a streusel-virgin until I made this and now I'm a convert (though my streusel - probably cause I used chocolate bits instead of chips - didn't look nearly as good as yours, but tasted awesome)

  5. Oh that's a great idea to think marble equals loaf. Cause, you can't ever have enough of a loaf bread huh? YUM!

  6. These were delicious, weren't they? Ours are almost gone and I may bake some again today. Nice to bake along with you again on this MM. Wished we all lived we could have a MM swap!

  7. yumm !! i love streusel topping...delish :D

  8. I knew you'd be baking these because of the streusel :)

  9. Yum...I'm a fool for streusel. The muffins are beautiful too. Great post!

  10. Hehe. Don't ya love it when you don't need an excuse to indulge in your favourite things? I mean, who are we to question such a great recipe? Streusel AND cream cheese? It was just meant to be!

    I also had a lot less of the cream cheese batter, but it didn't change the divine outcome :) Glad you were able to treat Smokin' Hot!

  11. These muffins look beyond amazing!!! The topping is calling my name....

  12. Yum...these look pretty amazing! Is it lunch time yet???

  13. The chocolate chip streusel sure got my attention as well. I love muffins so much, and I'm always trying to find a recipe that I really like but have yet to find one get it quite right. I look forward to trying this one out! Thanks for sharing.


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