Monday, October 31, 2011

Marble Streusel Muffin - A Comeback

As you know, I started to enjoy baking when I joined Muffin Monday and not participating for three weeks is something I was not very happy about.  But I'm definitely back!  I could not miss making these muffins!

I love chocolate and I love cream cheese so when I saw the recipe for the week, I was ecstatic!  I have to make time to bake it. Good thing my week was kindda slow (in terms of activities) and I had time to engage in a quite challenging task - to make a marble muffin.

Ingredients are simple yet the technique is beyond me, I guess.

For The Streusel:
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 Muffins:

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda (I replaced this with baking powder)
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
110 gms creamcheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup water (I used milk instead)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla essence

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

The 'marble' was not equal.  I guess because the recipe called to take just 1/2 a cup of the flour mixture.  I actually thought, "How can I equally put the batter in the muffin trays when the batters (chocolate and cream cheese) is not equal?"  But since I still doubt myself on 'baking' techniques, I still followed the recipe and this is what happened.  I should have known...and before I forget, better to use a pastry bag when filling the muffin trays, I bet it would be easier than using a spoon.  That, tip is something I was not able to do.

Another thing, and I hope you learn from my mistake - I did not measure the butter for the streusel so it yielded to a moist rather than crumbly one.

And here is the biggest disaster of all - I used an OLD flour!  I didn't know it was old! That is another thing I need to learn, how to check my baking ingredients' usability (sad).  Could you spare me some ways how?

I know the muffin should have tasted good but that undesirable taste of an old flour was so strong that it overpowered the chocolate and precious cream cheese.  Plus, I also believed that using the old flour contributed to the texture of this should-have-been-so-good muffin.

Seeing and making these mistakes are some of the reasons why I love Muffin Monday - it teaches me things.  Not only on the techniques of baking but also the bigger picture of trusting oneself and pushing to do things that are bigger than me.

Oh well, it's okay to make mistakes while growing up, and we don't stop growing up, aren't we?  I'll just do better next time ",)

Go check out what the other bakers of Muffin Monday have done, I bet they did well!

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  1. Hey! So glad to have you back! Here's to more muffin madness!


  2. Welcome back, Dudut! It's too bad you had plenty of troubles baking them. Though your muffins look like they didn't - they're gorgeous!

  3. I don't know about the taste and the old floor but these look absolutely devine! Lovely photos! Welcome back.

  4. Welcome back, D! These choco muffins look delish! Happy Halloween & thanks for your support, too! Hugs!

  5. What a great muffin to make a comeback with. Baking is so technical. I wouldn't have guessed old flour would make such an impact.
    One baker suggested to use an ice cream scoop with a spring to scoop the batter & it's helped me so much.
    My streusel was too moist as well but it's all good.
    The best thing is now that you've learned from your mistakes, you can make another batch! :)

  6. So sorry to hear about your flour troubles! I agree with everyone else here, though, in that they don't look to have suffered! They look great.

    I also wished for more of the cream cheese batter. And I love the tip about using a pastry bag - that would have made it so much easier! I'll try it that way next time for sure.

  7. Welcome back! Your muffins look beautiful...sorry they didn't turn out as you'd hoped. Old flour, huh? What did that taste like? Around here flour doesn't last long so I've never experience that issue! Hope you try this recipe again with fresh flour - it's definitely a keeper :)

  8. @Anuradha - thanks!

    @caroline - thanks!i'm glad they turned out good to look at :)

    @elena - thanks!

    @betty ann - hugs! you are welcome and thanks!

    @bianca - oh yeah, i was really excited for this recipe! i'll definitely make some again next time!

    @aimee - thanks! just thought, if using pastry bag, you can even swirl the cream cheese and chocolate batter!

    @Jasmine - thanks! it tastes like an old bread. it's hard to describe but the closest I can say is it taste like earth or soil :(

  9. these muffins look delicious
    lovely site nice to meet you

  10. awww glad to know you are back. i will eventually join you guys again sometime soon.


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