Aaaand Muffin Mondays are back!
So I took a little break. Quit my job, took a week off and did absolutely nothing (which was the greatest thing ever), and then started a new job – you know, life stuff. I actually don’t understand what happened here and how it’s been a month since my last post – I swear it was just October and I was planning pumpkin spiced everything (yes, I am one of those people) and now it’s mid-November and peppermint is everywhere. I can’t keep up!!
Instead of going with a seasonal flavor for this week’s muffin, I went with something that’s perfect for breakfast – espresso and chocolate! And now I’m going to go stuff my face with these and pretend like the year isn’t almost over.
Coffee cake is one of my favorite things in the world. It’s such a great, all-purpose cake – not too fancy, but not exactly plain either. Unfortunately for the coffee cake, I don’t think its name is doing it any favors. Tacking “coffee” on there makes people associate it with just breakfast or a coffee break, when in reality, it deserves so much more. Coffee cake should be a bona fide dessert. A coffee cake layer cake, perhaps? I’ll take a slice of that for dessert, and then another slice in the morning.
I’ll be completely honest: I’ve never had Thai coffee. I’m not particularly sure what make these muffins Thai coffee muffins – I guess the coriander and cardamom? But just two spices wasn’t enough for me, so I ended up adding a bunch more, so the ones I made are even less Thai coffee muffins than the version in the book.
Sorry, Thai coffee lovers out there, for bastardizing your drink. These muffins probably have nothing in common with their namesake, but they’re so delicious it doesn’t even matter.
If actual coffee tasted like these muffins, I would have an IV drip of it attached to my arm at all times. But it doesn’t, so I won’t, which is probably for the better, because injecting coffee directly into the bloodstream is probably a terrible idea.
You won’t get your entire caffeine fix from these muffins, but there’s enough of a subtle coffee taste that you might be able to trick your brain into thinking so.
I’m one of those weirdos who doesn’t drink coffee. I’m impervious to the effects of caffeine and the taste is unbearable to me (the smell, though, I am addicted to), so why bother? I do own a French press, though. I use it to make hash browns.
These marshmallows made me wish I drank coffee though. A mocha marshmallow in a steaming cup of coffee? Suddenly Monday doesn’t seem so bad.