Thursday, January 28, 2010

Muffin Madness Day #2~ Coffee & Cream

If you are a fan of coffee, chocolate, and cream, then you are going to love today’s muffin recipe. Because we do not live in a major city that has 10 different grocery stores, I had to search hard to find the Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans. But, alas, Sun Harvest Organic Groceries delivered! These muffins turned out so stinkin’ cute! Now, I must admit, I did not taste these as my tummy has an aversion to all things coffee. But, my husband declared them “delicious” and“wonderful”, and he has since enjoyed snacking on the leftover chocolate-covered beans :-). So, try them out and let me know what you think. Tomorrow’s recipe involves chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Stay tuned!

After reading the recipe, read the story below about the coffee bean. I read this several months ago and it touched my heart and encouraged me to be the flavor and the sweet smelling incense to those around me despite the stinky circumstances I may be facing.

Coffee & Cream Muffins

2 tbsp instant coffee
2 tbsp boiling water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
Heaping ½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
6 tbsp melted and cooled butter

For the topping:
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
Unsweetened cocoa, for dusting
12 chocolate-covered coffee or espresso beans

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Farenheit. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line with 12 muffin pan liners. Put the coffee powder and boiling water in a cup and stir until dissolved. Let cool. Meanwhile, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the brown sugar. Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl, then beat in the cream, butter, and dissolved coffee. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the beaten liquid ingredients. Stir gently until just combined; do not overmix. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until well risen and firm to the touch. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Just before serving, whip the cream until it holds its shape. Spoon a dollop of the cream on top of each muffin, dust lightly with cocoa, and top with a chocolate-covered coffee bean. Enjoy with a Cup of Joe!


by Mary Sullivan
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as if as soon as one problem was solved a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen.

The mother filled three pots with water.

In the first, she placed carrots.
In the second she placed eggs.
And the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil without saying a word. About twenty minutes later, she turned off the burners.

She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she said, "Tell me what you see."

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. (You known the tone of voice.)

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did, and noted that they felt soft.

She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg inside.

Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, "So, what's the point, mother?" (Remember the tone of voice.)

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid center. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its insides had become hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water...they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your
door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot , an egg, or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt
and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat?
Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial
hardship, or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my outer shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water - the very circumstances that bring the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor of the bean. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you instead of letting it change you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?

How do you handle Adversity?


  1. Oh, Christina, this is such a great illustration. I love it! Thank you for sharing it!!! {I may have to steal it!!}

  2. I love coffee. I would wear it as perfume :) So I will definitely try these muffins. I already have chocolate covered coffee beans.

  3. all i can say is....WOW! (to the story)
    YUMMY! (to the muffins : )