Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Live Long and Prosper, Little Muffins

Most muffin recipes come together rather quickly. You don't need much
forethought to have warm, delicious goodness in your hot little hands
with only a small investment of your time; that said,with
this recipe, a bit of pre-planning is required is to have the egg and milk
at room temperature and the butter melted and cooled. Still, for a
few minutes' effort you can be enjoying the reward of one sweet but
understated little gem.

Oh, and by the way, I have no idea why these are considered to be
William Shatner's muffins--he doesn't strike me as being
the kind to hover over a warm oven brandishing oven mitts. Then again,
I've always believed that every one of God's creatures has
been given some kind of innate talent--and heaven knows,
Shatner's wasn't acting.***

William Shatner's Cappucchino Chip Muffins


2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder*
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, room temperature
1 cup milk, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips or equivalent of
other chips


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with flour-added
cooking spray. For bigger muffins, spray 8 of the cups.

In a large bowl, whisk egg lightly. Whisk in milk, melted butter and vanilla.
Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour in milk mixture. Stir just until evenly blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

Divide batter amoung 12 or 8 muffin cups. Bake 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.

Makes 8-12 muffins.

*I looked high and low (for Miss Water Buffalo, for you Fred Flintstone fans) for instant
espresso powder. Finally found it on the King Arthur Flour website, along with tons of other
cool products that are difficult to find in some grocery stores; here's the link:

***And can you believe that I actually wrote this entire post without making one tired
reference to Star Trek or Trekkies or Klingons or less-than-stellar acting or Spock or Vulcan death grips or "I'm a doctor, Jim!" or...oops.

This recipe was gleaned from the blog Cookiemadness about a year ago.

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