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Espresso muffin with chocolate drops: a twilight in L.A.

espresso muffin with chocolate dropsAs you probably know, muffins aren’t part of the big Italian culinary culture, that’s the reason why I discovered them when I was already adult and started to travel throughout the Anglo-Saxon world. During the years I ate a lot of them but there’s one special muffin that will always have a special place in my heart. Even if I certainly ate muffins before that day, there is a well-defined moment in my life when I completely fell in love with this culinary delights. It was August 2005 and we were in L.A. , first stop in our first travel to the U.S. We had been in the big city for few hours, ready to leave for a 6.500 km journey in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah, and I perfectly remember myself staring out of the windows in this beautiful hotel, watching the dawn and the city waking up slowly. I had a Starbucks coffee in one hand and a blueberry muffin in the other one and, while I watched outside, every bite tasted of thousands flavors: expectations, hope, willing to know, a “dream coming true” feeling… I completely fell in love with everything I met during that travel, muffins included. So I started to cook them, from the traditional recipes till this “fusion” version that includes the Italian favorite coffee. Hope you like it!

espresso muffin with chocolate drops

Ingredients: (serves 12)

– 2 eggs

– 150 g of sugar

– 100 g of melted butter at room temperature

– a pinch of salt

– 1 coffee cup of espresso

– 250 g of flour

– 15 g of yeast

– 1/2 cup of chocolate drops

Whisk eggs and sugar until the mixture is white and fluffy. Pour the melted butter, add a pinch of salt, the espresso coffee, the sifted flour and the yeast (previously skimmed in a tablespoon of milk). Add the chocolate drops, pour the mixture in a buttered and floured baking pan and cook in preheated oven at 160°C (320°F) for 40 minutes. Enjoy!

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. thelady8home #

    They aren’t a part of Indian culture either,but trust me, that doesn’t stop us from gobbling them down. Those look great to me.

    16 July 2012
  2. Deliziosa ricetta accompagnata da un’interessante introduzione. Sono felice di essere tornata nella tua meravigliosa cyber-cucina!

    23 July 2012
    • grazie! Ho letto che sei stata a Malta: com’è? Nonostante il lavoro sei riuscita a fare un tuffo?

      24 July 2012
      • Sì, per fortuna sono riuscita a fare qualche bagno! il mare è bellissimo, come tutto il Mediterraneo!

        28 July 2012
      • ecco scusa..non avevo visto il commento! Sono stati giorni impegnativi, la mia nanetta di 7 mesi è scalmanata!

        6 August 2012
      • Ti avevo scritto qualche giorno fa, ma non vedo la risposta… comunque il mare di Malta è molto bello, come lo è il Mediterraneo, ma non ci farei una vacanza di mare. bella la parte culturale!

        2 August 2012

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