So people always say that cooking is an art and baking is a science; meaning that you can pretty much go crazy and do whatever you want when you’re cooking (which is definitely true for me, I do what I want!) but you have to follow the recipe to the letter when you bake. I think this scares some people away from baking, thinking they’ll make a mistake and the deliciousness will be ruined. Totally not true; I immediately started screwing up this recipe and ignoring directions. You can can change or skip a few things and still be just fine, it’s not that complicated, anyone can do it, for realsies. Ya know that thing about people only using 10% of their brain? Well first of all that’s completely ridiculous and untrue…for most people, I’m almost positive this is true about me, sometimes I have no idea how I function on such a low level of mental capacity. Seriously, I spelled coffee wrong when I started this (and I just had to type “spelled” like 8 times to get it right…) Even at such a low level I still someone manage to be pretty successful with baked goods, I mean not to brag or anything, but I’m pretty incredible at it. Anyway, now that we’ve established that you don’t need to be a genius to bake (you really actually don’t even have to be that coherent. Obviously) let’s get to the baked tastiness of the day. Most people talk about cafeteria food in high school like it’s the epitome of awful. I don’t even care how nerdy this sounds, I actually kind of loved some of the food we had at Snider (chicken sandwiches anyone?), I still want to know where I can find some of those animal crackers because they were the best thing ever. Coffee cake was one of the things that they would make every once in a while (ok fine, at least once a month, it was a rotating schedule, I’m pretty sure they just renamed things randomly to try and fool us, or I just didn’t pay attention, whatever). The point is that it was tasty coffee cake but I’ve never made it myself and was never that motivated to. Until a few months ago when I had a coffee cake muffin at some hotel when I was in North Carolina interviewing at Duke and it reminded me how much I love it. So I finally started looking online for a recipe and found one here. I finally got around to making them today cause I’m lazy and didn’t feel like studying. This is the longest intro to a recipe ever but I think I’m done now. Here’s everything you need to make these amazing muffins (I don’t actually put everything out like that, I made it pretty just for this)
I made the streusel topping (what the heck is streusel?!) first cause it’s supposed to be refrigerated for 30 minutes first. Here’s where a made my first mistake and it’s something I do every single time I bake. The butter is supposed to be at room temperature so it’s soft, I never actually remembered to do this ahead of time so I always have to put it it the microwave. You know how easy it is to get the butter at the right consistency by microwaving it? It’s basically impossible. I also totally wasn’t paying attention and put too much butter in, oops, didn’t really seem to make a difference though. I also just did everything in the mixer, I love that thing.
I kinda hate to show how unpretty the muffins look here but if this happens to yours then you’ll know it’s normal. I think if I had flattened out the batter when I poured it in and level off the topping it would have stayed on top better
So these muffins turned out pretty great, not as pretty as the picture here but they tasted amazing! I’m sure I’ll make these again with a few adjustments, taste is great, just working on making them prettier out of the oven. I want to try putting some of the streusel in the bottom of the muffin cup too for a little bit extra. Totally worth making and they’re going to be perfect for the morning.
I think everything is better with music, I’ve been using Spotify a lot lately (cause it’s amazing) and here are couple of my favorite songs and some of bands that I was listening to today