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Pumpkin Latte Muffins

Sep 28, 2012 04:18PM ● By Cate Reynolds

For many of us, the morning can’t begin without a cup of coffee. But java can be more than just an energizing beverage – coffee or espresso grounds can be used as a flavorful spice, while brewed coffee or espresso can be used as a braising or marinating for meat or as a moisture-adding ingredient for baked goods. The deep, rich essence of coffee will add a unique quality to the flavor profile.

Ingredients

  •  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  6 tablespoons butter
  •  1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  •  1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  •  1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  •  2 large eggs
  •  1 cup pumpkin puree
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  1/4 cup milk (any variety works)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a muffin tin with paper liners. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized bowl; set aside.

Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Whisk in the espresso, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a large bowl, combine the eggs and sugar, and then mix in the pumpkin and vanilla. Add the butter and spice mixture, and combine everything until well-mixed.

Stir in half of the flour mix, and then pour in the milk. Add the remaining flour and mix until it's all just combined. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups and top with spiced sugar mix (recipe below). Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool.

Spiced Sugar Mixture

Ingredients

  •  3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  •  1/2 teaspoon instant espresso
  •  1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, and sprinkle generously over the muffin batter before baking.