Cinnamon Chocolate Babka Muffins

Cinnamon Chocolate Babka Muffins

DOUGH
1/2 cup whole milk, warmed 110 degrees
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons instant rapid rise yeast
1 large egg at room temperature
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

  • Using a stand mixer, use a paddle to combine the milk, sugar and yeast, stirring to blend.
  • Add the egg, flour and salt mixing on low until a sticky dough begins to form.
  • Mix in the butter until well blended with no remaining chunks.
  • Switch to a dough hook and knead on low for about 10 minutes. The dough will be loose and sticky.
  • Butter a large bowl.  Add dough, cover with tea towel and let rise until doubled in a warm place. This will take 1-2 hours.

FILLING
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

  • Chop chocolate pieces in a food processor until small coarse pieces.
  • Add brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and pulse until coarse crumbs.
  • Set aside.

EGG WASH
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon heavy cream

  • Whisk together until well blended.

STREUSEL TOPPING
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

  • In a small bowl combine the brown sugar and flour.
  • Cut the butter in with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Set Aside.

ASSEMBLY

  • VERY GENEROUSLY butter 12 muffin tins OR use muffin papers for easier clean up.
  • Turn out the dough onto a floured work surface.  Gently depress the center to deflate.  Let rest 5 minutes.
  • Roll the dough into a 12×20 rectangle.  (flour as needed to prevent sticking)
  • Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough.
  • Roll the dough into a tight log.
  • Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces (HINT: I now use dental floss for all this type of cutting.  You get a good clean cut every time.)
  • Place each piece into you prepared tin or papers.
  • Cover with your tea towel and let rise 30 minutes or so.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • After 30 minutes, brush tops with the egg wash.
  • Sprinkle each with the streusel topping.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until puffed and brown around the edges.
  • Cool completely on wire racks in the tin. (I use the papers because I like them warm, but the come out of the tins better cool).

 

 

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CARROT CUPCAKES with CARAMEL &/OR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Carrot CupcakesCARROT CUPCAKES with CARAMEL CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Makes 24 cupcakes
CUPCAKES
4 cups shredded carrots (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup canola oil
2 cups sugar
4 Large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla
1 teaspoon maple extract

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Line muffin tins with paper liners.
  • In a medium mixing bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and walnuts.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat together the oil and sugar until well blended.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, blending to incorporate.
  • Add vanilla and maple extracts.
  • Gradually flour mixture until well blended and smooth.
  • Alternately fold in carrots and raisins.
  • Fill liners 3/4 full.
  • Bake 25 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.

ICING
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla
1 teaspoon maple extract

  • In a small deep saucepan combine the sugar, lemon juice and water.
  • Bring to a simmer over a medium high heat without stirring until the edges begin to color, about 5 minutes.
  • Gently swirl the pan and continue to simmer until the color turns amber, about 2 minutes more.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Using a wooden spoon, stir in heavy cream.
  • Transfer to a small bowl and allow to cool.
  • In a medium mixing bowl beat together the butter and cream cheese.
  • Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and maple extracts until incorporated.
  • Blend in caramel mixture.
  • Ice cupcakes.***

***For a more decorative cupcake DO NOT blend in caramel mixture with cream cheese. Instead, thinly ice each cupcake and then pipe a ring around each cupcake top. Spoon some caramel mixture into each ring.

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BROWN SUGAR CINNAMON COFFEE CAKE

Coffee CakeBROWN SUGAR CINNAMON COFFEE CAKE
CAKE
2 cups Bisquick
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 Jumbo egg
TOPPING
1/3 cup Bisquick
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • Preheat oven to 375 ˚.
  • Grease 8×8 square baking dish.
  • Stir together the cake ingredients until well blended.
  • Spread into pan evenly.
  • Mix together the topping ingredients until crumbly.
  • Top cake with crumb mixture.
  • Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden.
  • Serve warm.
  • If re-heating, a teaspoon of butter on top makes it super moist and yummy.
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