Monday is here yet again and here is your muffin fix for the week – Marble Streusel Muffins. I haven’t had good experience with marble cakes in the past, having only tried the store bought kind, but this homemade marble muffin was amazing. The recipe says to spoon equal parts of the vanilla and chocolate batters side by side, which I did but I think by adding each batter on top of each other rather than side by side you will get a muffin that has prettier layers when cut open. Now I have an excuse to bake up another batch to test out this layering method!
The contrasting batters perform a lovely dance creating a tender muffin that is perfectly pleated with light and creamy folds of vanilla between deep rich chocolatey layers. Each bite is a heap of two perfectly sweet worlds together as one. The chocolate is bitter-sweet while the vanilla has a subtle cheesecake-like flavor from the smooth cream cheese incorporated into the dough. The muffins are covered with a buttery brown sugar streusel studded with toasted pecans. Vivid molasses notes resonate from the streusel topping, taking this muffin over the top. These marble streusel muffins are layered with a sweet confluence of flavors that will have you wanting more.
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Recipe from Recipe Digest:
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
110 gms creamcheese
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
For The Streusel:
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup pecans
For the Muffins:
– Preheat the oven to 350F
– Line a 12 pan muffin tin
– Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a bowl
– Remove half a cup of the flour mixture and set aside
– Add cocoa powder in the remaining mixture.
– Beat cream cheese, 1 egg and the reserved 1/2 cup of flour
– In a separate bowl combine the egg, water, vanilla essence and oil
– Add it to the cocoa mixture. Gently mix it till incorporated
– Spoon the batters side by side equally in the muffin cups
– Sprinkle the streusel and bake for 20 – 25 mins
For the Streusel:
Combine the sugar, cinnamon and flour. Add the butter and work it with your finger tips till the mixture is crumbly and stir in the chocolate.