Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Muffin

3 Apr

I love my weekend brunch ritual at Panera Bread. It was here that we first tried out cinnamon crumb cake and fell in love with it. Now, almost every meal at Panera ends with a slice of cinnamon crumb cake. So, yes, we love it (like one can love food 🙂 ), more so on days when the cake is freshly baked and still warm.

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Muffin

I had been thinking about baking these for a long time and when I came across this recipe, I immediately bookmarked it. However, it wasn’t until last weekend that I could actually try it out and oh boy, they were amazing!! This is one the most amazing recipes around and as Jessica from On Sugar Mountain said, beneath that modest muffin appearance lies a whole array of comforting flavors and texture.

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Muffin

INGREDIENTS

Crumb topping

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp softened butter
  • a pinch of cinnamon

Cinnamon filling

  • 1/3  cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Muffin batter

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk

I used the exact same recipe from Jess’s blog. For convenience, here are the exact steps.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

Preparation: Crumb topping

Combine all ingredients until mixture resembles coarse crumb and set aside until needed.

Preparation: Cinnamon filling

Whisk all the ingredients together and set aside until needed.

Preparation: Muffin batter

Combine all flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set it aside. In another bowl whisk all the wet ingredients and then mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients in a few swift movements. Do not over mix.

Pour about 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp muffin batter into all the muffin cups, make sure you have enough batter remaining for the second layer. Add about 1 tsp of cinnamon filling on top of the batter we just poured, followed another tbsp of muffin batter. Top the muffins with the crumb topping and place the pan into the oven for 15-20 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test. I was impatient while pouring the batter into the tins so my muffins came out in different sizes, however the smaller ones had more even more flavor in them 🙂

 

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Muffin

 

Once done, let the muffins cool in the pan for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack.

 

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Muffin

 

These muffins are simple and delicious and the cinnamon swirl filling and the topping raise the bar to a whole new level.

This recipe is a keeper.  From the looks of it, I will be baking another batch very soon 🙂 




 

 

 

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One Response to “Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Muffin”

  1. Mr. Stalker April 3, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    Love these muffins (devils laugh)

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