Wednesday, September 19, 2012

20 Minutes Milk Muffins

Last weekend I had what I call ‘Severe Laziness Attack’. Basically it was Bruno Mars’s Lazy Song times one hundred. I just stayed on bed since morning, called Chinese food for lunch, and since I live in Jakarta; I called a masseuse. Oh, how divine. I bet my sister would just hate me every time we talk about living in America versus living in Indonesia. Yes, each of both has its own pros and cons, but once you try both, then Indonesia would seem a heck better if you can take the doomsday level of traffic.

After a long hot bath and feeling recharged and rejuvenated, it started to rain. Pretty, glorious rain. Amiko instantly drew her blanket, tap Jango on her iPad, and choose Camille Saint-Saens radio and took a nap with an adorable smile on her face. I was left alone to listen to the wind chime orchestra and the romantic thought of the rain itself.

A half an hour passed and the thunder began to roar. There was no way I would be outside on my porch reading and rain watching less I wanted to catch cold. So I went inside with a huge craving on my part for something warm. Not soup though, I still wanted to continue reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and I did not want to cook soup. It was my lazy day.

I happened to have a bag of insanely malty and dark Toraja coffee, which I hid from my husband, for he would want me to make him two cups every day. It’s a big ‘No Way, Man’ from me. That thing was expensive and could only be savored on special occasions; like on heavily rainy days and when I felt like it *grin*

So, what was missing was a perfect snack to accompany my perfect cup of coffee. It didn’t need to be extravagant. It didn’t need to be fancy. It needed to be perfectly simple to compliment the coffee and not leave the overbearingly sweet aftertaste. Alas, I didn’t have any. Then I remembered having a quick muffin recipe that I stumbled upon at Babble It was a mini milk muffins recipe. As usual, I tweaked the recipe and used half wheat flour. I guess it cuts the amount of guilt I have whenever I eat anything that uses flour.

Mini Milk Muffins

Makes 12 mini muffins

1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons low-fat milk
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder,
3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/2 tsp Apple cider vinegar

1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celcius. Line 12 mini-muffin cups with mini paper liners.

2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the egg, sweetened condensed milk, and milk until smooth. add the Apple cider vinegar

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder, then add it to the egg-milk mixture, and whisk together. Whisk in the butter. The important step here is not to overmix the batter (overmixing will overdevelop the gluten in the flour which will cause a tough muffin with tunnels and a compact texture). Only 10 to 15 strokes are needed to moisten the ingredients. The batter can still be lumpy—don’t worry, the batter will continue to blend as it bakes and the lumps will disappear.

4. Spoon the batter into the lined muffin cups. Bake for 9-10 minutes. The muffins are done when the top springs back when gently touched with a finger and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool.

If you don’t have wheat flour and apple cider or you don’t have problems with your conscience about eating just white flour, just make it according to the original recipe HERE.

These muffins are foolproof and truly can be ready in 20 minutes providing you crank up your oven during the time you whip the ingredients up. It’s light, not too sweet, has a tad of savory hint, and it truly compliments the dark, malty flavor of my coffee, or just any coffee, methinks. 

Do try this easy and fast recipe at home. You wont regret it. Another plus of this recipe is that the muffins are mini. It's perfect if you have little toddlers at home. Their little hands, little muffins, cute. Or if you don't have toddlers anymore like me, just bake them for the simple joy of eating fresh warm muffins anytime.

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  1. wanna try it..looks light n yummy..:)

  2. Do try then:) Thanks for visiting my blog.