Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gingerbread Muffins with Chocolate Cinnamon Streusel

by Darla

Gingerbread Muffins with Chocolate Cinnamon Streusel from BakingdomDid I mention to you guys that the Hubster and I are going to England? In two days?

OMGICAN’TEVENWAIT.

We leave Friday morning, early, and we’re driving across Belgium into France, to Calais. From Calais, we are taking the ferry across the English Channel to Dover.

The Ferry.

Across the freaking English Channel.

TO DOVER!

I can’t even.

I’m going to see the White Cliffs of Dover. I must be dreaming.

We’re spending two days in Oxford before heading to London for a week.

London.

For a WEEK.

Seriously, this is what I do. I sit around and repeat to myself that we’re going to London. I repeat it to myself in small, incomplete sentences, highlighted with italicized words, all caps, and emphatic punctuation.

Usually, it’s accompanied by flailing.

What? It’s not like I can even control myself.

The best part about this is that it’s basically an all-out Harry Potter fest. While we’re in Oxford, we’re visiting Christ Church to see various HP film inspirations, and visit the dining hall, which inspired the Great Hall at Hogwarts. We’re also going to the Bodleian Library, where some Hogwarts library scenes were filmed, as well as infirmary scenes. Then, we’re off to London to visit King’s Cross Station and Platform 9 3/4, the location used for the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron, as well as the inspiration for Diagon Alley, and, of course, we are going to the Warner Brothers Studio Tours at Leavesden.

I. Die.

None of this even covers the regular old AMAZINGNESS of the other London sights we’re going to see.

*faints*

I wish I could pack you all up and take you with me. As it is, all I have to offer you is crazy delicious gingerbread muffins. I know it’s pretty small consolation, but I’m not lying to you when I say they are crazy delicious. They really are.

Gingerbread Chocolate Muffins from BakingdomI’m pretty sure there’s not much of anything that I wouldn’t add chocolate to. These are no exception. Chocolate and gingerbread are pretty much a match made in heaven.

Gingerbread Muffins from BakingdomI mean, the crunchy, cinnamon-y streusel-y goodness with chocolate also?! Forget it. I added a lot of the streusel to the muffins. Cause I put some inside them, too…but there just as great with all of the streusel on top. :)

Iced Gingerbread Muffins from BakingdomAnd then I added icing…because…um…icing.

I mean, I guess you could skip it. I’ll probably judge you, though. ;)

Enjoy!

Gingerbread Muffins
with Chocolate Cinnamon Streusel
Makes about 12 standard muffins

Ingredients

FOR THE STREUSEL
1/4 cup (64 grams) brown sugar
1/4 cup (32 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons (about 15 grams) unsalted butter, melted (or margarine for vegan/dairy free*)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder

FOR THE MUFFINS
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 cups sour cream

FOR THE ICING
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

To make the streusel: In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and cocoa powder together, whisking until thoroughly combined. Drizzle the melted butter over the mixture and stir with a spoon until you have a mixture that resembles lumpy wet sand. Do not break up the clumps too much.

Cover and chill until ready to use.

To make the muffins: Preheat the oven 350 degrees. Grease a muffin pan; set aside.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg in a medium bowl; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg until combined, about 20 seconds. Add the sugar and whisk until the mixture is thick and thoroughly combined. Stir in the vanilla and molasses. Slowly whisk the butter into the mixture until combined. Add half the sour cream, whisking until just combined, repeat with the remaining sour cream.

Add the flour to the sour cream mixture and fold with a spatula until the batter comes together (do not overmix).

Evenly divide the batter in between the cups of the muffin pan (about 2 1/2 tablespoons of batter per cup). Evenly distribute the streusel over the tops of the muffins. Bake for 20-23 minutes, or until light golden brown in color, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the muffins to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before icing.

To make the icing: While the muffins are baking, combine the sugar, cream, and vanilla in a medium bowl, and whisk until thoroughly mixed.

Drizzle over the muffins before serving.

Recipe by Darla

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers December 12, 2013 at 12:02 am

I have great jealousy.

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2 Bernadette December 12, 2013 at 8:49 pm

As do I. Please post a massive amount of quirky photos. How nice for you Darla!

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3 Gracie December 12, 2013 at 3:53 am

Sounds delish!!! Are you going to the Harry potter studios? We went there in September and spent 5 hours. The guide said a fan could easily spend 3. I could have spent all day. :)
Make sure to go to the globe if you get a chance. Groundling (standing) tickets are only 5 pounds apiece. We got there early enough to stand right next to the stage!!! :D

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4 Vicki W December 12, 2013 at 4:13 pm

These look so delicious!
You are going to LOVE London, it’s one of my favourite cities. Ever. Soak up the atmosphere & take lots & lots of pictures! Also, do the London Eye at night time, it is so much better than during the day :)

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5 Danielle December 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Okay, since you’re going, I have to tell you my Platform 9 3/4 story.

I was in London for two weeks for an international communications course. We had been out late ooo-ing and aaaaah-ing over Big Ben and Parliment and the Eye when we saw Kings Cross on the list of tube stops. Naturally I threw a gigantic fit about going even thought it was 10pm. Everyone rolled their eyes at me, but went along for the ride. We got there and imagine my surprise when there was NOTHING between platforms 9 & 10! What the fudgecicle!?!? I ran between the two freaking out the whole time. Finally I went to talk to someone who worked there, and I was all flushed and CLEARLY a distraught American when I said, “Excuse me, I’m sure you get this question all the time, but can you please tell me where to find…” He didn’t even let me finish before he grimaced at me and pointed down the way I had come and said, “Down there on your left. Past the platform.” I squeaked out a thanks and SPRINTED down where he had pointed, saw the cart stuck in the wall with the sign Platform 9 3/4 and my squeals reverberated down the station. My friends were mortified, but I just didn’t care. There is a wonderful picture of me “pushing” the cart through the wall that I absolutely love more than anything.

I will never forget that poor man’s look of disgust at the silly American tourist looking for her piece of the Harry Potter world, lol. Enjoy yourself! And keep your eyes peeled! If you see Tom Hiddleston or Benedict Cumberbatch anywhere, send them my way!

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6 Rebecca December 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm

PLEASE post pictures of all the wonderful harry potter things you are going to see. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go to London so I need to see it somehow!!

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7 Cathy December 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Oh man! Have so much fun over in London! You’re going to love it! Don’t forget to share pictures! I’ll miss your quirky and cute posts but traveling to new and exciting lands is more important (at least for a couple weeks anyways). These muffins look decadent!

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8 MargaretUK December 13, 2013 at 10:54 am

Have a great time Darla but don’t forget your umbrella, gloves, warm shoes, scarf – because it’s wet and cold here in the UK at present. But it changes every day!

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9 FaithUK December 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Oh, you will love it…even though it is SERIOUSLY cold and wet here at the moment. Definitely agree that if you do the London Eye you should do it at night – it is SO beautiful! And if you are any good at ice skating, the ice rink at Somerset House (on the opposite side of the Thames) is there up until Christmas. Ooh, ooh, and the Natural History Museum has some good exhibits at the moment and is right next door to the V&A which has the most beautiful cafe you’ve ever seen! And if you can stand the crowds, the Christmas lights on Oxford Street will be lovely. Enjoy! But wrap up and take a brollie (umbrella!)

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10 Amber A. December 15, 2013 at 10:37 am

Oh, Darla! Sounds like an amazing trip! Can’t wait to see all the pictures you better post when you get back!

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11 liz December 23, 2013 at 3:00 am

You luckybuttt!!!

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