With an unbeatable duo such as peanut butter and Nutella you get creative in all sorts of ways. For example I made these amazing cookies last week and had some leftover filling of the luxurious blend that peanut butter and Nutella make. Undoubtedly nothing beats the traditional peanut butter and jelly pair. Some things are meant to be traditions for a reason. Nothing can beat them, not even the blend of smooth peanut butter and creamy Nutella, and if I had to look at it in a way I’d say that the blend of America’s favourite nut butter and world’s favourite nut spread, is some sort of a sin! I mean it’s so good it must be.
This week I’ve decided to stuff some muffins. It’s been a while that I’ve been going on and on about how I’ve missed a muffin and I thought stuffed muffins would be a great follow up to stuffed cookies. I don’t need to say much about the filling, I think I covered rather enough last week and I mean in all honesty there’s not much to tell. Perfect duo and that’s that. Let’s talk muffins.
My all – time favourite muffin flavour is hands down the classic Blueberry Muffin, but in general I am a sucker for breakfast which consists of muffin and my coffee. I was in the UK some months ago to celebrate my birthday and there’s this delighted muffin place which makes the most amazing muffins. There are stores all over England obviously but I only visited the one in Guildford where I was staying. It’s called Muffin Break and I like it because they make your standard chocolate chip, blueberry and double chocolate muffins but also make some premium ones like Mars bar and caramel, I think they used to make a Snickers but not anymore, coconut and Bounty, banana coconut, banana toffee, coffee and walnut, pear honey and coconut etc.I was there almost every morning of my stay having a muffin and a freshly brewed coffee. A great start to a day of vacating, shopping, exploring and eating.
Wish I could zap right there this very moment. To think I made a card even though I was there for a little while. A girl can expect now can’t she? So then, inspired by my many visits and experiences there, the fact that I was eager for a muffin and the leftover peanut butter and Nutella mix sitting in my freezer I made Nutella Peanut Butter Stuffed muffins.
Our muffin butter is a very basic butter one you would use for any kind of muffin flavour and consisting of the usual suspects flour, salt, sugar, eggs and a few extras that make a muffin ‘Muffin’ such as oil, milk and baking powder. Many people think that a muffin is just another form of cake but it’s truly not. A muffin is best described as really light and fluffy bread, not cake. Personally I prefer the ones with that crunch on the outside and the fluffiness on the inside. Not very moist let’s say but definitely airy and soft, maybe a little crumbly.
The procedure to stuff them is rather easy if you freeze the two spreads. I describe my method in last week’s Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies. Combine Nutella and Peanut butter, drop teaspoons in mini cupcake liners and freeze them till really hard. When the time comes for you to pour the muffin butter in the muffin pan you will simply press each piece in the centre of each muffin case and lightly press it down.
I always like to add some drama and make things a little prettier so I melted some extra Nutella and peanut butter, dropped about ¼ tsp each on top of each muffin and made round swirls in the butter. I then topped it with some sugar to caramelize a bit the tops of it and make it extra crunchy.
Voila and Bon Appetite!
I took these for the 7th episode of Game of Thrones and I say this in disbelief that we are only 3 episodes to the season’s finale. Not that I am displeased since Jon is alive and well. After the Resurrection episode I was kind of not bothered of what else will happen in the season long as my beloved Jon Snow woke up. Anyhow before I start sounding Snow obsessed, I got to say those muffins were just the cherry on top for my friends because it took one bite for all of them to start saying ‘They are perfect’. One of them big lover of the filling ingredients said that there is enough of each to balance the whole muffin and not make it too much. He actually told us he intended to eat half because he wants to start being healthy but one bite of it and those dear to him flavours turned him. I’ve said this before and I am saying it again, it only takes one bite to turn anyone. Even to make a vampire it only takes one bite.
As for me, I was rational this time and only had 1 ½ muffins shortly after taking them out the oven.
What do you say, think it’s time for you to have a bite as well?
I think it is.