Monday, 24 October 2011

Citrus, Coconut & Kahlua Muffins

Happy Muffin Monday!

When I read the primary ingredients in this week's recipe - lemon zest, orange zest, and coconut - the first thing that came to mind was: "COCKTAIL, please!" So, in a departure from all my talk of autumn these days, here, my friends, is my swan song with summer.

I switched up the orange zest in this recipe for lime zest, then soaked the coconut in some Kahlua for about half an hour before making the muffins. I added about 1/2 the remaining alcohol to the batter once the coconut was strained. I put a lot of batter in the pan, admittedly, but I liked how high they rose and how they cracked along the top. Almost like how a bundt cake would. For a final touch, once baked and cooled, I topped them with a Kahlua glaze, some coconut, and more zest. 

I couldn't taste the Kahlua in the muffin as much as I would have liked, but the boozey glaze made up for the missing flavour! My version of the recipe is below.

Citrus, Coconut & Kahlua Muffins
Adapted from Women's Weekly

21/2 cups self raising flour
1 cup caster sugar
90 grams butter
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup (180 ml) milk
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup Kahlua

1/2 cup icing sugar
3 Tbs. Kahlua

Soak coconut for half an hour in Kahlua. Strain the coconut and reserve the Kahlua.
Preheat the oven to 180C/355F. In a measuring jar or medium bowl, combine the lime zest, lemon zest, strained coconut, egg and milk. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar, rub in the butter.
Add the milk mixture, and 1/2 the leftover Kahlua to the flour and gently mix until its just combined.
Spoon into a prepared muffin tray and bake for 23-25 mins in a preheated oven. Let it cool on a wire rack for 5-10 minutes.
Mix glaze ingredients together with a fork and set aside. When muffins are room temperature, drizzle glaze over top and sprinkle with small amounts of lemon lime zest, and coconut.

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  1. Kahula! Yummm! I wouldn't have imagined it but that has to be tested soon!

  2. Oh man, as if I wasn't bummed enough that I didn't get a chance to bake this added Kahlua??!!!:)) I think you're becoming a bit of my glaze idol, too:) Lovely pics Aimee!

  3. Oh, YUM! I did think of coconut rum, but not Kahlua. What a fabulous idea!

  4. Great adaptation of the original recipe and your presentation of these delicious looking muffins is just wonderful.

  5. Holy crap! This is probably the most unique version I've seen. I'm a fan of Kahlua in desserts. Love that glaze over the top of the muffin.

  6. i love your cocktail muffin! i bet the kahlua was so yummy! and your muffins have such a great dome top!

  7. Love love LOVE your photos! How cute are the little martini glasses and drink umbrellas?! And I gotta say I'm a fan of Kahlua in muffins :) Are you ready for the holiday muffins?! One word: chocolate :)

  8. I'm loving the paper umbrellas on these muffins. And the addition of Kahlua, whoa, sounds delicious!

  9. Oops, I just licked my monitor and shocked my tongue! Those look and sound awesome Miss Fancy! :) Glad to be back baking with ya'll!

  10. Oh the Kahlua was just inspired!

    And thank you for stopping by to welcome me to #muffinmonday!

  11. Love these muffins, Aimee! great photos and the icing is just genius :D

  12. Oh my gosh how freakin' adorable..