I told you it was coming! And now it’s here. Fall Baking Season has finally arrived! I was flipping through my recipes and notes a couple of days ago, and I came across this recipe for chocolate muffins that I got when my wife and I were on vacation in Scotland this summer. I figured this is an excellent way to kickoff all of the delicious breads, pies, and cakes that are sure to be baked in my kitchen over the coming months. (I do love to bake year-round, but I suspect that my baking is directly related to the outdoor temperature. The colder it is, the more I want to bake.) But I digress…back to these delicious Chocolate Espresso Muffins!
About 6 weeks ago, my wife and I took a vacation to Scotland and drove all over the country. I can say without a doubt that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. Coincidentally, the very first town we stayed in also ended up being one of the most charming. Fort William is nestled right along a loch in the Scottish Highlands. We stayed for a couple of nights at a B&B that was located just a couple blocks from the town center. (The picture above shows the view from the front of the Braeside House.) As if the view alone wasn’t enough, the innkeepers were a lovely couple who prepared a delicious breakfast for us every morning, including fruit, homemade bread…and these wonderful chocolate muffins!
I did take a bit of liberty with the original recipe for these muffins by adding espresso. My wife said that I was too predictable when I added the espresso, but I told her that coffee makes everything better…especially when it’s combined with chocolate! The moral to this story is that the espresso here is optional. (You won’t offend me if you leave it out…just don’t tell my wife.) These muffins don’t have any sort of icing or glaze, and frankly they don’t need it. I thought about adding a course sugar to the top before baking, but I actually forgot…and I’m kinda glad I did. These Chocolate Espresso Muffins are somewhat similar to brownies, and they are the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee! (If you don’t go for sweets in the morning, then these could certainly be served for evening dessert as well.)