#MuffinMonday: Cheesecake Muffins

Time to get up out of bed, sleepy head, and beat those Monday blahs! Turn that alarm clock off–no snooze button for you!–roll on out of bed, and rub the sleep from your eyes. Another day has dawned!

Oh wait, it’s a holiday. Nevermind.

plate of cheesecake muffins

Sorry about that…  But these muffins will make it all better–I promise! Bake them today and you’ll be ready for what the rest of the week throws at you. Maybe you’ll even be able to cut your coffee consumption down to one IV bag instead of two or three. You can pretend you’re eating dessert and that the worst of the day is already behind you. Then, with confidence that can’t be beat, you’ll win over the day and make it your … prisoner.

Or is that take no prisoners?

split muffin

I think I need another muffin…

Cheesecake Muffins
 
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A tasty muffin with a surprise inside
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Recipe type: Brunch/Breakfast
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 350g/12oz all purpose flour (I used 9oz all purpose/3oz white whole wheat)
  • 1½ Tbsp baking powder
  • 140g/5oz caster/superfine sugar (I used ground vanilla sugar)
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp orange blossom water
  • 250ml/9fl oz whole milk
  • 85g/3oz/6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 175g/6oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp caster/superfine sugar (I used ground vanilla sugar)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/395 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper cups and set aside.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl, then stir in the 1st measurement of sugar and salt.
  3. Beat the eggs, orange blossom water, and milk together in another bowl, then stir in the butter and gently mix into the dry ingredients to make a loose, slightly lumpy mixture. Do not overmix or the muffins will be tough.
  4. Using a silicone spatula, mix together the cream cheese and sugar for the filling.
  5. Half-fill the paper cups with the muffin mixture. Top with a teaspoon of sweet cheese, then spoon over the remaining muffin mixture to cover and fill the muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until well risen and golden on top.
  7. Remove from the tin and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
Notes
*If you don't have caster or superfine sugar, just throw your granulated sugar into your blender or food processor and blend for a bit. You don't want it to come to the consistency of powdered sugar, but it should be broken down much more to make it dissolve easier into the recipe ingredients. *The original recipe called for 6 strawberries cut in half, which you place a half into each muffin before the sweet cream cheese is added. Strawberries are out of season now so I skipped them. *If you use silicone bakeware, you do not need paper liners. Just pour the batter right into the cups--don't spray first as that will make the silicone gummy over time. Remember to put the silicone bakeware on top of a cookie sheet before putting it in the oven. The muffins pop right out when cooled completely!

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