Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffins!

I love to cook. I am always reading recipes and looking for my next favorite. Most of the time for our candlelight breakfast here at the Inn, I like to make small portions of different breakfast treats. These Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffins are an exception. You can make them as regular size muffins, but they are best when you make them jumbo size. Usually my guests say, “Oh, those are so big! I’m just going to eat half of one.” But by the time breakfast is over, all that remains are a few crumbs. (If you do have any leftovers, I suggest you microwave them for about 10 seconds to give them that just-baked warmth.)

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffins

1½ cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¼ stick margarine
1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
½ cup sugar
½ cup milk
1 egg

1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 tblsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

1. Spray 6 jumbo muffin cups (or 12 regular muffin cups) with nonstick vegetable oil spray.
2. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the margarine until crumbly.
3. In another bowl, mix the sour cream (or yogurt), ½ cup sugar, milk, and egg. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.
4. In another bowl, stir together the topping ingredients.
5. Spoon half the batter into the prepared muffin pans. Sprinkle with half the topping. Top with remaining batter and then remaining topping.

Bake at 350° for 25 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean. (If making 12 regular-size muffins, bake at 400° for 15–18 min.)

I hope you love these muffins as much as I do!

Conversation hearts…

One of my favorite things to do in the month of February is to buy a big bag of conversation heart candies. I really don’t like to eat them much (I’m more of a chocoholic myself), but I love to compose silly sentences with the different phrases. I leave them on my husband’s dresser, on his workbench, on the desk in his office—anywhere I can think of. When my boys were little, I would leave candy-heart notes in their room for them to find after school. Sure, I got lots of ribbing for it. But you know what? It didn’t take long for them to join in the fun and start leaving silly sentences in different places just for me. It’s a great game to play with your spouse or your family, and eventually they do all get eaten up!

If you like candy, and especially chocolate, I highly recommend visiting the South Bend Chocolate Company next time you’re in South Bend. They give free tours 6 days a week. If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, we still have a few rooms available, and then you could check out the chocolate here in town.

Stop by tomorrow for a great Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffin recipe you will

Busy Weekend in South Bend

Looking for something to bounce away the winter blues?  Check out the Harlem Globetrotters on Friday January 22 at 7pm at the Joyce Center. For Tickets and information.

If  you need something to warm you up come and check out Menopause the Musical at the Morris Performing Arts Center for the next 3 nights!  It’s definitely not the “Silent Passage” any more!

Check out our last minute specials for this weekend!

Coming in February don’t miss our 28 days of Food and Love Blogs!

Thanksgiving Time

We still have rooms left this week for your Thanksgiving travels. This week through the 30th of November, get 20% off your 2nd night. Don’t forget to check out the special Thanksgiving Dinner next door at the Tippecanoe Place.

Mark your calendars, and make reservations early for our first annual Christmas Tea. Saturday Dec 12th 1-3pm. Cost is 24.95 pp, plus tax. Space is limited.

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