Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Coffee Shop Doughnut Muffins and New Release News from Cleo Coyle



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A Note from Cleo 

Tender and sweet, these muffins are dusted with cinnamon sugar and one bite will remind you of an old-fashioned cake doughnut, the kind you might order at a diner counter with a hot cuppa joe. 

These babies are always on the menu at our fictional Village Blend, the century-old Greenwich Village coffee shop that serves as the setting for our Coffeehouse Mysteries...

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Since our amateur sleuth Clare bakes them for her customers, these Doughnut Muffins would be a fantastic treat for a book club meeting. Served with coffee or tea, these melt-in-your-mouth treats will make your discussion of Clare Cosi's latest case even more cozy. 


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 Cleo's Coffee Shop 
Doughnut Muffins 

Makes 12 standard-size muffins 

For the batter:

12 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten with fork
1 cup whole milk 
2-½ cups all-purpose flour
2-½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the cinnamon-sugar topping:

½ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Step 1—Prep your oven and pan: First preheat your oven to 350° F. This recipe should be made in a standard muffin or cupcake pan. Because it bakes up nice-sized muffins with generous tops, lightly spray the tops of your standard muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray. This will prevent the tops from sticking to the pan. Line the muffin cups with paper holders.

Step 2—Make the batter: Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs and milk and continue mixing. Stop the mixer. Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg and mix only enough to combine ingredients. Batter will be thick. Do not over mix at this stage or you will develop the gluten in the flour and toughen the muffins.

Step 3—Bake: Using two tablespoons (one to scoop, the other to scrape in the thick batter), fill each cup to the top, dividing any remaining batter among the 12 cups.

Bake for 20-25 min­utes, or until the muffin tops spring back lightly when touched and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. After a few minutes out of the oven, remove muffins from the pan and cool on a wire rack. (Muffins that remain long in a hot pan may end up steaming, and the bottoms may become tough.)

Step 4—Finish with cinnamon-sugar topping: Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Melt the butter, brush it lightly over the muffin tops...

Roll the buttery tops in the bowl of cinnamon-sugar.


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Eat (and read) with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author
The Coffeehouse Mysteries 

Alice and Marc in Central Park. 
Together we write as Cleo Coyle. 

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Our NEW Coffeehouse Mystery!

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"A gripping and entertaining mystery"
--Library Journal (Starred Review) 
"Penetrating insights" --Kirkus Reviews 
"Sure to delight" --Publishers Weekly


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  1. Wow! Your delicious baking is only surpassed by your amazing writing! Glad to know the Haunted Bookshop is returning. I enjoyed that series. Thanks!

    1. Jane - Marc and I thank you sincerely for the very sweet words, and we're delighted to know that you're excited about Jack’s return. Our PI Ghost has been haunting us for years. The time has come for him to have a voice once again. More news soon on The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller. Until then, thanks for dropping by the Kitchen!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
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  2. Donuts. Muffins. And a new Coffeehouse Mystery, too! These are my three favorite things. Four if you count a hot mug of coffee. Thanks, Cleo, for the great recipe, and all the great reads.

    1. Coffee, doughnut muffins, and our new Coffeehouse Mystery, SHOT IN THE DARK--we love your idea of an afternoon break! Thanks so much for stopping by today.

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter
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  3. Now my mouth is drooling. Can't wait to try the Cleo's Coffee Shop
    Doughnut Muffins and to have the opportunity to read "Shot In The Dark". Absolutely love the cover!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net