Double Chocolate Muffins from Awesome on 20

Double Chocolate Muffins

Double Chocolate Muffins from Awesome on 20

Sometimes you need to wake up to chocolate. Sometimes it’s 80 degrees in your bedroom and the tradewinds are dead and your fan is feeble and sleep is impossible. It’s going to take something extra special to get you going in the morning.

Double Chocolate Muffins from Awesome on 20

That’s when you have to have double chocolate muffins made with buttermilk and cocoa and studded with chocolate chips. I mean, sure, you could pay $3 for one muffin at the coffee shop. You could also make your own muffins in about 30 minutes with ingredients you already have in your house (or at least I did). Then you’d have a dozen muffins so that when you come home from a late night of cosmic bowling, you can stuff a muffin in you face and chug some milk from the carton before falling into bed. And then have another muffin when you wake up. It’s the right thing to do.

Double Chocolate Muffins from Awesome on 20

This is an Alton Brown recipe, so you know it’s solid. I was never that into science in school, but I’m totally into muffins. And these muffins are crazy good. Get ya some.

Double Chocolate Muffins
Yields 12
Moist and super chocolaty muffins perfect for any time of day or night
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 270 grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  2. 92 grams (3/4 cup) cocoa powder
  3. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 263 grams (1-1/4 cup) sugar
  7. 113 grams (1 stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled (Just melt your butter first thing. It will be cool enough by the time you get to it)
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 cup buttermilk
  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  11. 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 and grease your muffin pan.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mr. Brown would tell you to pulse your dry ingredients in your food processor first to sift and aerate them. I can't be bothered washing it, so I sifted them into the bowl and then gave them a good mix with my whisk.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together sugar, melted butter, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and quickly fold them together with a spatula. Work as quickly and lightly as possible. Try to make sure everything is moistened, but don't worry about getting out the lumps. You'll end up with tough muffins if you overwork it.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop your batter into your muffin pan. The cups will be full.
  7. Put the pan in the oven and increase the heat to 400. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Turn out your muffins as soon as possible. You can give them a couple minutes to cool off so you don't burn your fingers off. If you leave them in the pan to cool, they may have soggy bottoms and you won't get that lovely muffin crust.
Notes
  1. These are best served warm, but can be kept in an air tight container for a few days. I recommend microwaving for about 15 seconds for ultimate chocolate gooeyness.
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Sky High Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza by Awesome

I first ate this breakfast pizza at our epic Star Wars marathon party. A friend brought it over to cook at my house and promptly spilled eggs in my oven. I did the exact same thing when I made this. It’s a hazard, but it’s so worth the risk. I decided it was unbelievably awesome.

The first time I made this breakfast pizza by myself was when we had that same friend over to watch a basketball game. You see, since we live in the middle of the ocean, we have to get out of bed at unreasonable hours to watch live sporting events. I remember my husband dragging me to a bar/restaurant in Waikiki at 7 am on a Saturday so he could watch England’s football team play in some big European tournament. It’s hard enough for me to care about sports as it is, but at these hours? Luckily, there was French toast involved.

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast pizza is a great way to feed a crowd. It’s easily adaptable, and can even be made vegetarian. We like ours piled as high as possible with spicy sausage, hash browns, a ton of cheese, and eggs, potentially overflowing. It’s more assembly than cooking really, which is nice because I’m pretty much useless in the morning. And if you’re really organized you could even assemble everything, minus the eggs, the night before. Then all you have to do is beat a few eggs and pour them over the top before popping it into the oven.

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast is probably my favorite meal. The possibilities are limitless, and all four awesome food groups are potentially involved. Every time we’ve had this, it’s led to greedy overindulgence. It’s that good. You just can’t stop.It calls to you. Siren song. Jump in.

Sky High Breakfast Pizza
Serves 6
All your favorite breakfast items piled high and served in a triangle
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Prep Time
20 hr
Cook Time
20 hr
Prep Time
20 hr
Cook Time
20 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cans crescent rolls (you may not need them all, but buy two just in case)
  2. 1 pound sausage meat (I like Jimmy Dean hot)
  3. Half a bag of frozen hash browns (the square kind)
  4. salt
  5. pepper
  6. chili powder
  7. 1 cup shredded cheese (whatever's in your fridge)
  8. 4 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Start cooking your sausage in a skillet over medium high heat. Break it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  3. In the meantime, spread a layer of crescent rolls over the bottom of a pizza pan. Rectangular breakfast pizza is also completely acceptable. Pop this in the oven for five minutes to get a head start on cooking. This will prevent soggy crust.
  4. When the sausage is cooked through, carefully remove it from the pan to a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. In the same pan with the fat from the sausage, brown your hash browns. You may even need to add a bit more oil to prevent sticking. Season with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Toss the potatoes from time to time to brown them on all sides. This should take five to ten minutes depending on how brown you like them.
  6. Assemble your pizza by spreading the sausage around your parcooked crust. Next pile on the hash browns. Scatter the whole thing with cheese.
  7. In a small mixing bowl, beat four eggs. Ever so carefully, pour the eggs over your pizza, allowing it to seep through all the crevices.
  8. Bake your pizza in the oven for 20 minutes until golden. It will smell like sausage heaven when it's ready.
  9. Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. I like mine dotted with hot sauce. Condiments aren't necessary, but completely acceptable. Go wild
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Caramel Butterscotch Muffins

Caramel Butterscotch Muffins

Caramel Butterscotch Muffins

I am so excited to be posting for the first time on our very own site. When I started this blog, I originally predicted I would get discouraged and abandon it after a month. It was my intention to give myself six months before making the commitment of buying a domain name and designing a self-hosted site. My enthusiasm must have been contagious, however, since Geoff decided to go ahead and start working on this site for me. And for you. After just two months, we’re totally psyched to share it with you.

I probably should have made you something more extravagant, like a giant cake, but this is still real life. And that’s what we’re about. Austerity is back in effect after some unexpected financial setbacks (stolen scooter), along with some other budget busters (hello immigration). Simplicity shall reign over indulgence for a good long while, it seems.

Caramel Butterscotch Muffins

That doesn’t stop me from sharing sugar-encrusted muffins with you, though. These fluffy sweet gems were born out of a combination of resourcefulness and an utter lack of attentiveness whilst in the grocery store. With a base recipe for muffins to test and an extra bag of butterscotch chips, I managed to produce something brilliant.

This is a muffin. It is not a frostingless cupcake. It is more substantial, and has a lovely sort of crust all the way around. It’s still loaded with sweetness, though. The kind that makes you want to sing and dance. The butterscotch chips melt in the oven, forming delightful little burst of goodness, and the caramel sauce drizzled over the top before baking forms a gorgeous burnt crust around the edges. 

Caramel Butterscotch Muffins

You absolutely must eat these warm. It’s totally fine to pop them in the microwave for fifteen seconds. I mean, they’re perfectly edible  at room temperature, but the gooeyness is where it’s at. Do not miss out. They’re so worth the burnt fingers.

Get ya some!

Caramel Butterscotch Muffins
Yields 12
A for real muffin studded with sweetness
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 303 grams (2-1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 105 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 whole egg
  8. 1 egg yolk
  9. 1 cup plain yogurt
  10. 1 cup butterscotch chips
  11. approximatly 1/4 cup caramel sauce, for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and spray muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl, or pulse in food processor for about five seconds.
  3. Whisk together sugar, oil, egg, egg yolk, and yogurt in a medium bowl.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and quickly and gently stir to combine using a spatula or wooden spoon. Some small lumps are okay. Try to accomplish this in 10-15 seconds.
  5. Fold in the butterscotch chips
  6. Scoop the batter into the waiting muffin pan. The cups will be quite full. Muffin tops are the bees knees.
  7. Drizzle a spoonful of caramel sauce over each muffin.
  8. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove the muffins from them pan and turn them on their sides on a wire rack to cool. This will give you that lovely crust all the way around.
  10. Serve warm, even if it's a day or two later.
  11. Good luck not burning yourself.
Adapted from I'm Just Here for More Food by Alton Brown
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Photos by Monica Szczupider

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