Searching for a chai-infused, dense, candy, and moist dessert that’s intensely intoxicating and satisfying? We’ve mixed and created a one-of-a-kind Stargazer Chai muffin recipe that includes a few of my favourite flavors to create an epic, out-of-this-world chai dessert.
Made with our very personal Stargazer Caramel Maté Chai, cream cheese, caramel, brown sugar, and cinnamon. They definitely make this dessert a singular mix of flavors which can be positive to please!
Chai Love: What’s in a Chai Spice Mix?
Chai is that this wonderful mix of spices that I can not get sufficient of. You’ve seen it featured in lattes, teas, and recipes. Ever surprise what spices are behind the creation of this earthy, spicy, intoxicating taste? Let me inform you…
Usually, you’ll discover cardamom. Relying in your choice, some use inexperienced cardamom and a few conventional black cardamom. The distinction between these two will not be solely the colour however the taste as effectively. Inexperienced cardamom has a milder taste profile, whereas black is far more earthy and smokey in taste. Neither is fallacious for chai. It simply relies on which you discover offers it the precise stability to your tastes.
You’ll additionally discover cinnamon, cloves, and generally black peppercorn and/or anise. We’re all conversant in cinnamon and cloves in a mirage of recipes, however what about black peppercorn in chai? It’s going to provide it that little bit of additional spice if used proper.
As for anise, generally individuals will use fennel seed as a substitute, however I desire anise. It’s harking back to black licorice, and within the excellent amount, whether or not you want this taste or not, can present a little bit little bit of the “hmmm…. what’s that one thing further I choose up on?” to your favourite chai.
I can promise you can see all of the depth and yummy you’re in search of in these stargazer chai muffins!
What Makes a Muffin a Muffin?
For these of us that love our candy treats—we normally have a love for all of them, don’t we? Doughnuts anybody? I’m oddly a sucker for a great doughnut! With the bottom elements of a cupcake and muffin being fairly related, how can the 2 be all that totally different? The quick reply is—sure, they really could be!
The main distinction is the feel of the 2—mixing extra, versus mixing much less. Cupcakes do include extra sugar and butter (on the whole) than muffins. Secondly, when mixing cupcakes, an individual lotions collectively the butter/oil and sugar to make a pleasant fluffy batter that minimizes air bubbles for a uniform batter. Easy and creamy!
With muffins, uniformity will not be the important thing right here. Muffins are blended, usually by hand, to create a blended however lumpy batter that provides muffins their density all of us have come to know and love because the staple of a great muffin. Personally, I’m a sucker for all desserts and breads which have a dense texture. Our family go-to for a loaf of bread is potato bread, because it has a dense consistency that’s not solely fairly tasty however positive fills the stomach up a bit extra.
What I really get pleasure from about this stargazer chai muffin recipe is the density, coupled with the little further sweetness that’s extra harking back to a cupcake.
Positively the very best of each worlds!
Fantastical Tea Pairings
This chai muffin recipe encompasses so many nice flavors that selecting a tea to enhance it’s a enjoyable endeavor!
I really benefit from the stability our Housewarming Mix black tea brings to the desk when served alongside these chai muffins. This tea is often known as our ‘Vanilla Crème Brulee’. With hints of creaminess and caramel, it actually attracts on the cream cheese and caramel included into this recipe.
I usually select the included tea in recipes I’ve created as a featured pairing tea, and this recipe isn’t any totally different. There’s one thing concerning the mild, but outlined, complexity these teas deliver to the recipe that permits for an ideal pairing as effectively. With that being mentioned, ensure you strive a cup of the Stargazer Caramel Maté Chai alongside these muffins.
In case you’re trying to have a late-night snack (responsible right here), then you might also be in search of the right caffeine-free tea companion. Our Vanilla Crème natural tea will do the trick! With a pure creamy vanilla taste, this tea actually attracts out every of the distinctive elements discovered on this chai muffin. I can not get sufficient of it!
Stargazer Chai Muffins Recipe
- 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 2/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon salted butter at room temperature
- 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/2 cups cake flour
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons Stargazer Caramel Maté Chai
- 15 gentle chew caramels
Substances for Cinnamon Swirl:
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
Substances for Crumb Topping:
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions for Tea Infused Cream:
On low warmth in a small pan, whereas stirring constantly, deliver the heavy whipping cream and Stargazer Caramel Maté Chai to a simmer.
Simply earlier than the combination involves a boil, take away from warmth, and let steep till it cools right down to room temperature, a minimum of half-hour.
As soon as cool, pressure the tea combination via a sieve and use a wood spoon to squeeze out all of the steeped heavy cream. Put aside 1/8 cup of this combination for the muffins.
Instructions for Cinnamon Swirl:
Take a 1/2 cup of the batter and add to a small bowl.
Combine within the cinnamon and milk till mixed.
Instructions for Crumb Topping:
In a small bowl combine collectively the brown sugar and cinnamon and put aside.
Instructions for Muffins:
Preheat oven to 330 °F. Line your muffin pan with liners.
In a mixing bowl utilizing your paddle attachment, mix cream cheese and butter till easy.
Step by step add the sugar till mild and fluffy.
Add within the eggs, one by one, then add the vanilla.
Slowly add the cake flour and blend till mixed.
Pour within the cooled milk tea combination and blend by hand simply till included.
With a tablespoon, put a heaping dollop of the plain cream cheese and tea batter in every muffin cup.
Take a teaspoon and put a heaping dollop of the cinnamon swirl batter in every cup.
Repeat by including one other tablespoon of plain batter to every muffin cup.
Take a skewer or toothpick, and gently swirl every muffin cup.
Gently place a gentle caramel chew within the heart of every muffin.
Utilizing a butter knife, fastidiously easy the batter excessive of every caramel.
Sprinkle a little bit of the crumb topping on to every muffin.
Bake for 23-25 minutes. Put aside to chill earlier than eradicating from pan.
Yields 12-15 cupcakes.