Wednesday 17 January 2007

Coffee Kaya Muffins

It was very nice of my friend, who also loves baking, to lend me one of her muffin cookbooks. I wanted to try out this jam-filled muffins, but realised that I didn't have any yogurt in the fridge. In the end, I used a recipe from another cookbook, which is quite similar and I have all the ingredients on hand. The original recipe is called the strawberry cheesecake muffins. Instead of using strawberries and cream cheese, I used kaya spread (a sweet spread, made from coconut milk, egg, sugar, and pandan leaves) for the filling. As I only have a coffee flavoured milk in my fridge, I turned the recipe to coffee kaya muffins.

I made two versions of the muffins. One with kaya filling, the other with some chocolate chips. I used 2 different paper liners to help differentiate the two. To my amazing, despite baking them at the same time, with the same batter, the effect was totally different! The chocolate chips muffins in the cupcake liners almost "exploded", while the kaya ones looked rather flat.

When I first looked at this muffin, it reminded me of souffles...something which I would want to try out someday...

With my mix-and-match recipe, the muffins turn out to be very moist and fluffy. The muffin is not sweet, but the sweetness from the kaya and chocolate chips balanced off the taste just nice. My niece who came to visit us liked the muffins very much. I gave her a few to bring home for breakfast tomorrow. She told me she likes my almond biscuits, but she would rather eat them plain, i.e., without the almonds!

(make 12 muffins)

350g plain flour
1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
115g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
250ml milk (I used Meiji's coffee flavoured milk)
85g butter, melted
kaya jam
a handful of chocolate chips

  1. Preheat Oven to 200 degC. Line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl, then stir in sugar and salt. Mix well.
  3. Beat the eggs and milk together in a bowl. Stir in butter. Mix well.
  4. Stir in the egg mixture to the dry ingredients, gently mix to form a loose, slightly lumpy batter. Do not overmix.
  5. Spoon batter into 6 muffin cups, filling half full. Add 1 teaspoon of kaya to each, top with remaining batter.
  6. Add a handful of chocolate chips to the remaining batter. Stirring only once or twice. Do not overmix, otherwise the muffins will be tough. Fill the remaining muffin cups till 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 15 mins until well risen and golden on top. Remove from the tin and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.


Spicebears 스파이스베어 said...

I tried your coffee muffin receipe this afternoon. They taste good but i wish my muffins could raise a little more.

Thanks for your receipe :)

Happy Homebaker said...

Hi Spicebears, thanks for dropping by. Glad that you tried making the coffee muffins. If you want your muffins to rise a little more, you could fill the muffin cups to 3/4 full or almost full.

Anonymous said...

hi first time postin g a comment but I am just so glad to find so many bakers on the net and so many wonderful recipes.
will try your coffee kaya muffins tomoro they look and osund so delicious.


Happy Homebaker said...

hi MBC, thanks for dropping by! Yes, indeed I have learnt alot from those talented bakers out there who are so willing to share their recipes and experiences :D

Anonymous said...


I tried the coffee muffin but the texture turn out to be kueh like!! Haa haa

It was so hard and heavy!!

Looks like I really can't bake any cake alike stuff.


Happy Homebaker said...

Hi Fion, very likely that you have over mixed the batter. The batter should be very lumpy, you just need to give a few quick stir with a spatula or wooden spoon. Another possible cause will be the oven temperature, do make sure your oven has been preheated, and do use an oven thermometer.

HL said...

hi.. just curious is the amount of the baking powder correct? 1 1/2 tablespoon OR 1 1/2 teaspoon? it seems like I never use so much baking powder..

Happy Homebaker said...

Hi HL, yes it is correct.

SimpleAnn said...

Hi, I am drooling all over just looking at the photo. Sure miss the good ol' kaya as I can't find any here in Istanbul. I have bookmarked you and will try your baking recipes soon. Most of them made it to my "must bake list". Haa. Thanks for sharing all the recipes.


Sally said...


Will it be fine if we use just milk instead of coffee milk? The chocolate chips are optional too right?

Happy Homebaker said...

Hi Sally, yes, u can use plain milk, the chocolate chips are optional.

Christine said...

Hi HHB, any idea why the muffins with kaya spread did not rise? Is it normal that muffins filled with spread or jam can't rise tall when baked? I experimented making muffins with jam filling before but they turned out rather flat..



Happy Homebaker said...

Hi Christine, I think for my case, it is because of the type of paper liner I used. I have been using muffin paper cups since, and I always manage to get muffins that rise tall with a nice dome even for muffins with jam. Those paper liners for cupcakes yields flatter muffins. Also, till now, I do not own any muffin pans, I used an old hand me down pan with very shallow holes, so I think it could also be the reason why.