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September is very special to me! This month we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month so my thoughts are focused on my childhood, my mami and the Hispanic Heritage I give to my own children. Some of my favorite flavors growing up include cinnamon, coffee and dulce de leche.
My mother wasn’t a baker, in fact she still (sorry Mami) can’t bake but she can manage a box recipe without any disaster. Instead of testing out new products she would turn a box recipe and make it fabuloso by adding ingredients like cinnamon, coffee and dulce de leche! I decided celebrate some of my mother’s ideas using Nescafe Clasico and turn it into a new Café con Leche Muffins recipe la familia will enjoy this month.
It’s no secret that I’m slightly addicted to coffee so baking with coffee is something I’m always eager to do. Nescafe Clasico is one of my favorite coffees to bake with. The flavor is not overpowering and the coffee grinds are perfect for mixing into baked goods. Nescafe Clasico is easy to find in the Latino/Hispanic food aisle at your local Walmart. While you’re there, you can also find Nestle Dulce de Leche in a can. You can make your own Dulce de Leche but you can find Nestle La Lechera for under $2.00 at Walmart.
Step 2. Take 2 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and add to your batter. Mix until well blended. Café con Leche Muffins is very similar to a coffee cake or crumb cake. The cinnamon, coffee and brown sugar with give your batter a muffin texture and added flavor.
Step 3: Take blended batter and add 1/2 (about 3 tablespoons) of your muffin liners or ramekins. I made 2 ramekins and the rest in cupcake/muffin liners.
Step 4: Tale 1/2 tablespoon of Nestle La Lechera dulce de leche and top over your batter filled liners.
Step 5: Add 1/2 tablespoon of batter over dulce de leche. This will create a barrier to prevent dulce de leche from seeping out of your muffins and also allow a hidden treasure for your little ones.
Step 6: Top your muffins with a blend of coffee grinds, cinnamon and brown sugar to give the crumb cake/coffee cake look. I used a 1/4 cup of combined toppings and sprinkled liberally in order to give my muffins color and additional texture.
Step 7: Bake in over for 20-23 minutes at 350F degrees
Once your Café con Leche Muffins cool off prior to eating or if you are using a ramekin, you can eat warm similar to a chocolate molten lava cake. Surprise your niños with this easy to make Café con Leche Muffins this fall or bake for an upcoming holiday party. Who would have thought added a few ingredients can turn a simple idea into something fabulosos !
The smells of Nescafe Clasico in my kitchen brought back so many memories for me. While baking with my teenage daughter I began to reminisce about life when I was young child and how my Guatemalan mother came to the U.S in search of a better life for her young family. We discussed my Mexican father, his family and our recent visit to Mexico this summer. More importantly, we discussed our Hispanic heritage and the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.
How do you celebrate your heritage and incorporate it into your everyday life with your family?