Monday, March 3, 2008

Earl Grey White Chocolate Chunk Muffins


I've been dreaming of these decadent muffins for quite some time - Earl Grey white chocolate sour cream based muffins. I've mentioned before how I have this Earl Grey obsession. I want to try it in everything! (Next an Earl Grey creme brulee, mmm.)


Once the muffins were baked I was so very eager to try one. It didn't taste quite like the lemon poppy seed muffins that uses the same base. I know the flavours are totally different but something was still not the same. I thought it might just be that I replaced some of the all purpose flour with whole wheat. But then my boyfriend tried them and he immediately picked up on it - I forgot to add the sugar. Durr. They were still good though and the white chocolate helped to make up for the missing sugar. I have to make these again though, with the sugar, to truly satisfy my craving.

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Earl Grey White Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Adapted from Baking From My Home To Yours

2/3 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground Earl Grey tea (or more if you dare)
3/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup white chocolate chunks

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400F. Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan or fit the molds with paper muffin cups.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground Earl Grey tea. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter together until well blended. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and, with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Don't worry about being thorough - a few lumps are better than over mixing the batter. Stir in the white chocolate chunks. Divide the batter evenly among the muffins cups.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a thin knife inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from its mold.

47 comments:

Jaime said...

you know.... i haven't had early grey in so long, i don't remember what the flavor is like! i love white chocolate though and these muffins look great!

LisaRene said...

How frustrating to forget an ingredient. My biggest mistake was when baking a chocolate sour cream birthday cake. I accidently used baking Powder instead of the called for baking Soda. The result was that the cake rose very quickly and then fell flat :( It was a layer cake and each layer ended up about 1". Actually it tasted pretty good, more like a flourless cake in texture. We ate the whole cake!

Very inventive combination of Earl Grey, sour cream and white chocolate.

Helene said...

These muffins are so different. Interesting with the addition of Earl Grey. 2/3 cup of sugar is a lot. Good thing you had the chocolate in them.

amanda said...

haha no sugar! whoopsies. Good thing you had some white chocolate in their to add some sweetness to the muffins.

bbaking said...

Earl Grey and white chocolate sounds like a lovely combination!

mmmmmmmmmm yummy!

Erin said...

What an interesting combination of flavors! They look great. I think the sugar amount is fine as the Tea will definitely make them a tad bitter. Very cool recipe. Thanks for showcasing it!

VeggieGirl said...

Although I don't drink tea, I must say that these Earl Grey white-chocolate chunk muffins look and sound BEYOND tantalizing!! Such an innovative flavor-combination!!

Even though you didn't add the sugar THIS time, there's always next time (as you said) to truly satisfy your craving ;0)

winedeb said...

I love the look of texture in these! Do not feel bad, I forgot the sugar once in a muffin also, but drizzeled honey over them and they turned out terrific. But these look so good that I would try it again with the sugar!

Priscilla said...

I've never heard of Earl Grey tea before but I'd take one of your muffins in a second! Oh, yummy!

Helene said...

My visit in Vancouver was wonderful. I spent most of the days watching volleyball in Langley. Had little time to shop. I finally stop, on my way back, at middle eastern grocery. The pita bread is fabulous and I found great spices. Thanks again.

Deborah said...

I have never tasted Earl Grey, but these sound so interesting!!

Indigo said...

I think your Earl Grey obsession is becoming my Earl Grey obsession - I loved your tea cookies & am definitely trying these!

Erin said...

All of these muffins look so good! It really makes me want to get in the kitchen and make some =)

Hannah said...

What a creative flavor combination- Earl grey so so rarely used as a flavor, but I can imagine that a simple, sweet, white chocolate would pair well without overpowering it. Nice choice!

Kevin said...

Earl gray and white chocolate sound like they would make and excellent muffin!

Sophie said...

Interesting that they were still edible without the sugar - maybe you could get away with less than you normally add because of the chocolate?

Love the idea of Earl Grey in a muffin. I always drink Early
Grey in the afternoons (I'm obviously very English deep down!)

Bellini Valli said...

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mari said...

I'm so totally with you on the Earl Grey obsession, these muffins look and sound divine!

Travel Girl said...

I feel silly asking this, but... is the ground tea the same tea thats inside a tea bag?

Gigi said...

Interesting flavor combination. It sounds like it would be a really good muffin to try.

Lisa said...

As I enjoy a savory muffin, I probably would have enjoyed these without the sugar. Tea is an interesting addition. Looking yummy!

Mallow said...

Oops. I hate it when I do stuff like that. I can't wait to hear how your next Earl Grey experiment comes out!

Homecooked said...

Wow...this looks so delicious!!!! Anything chocolate...even white is yummy for me :) Thanks for the recipe.

katiez said...

I love Earl Grey - and Russian Earl Grey - and Lady Grey.
I just might like these...Ya think?

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I'm a huge Earl Grey fan, too. These look delicious!

Johanna said...

I once started to put a cake in the oven without sugar and had to put it back in the bowl to add the sugar - made a difference to the texture as well as the taste.

Love the idea of earl grey in a muffin - I don't like tea but I love the fragrance of earl grey and have had a few good experiences with recipes with green tea and chai tea lately

Claire said...

My parents really like Earl Grey, so I may have to pull this one out the next time I go home. They'd enjoy it.

John said...

OMG OMG OMG!!! I'm going to make these so hard!

If your Earl Grey obsession is anything like mine you'll love these choco bars:

http://www.amazon.com/Dolfin-Dark-Chocolate-Earl-Tea-70g/dp/B000MW4WNC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=gourmet-food&qid=1205118721&sr=1-1

They're wonderful.

found this via StumbleUpon

SFchef said...

These sound great! I've been looking for some good recipes incorporating tea.
Also At the restaurant where I work we have recently had earl grey, oolong, and hoji-cha green tea creme brulee's and wow, you should try it. Really good.

eatme_delicious said...

Thanks everybody for all the wonderful comments. :)

cinderelly said...

mmm, earl grey is my favorite tea flavor!

Maddy said...

oh i love the idea of tea as an ingredient and in these muffins it certainly works! They turned out so beautifully, too! I wonder how banana would be in them? Makes me want to go into the kitchen and experiment :)

ventures with veggies said...

Earl Grey and White Chocolate are such a lovely combination. I can't wait to try these!

Christine said...

I just finished eating dinner and you now have me hungry again! Great pics and will have to give these a try, anything with white chocolate, Yum!

Anonymous said...

TASTEY DELICIOUS

I just made these and they were quite succesful. I might try adding a tad more earl grey next time because the white chocolate chunks made it quite sweet. But overall, yum!

skarletshadow said...

there is a picture of me and your muffins on 3000miles2pictures.

theres also a link to your page!

eatme_delicious said...

Thanks everybody! And I'm glad that you liked them anonymous person and skarletshadow. :)

taj said...

Made them. Ate them. Fan-effin-tastic! Thank you for posting the recipie!

Kymba said...

I am definitely the kind of person who would forget an ingredient (and not just once in a while), so I made sure to add the sugar FIRST! :)

They're baking right now and smell absolutely lovely. Thank you for a fun recipe! This batch is going to an avid Earl Grey lover, who I'm sure will enjoy them mucho.

jstnk said...

I made them cauple of days ago with Lady Grey! They were (paste tense used on purpose) absolutely fantastic! Thanks for a great recipe!

Ryan said...

Delicious. Though were I made the batter.. it came out like Cookie batter and I had some dry ingredients leftover. I used Earl Grey teabags for my Earl Grey.

The next time I make these I'm going to use Dark Chocolate along with the white.

Thanks again for this recipe! Those muffins went quick!

Lynna said...

I made some cupcakes inspired by these a few days ago. They were wonderful! Check them out here if you're interested: http://amourpetitgateau.blogspot.com/2009/09/earl-grey-tea-cupcakes-with-white.html

Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I stumbled across this recipe on your blog nearly two years ago, and it's still one of my all-time favorites. Every time I make a batch, I end up referring at least a handful of new people to this page when they ask for the recipe.

I've recently discovered a fondness for making these with Lady Grey tea. The faint citrus-y tones give these babies an extra little kick of awesome.

I just pulled your blog up now (for the millionth time, I'm sure :) to make a new batch, and realized I've never given you my kudos. So, without much further ado, Thank you for this lovely recipe :)

-Teresa

eatme_delicious said...

Teresa: Aw thanks for leaving this message! =) I'm so happy you love these muffins and love them enough to send people here. I haven't tried them with lady earl grey but it sounds delicious! I should make another batch of these... it's been so long!

tsbjf said...

Same boat as Teresa! I came across your lemon poppy seed muffins a couple of years ago (love them!), and shortly after a friend found your Earl Grey muffins (love them too!). Just today I posted links for both on my friend & SIL's fb page, and she wrote back mentioning the Lady Grey reference in the comment section. So of course I came to check it out, and had to chuckle when reading Teresa's note. I too, have visited this page many a time, and have yet to leave a note, so here it is! :)

eatme_delicious said...

tsbjf: That's great that you love both those muffin recipes. :) They're both favourites of mine too! Thanks for commenting!

phoebetang8 said...

loll..one time i added the sugar twice while making a cheesecake, and when my family ate it, they almost threw up, b/c it was overly sweet!