The end of the year is nearly approaching, and what a year it has been. We started our blog half way through 2011, and I can’t believe how wonderful it has been discovering new places and cuisine. I want to thank all of my readers for following and supporting Life & Food. It is such an amazing feeling to know that my posts are actually being read. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings, and the food adventures that it will take us on.
I have had chocoflan countless times, but there is something about this recipe that made this one stand out. The cake comes out rich and moist, and the flan is so creamy. I had never made flan with cream cheese before, but now I can’t imagine making it without it. It really helps make the overall consistency of the flan so silky. This is a great dessert to make for your upcoming holiday parties. You can choose to garnish it with your favorite fruit or nuts. The chocoflan presents itself as a gorgeous cake, and is sure to impress your family and friends. I chilled mine overnight, but you are more than welcome to enjoy it warm.
I make “lists” of places that we must eat or get a drink at according to the city that they are in. Now being that it is San Francisco, there are so many places on that list, and it may take us many visits to accomplish all of them. Returning to San Francisco is most definitely in our future plans, and of course you have to start somewhere right? Elizabeth Falkner’s Citizen Cake is one that we decided to check off our list this time around. Now checking it off doesn’t mean we won’t be back. I have been craving the Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart, ever since we left. I also loved the interior of the building. The exposed brick and lighting really make it such an inviting atmosphere.
All of the ingredients for these muffins come together and create a savory and sweet treat. Olive oil really plays a part in creating a light and incredibly moist baked good. This versatile muffin can be enjoyed both as a dessert or a morning pastry with your favorite cup of coffee or tea.
Makes 12 muffins
For the Muffins:
- 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 large eggs
- The lemon zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp. fresh thyme, right off of the sprig
- 2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 tbsp. Whole Milk
- ¾ cup extra- virgin olive oil
For the Glaze:
- 1½ cups confectioners’ sugar
- The juice of 2 lemons
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.
- Mix together the flour, baking, powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Using an electric mixer blend the eggs, sugar, and lemon zest together until pale in color, about 3 minutes.
- Beat in the balsamic vinegar and milk, then gradually beat in the extra-virgin olive oil. Add the flour mixture, and stir just until the ingredients are all blended together.
- Fill each paper liner just about to the top with the batter. Bake until golden on top, about 20-25 minutes. Be sure to insert a toothpick to test if the middle is baked through. Transfer to a platter or wire rack to cool just until they are warm to touch.
- Meanwhile for the glaze, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, and melted butter until smooth. If you feel that the mixture is too thick, you can add a bit more lemon juice. Drizzle over the muffins while they are warm.