Can I use ground coffee instead of instant espresso powder for muffins?

Most recipes ask for instant espresso powder. I was going to grind beans I have very finely and hope that worked but dont want to screw up an entire recipe! HELP!

  • Posted by: Natalie
  • April 24, 2018
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Emma Laperruque
Emma Laperruque April 24, 2018

Hi! I love adding ground coffee to cookie dough and cake batter. I add it to the butter and sugar, when creaming, to infuse the flavor as much as possible—then taste and adjust from there.

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Natalie
Natalie April 24, 2018

Great! So if I just used ground coffee in a muffin batter, would the flavor carry through or would it be too gritty?

Emma Laperruque
Emma Laperruque April 24, 2018

It definitely adds some texture, but it's not too gritty for me.

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Natalie
Natalie April 24, 2018

Okay. So for a muffin recipe (12 muffins) how many tbsp of ground do you recommend?

Nancy
Nancy April 24, 2018

Just to add to Emma's vote, I use finely ground coffee or instant espresso interchangeably in baking, depending on what's on hand.
On volume, I would go sparingly at first, then add more if you prefer.
One recipe I know uses 2 tbsp for about 14 muffins, so use 1 to 1.5 Tbsp for your first batch of a dozen.

Natalie
Natalie April 24, 2018

Thanks Nancy and Emma both super helpful! Just put them in the oven!

judith@hudsonvalleycooking

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