Food Hack: Boracay’s Real Coffee Calamansi Muffins

July 9, 2012

Rainy season has kicked off quite productively judging by the amount of rainfall we get almost every day. (At least the frogs are happy about it.) Can’t say the same for humans, which is a species that’s hardly waterproof.

On some days, you just want to go back to the beach. How many of you tweet, “I wish summer would come already!” barely a week into June? We haven’t even hit Christmas season and you’re already looking for sun, sand, and surf. In fact, some of you have already started hovering over the PAL and Cebu Pacific websites waiting for a chance to book budget trips to Boracay for the following year.

What’s with Boracay, anyway?

Sure, it has glorious amounts of powdery-white sand (though the shoreline is thinning), clear water (though there’s a problem with E. Coli), and enough resorts and bars to probably last you a year of daily partying.

But the thing is, you can go on a beach trip to almost any part of the Philippines. In any other beach, you’ll do the same things anyway—get a tan, take wide-legged jump shots, write your name in the sand, get a henna tattoo of a dragon (or butterfly), drink beer while eating freshly-grilled seafood, and wonder if the hot foreigners will talk to you.

So the question remains: what’s so special about this little island that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists a year?

Real Coffee & Tea Café’s Calaminsi Muffins—that’s what.

This little gemstone is located only on this island with its famous muffins baked golden brown and slightly toasted, fresh and zesty, warm like a lover’s hug and soft like a pillow’s dreams.

Luckily, we’ve managed to hack the recipe. So without further ado, enjoy.

Oh, oh, oh, one last thing! We recommend putting a large shell to your ear and closing your eyes to complete the illusion of being at the beach.

Real Coffee Boracay Calamansi Muffins

Yield: 1 dozen muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 pcs eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup calamansi

Procedure

  1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl . Set aside.
  2. Mix milk and calamansi together in another bowl, set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add eggs one at a time and mix well.
  5. Add in milk mixture and flour mixture.
  6. Mix until well blended, don’t over mix.
  7. Scoop in non stick muffin pans.
  8. Bake in preheated 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 18-23 minutes.

 

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jon tolentino

Ohmy! My ultimate favorite Boracay food hacked by my ultimate favorite food blog. Heaven! 

Mikka Wee

YESSS. Now you can make some right at the very comfort of your own home. 🙂 Cheers! 

Christina

Kalamansi muffins!  Oh lord. This seems bad and good, all rolled together and baked crispy.

Greatly enjoying your blog, btw. Cheers from Brooklyn.

Mikka Wee

Hello from Manila, Christina! Thanks for stumbling upon Pepper.ph. 🙂 Ooooh, you bet! We like the top crunchy and toasty, too. 🙂 

St_ryan_the_great
St_ryan_the_great

Something for the rainy days…

Mikka Wee

Indeed! Pair it with some coffee or hot chocolate! Mmmm mmmm.

Tracey@Tangled Noodle
Tracey@Tangled Noodle

*sigh* My muffin top’s gonna get even more muffin-y, thanks to you and your fabulous food hacks.

Mikka Wee

Heehee. Thanks, Tracy! Glad to be of service. 😉

Zhayne
Zhayne

thank you SO MUCH for doing a food hack on those glorious calamansi muffins in bora! i’m so going to try to make this.. soon. hahaha! i have a question though.. in your recipe, by calamansi, i take it that you mean calamansi juice? 😀 

thank you! 😀

Mikka Wee

Yes that’s right, Zhayne! It’s calamansi JUICE! Sorry for that. 🙂 Can’t wait for you to try the recipe out! 

Irene Ting

 a bit of extra work.. but i would suggest adding the zest as well… adds freshness to each bite. or make it a bit fancy with candied rinds on top.

Zhayne
Zhayne

I’ll try to do that! Thanks for the tip! 😀

Zhayne
Zhayne

Thank you! and no problem at all! 😀 I can’t wait too to try this! *excited*

Ferdinand Angeles

Sayang. ngayon ko lang nabasa. We were in Bora last month. 

Rae Cabradilla
Rae Cabradilla

Awww man! I’d love to try this! 😀

catjuan
catjuan
Made this recipe yesterday, it was delicious and super easy! Thank you for sharing!  Since I live in Sydney I had to make do with mixing lemon and orange juice to try to make the flavour of a calamansi. It’s just not the same, but it’ll do. Things I will do next time: 1. Add the zest of the lemon to the batter.  2. Squeeze the juice of one lemon and one orange (even if it’s closer to 1/3 cup juice than 1/4). I like my muffins a little tangier.  3. Once fresh out of the oven, I’ll brush the… Read more »
Rich Tuason

Thank you for trying it out! And major props for trying it out with lemons and oranges! Now wondering how it tastes like. Mmmm

chiniehdiaz
chiniehdiaz

Here’s what happened on my first attempt:  😀
http://fabafter40.tumblr.com/post/27187717247/calamansi-muffins

But the 2nd try was perfect! Thanks for the recipe, I love it! Sharing it with everyone. 

Katherine Jao

Glad it went well! 🙂

Rica Racasa-Ragudo

tried it and it’s 98% close to the muffins of real coffee! sans the sand, sunset, shore 😛
anyway, it’s really good!!!

Katherine Jao

Good to know Rica, thanks! 🙂

Rica Racasa-Ragudo

 http://instagram.com/p/NNSX9AhBbL/ muffins! 🙂

Bea Hidalgo

Tried it! Thanks a lot for this! 🙂 http://instagram.com/p/NgPYlnoi8l/

Katherine Jao

You’re welcome Bea! 🙂

Jodi Abesamis
Jodi Abesamis

How much batter should I put in the muffin pan? 🙂

Katherine Jao

About 3/4 full Jodi. 🙂

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Ukelady
Ukelady

I just finished baking my first batch of calamansi muffins. They’re a success! Even better, I whipped up a batch of honey whiskey buttercream to offset the tartness. Honey-mansi muffins. 🙂

Katherine Jao

You icing sounds really great! 🙂

Maricar Loinaz-Sarmiento
Maricar Loinaz-Sarmiento

I just made this now but used Splenda Sugar Blend to cut down the calories and followed the rest of the recipe. It turned out really pale (like buttered puto) I guess coz there wasn’t any sugar to caramelze but it tastes soooo good! Inlove it! I’ve been searching all over for this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing! Can’t wait to try out your other recipes 🙂

Katherine Jao

Hi Maricar! 🙂 yes, it’s because of the sugar substitute. but what’s important is it tasted good. 🙂 what you can do is reheat it in the toasted before eating — for that added toasted caramelized crust.

Marina Oh

I’ve tried this and it taste really good and almost the same as the one that I had at Real Coffee in 2010. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

lan
lan

what kind of milk…fresh milk?

Marie F Lo

What kind of milk should i use? Thanks!

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Chrissie
Chrissie

Hello there, I tried baking these muffins, and followed your recipe to a T. But instead of getting that golden brown muffins, I ended up with pale white ones. Tastes great though. Any Idea how this happened?

Lee Rosaia

I will try your new recipe for the Calamansi Muffins. You forgot the most important ingredient. Hahahaha

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Clair

Will calamansi concentrate be ok with this recipe? If ever, I suppose I need to dilute it? Replies will be most welcome! Thanks. 🙂

Kath13
Kath13

mine looks like the picture you have but it was kinda not cooked in the middle and did not rise..it was flat!!! wah.. But the taste was the same as the original one.. What did I do wrong?? hmmm

muffintop
muffintop

I attempted to make these muffins but it came out with cracks on top. Plus, it didn’t turn out as dense as the ones from Real Coffee. What gives?

muffintop
muffintop

I tried your recipe and my muffins turned out with cracks on top. They were also light unlike the denser ones from Real Coffee Boracay. I used a stand mixer for this receipe. Should have it been done by hand instead?

Carol
Carol
Hi. I just got back from Boracay, Real Coffee and tea was just across our room, and oh my,,, the smell of freshly baked Calamansi Muffin was heavenly every morning….I manage to spy on them while they were baking the muffins and they use 1 bar of Anchor butter (I’m not surprised that each muffin costs 45/ea), 2 cups of APF and 6Tbsp of calamansi for every recipe. I couldnt see how much sugar ,milk and eggs they use, nor would they give it to me…and they mix it by hand, not sensitive at all and the batter is kind… Read more »
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Evanna Buban
Evanna Buban

Tried this today and my family loved it.. I’m so glad you hacked this because I’ve been dying to have this since our Boracay trip last year…

Bea
Bea

It’s too tarty 🙁 can i use less calamnsi juice but more sugar? Or use honey instead?and mine cracks on top like crazy!

Trixie
Trixie

Can you use calamansi concentrate for this or should it be pure calamansi juice? 🙂 and what kind of milk would be best?

lisa
lisa

my kids gonna love this..
thanx for receipe..

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LJ Baker
LJ Baker

Do you have any suggestions for a good icing that would go with these kalamansi muffins?I am planning to try this recipe and hopefully my husband will love it since he’s always been a fan of Philippine kalamansi when he eats liempo.

carbaddict
carbaddict

My friend came from Bora and she went to Real Coffee and tried to “spy” on the girls making these muffins. She said she saw them use Maya pancake mix for the muffins. You think you can come up with another version of this recipe using pancake mix? I think this is what makes their muffins so dense. I’ve made your recipe and although it tastes very close to the original, it is not as dense and came out with cracks on top. Your version is actually lighter and has a more sophisticated taste.

aya
aya

I tried this recipe today and accidentally doubled the amount of milk. I also used half cup each of brown sugar and white sugar instead. Turned out moist and dense and very similar to the original! Thanks for the hack!
PS I added the zest of all the calamansi I used, too, and I think it adds a more citrus flavor. 🙂

Amar
Amar

You did not answer queries on your recipe- can you use calamansi concentrate? Some had cracks and was not as dense. Solution?
Would pancake mix help instead?
(I was just in Bora w family and made sure I made a trip to Real Coffee. I froze a bunch to bring them to US and my baker friends love them! Wanna give them the recipe. We only have extract in a bottle here.
Please advise if your website is still around.
Thanks.

Ria
Ria

tried this and my husband loved it! 🙂 thank you for this yummy recipe!

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Marisu Ang-Doromal
Marisu Ang-Doromal

Hi! Thank you for the recipe, i tried it using an electric mixer, its not as dense as the original but light. Should i just mix it using a whisk? Even the butter with sugar? Should milk be fresh or evaporated? Thank you!

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