Coffee Klatch: a social gathering for conversation while drinking coffee.
Let’s drink delicious coffee and gab about our lives! Our current topic is Gilmore Girls as we are re-watching the entire series leading up to the release of A Year in the Life on Netflix!
My sister in law is coming over at 6:30am this Friday – which we have dubbed Gilmore Friday – so we can watch A Year in the Life in it’s entirety before she has to go into work. I already have a pile of junk food on my kitchen counter waiting for our special screening. She is bringing over even more snacks, and we have plans to order both pizza and Chinese food… at 6:30am. I am so exicited! Of course there will be so much coffee.
Today’s recipe is Muffin Bottom Pie, inspired by Sookie. She brings muffin tops to Lorelai because they’re the only part she likes.
“What’d you do with the muffin bottoms?”
“I made muffin bottom pie. It’s actually really good, I’m think about patenting it.”
“Mmm muffin bottom pie, sounds dirty.”
My coffee klatch cohort, Heather, already shared her version of Muffin Bottom Pie with you, but I just couldn’t get the ideas out of my head so I had to try my hand at these two. I think you can tell by the number of photos which was my favorite. First we have coffee pudding muffin bottom pie, this is a double chocolate chip muffin, crumbled to form a pie crust, then filled with coffee pudding, and topped with fresh whipped cream. I inhaled a piece after shooting these photos and I am so happy with how it turned out! The crust is crisp like a graham cracker crust, but then soft in the center like a cookie! The coffee pudding is super creamy and of course has our favorite flavor: coffee. Top it with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed espresso beans.
The second muffin bottom pie utilizes a traditional pie crust, and is filled with a sort of muffin bottom bread pudding. The result is a crazy moist filling inside a flaky pie crust. I used lemon poppy seed muffins for this one.
Check out my recap of season seven below, and browse through all my Gilmore Girls recipes. Visit All Roads Lead to the Kitchen for her Gilmore Girls Thanksgiving recipe, have a very happy Thanksgiving, and then watch A Year in the Life on Friday!
Poor Luke. He came over to Lorelai’s to talk. She really did ambush him and didn’t give him the chance to figure things out.
Ha! Logan’s gift to Rory. A rocket. She totally gets it and she totally loves it. Totally. Awww she figures it out and it’s the most romantic gift she’s ever been given!
Luke’s whole big speech! Ugh he loves her so much! And she tells him about Christopher. Which was the right thing to do. But so sad.
Omg Luke sucker punched Christopher.
A stained glass window of a peaceful looking giraffe on the side of Luke’s Diner. TJ has the best ideas.
Woahhh Luke and Lorelai seeing each other in the street? Luke was so mean to her!
GAH and then Rory finding out about Christopher and she gets all mad!
Lane is pregnant?! (That timeline definitely makes sense…) Ha! “This baby sucks!”
Haha Emily’s cotillion girl.
Paris teaching Rory about sexting.
Oh geez Christopher saying I love you, Lorelai calling him. She’s dating Christopher now?! Not team Christopher. Okay his drive in date was really cool.
Sookie is such a good friend. Cautioning Lorelai about Christopher.
Luke has never been to Target. Of course. Aww Luke getting to have April stay over.
Emily got arrested! Lol!
Logan surprising Rory! So romantic! How many times can I say Team Logan?! Sad that she felt left out at dinner.
Parents weekend at Yale. Christopher is trying too hard! It is sweet. He makes the girls happy. But he can be a good father without dating Lorelai.
Haha Sookie using another man’s vegetables! The shame!
Aww Rory is no longer editor of the Yale daily news. Everyone loves her so much!
Omg Lane is pregnant with twins?! Yay Mrs Kim is excited.
Lorelai and Christopher in Paris. I’m getting sucked in to the romance of their relationship. Noooooo.
Rory’s artsy girlfriends are so fun! And they’re so sweet to her. Taking care of her during her huge foggy abyss meltdown.
THEY GOT MARRIED IN PARIS?! Ugh. My falling for their romance was short lived. No no no no no.
Logan surprised Rory again!
Luke is such a good dad! lol talking about kissing. Poor April with appendicitis. Yay Luke called Lorelai and she came to the hospital!
Ha! Rory’s second article where she’s mean but doesn’t realize it.
Rory is happy for her parents. Lorelai says she is so certain that she wants to be married to Christopher.
“A cheese plate? Since when is a hunk of fermented milk a suitable means for celebrating a marriage?” -Emily
April is moving to New Mexico. Sad. Ohhh Luke is throwing down!
Oh geez Christopher donating $7000 to the bridge and ending the knit-a-thon.
Ugh poor Luke. Anna just taking April away with no compromises.
Is Logan totes jell of Marty?! Sad that Rory is losing her new artsy friends.
Ohhhhh my goodness Luke and Christopher getting in a fight!
Their singed stockings are exactly like the ones I grew up with. My mom made them in the 80s and they’re still alive and well! A little worse for the wear, but no holes or anything.
Huge and grumpy Lane! “I’m pregnant! Not homeless!”
Sookie brings Lorelai muffin tops because that’s the only part she likes. Apple cinnamon walnut, lemon poppy seed, apple spice, double chocolate chip.
She’s pregnant again?! Oh Jackson. Didn’t get the vasectomy. Her response lol: no! No talking. Just do it. Or when I get home, I will.
Omgeeeee Lorelai’s character reference for Luke! Amazing! Yay Luke gets shared custody.
Sad Lorelai. Christopher left. 🙁
Grandpa had a heart attack. :,(
Uggghhhh Christopher. Jerk.
Luke is the best!
Logannnnn I love him.
Michel’s dog funeral
Wow Lorelai and Christopher are over. Poor kids.
Aww Lorelai and Emily bonding over business stuff while drinking. Aaaaand of course she’s right back to being mean Emily.
Mitchum Huntzberger! Ugh. Douche.
Oh noooo Logan’s deal. Is he going to be broke now?!
Lanes baby shower! Pushing the bed through the town, amazing.
Mia’s wedding and the girls road trip! Yay bonding.
Logan is growing up even more. Good job. Again: Team Logan.
Lane had her babies!!!
Yay Rory got a good job offer! But even more yay that she’s holding out for her dream job!
Aww Luke and Lorelai meeting in the maze and apologizing.
Lorelai is back at Luke’s!!!!!
Hahaha Paris making Rory open all her acceptance envelopes. Her subsequent elation and complete meltdown.
Yay Luke and Lorelai being friends!
Aww Doyle telling Paris he’ll follow her
Rory didn’t get the fellowship. :,(
Aww Lane. Deciding to stay home from the tour with the babies, but still encouraging Zach to go!
Omggggggg Lorelai singing to Luke!!!!! She will always love him.
Logan asked Lorelai for Rory’s hand in marriage! See?! Team Logan forever.
Luke is being weird. Ugh. C’mon man. Make a move. Give her the necklace.
Logan proposed at the party! Good job for Rory thinking about what she really wants instead of just saying yes out of excitement.
“This is as much your moment as Rory’s” so sweet Richard!
Rory decided no about marriage. Logan wants all or nothing. Sad! He won’t even try long distance? Does he realize what he just lost?! Poor kids, but Rory’s future is wide open!
Christiane Amanpour in The Dragonfly! What! So fun for Rory getting to meet her idol! She gets to keep in touch with her!
Rory is going to be a reporter on the Barack Obama campaign trail?! So exciting! Lorelai is such a good and supportive mother. All the tears!
Luke stayed up all night sewing a tent!
The surprise going away party! How perfect that Lane’s husband and Sookie’s husband run them out of the rain and into the party?!
Richards little speech to Lorelai! The sweetest. “It takes a remarkable person to inspire all of this.” Lorelai will continue Friday night dinners. Yay good daughter.
“I just like to see you happy” and then they kiss!!!!!!!!!!
“Mom. You’ve given me everything I need.”
One more Luke’s coffee before Rory leaves. “I’m gonna need a minute. I can’t decide.” “Take all the time you need.”
“Eggs, bacon, hash browns, and pancakes to tide us over.”
Perfect last shot. Zooming out from them eating at Luke’s.
- 6 jumbo chocolate muffin bottoms, chopped and dried
- 113 grams (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
- 150 grams (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
- 36 grams (1/4 cup) cornstarch
- 10 grams (3 tablespoons) instant espresso
- 1 gram (1/4 teaspoon) sea salt
- 591 milliliters (2 1/2 cups) whole milk
- 4 large egg yolks
- 5 milliliters (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract
- 56.5 grams (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- fresh whipped cream
- espresso beans, crushed or whole
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Chop each muffin bottom into quarters and allow to dry at room temperature overnight, or in a 350F oven for 20 minutes.
- Crumble the dried muffin bottoms in a large bowl. Add the melted butter and stir to combine well.
- Press the crumbs into a pie plate in an even layer on the bottom and up the sides.
- Bake the crust until set, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, espresso powder, and salt.
- Slowly whisk in the milk and cook, stirring constantly, until thick, about 7-10 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Temper the egg yolks by slowly whisking in some of the hot milk mixture in a steady stream until the egg yolks are warm.
- Whisk the egg yolks back into the remaining milk mixture in the pot in a slow and steady stream, and cook 2 minutes.
- Strain the pudding through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until each piece is melted before adding the next piece.
- Pour the custard into the pre-baked muffin bottom crust, and allow to cool.
- Place parchment paper or plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding, and chill in the fridge at least 4 hours.
- When ready to serve, top with freshly whipped cream and crushed espresso beans.