Food Hack: Boracay’s Real Coffee Calamansi Muffins


Just like these muffins, this is going to be a short and sweet post.

I always told myself i would do food hacks (trying to imitate other people’s food), only when it was an iconic dish that was known (fairly truthfully in this case) around the world. Or more precisely, to those who have already set foot in the beautiful island of boracay. Some years back a mother and daughter American duo (or Canadian? – not sure) fell in love with the island and decided to become permanent residents and set up a coffee shop. Real Coffee, has over the years become the very first stop for anyone arriving in the morning or the afternoon, a meeting place of sort, before the endless sun tanning and heyday of partying commences. They do one item particularly well, the calamansi muffins, made fresh with their little ovens in the hut kitchen. They are tasty and perfectly moist where they need to be. Calamansi, a local Citrus, is like a lemon, just small and green (smaller and greener than key limes) that has a distinct flavour.

In no way am i saying that my version bested theres. How could i ever beat the Real Coffee Calamansi Muffins that is served with a smile and the gorgeous back drop of white sand and the promise of turquoise water.

I just made these for those who become a little beach sick from time to time.

Calamansi Muffins

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1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
8 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temp. + more to butter the ramekins
1 c sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk (or buttermilk)
Zest from 1 lemon or lime
1/3 c calamansi juice (freshly squeezed) – or lemon, or key limes
1 tbsp of lemon juice

Pre heat oven to 210 celsius

1. mix all the dry ingredients first. Set aside
2. In a mixer: butter + sugar until creamy. 1 egg, then mix. 1 more egg, mix again. On low, add the milk, juices, rind, dry mix. Mix until smooth.
3. Butter ramekins, and fill to 3/4
4. Place in the oven, automatically reduce heat to 175.

Keep an eye on them until they puff up and get a nice muffin top (dome) and a stick comes clean when inserted. (usually 15mins).

Mine didn’t really puff up because I was watching TV and couldn’t be bothered to keep and eye on them. Oh well, the flavour was there.


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    1. Moochie December 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      I was so frustrated not being able to buy real coffee’s calamansi muffins when i was in boracay.

      So, My sister and I did this– doubled the lemon juice and added more calamansi than the prescribed coz we really like it as sour as we can possibly imagine.

      Anyhooz, next time, i think we can still afford to add more lemon juice / calamansi. :)

      This tasted awesome! thanks!

      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:28 am

        let me know how it goes with more!

    1. Bryan December 25, 2012 at 5:00 am

      Sir, your new intro is so GROOL. Love the song. Keep posting and we will keep supporting. Merry Christmas.

    1. donnie January 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      can i use oven toaster?tnx and if ever what is the temp.

    1. Matt January 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Hello sir, I just made a batch tonight, and I really liked the idea of coffee and calamansi as a pastry. Did some tweaks to your recipe (orange instead of lemon coz they’re not in season, and coffee dusting before the oven). They are awesome! Thanks for posting this one! Posted on my (not main) blog.

    1. blueberrygirl February 7, 2013 at 7:40 am

      Thanks for this post! I love Real coffee’s calamansi muffin,I just moved to Canada and I’m really craving for this’re an angel!!! Will bake one really soon! :)

    1. jRg February 26, 2013 at 9:35 am

      wow! i did this right away after i watched your youtube! my bf loves muffins esp this kind from Real Coffee’s Boracay! dang! sooooo delicious.. my bf keeps droolin while eating! missin our boracay days! Thanks for this! two thumbs up! :)

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    1. Dela May 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      i did this tonight and almost ruined it by putting the sugar, butter, egg and the dry mix all at once. But luckily it turned out okay, it was as a matter of fact delicious! it has the exact same taste of Real Coffee’s. Thank you for this!! Been drooling over your blog since I’ve known about it when you guested for 899. Great great job!

    1. jopsey September 21, 2013 at 7:16 am

      I made accdg to your recipe added more calamansi rind . Hubby said it’s so Yum yum!!!
      Thank you for this recipe.

      1. Erwan September 25, 2013 at 5:49 am

        great thanks!

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    1. Real Coffee and Tea Cafe January 12, 2014 at 6:43 am

      Wish I could have a taste of it. It sure looks good.

    1. jovay February 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      The cool weather can’t stop us from trying your recipe. And Iove the reaction of everyone who tasted it,..




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