Monday, May 23, 2011

Double chocolate muffins

Cookbook Adventure #11 - Sweet & Savoury Muffins

Hubby said he had a craving for chocolate muffins and given our excess of leftover Easter chocolate I was only too happy to oblige.

I've had this cute little recipe book for years. It was an often used one in my early baking days - muffins being one of the easiest and quickest treat for a hungry amateur cook.

I have to admit that I was slightly sceptical as to whether the Thermomix would achieve the right texture for a muffin - the trick to muffins (as some of you experienced bakers would know) being a very gentle short mix - otherwise overstirring = tough muffins.

But shame on me for my lack of faith! They were moist and soft and everything you could want in a chocolate muffin.





Here's my Thermotalk version:

Ingredients

200g milk chocolate chips (or easter eggs!)
150g butter
3 eggs
180g milk
270g plain flour
50g cocoa
3 tsp baking powder
130g brown sugar

Method

1. Preheat oven to 190C. Grease muffin tin or line with paper cases. Makes about 12-15 (depending on the size that you want).
2. If using easter eggs - place them in TM bowl and chop into choc chips for 1-2 seconds on speed 5. Set aside.
3. Place butter in TM bowl and melt for 3 minutes on speed 3 at 50C.
4. Add milk and eggs and mix for 10 seconds on speed 5.
5. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, sugar and choc chips and mix for 5 seconds on speed 4 with the aid of the spatula. Check to see whether all ingredients are just combined, otherwise mix for another couple of seconds. Take care not to overmix!
6. Three-quarters fill each hole in the muffin tin.
7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when lightly touched.

Variation: Use white chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate.

8 comments:

  1. Just made these and yum! Thank you for the recipe!

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  2. You're welcome! Thanks for leaving a comment.

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  3. Found your recipe the other day after I refused to buy my kids a muffin packet mix. Just made them today and they are soft and delicious and I don't like Muffins typically. My son loved his and I haven't had a report back from my daughter (ran off to eat the muffin outside with a friend :)

    The only thing that concerned me, and that's because I don't normally make muffins so I don't know what they are normally like, is that the base of the outside of the paper cups was quite greasy.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. These muffins do have a slightly higher butter to flour ratio than other muffin recipes and so are a bit more like a cupcake but I don't recall them being overly greasy (although I havent made them in a while (too many other delicious things to make). A less buttery version is my chocolate prune muffins (August 2011).

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    2. Thanks Nic. I will maybe given the chocolate prune a go, though my kids would touch a prune with a barge pole :) these were well liked and I suspect I'll be asked very soon to make more. Particularly as my daughter eats them and she isn't normally into cakey type things.

      My wife took some to work today so I'm curious to how they went down there.

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    3. Don't tell them about the prunes! I don't tell my kids. Its a great way to get fibre into them and the prunes make it look even more chocolatey!

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  4. Just wanted to say that I found your recipe, and these are now our lunchbox staple - thank you :)

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    1. That's great to hear! Thanks for commenting.

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