Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Muffins

I'm still not in the best of moods, but life has to go on whether I like it or not. Now I truly understand what human revolution means. Thank you special-you.

To baking! Used to shun anything-Nigella Lawson. She's the queen of comfort foods, and sometimes...too comforting. I mean, check out the size of her growing hips (But her face is still so pretty!). But after reading reviews and the ingredients of this recipe, I thought it might be worth a shot. And it probably is.

This recipe is incredibly easy, especially good for novice bakers to start on. The muffins are soft, fluffy and moist. Probably the work of vegetable oil. But with respect to the taste department, not as fanciful. I guess that's why some muffin recipes call for the best of both worlds - half butter, half vegetable oil. The muffins are pretty light in terms of taste as well. If you prefer dense rich flavors, you will think it's lacking in the chocolate, pretty different from the usual intense Nigella recipes. You might want to sub some flour for cocoa powder if you wish to have it more chocolatey. But they're really popular with my mom and her friends as the generous sprinkling of chocolate chips got them craving for more.
Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Muffins (adapted from Nigella Lawson's Feasts: Food that Celebrates Life)
(makes 12 muffins)

245g all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp cocoa powder
150g caster sugar
135g semisweet chocolate chips plus 45g for sprinkling
240ml milk
80ml + 2 tsp vegetable oil (I use olive)
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
I added 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules to the dry mixture to heighten the chocolate

1. Preheat oven to 200°C and line muffin pan with paper liners
2. Put together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, sugar and 135g chocolate chips in one bowl
3. Combine liquid ingredients in measuring jug
4. Mix dry and wet ingredients together and stir till just combined
5. Add in flour mixture and mix until just combined
6. Spoon muffin batter into muffin cups
7. Sprinkle 45g chocolate chips on top
8. Bake for 20 mins and transfer to wire rack to cool

1 comment:

  1. Look delicious! I like your pictures too. Will try to make too :D