Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins











These CHOCOLATE muffins are great for a lazy Saturday morning with the papers iPad. But they're even better for a Saturday afternoon when your 10 year old son and his best friend decide to watch The Three Stooges in full surround sound and all you want to do is go to your happy place and away from the "Whoop, Whoop, Whoop, Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk"!!!



Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins
slightly adapted from Nigella Lawson's Feast
Makes 12

250g cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cocoa powder
175g caster sugar
250g dark chocolate chips
250ml buttermilk
90ml sunflower oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.

Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, sugar and 3/4 of the chocolate chips in a bowl and mix together thoroughly. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla together until combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Do not over mix.

Divide the batter evenly among the paper liners and then sprinkle the tops of  the batter with the remaining chocolate chips.

Bake for 20 minutes until the muffins have risen and are springy.

20 comments:

  1. These look amazing! I haven't had decent muffins waaaay to long. So I take it that I have to stop mixing as soon as all the ingredients have just combined? Am I the only one who mixes a bit too long just to make sure?

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    1. Thanks Chris. Yes, stop mixing as soon as possible, even if there's still a few lumps in the batter. Once you introduce liquid to the flour you activate the gluten and the more you stir, the more you work the gluten and, hence, the tougher your muffins will be. Stop before you think it's really mixed enough, almost under-mixed... not that I want to be a Tough Muffin about it though.

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  2. I would sit alongside you son and his friend and be crying with laughter, WITH the chocolate muffins, mind you! ;)

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    1. Haha Christina. You'd be in good company, muffins and all.

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  3. Awww go to your happy place. I do that sometimes...when I'm in the metro or the bus...or at the shopping mall, the supermarket...well, I know this place haha :P & your muffins would be perfect for this time :)

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    1. Oh yes, Gabrielle I know we have similar Happy Places.

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  4. Love those! Love the photos and that light too! Gorgeous light. Perfect to eat a chocolate chocolate chip muffin in. :)

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    1. Sometimes it all just comes together... and then you eat a muffin.

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  5. You are so creative --- I see something in every post that makes me want to go cook, photograph, and, of course, eat!

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    1. Thanks so much Sue. That means a lot to me.

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  6. I love your photos so much. I feel like I am learning about photography as well as drooling over amazing food :)
    I will definitely be making these over the weekend for Chris's lunchbox next week - Girlfriend of the year here I come!

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    1. Thanks Amy. I'm still learning about photography, food, cooking, baking, blogging, and having fun doing so. I'm sure you're already Girlfriend of the Year... girlfriend.

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  7. Stunning, stunning photos, and I love chocolate muffins! These look perfect!

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    1. Thanks Anna. I appreciate your comment.

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  8. The photography is brilliant. It really makes you want to try those muffins right away.
    Sadly I yet have to cook them.

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  10. I dont like honey,Can we replace honey with something else for this chocolate muffin recipe?

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