Saturday 18 April 2009

Quadruple chocolate chunk muffins

I've made quite a few muffins already on this blog. Some were an unusual recipe, but fabulous, some went to Italy on their travels and some just looked a bit dodgy. However, none received as rapturous a reception as these. The name says it all really, but they were for a colleague who had given up chocolate and sweets for Lent, and felt she had missed out on lots of the baking I've been doing recently. Then when I didn't immediately produce something on the Tuesday I went back to work she sighed and said 'I bet you've given up baking now I can have it again'. As if.

So I felt all out chocolate overload was the way to go, especially for my colleague. So I present without further ado....

Quadruple chocolate chunk muffins
Ingredients (makes 12)
275g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
170g caster sugar
scant tsp baking powder
170ml sunflower oil
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
200ml milk (I used semi-skimmed)
70g dark chocolate, chopped (I used Lindt 70%)
50g milk chocolate, chopped (Green and Blacks creamy milk here)
50g white chocolate, chopped (Sainsburys 'Taste the Difference' swiss white here)

- Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into a large bowl. Add the sugar and stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl (I used a measuring jug) measure the milk, vanilla extract, and oil. Add the eggs to this mixture and whisk to break up the eggs.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ones and stir briefly. The idea is to combine the ingredients and get rid of dry flour pockets, but leaving lumps remaining.
- Add the chopped chocolate and stir briefly to distribute.
- Divide between the 12 cases. They will be pretty much full. I had a little mixture left over, which is always annoying, but it just wouldn't fit!
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. I used a cocktail stick to check when they were done. Remove to a wire rack and wait for them to cool. Or not, as you please!

These smelled delicious while they were baking, really yummy and it was all I could do not to snaffle the whole lot for myself! They were light and moist, and very chocolately, and as I said before, my colleagues couldn't get enough of them. I was greeted by a few dissapointed faces as people who wanted one but had left it too late popped their heads around the office door!

One of the muffins is trying to escape out of the side. Dunno why that happened. Quick, someone tame that muffin ;-)

T will be pleased to know that the last of this batch resides in the freezer, awaiting his delectation!


for the love of my life said...

i like your blog and written at mine as one of my fave. please visit. i am still learning to bake.

The Caked Crusader said...

I love it when something is so packed with chocolate that it takes on that chocolate glow! Your muffins are practically shining with chocolatey goodness. Yum!

Abitofafoodie said...

These look absolutely divine! Heaven for a chocoholic like me.


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