Sunday, 23 October 2011

Simple Chocolate Muffin Recipe

In the run up to Halloween, why not spend an evening making these super quick and easy chocolate muffins. They freeze well and, with a quick zap in the microwave, they taste as good as they do when fresh out of the oven.

I attempted spider webs that somehow didn't turn out?!!

So scrummy and moist!

Muffins are a real 'fail safe' recipe for baking beginners to try. This recipe in particular is so simple, and I'm sure kids of all ages will love to help with mixing together the ingredients. For the batch I made here, I attempted a little Halloween twist with the icing.

Makes 6 Muffins

The ingredients you will need are:

   In a Mixing Bowl:

  • 125g Plain Flour
  • 25g Cocoa powder
  • 1tsp Baking Powder

  • In a Jug:
  • 1 Medium Egg
  • 60g Sugar
  • 2tbsp Vegetable Oil 
  • 100ml Milk
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract

  50g Chocolate Chips (white, milk or dark)

The technique is so simple, these will be your 'go to' recipe for sweet treats from now on! 

  • First of all preheat your oven to 160C (this seems low, but it makes the muffins so moist and scrummy).
  • Sieve the flour and cocoa into your bowl and add the baking powder.
  • Now mix together the egg, milk, oil and sugar in the jug and slowly add it to the dry ingredients mixing very gently.
  • When the ingredients are almost combined, add in your chocolate chips, and give it one last mix before spooning into paper cases.

The key to making perfect muffins is not to overwork the mixture - just combine the ingredients until you have a lumpy batter. The lumps disappear in the oven - I promise. For the perfect 'muffin top' (arguably the best bit!), fill your paper cases almost to the brim.

Bake for 20 minutes, until they have risen and the tops are cracking open. If they aren't quite done, leave for 5 more minutes. 

Topped with melted white chocolate, so delicious.

You can top them with icing or chocolate, or just leave them plain. I love this simple recipe, and I hope you will too!

Love Edie xx


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