Monday, May 14, 2007
Muffins for the teachers
--Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Baking: From My Home to Yours Copyright 2006
¾ stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups buttermilk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan or fit the molds with paper muffin cups. Alternatively, use a silicone muffin pan, which needs neither greasing nor paper cups. Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet.
Melt the butter and half the chopped chocolate together in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water; or do this in a microwave. Remove from the heat.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract together until well combined. Pour the liquid ingredients and the melted butter and chocolate over the dry ingredients and, with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Don’t worry about being thorough – a few lumps are better than over mixing the batter. Stir in the remaining chopped chocolate. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. I sprinkled a bit of sugar on top.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from its mold.
I decided to make muffins at the last minute for my son's 'teachers' (he attends a daycare center) and this recipe that I had just seen posted at Cook. Craft. Enjoy. immediately came to mind.
Unfortunately since I gave them away to the teachers, I only tasted a small sample that I baked off in a custard cup. I know I enjoyed it and I can say that these muffins are intensely chocolate but I wish I had been able to sample an entire muffin. Or two. I'm going to have to make these again because I want my share!
Not much else to report this Monday morning. We spent the weekend visiting mothers and grandmothers. I didn't cook a thing.
Blast From The Past: Chicken Enchiladas from September 2005. I don't make this heavy version of chicken enchiladas anymore but I won't lie - I'd eat them up if I could do it without guilt.
Question of the Day: How did you spend Mother's Day?