Saturday, May 12, 2007

Chocolate Muffins

This recipe for chocolate muffins is one of Beccy's. It really makes 12 muffins but I put less mixture in the muffin cases so I made 18 and they looked more like little cakes than muffins. I made them very quickly just before I went fishing so that I could take some with me. Given more time I would have decorated the top with some melted choc. I have to say I thought they tasted better a couple of days later when they were more moist.
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I was also using my new mixing bowls, a real 'steel' 3 bowls for less than £10 ($20)!!

Makes 12
6 oz marg
6 oz castor sugar
3 eggs
8 oz SR flour
2oz cocoa powder (if not using cocoa powder add 2 oz more of flour) + 4 oz choc chips( white choc gives a nice contrast) OR fruit
1 tsp vanilla essence (if fruit only being added)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 pt milk
blend marg and sugar add
beat eggs and vanilla
sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and fold in
Stir in milk (+choc chips or fruit)
bake approx 15 mins Temp 190 C.

Ideal if you want something quick when the kid's friends come to play.

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At 12/5/07 12:16, Blogger Beccy said...

Firstly I only use fruit if I substitute the cocoa powder for flour.

Secondly I use white chocolate in my cocoa muffins...mmmmmmmmm delicious.

I would never put melted chocolate on top. I also use the electric beater.

At 12/5/07 12:29, Blogger ChrisB said...

Beccy Ok shall I remove this post as I've obviously got it so wrong- I copied out what you gave me!!

At 12/5/07 14:14, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I haven't had breakfast yet, so they look especially good.

At 12/5/07 14:15, Blogger PortraitofPeter said...

I luv Chocolate Muffins - but must confess I 'cheat'?

I buy them from the local shop!!

At 12/5/07 15:14, Blogger frannie said...

they look delicious!!! I wish I were close by- I might just steal some off your window sill.

At 12/5/07 15:25, Blogger Sam said...

I can't believe you still use marg - that godawful unnatural stuff invented by the French.

Please switch to butter - it's butter for you. It's a natural food, and therefore better to feed your family and friends than something full of unknown stuff that has been whipped up in a factory.

At 12/5/07 15:34, Blogger ChrisB said...

anvilcloud, peter, frannie what a pity you all didn't live closer I would willingly share but maybe you would not be so keen after Sam's comments- I've been given slapped wrists!!

sam I copied the recipe ( as written) and I do mostly use butterin my cooking but on this ocassion I actually didn't.

At 12/5/07 15:53, Blogger alisonwonderland said...

chocolate. mmmm. :o)

i'm going to have to try this recipe!

At 12/5/07 17:26, Blogger Beccy said...

Sam butter costs about 10 times the price of marge. I couldn't afford to do all the baking I did if I used butter only. I cook with marge and we eat with butter.

Mum, I probably gave you a shorthand list and explained re: the flour, seeing as you taught me that. It's just that fruit chocolate muffins sounds horrible. I also thought you knew I used white chocolate. It doesn't matter what you use but the white makes a nice contrast.

At 12/5/07 18:00, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

OOH!!! I am going to make these.

My son's kindergarten class has designated snack days for parents and ours are coming up. I want to do something different than the traditional "cheese and crackers". I normally bring blueberry muffins -but I'm almost out of blueberries from the freezer. Time for chocolate!!!!!

At 12/5/07 18:35, Blogger ChrisB said...

alisonwonderland and karmyn if my instructions don't make sense please email me (beccy feels I have not been clear) I have slightly amended the method.

At 12/5/07 19:37, Blogger Sally Lomax said...

Excellent idea to make 18 smaller muffins. They always look nicer too!

At 12/5/07 19:48, Blogger Ben said...

I got a monkey it can jup very far

At 12/5/07 20:43, Anonymous Jenny said...

I'll be there in ten minutes.

At 12/5/07 21:01, Blogger ChrisB said...

ben I have been over to your new blog you are so clever grandma x

At 12/5/07 21:02, Blogger ChrisB said...

jenny I'd better make another batch !!

At 12/5/07 23:30, Anonymous Lisa said...

They look great, Chris, and very nice picture collage!
I've tried that with typepad, but to no avail.
We can get margerine here with no trans fats, etc. We eat that and I bake with butter.

At 13/5/07 05:51, Blogger Barbara said...

It's official then. Sam's family have finally taken over the blogging world. Muffins look excellent Chris.

At 13/5/07 07:20, Blogger Sam said...

seriously? ? butter costs 10 x as much as marg??

At 13/5/07 10:06, Blogger Beccy said...

Sam, maybe I exaggerate more than a bit but I buy a huge block of Marge for cooking, lasts a few weeks costs less than €3. That much butter would cost me €9 plust the butter I but for eating. I cannot justify spending a 15th of my budget on butter only.

At 13/5/07 11:36, Blogger ChrisB said...

barbara in view of the girls comments I think I should give up on publishing any 'food posts'.

At 13/5/07 11:38, Blogger ChrisB said...

lisa I tend to use marg for cooking when the butter is hard and I need to be quick.

At 13/5/07 18:32, Blogger Beccy said...

Don't give up mother. Doesn't it bring back fond memories of us growing up?

At 13/5/07 18:45, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy yes it does all that bickering back and forth -I feel I am back in 'the crescent'

At 14/5/07 03:28, Blogger my4kids said...

I think they look very yummy and want some myself. Even with the girls comments!


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