Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

Time to share some more baking goodies.. this time we have scrumptilious Chocolate Chip Muffins.. who doesn’t love all that chocolate?!?!

Choc Muffins –  the below are plenty for 12 muffins:

Ingredients

Dry ingredients:

  • 180g self raising flour
  • 1.5 tsps baking powder
  • 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 100g chocolate chips (I chopped up a bar of chocolate!)

Wet ingredients:

  • 180ml milk
  • 60ml vegetable oil
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract

Handy Hint

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200C/Gas Mark 6 and fill a 12 bun muffin tray with paper cases.
  2. Weigh out the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Pour all the liquid ingredients into a large jug or bowl.
  3. Mix both together – DO NOT OVER MIX – it will be a lumpy but runny batter. Spoon into the muffin cases.
  4. Sprinkle more chocolate chips on top and then cook for 20 mins or until risen and springy.

Try using other ingredients such as blueberries, cherries, raspberries as a variation. Dust with icing sugar for a perfect finish.

Choc & Raspberry Muffins

Sorry! No photo this time. What a shame too, as the muffins did look rather scrummy, if I say so myself – even if the icing was a bit runny! No photos as they ALL got scoffed before I remembered to take one. And I tell you, that is quite an achievement, I made 12 + a cake (the original ingredients were for far too many, the recipe below is adjusted for about 12 muffins!!!). Much to the dismay of The Englishman and Red Ted, half he cake went to neighbours (saying thanks for all the fab hand me downs we get) and 10 muffins to a tea party in Ham!

Enough. Here is he recipe:

Muffins:

  • 110g Butter
  • 225g Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 110g flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt (unless you have used salted butter)
  • 60g coco powder
  • 120g milk
  • 1tsp vanilla

Frosting:

  • 150g Butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • handful of raspberries

Muffins:

Mix sugar and butter. Add eggs & vanilla. Mix all dry ingredients, then add alternating with the milk. Bake in 180 C approx 25min – but check. Also used these ingredients in a cake tin and it worked!!

Icing:

Now my icing went all wrong. So the above is guess work. Not v helpful, eh? But it was yummy and the yummy bit where the raspberries. So. Advice from icing queen: use lots of butter. Whisk for AGES until it is nice and soft. Add some liquidised/ blended raspberries and then icing sugar. Don’t add all the raspberries (like i did) as they are v liquidy. Once you have a nice consistency, add remaining quartered raspberries for flavour and texture.

Breakfast Banana Muffins: Cooking with Kids

Well.. yes, we had some of those blackened bananas that NO ONE will touch in the fruit bowl. The flies were beginning toget excited, so I decided to get baking with the kids – actually with The Girl, as the Boy started back at school today (boooo). We went for a Honey, Oats and Banana muffins. The are DELICIOUS, easy to make and are also a great alternative Breakfast muffin or add them to the children’s lunchbox. They will keep a week in air tight container. I like to stick them in the fridge too (why not!).

Banana Muffin Recipe

Banana Muffins Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas (the riper the better)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125ml of milk
  • 100g butter
  • 2 tbls runny honey
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 200g porridge oats
  • handful of raisins and walnuts (optional)

Banana Muffins Method

1. Melt the butter and honey in a pot on the stove and set aside

2. Squish your 3 bananas with a fork, in a bowl. Add the eggs and milk and whisk.

3. Add your oats, flour and raisins/ nuts. And mix with a wooden spoon.

4. Pour in the butter and honey. Mix again.

5. Divide into cupcake cases. Ours were quite small, we ended up with 18 cupcakes. Normally this will make around 12 medium – large cupcakes.

6. Bake 20 – 30 minutes (20min if small…) until golden brown.

Let cool on a rack and enjoy! You will end up with a sweet and moist and filling breakfast muffin!

From Blackened Bananas that no one will touch to Honey, Oat & Banana Muffins, that we can’t get enough of! We need some smell-o-vision SOON!

Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

We need some cupcakes in a hurry, and I didn’t have much in the cupboard save for the “standard” ingredients.  I decided that this easy chocolate cupcake recipe always goes down well. And whipped up a batch in no time!  This is based on the “equal measures” foragers cake, where you weigh the eggs first and go from there, but it isn’t an exact science, so take our measures as approximates.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs (weighed, in our case: 130g)
  • 130g self raising flour
  • 130g sugar (we used demarer sugar as I was out of ordinary sugar)
  • 130g unsalted softened butter
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 125ml of milk
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Prepare 12 muffin cases in a muffin tray.

Method:

  1. Ahem.. bung it all in your mixing bowl and mix well!!! (Surely this is the really makes this an easy chocolate cupcake recipe?!)
  2. Divide into muffin cases and bake for approx 15-20min, do check on them and check with a knife to see if ready (i.e. if the knife comes out clean you are ready to go).
  3. Remove, let cool briefly and then put on a rack to fully cool down.

Eat plain or decorate.

Enjoy!

Baking with Kids: Simple Jam Tarts

Here are some simple Jam Tarts that make for a nice treat on a rainy day afternoon. And we are having plenty of those. So baking with kids is on the agenda.

baking with kids

We make our own short crust pastry. As the jam is sweet, we make the pasty plain. But you can add a little icing sugar and an egg yolk to make it richer and smoother. Not needed though. So. Our simple jam tarts:

Sweet Short Crust pastry

  • (Makes 14-15)
  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g butter (room temperature ideally)
  • 3-4 tbsp of sugar (add to taste)
  • 3-4 tbsp of milk
Filling
  • Jam, great to use up any jars that are nearly finished, we used homemade apricote jam

  • Muffin Tin
  • 8cm Dia Circular Cookie Cutter or a large glass/ cup

Preheat oven to 180C

  1. Mix your flour, but and sugar until you have a crumbly dough
  2. Add your 3-4 tbsp of milk (you can use water if you like, but milk a little richer)
  3. Roll out the dough about 0.5cm. Using an 8cm cookie circular cutter, cut out circles and place them in your muffin tin.
  4. Fill each Jam Tart with a generous portion of jam. The kids loved doing this bit and yes, there was a little mess.
  5. Place in oven and bake until pasty is golden – approximately 20min
Remove, let cool and enjoy! Great quick and tasty treat.