I tried to squeeze more chocolate into these muffins, I did, but there comes a point when a muffin is full.
They were extra extra good.
Chocolate Muffins With Extra Chocolate
adapted from the Oatmeal Yogurt Muffin recipe in Muffins Fast and Fantastic by Susan Reimer
Place 12 paper muffin cases in a 12 hole muffin tin.
Preheat the oven to 200°c (180°c fan oven)
Mix together in a bowl
3oz (85g) porridge oats
8 fl oz (230ml) plain yogurt
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
In another bowl mix
7oz (200g) plain flour
4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
I like to use a whisk to blend out any lumps of flour or cocoa.
Next add the chocolate to the flour mixture. You will need about 5oz (140g) of chocolate. I used 1oz (30g)* each of white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, plain chocolate chips and 50g of chopped plain chocolate. I reserved about ¾ oz (20g) of this chopped chocolate for the tops. You can use any combination of chocolate you like but do use some chopped chocolate, the variety of chunk size is very pleasing in a muffin.
Now add to the yogurt-oat mixture
1 large egg, beaten
4oz (110g) light soft brown sugar or light muscovado sugar
4 fl oz (110ml) milk
3 fl oz (85ml) vegetable oil or melted butter
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and combine thoroughly without over-beating. Your mixture should not have any patches of dry flour in it but neither should it be beaten into submission. Lumpy is good.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.
Lastly add a few pieces of the chopped chocolate to the tops of each muffin before placing in the oven and baking for 20 -25 minutes.
I think it is best to wait until these are completely cool and the chocolate has hardened into toothsome chunks, but others prefer them warm and oozing. Who am I to judge?
* You may be wondering why 4oz equals 110g yet 1oz equals 30g. An ounce (oz) is 28.35g so I've rounded a single ounce up to 30 but as 4oz is 113.4g it seemed more logical to round it down to 110g. But hey, we're talking about chocolate chips, chuck in as many as you want.
A blog break is a good thing, I enjoyed not worrying about not blogging. It was also lovely to read all your comments, they fired me with renewed enthusiasm for blogging, thank you! While I have been away I have had lots ideas for posts which I have been writing down in my blog planning book (remind me to show you that sometime) and I do believe this summer will be a very good one for blogging.
I may not have blogged much in May but I took photographs and made a sampler, here it is, you can also find it on my sampler page.
The cakes in the top left corner are lemonies, the picture in the top right corner shows roast cod with salsa verde, a fabulous vibrant green herb sauce which I will blog about soon, and the middle bottom row picture is chicken with cream and white wine loosely based on this recipe.
Fun fact: Every single time I typed the word chocolate in this post (including that time) I typed it chocoalte.