Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Fantastic chocolate muffins

It's not just me blowing my own trumpet by telling you that these are fantastic chocolate muffins - I actually received a text from the Head Chef saying so, and that is a compliment indeed considering that his usual comment on anything I cook is that it could do with a little more salt . . .

So as a little bonne bouche for a weekday evening, and mindful of the fact that I have sadly neglected my adoring readers (cough) this week, here is my recipe for the most fantastic double chocolate muffins, baked in the Aga, but just as nice from whatever oven you choose.


(For this recipe I use the metric measurements, so imperial are untested.)

Makes 1 dozen

150g (5 1/2oz) self-raising white flour
2 generous teaspoons (tsp) baking powder
50g (2oz) Green and Blacks cocoa powder
75g (3oz) golden caster sugar
100-125g (4oz) good quality chocolate chips (I use a mixture of dark and white chocolate)

75g (3 oz) unsalted butter, melted
2 free range eggs
200ml (7 fl oz) milk

Sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa in a mixing bowl, then stir in the sugar and chocolate chips. Add some more chocolate chips if you feel the need.

Beat the eggs into the milk, then pour the melted butter into the egg and milk, and beat together.

Pour this liquid into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix together.

Divide between 12 muffin cases in a muffin pan.

In a 2 oven Aga, use the roasting oven with the shelf half way up and bake for 20 minutes turning half way. In a conventional oven, bake for 20 mins at 190C/400F (reduce by 10-20 deg for a fan oven).

Health warning:
These chocolate muffins are very delicious, and call to you from the cake tin when you are feeling a little low. If you don't have children in the house to gobble them up in a trice, your midriff is sure to suffer (don't ask me how I know). This effect can be counteracted by going to the gym, where 20 mins hard labour on the exercise bike will use up only 100 calories, but make you so hungry that you will need more muffins and a latte to revive yourself (this I definitely do know).

Absence note:
Pomona has been stitching away with the assistance of her dear Rose, and has several completed items of her very own manufacture as a result of such industry. Photos will surely follow if the sun shines, but hints are to be found here and here. (She is feeling very pleased with herself at this productivity - surely the Christmas season can hold no fear at this rate? This year there will be no emergency scarf knitting on Christmas Eve. Definitely.)


Elizabethd said...

They look delicious...and a bit naughty too!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe they sound delicious, must give them a go sometime soon!
Looking forward to seeing all this sewing. Please don't mention Christmas Eve, that's a very scary thought!!!
Vivienne x

Katy Cameron said...

I had to pin these for future pig-outery (as my gym membership has expired, and I haven't been walking home from work much!)

And excuse me, photos of the completedness please!

**Anne** said...

Oooo yummy muffins. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Anne xx

Momichka said...

The muffins look great. Yum!

Kay G. said...

These look good! I will need to make them with rice flour to make them gluten free for my husband. I wonder how many times I must walk up Stone Mountain to work off the calories for one muffin? Sounds likes a math problem!

Mrs. Micawber said...

Green & Black's make cocoa powder? I eat their chocolate as often as ever I can, but I haven't seen any cocoa powder ...

These look scrumptious. Have you ever thought of adding espresso powder to up the deliciousness ante?

I did wonder where you'd been. Looking forward to your show-and-tell.

Rowan said...

Those muffins look delicious. I rarely bake these days as if I make it I eat it and the pounds pile on!
I must confess that Christmas hasn't even entered my thoughts as yet - I shall be making the Christmas cake at the end of this month/early November and then I shall start to make my lists of things to do and make.

KC'sCourt! said...

I shall be trying those this afternoon thank you for sharing.
Looking forward to seeing the sewing.

Caroline Lovis (Redneedle) said...

I'm reading this at a time of the morning when a chocolate muffin would be very much appreciated! Looking forward to seeing your makes. Must go stomach grumbling...

Helen Philipps said...

These are a delicious treat to add to my tea table, Pomona, I will make a note of this recipe. Thank you for sharing it. I look forward to seeing your Christmas sewing...I must do some too!
Helen x

Cheryl said...

I'll be popping a batch in my Aga this afternoon, before the children get back from school. If I bake them in the morning, then there won't be so many muffins waiting for them when they get in. Thanks for the recipe. I bought some gorgeous muffin paper cases and now I have a really good excuse to use them! Oh and thanks for the suggestion of apple lavender jelly. Might try a small test batch.

Pipany said...

Oh yummy! They look gorgeous and as for the Christmas gifting, please don't let me be the only one on Chrismas Eve! x

andrea creates said...

they look delicious!!

Annie said...


Frances said...

I love the extreme close up view of those muffins...real temptation right there on the screen!

You've reminded me that I better pick up the pace on my rather leisurely Christmas gift making activities. Maybe tomorrow....

How can we already be in the second half of October?


cathleen said...

I've been pondering all morning what to bake today and I really was in the mood for something chocolaty. Thank you for sharing, Pomona, these are definitely my cup of tea:)

Jooles said...

YUMMY in my tummy!
thanks for the recipe
love jooles x

Crafty Green Poet said...

these look delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe,

Mousy Brown said...

They look VERY delicious and JUST what I need...consider them baked! :D


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