Chocolate Chip Muffins

When it comes to a good muffin, Give generously I say 😋

It’s been an interesting week to say the least, back at work and had my first Hypo that I’ve not had for quite some time so didn’t recognise the fact I was passing out all over the place… I ran out of food and sugary snacks, and my anxiety meant I couldn’t leave the house.  What am I to do, since the supermarket won’t deliver for two more days… I pulled myself together with some sugar (mental not to add full fat coke to the shopping list), looked in the cupboards and decided to bake!

Janice loved baking and seems a shame this stuff going unloved and unused… I thought hey why not give it a go how difficult can it be?  Since I was hungry, I quite fancied some chocolate chip muffins…

For this you’ll need the following :-

  • 250g Plain Flour (Though you can use self raising if you prefer)
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 175g Caster Sugar
  • 100g chocolate chips (though feel free to add more)
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 260ml milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 Large egg
  • 72g melted butter (or margarine)

Baking time 20-25 minutes on gas mark 6/200℃ – 180℃ on a fan assisted oven, and should make 12 muffins give or take (depending on size of the cases used and how generous you are.

Get your favourite mixing bowl and spanking paddle…

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I hadn’t heard of Flour Weevils before and thought my friend over at https://widowskitchen.wordpress.com mentioned these to me, so I googled it thinking it was a wind up… geez that is stuff of nightmares huh? but then I figured that since weevils eat flour, they’ll poop flour too and give the muffin that additional nutty edge, delish 😋!

Slap 250g Plain Flour (though I should have used self-raising and forwent the bicarb and baking powder) into the bowl.

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Add two generous tablespoons of cocoa powder (add more or less to taste), get Bournville  not that Yankee Doodle stuff that masquerades as chocolate.  I pity our cousins across the pond who have yet to test real confectionary.

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Add 175g Caster Sugar

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Add the chocolate chips, now don’t be stingy!

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Mix the dry ingredients up and make a small indentation for the liquid stuff to go in.

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Add the Vanilla Extract

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Measure out about 72g of butter/margarine and melt (microwave oven is good for this), mind you, wear something to protect your hands as I burnt my fingers on this bit!

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Measure out 250ml of milk or thereabouts

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Add all the wet ingredients to the centre of the mix

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And then mix the ingredient to Snap’s Rhythm is a Dancer to get a rough textured batter. (you can use other tracks, but muffin results will vary)…

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Finally, generously spoon in the mix in to cupcake cases and sprinkle with more chocolate chips to suit!

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Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200℃ and put on the middle shelf for 20-25 minutes should do it.

Push a knife or knitting needle into the cake to ensure it comes out clean during the baking cycle.

Once done, remove from the oven, sit for 5 minutes before decanting these delicious bad boys ta wire rack for cooling, should be good to go in about 30-40 minutes.  These things are delicious served warm with custard or cream too 🙂

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5 Responses to Chocolate Chip Muffins

  1. I’m intrigued to know how muffins will respond to a beating accompanied by some thrash metal as opposed to snap…..

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    • Muckypaws says:

      Hi Vickie, I pondered your interesting question, what if a muffin mix was beaten to thrash metal instead of Snap? The answer is to do with timing and rhythm to create a satisfying batter that everyone will enjoy! Bear with me as I explain…

      Lets take, say Static-X https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqiVvOXotyw
      It’s fast paced, 180 bpm consisted beat fest. It will be over before you know it, and you end up with a batter that’s too smooth in consistency for a good muffin afterwards…

      You could slow it down with a bit of light Jazz, lets say Ronny Jordan… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lANilh2bLo4

      The timing of this can be irregular and inconsistent, sure eventually you’ll get the batter you so crave, but it’s a lot of effort to get there on what might not be a satisfying post muffin.

      The halfway house was Rhythm is a Dancer, it has a good mix of speed and rhythm slowing down and speeding up in all the right places, to produce what I believe the best compromise for both beating and batter producing, think about the lyrics and tap your hand to the beat Rythym Is A Dancer (1 for Rhythm, 1 for Is A, and 2 for Dancer).

      The art of a making good batter, is in the rhythm, too slow and it leaves everyone unsatisfied, too fast and it’s all over before you know it and you’re left thinking WTF was that?

      Muffin Batter needs a good lumpy texture, not smooth and watery…

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  2. Ah fuck sticks I can’t even be arsed to spell check tonight

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