Saturday, 6 February 2016

Recipe post 2016 N0.2- Chocolate Muffins

Hiya everyone!

I've managed to make time to blog and bake for this week's post- chocolate muffins. This is a simple and great recipe for anyone who wants to practice their baking skills and to just enjoy a chocolate treat.

In order to make these muffins, you'll need the following:

250g of plain flour

50g of cocoa powder (I'd recommend the cocoa powder specifically used for baking)

1tsp of baking powder

1 egg

120g of sugar (any kind)

2tbsps of oil

100ml of milk

For the icing:

500g of icing sugar

1/2 - 1 tbsp of warm water

100g Melted chocolate

Equipment needed:

A jug
Free-standing/handheld mixer

Muffin tray

Muffin cases

Method to baking these chocolaty muffins:

Firstly, pre-heat your oven to 160c/320F/Gas Mark 3.

Sieve all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.

Then mix in a jug: the egg,milk, oil and sugar together until very frothy and well combined. Pour this liquid in with your dry ingredients (you can also add chocolate drops or add broken pieces of chocolate to make your muffins extra-chocolatey). Mix until combined.

Spoon 2/3 of the mixture per a case and place tray in the oven for 20 minutes or until a skewer is pierced through your muffins and comes out clean. It can be VERY difficult to make the perfect muffin- I can never understand how professional bakers do so because it's quite difficult to make sure your muffins aren't too dry or too hard for comfort. Once you feel your muffins are ready, take out of the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes.

Whilst your muffins are cooling, add to a bowl: icing sugar, melted chocolate and a few teaspoons of warm water. The way I made the icing was I gradually added more icing sugar and chocolate to the bowl until I'd used all of the ingredients needed and the icing had a THICK consistency. This may take practise if you want to perfect the right consistency of icing.

Fill a piping bag with your whipped up chocolate-flavoured icing and ice your muffins using the technique I blogged about a month or so ago. 

And there you have it- my take on baking chocolate muffins!

I hope you've enjoyed this week's recipe. Please do comment and +1 today's recipe-it will make me smile. For any suggestions on future recipes or if you would like to share your takes on my recipes, please email me to:

Keep baking happily!

#sweetreats xxx

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