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Chocolate Chip Muffins

All of us at home are major chocolate addicts. There’s always someone in the house to get these chocolate cravings.

It’s when these urges occur that an ordinary chocolate won’t suffice. That’s when the brownies with ice-cream or the chocolate chip muffins come into play.

These dark chocolate chip muffins are incredible easy and are not too sweet. The instant coffee added to these muffins give them the dark color and the chocolate chips add the texture.

These chocolate chip muffins do not need any frosting for them, they are yummy as they are but in our house, we just need to push it over the top.

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Ingredients:

All purpose Flour/ Maida                                                                 –              1 ½ cups

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder                                                           –              3 tablespoons

Semi-sweet chocolate chips                                                            –              ½ cup + ¼ cup

Sugar                                                                                             –              ¾ cup

Vegetable oil                                                                                   –              1/3 cup

Milk                                                                                                –              1 cup

Egg(optional)                                                                                    –              1 no

Baking Powder                                                                                 –              2 tsp

Baking soda                                                                                     –              ½ tsp

Vanilla extract                                                                                   –              1 tsp

Instant coffee                                                                                     –              2 tsp

Hot water                                                                                          –              2 tablespoons

(Note: If you are not using the egg either add ¼ cup mashed banana or cream)

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Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade. Arrange the muffin cases in the muffin tray and keep ready.

Combine the hot water and the instant coffee and mix well.

In a large bowl, add all the dry ingredients together i.e. the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and also the half cup of chocolate chips. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix all the wet ingredients i.e. the egg, milk, oil, dissolved coffee and vanilla and beat together on medium speed or just use a whisk and mix well till all the ingredients are combined well.

Now, add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir till they are well combined.

The batter is a thick batter.

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Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cases. The batter will give 12 muffins.

Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the muffins.

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, till the muffins are risen and springy.

(it took me 17-18 minutes)

Remove from the oven and cool.

Serve the muffins as they are or with chocolate frosting.

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Chocolate butter-cream frosting:

Ingredients:

Cream)heavy/whipping)                                                                  –              1 cup

Semi-sweet chocolate chips                                                            –              ½ cup

Nutela                                                                                          –              ½ cup

Unsalted butter                                                                             –              ¼ cup

Method:

Using a double boiler, heat the cream. When the cream is just hot, add the chocolate chips and the nutela and swirl to mix the chocolate with the cream.

When they are well combined, remove from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.

When the chocolate is cool enough beat the chocolate, using a beater till light and fluffy.

Add the butter a spoonful at a time, while beating continuously.

Once the required consistency is reached, transfer to piping bags fitted with nozzle and decorate the muffins.

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Note:

The muffins are best served on the same day, but can be stored in an air-tight container for a day or two.

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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Cakes and Brownies, Muffins

 

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Banana Walnut Muffin

Banana Walnut Muffin

Bananas are something which we always have in the house. But once the mango and watermelons come in, no one wants to touch the banana, and they get over ripe. So what do we do with the over ripe ones…we throw them. This is an easier way to use the ripe bananas and they won’t even know they are having them.

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These muffins can be had for breakfast and even sent as a snack to school. They are super soft and moist and remain like that. But the best thing about them is that when they are done, they make the whole house smell…delicious. Not that they only smell nice, they taste delicious as well.

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Ingredients:

Bananas (ripe)                                                      –              3 nos

All purpose flour                                                  –              1 ½ cups

Egg                                                                            –              1 no

Butter (melted)                                                   –              1/3 cup

Sugar                                                                        –              ¾ cup

Walnuts (chopped)                                            –              ½ cup

Baking soda                                                           –              1 tsp

Vanilla extract                                                       –              1 tsp

A pinch of salt

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Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade. Line the muffin tin with liners and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas, making sure there are no lumps in them. Add the melted butter to the mashed bananas and mix it well, with a wooden spoon. (You don’t need to use an electric beater for this). Once, the butter is well incorporated in the bananas, add the sugar, egg and vanilla and again mix it in well. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into the wet mixture, mix well. Fold the chopped walnuts into the wet mixture, leaving a tbsp for garnish on top.

Pour the mixture into the prepared liners and bake for 25-30 minutes. You will know the muffins are ready when the toothpick inserted into them, come out clean.

Cool them on a rack.

ENJOY!!!

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Note:

This is a basic banana muffin recipe, u can add any nuts or even chocolate in them.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Muffins

 

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