Sunday, March 04, 2012

Chocolate Chunk Muffins

A Sunday afternoon spent inside - time to bake! I've recently started a longer commute so something to eat on the go is perfect. The answer? Muffins!
My last turn at a muffin turned out much more like a biscuit, so I was looking for something sweet and moist. This recipe is adapted from Bakerella's Rise and Shine Muffin. Bakerella is the creator of the cake pop and her website features tons of delicious looking dessert recipes. This is my first try of one of her recipes but won't be the the last. This muffin was so soft and moist, not to mention chocolatey!

Chocolatey Muffin in cute Damask Wrapping

Chocolate Chunk Muffins
You Need: (yield: 1 dozen muffins)
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. sour cream
1/4 cup milk (I used 2%, if you try with skim milk, let me know!)
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. melted butter, cooled slightly
6 oz. semisweet chocolate chunks (My usual grocery store didn't have chocolate chunks, so I bought semi-sweet bakers chocolate and chopped it up. The standard package is 225g which works out to 8 oz. There's 8 squares in a pack so it's easy to separate into 6 oz.)

Chopped, Chunked, Chocolate

To Do:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with 12 regular size baking cups.
2) In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with a whisk.
3) In another bowl, stir sour cream, milk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter. Fold into dry mixture and stir until combined. Do not overmix! That can result in an overly dense muffin. Stir in chocolate chunks.
4) Divide batter into baking cups and bake for about 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

 Looks like Cookies and Cream batter!

I used an ice cream scoop to measure my batter so I came out with 11 slightly larger muffins which I baked for around 24 minutes. They were a perfect size though and will be a great start to my Monday morning tomorrow. I can see why Bakerella called them Rise and Shine muffins! I put them into a bunch of cute little mismatched bakers cups so I can have a new style every morning. I hope Eric doesn't mind taking zebra print or pink floral clad muffins to work! I'm foreseeing a banana chocolate muffin in the future too so keep reading. Happy baking!

11 muffins

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