Chunky Chocolate Muffins

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chocolate chip muffins

I am really struggling to do any recipes on my blog over the past couple of weeks as whenever I’ve had a free day it’s been raining, which means clouds, and as I use natural light to take my food photos I need some sun…..at least just a little.
Today I wanted to make my Cadbury Creme Egg Cheesecake but hello, the remnants of Cyclone Debbie that struck northern Australia has arrived. We’ve had heavy rain since midnight last night which is expected to last a few days, I hope it isn’t as bad as they’ve predicted and any flooding is minimal.

I made these a few weeks ago and to be honest I never just put chocolate in a muffin, not all by its little lonesome. They were supposed to contain pears because I always add fruit to chocolate muffins, ie; to these, I’d usually add some pears, apples, apricots, strawberries, bananas, peaches and/or throw some caramel or custard into the centre. Anyway I forgot to buy the pears and time was of the essence that day so I upped the usual chocolate quota and left them simple, Simon.
If you haven’t tried my muffins before you might say “Oh, just boring old chocolate chip muffins” but if I have fed you, you’ll know there are no boring old chocolate chips (again, sorry to my Dutch friends) in sight, only warm, gooey, morsels of chocolate and the soft crumbly texture created from the use of natural yoghurt, makes this muffin recipe a keeper.

Go ahead, don’t just take my word for it, try them out for yourself…..make em….lol.

 

INGREDIENTS

115 g / 4 oz butter
½ cup castor sugar
2 large eggs (I use size 7’s)
2 cups standard flour (loosely packed)
3 teaspoons baking powder (yes….3!)
300 g / 10 ¾ oz milk chocolate (from a block or buttons)
¾ cup + 2 tablespoons of plain, unsweetened, natural yoghurt

Optional – 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
Also optional – x 12 standard-size muffin cases or x 6 large Texas-size muffin cases

 

Makes x 12 standard-sized muffins (7 cm W x 3 cm D holes) or x 6 large Texan-sized muffins (8.5 cm W x 4 cm D holes)

 

Note

  • I buy a normal family size block of chocolate for baking as they are often cheaper than cooking chocolate and I use my biggest knife to roughly cut it up. I don’t use chocolate chips as I love biting into a piece of gooey chocky when the muffins are still warm! If I use chocolate buttons, I keep them whole for the Texas-sized muffins or roughly chop them up for the smaller ones. If you are using ‘morsels’ they are perfect just the way they are!!

 

STEP BY STEP

First liberally spray the muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or place your cases into the holes.

  • I don’t bother spraying muffin papers but my mum does, just a light spray. I’d say it’s a personal preference! It may also depend on the quality of them as to how easily they come away from the muffins or cupcakes.

Next, preheat the oven to 170°C fan bake oven or 190°C conventional oven, on bake, with a rack situated in the centre of the oven.

Getting started on the muffin mix, roughly chop up the chocolate, quite small if you are making small muffins and a bit larger for the Texas size. If you’d like to drizzle chocolate on top, later on, place approx 50 g / 1 ¾ oz of it into a small microwave proof bowl and leave it aside.

  • If you’re using chocolate buttons they can be kept whole in the Texas-sized muffins but are better if they are roughly chopped up for the smaller ones.

chocolate chip muffins

Place the castor sugar in a large bowl and set aside.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat or on HIGH in the microwave for approx. 1 min, 20 secs (or until done).

Add the butter to the sugar (no need to let it cool down) and using a large spoon, mix the two together until they are just combined.

  • I was told that using the butter hot gives the muffins a better colour so I use it straight away. I also think it gives the muffins a fudgy texture as it melts the castor sugar a bit.

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Now add both of the eggs and quickly mix them in well.

chocolate chip muffins

Next, throw on (literally) the flour, baking powder, the chocolate and the yoghurt.

  • If ‘throwing’ in the flour and baking powder together worries you, you can sift or stir them together in a separate bowl first.

chocolate chip muffins

Fold it all together until it’s all just combined. Usually I leave a bit of flour around the edges of the bowl so I know it’s not over mixed.

  • Muffins are like scones, they don’t appreciate a lot of handling. Over mixing will cause them to be denser and not as ‘fluffy’ in texture.

chocolate chip muffins

Now carefully spoon the muffin mixture into the sprayed tin or cases (either 6 large or 12 small), being careful not to push the mix down as they will rise less and be denser in texture.

I wait until I have distributed the whole mix before I check that they all have the same amount in them because like I said they hate being played with. Then I take bits from the bigger ones and place it on top of the smaller looking ones, still not pushing the mixture downwards…..more like moving it around, not down. For example I will take some from a larger one and add it to a gap on top of a smaller one or I will move some mix sideways to fill in a gap but I still try not to push the mix down.

  • If you are using those muffin papers that are higher than the tin be careful to try not to get any batter on the paper as it will cook on there and they won’t look a nice.

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Place them in the oven and bake the smaller ones for 20 minutes and 30 minutes for the Texan-sized ones or until they are a medium brown all over, feel firm when you gently press the centres and a small, sharp knife inserted into the centres comes out clean.

chocolate chip muffins

Leave them in the tin for 10 minutes before gently removing.

If you reserved 50 g / 1 ¾ oz chocolate for the tops, once the muffins have cooled, place the chocolate into the microwave and melt it, starting with 20 seconds and then stirring and repeating until melted. Use a small spoon to drizzle it over the tops.

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If using them, scatter over the sliced almonds.

chocolate chip muffins

WALA. delicious muffins filled with gooey morsels of chocolate!

chocolate chip muffins

These are beautiful warmed….just above room temperature, enough so that the chocolate is soft. 🙂

chocolate chip muffins

Keepin’ em fresh – They are best kept in the pantry in an air-tight container and I really like them to be eaten on the day. The second day they’re still okay but not as awesome as they are on day one, so I like to warm them up for 15 seconds in the microwave to freshen them up a bit….just above room temperature to where the chocolate has just started to melt. 🙂

chocolate chip muffins

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Chunky Chocolate Muffins

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 - 12

Chunky Chocolate Muffins

Chunky, chocolate muffins. Filled with chocky & mixed with natural yoghurt these muffins when served whilst still warm, will melt in your mouth.

Ingredients

  • 115 g / 4 oz butter
  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • 2 large eggs (I use size 7's)
  • 2 cups standard flour (loosely packed)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder (yes....3!)
  • 300 g / 10 ¾ oz milk chocolate (from a block or buttons)
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons of plain, unsweetened, natural yoghurt
  • Optional - 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • Also optional - x 12 standard-size muffin cases or x 6 large Texas-size muffin cases

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C conventional oven or 170°C fan bake with a rack placed just above the centre.
  2. With non stick cooking spray liberally spray a 12 hole standard sized muffin tin or a 6 hole Texan -sized muffin tin (alternately use muffin papers).
  3. If using a block of chocolate roughly chop it up with a large knife and set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, over a low heat melt the butter.
  5. Place the sugar in a large bowl, add the melted butter and stir the two together.
  6. Add the eggs and mix in well.
  7. Add the flour, baking powder, chopped chocolate (or buttons) & the yoghurt and fold it altogether until just combined. Note* If wanting to drizzle some chocolate over the tops later, leave 50 grams aside.
  8. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin holes, (being careful not to push it down too much).
  9. Bake in he oven for 20 mins for standard size or 30 mins for the Texan-size, or until they have evenly browned and the centres feel firm to the touch.
  10. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes until gently removing.
  11. If drizzling chocolate over the tops, once the muffins have cooled place the chocolate you set aside in the microwave and melt it. Start with 20 seconds and then stir and repeat until it's melted and then use a small spoon to drizzle it all over the tops.
  12. If using them, sprinkle over the sliced almonds.
  13. Keep in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 2 days. Refresh by reheating in the microwave until they are just warm.

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4 Comments:

  1. ugh, I do the same thing. Have a recipe on hand that needs to be shared and the recipe doesn’t cooperate! I hope that weather perks up over there!! <3

  2. These look AMAZING! There are definitely no boring chocolate chips packed into these beauties :). I love those big hunks of chocolate!

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