Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chocolate chocolate chunk muffins

Boy, do I love a deal. It makes me happy when I use a coupon or a gift card and end up paying a fraction of the retail price of something. One of my online cooking friends posted an Amazon deal that was too good to pass up. Two of Dorie Greenspan's cookbooks, Baking: From My Home to Yours and Around My French Table were being sold as a bundle for $5. Total. I couldn't believe it! The retail price for each book was $40, and I was getting both for $5?? Sounded almost like a scam, but it wasn't. I placed my order immediately and the books arrived within the week.

I can't tell you how many hours I've spent looking through these cookbooks. There is always a new recipe I want to try, and I am sad that I missed out on the Tuesdays with Dorie online cooking club.  I know that there is a new group going on that is focusing on Around My French Table, but I'm more interested in the baking recipes. Obviously.

This is the first of many recipes that I hope to make from Dorie. I chose these chocolate chocolate chunk muffins because 1) I love chocolate, 2) I love chocolate, and 3) I had leftover buttermilk.  As Dorie states in her book, these muffins are only slightly sweet and could be considered either muffins or cupcakes.  I'd like to call them muffins so I can eat them for breakfast! These muffins got an enthusiastic thumbs up from my husband!

Ingredients
  • 3/4 stick (6 Tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used Lindt 70% dark chocolate)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted (I used Hershey's Dark)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk (I only had 3/4 cup so I used 2% milk for the remainder)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Butter or spray a regular-sized muffin pan or insert with paper liners. I decided to use an ungreased silicone muffin pan.  Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet..

Melt the butter and HALF of the chopped chocolate together in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Or, you can do this in the microwave (which I did - I zapped for 30 seconds). Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, egg and vanilla together until well combined. Pour the liquid ingredients and melted butter/chocolate mixture over the dry ingredients, and with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Don't worry about being thorough - a few lumps are better than overmixing the batter. Stir in the remaining chopped chocolate. Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups.

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from its mold.

Yield: 12 muffins

Source: Baking: From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan; page 19
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14 comments:

  1. These look delicious! Chocolate anything talks to me. :) (Plus muffins are healthy, right??)

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    1. Of course muffins are healthy! The dark chocolate cancels out all the bad stuff. At least that is what I like to think! =)

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  2. Eva, these look like chocolate heaven! I totally agree. These are definitely muffins. Perfectly acceptable for breakfast! :D -Kim

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  3. this looks so decadent! Chocolate is my weakness :)

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  4. These look delicious Eva!! I love double chocolate anything, I have a serious chocolate problem....these look amazing! And I really need to buy a dorie greenspan cookbook, all of her recipes always look sooo good, I'm dying to try some out!

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    1. This is the first one I've tried, and I'm hoping to make a few more of her recipes soon. So far, so good! And yes, you need to get one of her cookbooks!

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  5. Oh, these muffins look so delicious! Wow. I love chocolate muffins...they totally make me feel it is ok to have chocolate for breakfast. :-D

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  6. Yum! I'll take one right now!

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  7. Eva, these muffins look so moist and tasty! Love your recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. sure these are muffins? they look super cupcakey and delicious! YUM! And moist. love the addition of buttermilk.

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  9. oh man these muffins look perfect! awesome job!

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  10. I love it when I use up leftover buttermilk because I never get to use it all up before its expiration date! Now these muffins look amazing. And it's the perfect excuse to eat chocolate in the morning :)

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  11. These look soooo good! Definitely a great excuse to have my favorite ingredient (chocolate) for breakfast! Chocolate has antioxidents, right? :-)

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  12. Wow.. the color of the muffins looks so amazing!

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