Who doesn’t love chocolate chip muffins?! Luscious chocolate chips embedded meltingly in springy moist muffin to turn a cup of coffee into a mid-morning feast. The great thing about muffins is that they are quick and easy to make too. No long creaming and folding processes, just combine the wet ingredients and stir in the dry and it doesn’t matter if the mixture is lumpy, in fact it’s supposed to be.
These chocolate chip muffins are great for kids and adults alike, but you can always vary the chocolate chips you use, mixing in some white chocolate or even Smarties for kids and really good dark chocolate for chocoholic adults.
Recipe for Chocolate Chip Muffins
250g / 8oz plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
175g / 6oz caster sugar
150g dark chocolate cut into chips
250ml / 1 cup milk
90ml / 1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F. Line a 12 muffin tin with paper cases.
Sift together plain flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa powder in a large bowl and mix in the sugar and chocolate chips.
Beat together the milk, oil, egg and vanilla extract in another bowl.
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring until just mixed. Take care not to overmix or your muffins will turn out dry; it doesn’t matter if there are lumpy bits in the mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes until the chocolate chip muffins are springy and a toothpick comes out clean.
These are delicious warm from the oven, when the chocolate chips will have melted into gooey luxury. This is a great recipe for kids to bake for themselves, as it is really easy to do and they will love the results.
Variations on the chocolate muffins recipe:
If all this indulgence fills you with pangs of guilt, you can always use half wholewheat flour and half plain flour.
As well as the chocolate chips you can add nuts to your muffins: walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, whatever you like best.
For a slightly warm spicy flavour, instead of the vanilla extract add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon or mixed spice to the dry ingredients.
Feel like a tea-time extravaganza without baking yourself? Indulge yourself with tea and cakes at Belle and Jerome restaurant in Beeston, Nottingham.