Extra Easy Chocolate Muffin for First Timers

I dream of having chocolate cake today she says ….

I would recommend this recipe for any first timer (adult or child alike). The ingredients are few and easily available, you don’t need any electric mixer (just a hand whisk is enough) and the steps are really simple.

Ingredients (12 standard muffins)

  • 300g plain flour
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp coco powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 350ml milk
  • 75g melted butter
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 150 chocolate chips

Mix the flour, sugar, coco powder, baking soda and salt together. Its so easy, you don’t even have to sift them. (Tip. For easy washing up, as we weigh out the ingredients, I put all the powder ingredients into one big bowl, less bowls to wash later)

 In a separate bowl / jug, mix together the milk, melted butter and eggs.

Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir till combined together. (Tip : do not over stir, just a few stirs should be good enough. Over mixing would result tough texture.)

Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips (we used white chocolate here)

Spoon into lined muffin cups and baked in preheated oven at 200 degrees celcius for about 20 minutes

Admittedly, they looked and tasted just average. Heah, but for such an easy recipe I would say its definately worth a try for your child’s first baking experience.

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Bursting Blackberry Muffins

Blackberries are now in season and we bought 2 baskets for a mere HK$10.00 (US$1.30).  I basket went fresh from our fingers to our tummies, and the other found its way into these muffins.

Ingredients :

  • 60g butter
  • 40g castor sugar
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 1 egg (best left at room temperature)
  • 150g cake flour (you can use plain flour if you wish, but the texture will be slightly heavier)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (aka bicarbonate of soda)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 70g berry yogurt (I used mixed berry yogurt this time)
  • 1 small basket of black berries (as you add these in right at the end, the amount you put is really up to your personal liking) (I think we put about 20 berries in for the above portion)

Blackberry Muffin_01Blackberry Muffin_02Read the recipe together, and prepare all the ingredients

Blackberry MuffinIt is best to have the butter at room temperature (20++ degrees celcius) so it is rather soft and easy to be creamed. Add sugar (both white and brown) to butter.

Blackberry Muffin_05Cream butter and sugar together till light and creamy. Take note not to over mix (until butter is all melted, or the mixture will turn out oily).

Blackberry Muffin_06Add eggs, one at a time, to the creamed butter and sugare mixture and mix together.

Blackberry Muffin_07Add in the vanilla essence and mix together.

Blackberry Muffin_09Add in milk and yougurt and mix together.

Blackberry Muffin_10Stir and mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a bowl. Sift this flour mixture into the butter mixture. Use spoon to mix well.

Blackberry Muffin_12Add the blackberries into the mixture and use spoon to mix well. Scoop into lined muffin cups until 3/4 full and bake at 180 degree celcius for about 25 – 30 minutes.

Blackberry Muffin_13Here’s the final product. Very moist muffin with the blackberries literally bursting its flavour when you bite into them.