Chocolate-chip Muffins

Good Delicious things come in small packages; small packages, just like Chocolate-chip Muffins, the next best thing to chocolate! Talking about muffins, have you heard of the Muffin Man, or the rhyme about him? Here’s how it goes –

Do you know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Do you know the muffin man,
Who lives in Drury Lane?

Yes I know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Yes I know the muffin man,
Who lives in Drury Lane.

Do you think we’d still find Muffin Man if we looked on Drury Lane?? Unfortunately, I cannot add the tune to the rhyme here, else I’d sing it for you ‘cos I still remember the tune from my play-school days. Muffin – the word always brings a smile to my face ‘cos I remember my play-school days when Amma would pack a muffin or a cup-cake and some dry-fruits for short break. I’m supposing they were more cupcake than they were muffin, but back then, when I was just about 3-4 years old, I wasn’t expected to know a muffin from a cupcake, was I? So I still happily continue to delve in those sweet memories of me gorging on my cuppie cakes during short break! I recently made these swooningly chocolate-y tempti-licious muffins, and the occasional bouts of chocolate exploding in the mouth amidst the vanilla was oh so sensational! Here’s a classic case of food porn if I may call it so without sounding impish 😉

Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour/Maida – 2 1/2 cups (250 gms)
  • Butter – 1 cup (250 gms)
  • Sugar (powdered) – 2 cups (250 gms)
  • Eggs – 5 nos
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp (5 gms)
  • Milk powder – 1 tbsp (15 gms)
  • Water – 3 tbsps (45 ml)
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Chocolate chips – 1 cup (as you can see, I was feeling pretty indulgent; vary quantity as per your taste)

This proportion makes 2 dozen muffins.

Procedure:

  • Preheat oven to 175C/350F.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together, till light and fluffy.
  • Whip the eggs and vanilla essence to a stiff froth.
  • Add the whipped eggs into the creamed butter-sugar mixture, little by little and beat well.
  • Sieve flour with baking powder and milk powder.
  • Add this mixture to the creamed mixture and mix at a very low speed in one direction.
  • Add the water to the batter to get a dropping consistency.
  • At this point, you could stir-in your choice of additive flavour like chocolate chips, any fruit crush (I’m a little partial to strawberry), raisins, nuts, fresh cranberries…you get the drift. I chose chocolate-chips since that was what I had on hand. So, stir-in 2/3rd of the chocolate chips and incorporate well into the batter (I’ll give you a really good idea to use up the remaining 1/3rd a little later, so just hang in there).
  • Place muffin paper liners in your muffin tray, and spoon the readied batter onto readied muffin moulds. Dont bother about leveling the top, just drop a spoonful of the batter into each mould about 3/4th full, and keep going; the muffins will even out as they bake.
  • Now comes the food porn moment – from the remaining chocolate chips, sprinkle a copious amount on top of each muffin, just for some extra kicks (now you know what I meant when I said I’d give you a good idea to use up the remnant chocolate-chips!)
  • Bake the muffins for 20-30 minutes or till you have a lovely golden crust.
  • Cool on a wire-rack turned upside down so that the fat does not settle at the bottom (that’s a trick an expert baker taught me). Enjoy them muffins with a nice hot cuppa and mollycoddle your chocolate cravings, and don’t forget to think of me when you do!

Note: If you do not wish to make muffins, pour the readied batter onto a greased and dusted square-baking dish and bake at the same temperature for 20-30 minutes, or till you see a golden brown crusted surface. Put it through the toothpick test to check done-ness. Once done, cool on a wire rack, cut into slices and voila, you have a piquant tea-time cake!

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17 responses to “Chocolate-chip Muffins

  1. Wow fluffy muffins u’ve got….looks soo gud

  2. What beautiful cupcakes Madhuri, simply mouth watering !!!

  3. Lovely!!! These look extremely inviting!! Food porn!!!!!!!!!! rolf!!!!!

  4. These look sooooooo yummy and tempting! Awesome muffins!

  5. Woww wat a gorgeous looking muffins, looks awesome..

  6. love the colour..looks so tempting and yumm..

  7. Hey madhuri, i am an all time chocolate fan. love your muffins, feel like grabbing one..

  8. Wow! Awesome clicks 🙂

  9. Looks so perfect and delicious…

  10. Nobody sounds impish…not especially when there is chocolate in question 😛
    But yes, I can do with more porn of this kind. Turn on the sin!!

  11. Now, thats a beautiful piece of art!

  12. Oh my.. beautiful and chocolatey muffins. I hardly ate any cup cakes during my child hood, now I realize what I have missed.

  13. Shaheen Fairoze

    Voila!!!! 🙂 🙂

  14. Hi Madhuri,

    Please could you tell me where to find a muffin pan in Bangalore? I made my friend lug one all the way from the US only to discover that it was too big for my oven 😦

    • Rupa,

      Muffins trays arent hard to find in Blore. Which area are you in ?

      Im including a list of places where you can find your baking paraphernalia and baking supplies/ingredients et al. I shop at 2-3 places, apart from picking up good stuff if I see it elsewhere too. You can be sure to get what you want at all of these places –
      Institute of Baking & Cake Art (IBCA) – Mission Road
      MK Ahmed Supermarket – Jayanagar/Indiranagar (and maybe the other branches in Malleshwaram, Vijayanagar too)
      Nilgiris Supermarket – Brigade Road, Jayanagar
      Jamaals – M G Road, Forum Value Mall (Whitefield), Sigma Mall (Cunningham Road)
      Adams – Shivajinagar

      Of them all, IBCA is a good one-stop shop b’cos you get both baking paraphernalia and most ingredients used in baking. Let me know if you need anymore info. I’d be more than happy to help you out.

  15. can these muffins be made in a mircrowave?

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