Saturday, February 10, 2007

Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins

This recipe is an adaptation of Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Muffins, which was recently featured on Stella Bites.

The adaptation part of this recipe was really an accident. I didn't have enough milk to make the recipe, but I did have some leftover coffee from the morning and still desperately wanted muffins. So I made some substitutions, performed some muffin magic, and enjoyed the results quite a bit.

muffin magic

Mocha Chocolate-Chip Muffins

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, and more for sprinkling on top
3 Tbsp good quality cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup strong coffee, room temperature
1/3 cup, plus 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Sift all dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a large measuring cup, mix all wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir ONLY till moistened. It's very important not to over-mix quick breads, such as muffins, or they can get very tough.

Line a muffin tin with paper liners and fill with batter. I wanted substantial size muffins, and to wash only one tin, so I squeezed all the batter into just 12 muffin cups, but if I had cut back a little in each, I could have easily gotten about 4 to 6 more muffins. I sprinkled with some of the remaining chocolate chips and then baked for 18 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

muff muff muffins

The muffins were tender and soft, not overly sweet and very chocolaty. Thanks to Nigella and Stella for the inspiration.

9 Comments:

  1. Toni said...
    Gotta love those accidents!!! These look so yummy, I want to bite into my screen! Great photography, and I think I would prefer the mocha to the plain chocolate. So I'll take 2 dozen, please.....;-) Have you considered entering these into "Muffin Monday"?
    sher said...
    Wow!! This is how great recipes happen. Those look fabulous!!!!!!!!! I'll take some too. Maybe you need to start a mail order muffin and Whoopee Pie business.
    Toni said...
    By the way, I've put a link to your blog on mine. Hope it shows up for you in Technorati.
    teeth whitening said...
    You should try and sell this idea to Starbucks!! I am surprised they do not already have a muffin like this.
    Karin said...
    These look so good. I was googling for a mocha chocolate chip loaf recipe as I tasted one today at a festival and your link was the first to appear. I think I may have to try them. Thanks for sharing!
    Laura said...
    I had a craving for this...made them this morning. They were yummy. Good for breakfast because they weren't too sweet.
    Anonymous said...
    i am gonna make some RIGHT NOW!! they look so yummy:) i am guessin that is already brewed coffee not ground coffee????
    Amy said...
    I made these muffins last night and they were great! I substituted a 1/3 cup applesauce for the egg and buttermilk in place of milk and they were very light and fluffy and tasty! I also used mini chocolate chips. Will definitely use this recipe again.
    Suzanne said...
    I just pulled a batch of these out of the oven and i must say i'm a bit disappointed. I used mini choco chips and white chips for a little variation. Everyone of these muffins stuck to the bottom of the pan. I did spray both pans-maybe it was the type of spray i used. I couldn't taste the coffee in them either. I also used a bit less milk than the recipie called for but i made up the difference with some mocha mudslide coffee creamer. These tasted okay but i think i'll stick to my cappuccino recipie.

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