Who out there watched the Great British Bake Off? I first heard about the show when we were in Abu Dhabi for my birthday weekend. I’ve since found it online and I am HOOKED. I know it’s actually over but I am only up to episode six for season three so please don’t tell me who won. All of the contenders are amateur home bakers and the technical challenges are quite difficult. So many times while I’ve been watching, something has gone horribly wrong and I gasped like others do during a horror film and even made the dog jump. My kind of drama! Meanwhile, it’s Muffin Monday again, and I’ve got a lovely chocolate muffin that anyone can make. You won’t be surprised to hear that muffins haven’t featured at all in the Bake Off challenges. Too easy.
I'm dedicating these muffins to my wonderful mother-in-law. You've all read about her here. Today it's her birthday! So, happy birthday, Heather! I love you!
For the muffins:
2 cups or 250g flour
3/4 cup or 170g granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup or 45g cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1/3 cup or 80ml canola oil
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the filling:
1 3/4 oz or 50g dark chocolate
2 1/2 oz or 72g cream cheese
1 tablespoon sugar
Topping – optional
1/2 cup milk chocolate M&Ms or chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line it with paper cups.
Measure your flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into large bowl and shift the cocoa into it. Mix well and set aside.
In smaller bowl, whisk your eggs, oil, milk, yogurt and vanilla.
Set it aside and get on with the filling.
Put the chocolate and cream cheese and the pinch of salt into a microwaveable bowl. Heat 20-30 seconds at a time on high, stirring in between, until they have melted and are completely combined.
Add in the tablespoon of sugar and stir well.
Now back to the muffin batter. Pour your wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Divide half of your batter between the muffin cups.
Using a small spoon, divide the filling between the muffin cups, trying to place it in the center of the batter.
Cover the filling with the balance of the batter.
Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with mini M&Ms, if using. Since Mars have decided not to make the baking bits except seasonally at Christmas time, (and then, only the milk chocolate) the regular mini M&Ms have to do. The color comes off but I think it has rather a neat effect so I still use them. You could also use chocolate chips.
Bake in your preheated over for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool for a few minutes then remove to rack to cool completely.
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