Even before I became a food blogger and got in the habit of posting recipes for you lovely people a couple or three times a week, when I went on holidays, my favorite ones included accommodation with a kitchen: Vacation rentals from VRBO or most recently from airbnb which allow you to choose the number of beds and bathrooms and well-equipped kitchens. Right after hanging out on a beach, my favorite holiday activity is poking through foreign markets and grocery stores and cooking up my discoveries. I know this is contrary to many folks’ idea of a get-away. In fact, I’ve been told it’s abnormal and eating out and not having to cook is the whole idea of a holiday. What can I say? At least my hobby is useful. :) What’s your favorite thing to do on holiday? Ever bought a weird ingredient?
|What I bought on this trip to Ecuador: plantain flour, quince paste and rib stock cubes.|
This week’s Muffin Monday ingredient is oatmeal. Since I was visiting my father and his wife and I had no idea what their kitchen was like, I brought along some of those little foil cups. They work pretty good, if you don’t mind that they spread out a little, your muffins end up flattish on top and sometimes a little batter oozes over the sides while baking.
For the muffin batter:
1 1/2 cups or 190g all purpose flour
1/2 cup or 45g oatmeal
3/4 cup or 170g dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup or 240ml milk
1/2 cup or 115g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1/2 cup chocolate chips (plus extra for sprinkling on after the crumble)
For the crumble:
1/4 cup or about 30g plain flour
1/4 cup or 50g dark brown sugar
2 rounded tablespoons or 30g soft unsalted butter
1/4 cup or 22g oatmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven 350°F or 180°C and prepare muffin pan by greasing or lining with paper muffin cups or putting those little foil muffin cups on a bigger baking pan.
In a large bowl mix together your flour, oatmeal, dark brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
In a smaller bowl, whisk your milk, melted butter and eggs.
Prepare your topping by mixing together the crumble ingredients with a fork. Set aside.
Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Now fold in the chocolate chips, keeping a few back for topping, if desired.
Evenly distribute the batter among the muffin cups.
Top with the crumble and scatter a couple of reserved chocolate chips.
Gently press down into the batter.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Remove the muffins from the muffin pan.
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