It was time for a treat, the first week back after Christmas. These muffins are for serious chocolate lovers and lead to huge smiles from the kids.
You will need : –
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa and 1 tbsp to dust the chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 stick butter (melted)
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup chocolate chips (3/4 cup to be included in the mix and 1/4 cup to sprinkle on the top of the batter)
ganache : –
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- pinch salt
First you need to set the oven to 375 degrees. Then melt the butter over a gentle heat so that it can cool before you add it the mix later on – no scrambled eggs needed here!
Just pop the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
then in a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients, the milk, beaten eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract (don’t you just love the smell of vanilla!) Now make a well in the dry ingredients and mix in the wet ingredients. Grab a spatula and stir as little as possible to combine, try not to overmix…this is the great thing..lumps are actually fine…now stop just before it is completely combined…
next dust the chocolate chips with the tablespoon of cocoa to prevent them from sinking to the bottom
pour these and the maple syrup into the mix and gently mix just enough to combine them into the mix…
now pop them into cases or if you would rather not use cases spray your tins. Scoop the mix into the cases, ice cream scoops are great for this. Fill them until they are approximately 3/4 full (higher then you would for cupcakes). You should have the reserved 1/4 cup chocolate chip to sprinkle onto the uncooked mix.
next put them into the 375 degree oven for 20 minutes and then leave to cool on a wire rack.
Once they are cooling melt and combine the ganache ingredients, the chocolate, cream and salt over a double boiler.
Then spoon over the cooled muffins and leave to set, before too many people realise you have just cooked ganache…
they always lead to smiles x♥x