Chocolate muffins

It was Saturday, 7pm and my daughter was begging me to make together a cake. As I was enough tired of course I was thinking of the most simple cake and I even suggested her something like a chocolate waffle. But my daughter said no and it was no way to convince her. Oooook, so we took together a well known cookbook and we have reviewed together the photos. She has stopped to a page called "Cupcakes au chocolat"... and I was happy that she has liked it as it looked to be a simple one.
The good thing was that we had agreed on the recipe to do together so we went to work. I was gathering the recipes, my daughter was breaking the chocolate in pieces and so on. All done, all mixed, but before putting the composition into the little golden papers I have voiced the question "Have I missed any ingredients?" and I was reading the list of them. My daughter stated quickly "Yes mommy, the blueberries". "Huh, what blueberries, there are no blueberries in this recipes?" Or yes, they were... in the photo, as decoration. I felt so bad realizing that my daughter actually has chosen this recipe simple because she likes so much blueberries. Well, I had none so I had to improvise. What about some hazelnuts? It was a great choice and she was very happy to decorate them herself. Ah, and I forgot to mention that the recipe had a topping. Well fine, but my daughter likes these muffins to eat them in the morning, just before she is dressed up to go to the creche. Would you imagine this scenery of her eating a muffing with topping? I can... :D so no topping. And more... most of the toppings are containing a lot of fat and sugar so, lets not over do it. Light is better.

Another note to the original recipe, the author was mentioning that you'll get 30 cupcakes from this composition. Are you kidding? Are you doing there tiny cupcakes? I barely filled 8, so if you want more, just multiply the quantities of ingredients/

Now about the taste .... they are perfect: not so sweet, dark with a strong chocolate flavor, great raise and cracks without falling down (by the way, I made the photo the next day)... in one word, delicious. Highly recommended.

  • 70g dark chocolate
  • 70g cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
  • 1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 120g butter
  • 110g all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g sugar
  • 120g sour cream

  1. Melt the chocolate with butter and cocoa powder in a bain-marie. Mix them well.
  2. In the mixer bowl mix the eggs with sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Add slowly the flour, baking soda and powder.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture over while mixing well because it is still warm.
  5. In the end, add the sour cream and mix well.
  6. Take an ice scoop and put one bowl in each paper case, or until it is 3/4 filled. You can decorate them if you prefer, we have put one hazelnut on top of each one.
  7. Put the muffins in the preheated oven at 180ºC and bake them for 30 minutes.
  8. Take them out of the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.

Recipe inspired from Marmiton les meilleures recettes de pâtisserie et desserts de Marmiton, page162.


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