Tuesday, June 05, 2007

More Chocolate Anyone?

It appears that I've been using a lot of chocolate this week. Although, I've mentioned that I'm not a HUGE chocolate fan, there were some chocolate recipes I wanted to try. One of them was Dorie Greenspan's Chocolate Chunk Muffins from her Baking from My Home to Yours cookbook. This week I had the perfect opportunity to do that. There were some guys from my medical school class who live in my apartment complex taking their USMLE Step 1 exam last Friday. Since I haven't been able to cook much because of studying, I wanted to make something...so I made them these chocolate muffins for the day of their test. They said these were good. The texture was night and light but full of chocolate. Dorie has done a great job once again. As we all know, chocolate has lots of antioxidants (especially if you use dark chocolate), so this is my entry to Sweetnick's ARF Tuesday. Check out the other entries later on tonight! Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Muffins
adapted from Baking from My Home to Yours, Dorie Greenspan
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used chocolate chips)
2 cups AP flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 T baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with baking spray or muffin cups. Melt the butter and 2 oz. of the chocolate in the microwave (or alternately in a double boiler). Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, and vanillla. Pour liquid and chocolate into dry ingredients and stir to blend - do not overmix. Stir in remaining chocolate chips (I added a few extra). Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups - I ended up with enough batter for 14 muffins even after filling the tin to the top. Bake for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted at the center of the muffin comes out clean.


gail@more than a song said...

Oooh Claire, I'm going to have to come back and study these recipes more when I get home! I LOVE chocolate and the muffins and those brownies in the previous post look so good....I gotta love anything with chocolate chips or butterfinger in it!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I made those muffins last month. :-) They were a good one!

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I made them too but I only got a small taste of them (I made them for my son's teachers). I need to make them again.

Erika W. said...

Oh yum, I'm glad to know these are good AND good to know that chocolate chips work just fine.

Linda said...

I would so love to have a few of these right now. With trying to change my lifestyle over to the diabetic diet, I can allow myself that pleasure just yet. After I get things under control, I might be able to. They look so marvelous.

Unknown said...

Gail - Glad I could "wet your whistle!" I hope you get a chance to try them. Looks like you had a good trip.

Alisha - They were pretty good.

Paula - Do! They, I think, are more dessert/snack muffins rather than breakfast...my guy friends enjoyed them.

Erika - I never buy baking chocolate (maybe I should) b/c I don't really bake chocolate that much, so I used what I had. Yep! Works!

Linda - I wonder if Splenda would work in these...I guess maybe they have a bit too much butter for right now anyway. Go for it! That's such a healthy lifestyle.

Anuhea said...

Wow, I wish you knew me and could bake me finals treats. Those guys are lucky! I am such a chocoholic, its not even funny!

Peabody said...

You are a baking fool! :) You can never go wrong with Dorie.

Pilar - Lechuza said...

I have just discovered your blog and really everything looks delicious. Good work !
Kisses from Spain

Julie said...

Chocolate, Chocolate Chunk it just sounds good saying it, I'm going to give these a try.

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with a lot of chocolate! These look great.

Red Dirt Mummy said...

These look great, Claire. I made some choc-chip muffins last week. Let's just say, they weren't my greatest effort and move on :)