When your seven year old gets sent home from school poorly, and misses out on his friend’s birthday cake because he can’t go to Beavers, what else can you do, but rustle up some chocolate chip muffins?

I admit, I have a bit of a troubled relationship with muffins. I love the light, fluffy, melt in the mouth but slightly synthetic Costa variety, but somehow they always end up a bit, well, rubbery, when I attempt them. So I’d kind of given up and stuck with good old fairy cakes (I think I have to make them bigger and call them cupcakes to be in with the cool gang though). But if it was muffins he wanted, it was muffins he’d get. I have plenty of leftover chocolate from Christmas, so I found a Mary Berry recipe for chocolate chip muffins (thanks, Sticky Fingers), and away I went.

If you want to give it a try, here’s what I did:


125g self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
25g soft margarine
35g caster sugar
80g chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips)
1 medium egg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
125ml milk

chocolateFirst chop chocolate (I used a mixture of white and milk chocolate Lindt truffles because it’s what I had) and mix it all up so it will be evenly distributed.

Mix the flour and baking powder, then rub in the margarine to a breadcrumb consistency. Stir in the sugar and chocolate.

mixtureIn a jug or bowl, mix the milk, egg and vanilla essence, then pour into the flour mixture and give it a quick stir. It should be lumpy (mine wasn’t very – did I overmix, or use too much liquid?)

Spoon the mixture into muffin cases, and bake at 200C for 20-25 minutes, then allow to cool a little before devouring.

I didn’t have any muffin cases, so I used cake cases (it made 12 of these), which I assume are the same, although I am now wondering if maybe muffin cases are more like baking parchment than greaseproof paper. For years I thought they were the same, but now I know the error of my ways. I am told my muffins tasted good, but they seem a bit heavier than I wanted and they stick to the cases. If anyone knows what I did wrong on this I’d love to know.

At least J liked them. I almost forgot, I added some raspberries to some aswell – chocolate and raspberry is a combination flavour sensation made in heaven as far as I am concerned.


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