For those who personally know me, they also know that I love to bake, and my kid loves to help me. Baking is not just for the tastebuds, its very therapeutic for me, and we ( me and Zoey) have great fun in the flour cloud!
Baking might not be native to India, but for those who dont bake, dont fret- start very simple.
This is a fairly simple one bowl chocolate- chocolate chip muffin recipe and the outcome is gorgeous.
The recipe has been adapted from Nigellas many recipes.
This recipe makes 12 medium- big muffins or cupcakes
You would need
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
3/4 cup castor sugar
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, plus 1/4 cup for sprinkling
1 cup milk
1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt or less
Make sure everything you have is at room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa.
Add the sugar and chocolate chips and mix well. Reserve some chocolate chips for topping it
In another jug/ bowl mix all the liquid ingredients.
Now slowly add to the dry ingredients – using a hand mixer . If you dont have one use a manual whisk. But hand mixer – I cannot think of my life without one!
once the batter is ready. Line the muffin tin with paper liners.
Add the batter to 3/4 fill the liners
Add the remaining chocolate chips over the batter in the liners .
bake for 16-18 mins – And remove from the oven once the muffins pass the toothpick test (That is, toothpick inserted should come out clean)
What I like about this chocolate chip cupcake recipe
Its so simple, you could ask a kid to do it. I am sure an older kid can do this all by themself. Zoey assists me and has loads of fun
The use of oil makes this moist and delicious.
Its a one bowl recipe and hardly even requires a lot of mixing. Come on, do you need any more reasons to make it?
Kids are going to love it!
These tips are not for the avid bakers. Make sure all your ingredients are always at room temperate when you bake, unless the recipe calls for cold ingredients (like making a pie crust that requires cold butter)
Do not overmix the batter- your muffins will become hard
Always preheat the oven at the right temperature.
Sift the dry ingredients to avoid lumps
Always try and use vanilla extract instead of cheap vanilla essence. You now get vanilla essence at Natures basket easily, they also store vanilla pods.
Use good quality cocoa- I prefer Hersheys. Cadburys’ will do as well. Please do not buy any other cheaper brand!
If you wish to buy online Gourmet company sells these ingredients in India. Zansaar also sells a few .
Involve your kids, it does get messier , and honestly I do lose it at times! But they enjoy!! And Zoey now just has the ingredients at the back of her head