God I’m disorganised. I seem to run round in ever decreasing circles achieving sweet F.A. most of the time. Somehow I imagined that as the kids got older I would be able to tackle all the jobs in the house that I had been putting off for the last few hectic years:
- Tackle the shit tip / dangerous hoarding area of the loft. It is a bin liner mountain. There may well be a small child lost amongst it. At the very least a dead cat.
- Compile wonderful, lengthy and labelled photo albums encapsulating the children’s early childhoods and my extensive problems with weight gain.
- Clear out the back of the fridge. There are jars of pickled beetroot and chutneys there from my early thirties. I swear I saw a couple of cherry Panda Pops back there the end of last year…..or was it the year before……?
- Collect all the loose change from the bottom of the drawers, old Quality street Tin, coat pockets, back of the sofas and, with the aid of a wheel barrow, take it into the bast.rd bank. I reckon there HAS to be an all inclusive holiday to Majorca for a family of four in it.
- Recycle the 1546 batteries I have in a carrier bag that would break open immediately if I ever had the strength to lift it from it’s bowed bottom drawer……..
- Clear out all the out of date drugs and medicines that I have pilfered away just in case of that raging tooth or ear infection that I need to immediately treat with three different sorts of antibiotics because I only have two left of each type……on the other hand if your child goes down with nits then I’m your gal…….but again you’ll have to mix and match, half a head with each treatment…….I could practically treat a girl band, I have them all.
- ………and finally the ironing basket. I swear there are two pairs of high waisted jeans and some stripy crop tops from 1995 half way down…….just in time to be back in fashion again. However my substantial middle roll would sit just in the right place for full frontal fat roll nudity. On the plus side it would practically put a complete stop to upper torso chafing……maybe I could even bin the Lanacane from the medicine cupboard……kiss my organised ass.
In the meantime I remain gladdened by this Chocolate Muffin recipe. Robust, moist and chocolately this muffin can stand alone with or without icing, it cares not and neither do I.
I tried them with Galaxy Caramel Eggs pushed into the mixture which I thought was lush. I think if you were not using icing then you could put two eggs in per chocolate muffin but as I doubled up, I just used one.
I used a Chocolate Ganache as my icing. In this combo I think it works better than Buttercream. You can pimp these Chocolate Muffins as much as you like. My kids really only like milk chocolate chips so I usually just add those but you could use any chunks of chocolate that float your boat. The Galaxy Eggs really were delish but I was also thinking of trying the Lindt Chocolate Balls…….yeahhh baby….
I have made these without paper cases as well as with. It is def much easier with otherwise you have to grease and flour each individual muffin hole like your life depended on it. The recipe itself is very simple dimple. Just a mix of the wet and dry ingredients together and you’re away. Enjoy……..
An incredibly simple recipe for delicious Chocolate Muffins. Pimp as you see fit or just stick to classic chocolate chips. I like to add this Chocolate Ganache but my children prefer them plain. Either way they're very good.
- 300 grams self raising flour
- 30 grams quality cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 250 grams caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 120 mls vegetable oil
- 220 mls milk
- 150 grams chocolate chips or any choc to suit
- 150 grams dark chocolate cooking
- 240 grams double cream
- 250 grams icing sugar
Pre-heat your oven to 200 C. Put all the dry ingredients for the muffins into a large bowl. I sieve the cocoa to remove any lumps. Mix well to combine.
Mix all the liquid ingredients for the muffins together well.
LIne a muffin tray with paper cases.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry and mix well until no pockets of flour remain.
Dollop into the paper cases the muffin batter.Fill 2/3 to the top. Bake for 15/20 minutes.
Place on a wire rack to cool.
Chop the chocolate into small pieces about 1/2 cm chunks.
Bring the cream to the boil in a saucepan. Pour over the chocolate, leave for a few minutes and then stir until the choc is completely melted.
When the mixture is cool add the icing sugar, mix well until smooth and then refrigerate for an hour or so.
Decorate your muffins either piped or freehand it matters not.
Here is another delish recipe for chocolate baking – Date and Chocolate Cookies.