Thursday, March 24, 2011

All about chocolate!!

Hey guys! Sorry I haven't posted in a while! i actually got sick last week >___< and i even lost my appetite :O :O! it was so weird!! not feeling like eating anything.. no cravings for chocolate or icecream.. or mango sago! but thank God I am feeling much better now =D and i have my appetite back! hooray! So I thought I would blog about CHOCOLATE!!! (because who doesn't love chocolate :P)

Just two simple ways you can use chocolate! Chocolate Muffins and Chocolate cupcakes!
Heaps of people ask me what the difference is between muffins and cupcakes. I would say its the method of baking and the texture of the cakes. Muffins are a one bowl and mix kind of method while cupcakes take a bit more time and involve creaming the butter and sugar. The text of muffins are a bit denser than cupcakes, which are more light and fluffy.

So let's start off with the easy one first: CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

80g unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
300ml milk
2 1/2 cups plain flour (sifted)
2tsp baking powder
150g caster sugar
40g cocoa poweder
200g Chocolate chips (or chocolate chopped)

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180oC.
2. Put melted butter, eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, sugar and cocoa in a bowl. Mix together lightly. Fold in the chocolate.
3. Place spoonfuls into muffin cases (until 3/4 full) and bake in oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown.

 These were quite chocolately (because we put A LOT of chocolate) but you can put as much or little as you like :)

Mmmm chocolately ^^


45 g unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
20 g ground almonds
1/2 cup self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp cocoa powder
30g cooking chocolate

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180oC
2. Cream the butter and sugar, slowly add the egg, followed by the ground almonds, flour and cocoa powder.
3. Melt the chocolate over a water bath and add to mixture. Mix together.
4. Spoon mixture into muffin cases (3/4 full) and bake for 20 minutes or till cooked inside.

We iced ours with chocolate buttercream icing. Note the bear in the bottom right hand side =p
So go and satisfy those chocolate cravings ^^

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