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As requested, my muffin recipe, as given to me by my office-mate.
This is a great basic recipe, which can be altered in various different ways.

Preheat oven to 200oc (400of). Place muffin cases in a muffin tray.

In a large bowl, place 8oz (225g) plain/all-purpose flour1
4oz (100g) sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
Good pinch salt

In a separate bowl or jug, mix 8 fl oz (225 ml) milk
2 fl oz (50 ml) vegetable oil (I use sunflower)
1 large egg, beaten.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and add about 4 or 5 oz blackberries, blueberries, or other fruit (I use frozen blackberries and peeled, cored, diced apple; I usually add a teaspoon or so of cinnamon to the mixture too).

Stir in, spoon into the muffin cases, and bake for about 20-25 minutes, until risen and light golden on top.

For chocolate muffins, replace the fruit with 3-4 oz chocolate chips, use slightly less flour and add an oz or so of cocoa powder, and be slightly generous with the milk and oil; the mixture may look quite thin, but it should still work!

1Or 6 oz flour and 2 oz ground almonds; this doesn't much affect the taste, but mades for moister muffins. Which sounds utterly obscene.

Date: 2005-03-03 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Martha & the Muffins - Echo Beach. Ooh, I see what you did there! ;-)

While I remember, is the recipe for those yummy chocolate brownies you made for [ profile] childeric's party online anywhere?

Date: 2005-03-03 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Brownies; Thoroughly grease the most non-stick tin you have. Pre-heat oven to GM 4, 150oc.
In a pan, melt 3 oz dark chocolate with 4 oz butter.
When melted, beat thoroughly and allow to cool a little. Add 8oz sugar, 2 oz plain flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, a pinch of salt and two eggs. Combine, and add 4 oz chocolate chips (or 4 oz mixed toasted nuts if you prefer). Pour into the greased tin, bake for about 30 mins.
When they come out of the oven, leave them to cool in the tin for a while, as the middle tends still to be squishy.

Date: 2005-03-03 08:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Excellent, thank you. I shall try that out at the weekend. :-)

Date: 2005-03-03 09:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I usually do a double batch, partly because I don't have a baking tin small enough for a single batch!

Hope they work out!

Date: 2005-03-03 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, I will let you know. :-)

Date: 2005-03-03 10:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And while we're swopping recipes, can you remind me how you made those gorgeous chocolate truffles? All I remember from christmas eve is chocolate, cream, butter & more chocolate :)

Date: 2005-03-03 10:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's pretty much all there is to it! ;-)

125 ml double cream
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
200g chocolate (white chocolate or good quality dark chocolate seem to work best)
Tablespoon of alcohol of your choice
Grated chocolate/ground nuts for coating

Whip the cream until thick.
Melt the butter and the chocolate together and add the vanilla essence (and alcohol).
Stir the chocolate mixture into the cream.
Chill mixture in the fridge until firm, roll into small balls and roll the balls in the grated chocolate/nuts.
Eat chocolates. Feel indulgent! ;-)

Date: 2005-03-03 10:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!

I think it's a balanced diet of muffins & truffles for me this weekend :)

Date: 2005-03-03 10:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh well, at least, as Fiona said, the muffins are fairly low in fat. The chocolates are low in everything else, so yeah, that sounds like a balanced diet! ;-)

Date: 2005-03-03 08:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Echo Beach - Martha and the Muffins.

I'm pleased to see your muffin recipe is actually reasonably low fat!

Date: 2005-03-03 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As cake recipes go, it's not too bad, especially as, if you use sunflower oil, most of the fat is polyunsaturated!
You could probably make it healthier by using some brown flour or oatmeal, to make bran muffins.

Date: 2005-03-03 08:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Bloody hell, you can't say the same for the brownie recipe!

Date: 2005-03-03 09:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*heh* No; when my mum first gave me the recipe, I thought there must be a mistake in the amount of flour vs sugar, but it's right; that's what gives them the chewy/crunchy texture.
But no, not really diet food.

Date: 2005-03-03 09:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooh, yum! Might try and make some tonight!

Date: 2005-03-03 10:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooo I think I'm going to try making those! Roughly how many does that recipe make?

Date: 2005-03-03 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oops, sorry; makes 12.

Date: 2005-03-03 10:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! :)

Date: 2005-03-03 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hurrah, I have been wanting a chocolate muffin ever since I read this post this morning. And now I've managed it, albeit a small and slightly inferior muffin from Bakers Oven.

Small, achievable, chocolatey goals rule :)

Date: 2005-03-03 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You do, of course, need to add a little love. ;P
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