I was in a muffin mood last Sunday, I actually woke up craving a muffin. I'm sure it is because I'm trying to be nice and healthy as part of my New Years Resolutions but last Sunday my body screamed for something nice. All in moderation I s'pose :)
It was a toss up as to what to muffins to bake. Some wanted chocolate, some wanted plain with chocolate chunks so we went for Marbled Chocolate. These are light and fluffy and have a lovely subtle chocolate flavour. They satisfy the chocolate lovers and haters. I've made marbled chocolate cake before and it was delish so I knew these would be hit!
Recipe for Marbled Chocolate Muffins
280g plain white flour
1tbsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
115g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
85g butter, melted and cooled (or 6 tbsp sunflower oil)
1 or 2tsp vanilla extract (I used 2 but I'm a vanilla lover so choose as you please :) )
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Stir in sugar.
2.Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl, then beat in the milk,butter (oil if using) and vanilla extract. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the beaten liquid ingredients. Stir gently until just combined.
3.Divide your mixture between two bowls. Sift the cocoa powder into one bowl and mix together. Spoon the mixture into your muffin cases alternating the chocolate and plain mixture. With a skewer make a "swirl" in your filled cases, this is just to make sure the chocolate and the plain "marble". Do not over do this or you will just get a mixed muffin and not the marbled effect.
4.Bake for 20mins until golden and firm to the touch. Stick your skewer into the middle of a muffin and make sure it comes out clean, if you are unsure they are cooked.
5.Leave cool slightly in tray and then transfer to wire rack to cool.