My kids were getting tired of waffles for breakfast on school mornings. Really, really tired. But they are so easy. You make them on the weekend, freeze them, pop them in the toaster and serve with “breakfast meats” you reheated because the hubs made them the night before and BAM! breakfast complete. A seriously 5 star breakfast complete, if I do say so myself. But, repetition has a price. Boredom.
So, I tried pancakes. They were fine, but didn’t store particularly well. Couldn’t really separate them as nicely as the waffles. The kids then came to a bit of an impasse. They could agree on nothing, until I came across a recipe for Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Muffins. Well, what’s not to like? To quote Cosby, it has wheat, eggs and milk! Must be good for you! The recipe was originally from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking from My Home to Yours. She is one of my favorite cookbook authors. I found it on the Brown Eyed Baker’s blog. I made a very few changes because Dorie Greenspan’s command of baking is just extraordinary. Just reading the ingredients was a joy because you could see how they all fit together and their purpose.
I have one little change. For whatever reason, buttermilk recipes are never quite right for me. The batter is always too dry. When I substitute milk and vinegar, it seems to work quite well. I’ve tried all brands of buttermilk and find that I have to add more liquid. Plus, buttermilk comes in quarts and I always need 1 1/4 cups or something like that. What do you do with the rest? Make the recipe again? Milk is just more versatile and I don’t throw it away like I do buttermilk.
Ok, I lied. I have two changes. I’m not breaking up some fancy, expensive chocolate for this recipe. Bittersweet chocolate chips are just fine!
Also, and I’ve mentioned this before, I scoff at melting chocolate over the double boiler. ESPECIALLY when I’m melting it with butter. Put a dishwasher and microwave safe plate in the microwave and nuke for a few minutes on low power. Done. Stir, use mixture, and place in dishwasher. No messy cleanup of several bowls and pans.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (divided)
2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line muffin pan with liners. Set aside.
Place 2 ounces of the chocolate and all of the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Over low power (50% or less), microwave the chocolate and butter in small increments until just melted. For my microwave, I started with 60 seconds on 50% power. Stirred the items, then another 30 seconds on 50% power and the mixture was melted. Stir between each increment, as chips can retain their shape not appear “melted”. Set aside. Or, feel free to use the double boiler method.
Whisk flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large mixing bowl. In a large liquid measuring cup, combine milk and vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes. Stir. Add egg and vanilla extract.
Pour the melted chocolate mixture and the buttermilk mixtured into the flour mixture. Gently stir together until just blended. I found the mixture to have a mousse-like quality, much more so than a batter quality. Add the remaining chocolate and stir gently. Divide equally among the muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a tester inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in a baking rack for at least 5 minutes.