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My sister gave this to me many years ago, and I experiment with it.. I LOVE CHOCOLATE! I add the maple syrup, and usually i use organic flours (pastry flour and buckwheat misture which you can do also...makes it heartieer if you use 1/4 cup of buckwheat flour with 1 1/4 cups pastry flour, or regular alll purpose flour). If you do that you might need to add a bit more milk to get the right consistency. The recipe is my baseline, and I just go with it.... (sometimes I add 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, for a hint of the exotic, but not obvious and overpowering). It is valentine's day today and I will be making them later tonight, serving them on special little plates with a paper doily (sp?) lining the plate. Add red sugar around each muffin atop the doioly for a very nice presentation!
- 1⁄3 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 3⁄4 cup milk (use 1 cup milk if you add buckwheat flour)
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1⁄2 cups flour (You can use 1/4 cup buckwheat -- 1 1/4 cup all purpose)
- 3⁄4 cup cocoa (I like organic)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I like organic)
- 1⁄2 cup nuts, is optional (walnuts or pecans)
- 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare muffin pan (I use butter, you can use spray, if you like.).
- 2. Melt butter until soft. (in oven, microwave, or in a small pyrex bowl on the coffee pot warming element. if it's already warm -- but warning those coffee makers really eat the energy/electricity).
- Add the almond and vanilla extract together with the butter while it's melting for a heavenly scent, adding maple syrup; this allows inredients to infuse, enhancing flavors.
- 3. Once melted, add eggs and milk (All wet ingredients).
- 4. In separate mixing bowl sift flour, cocoa, baking powder,salt.
- 5. Pour dry into wet ingredients, mixing gradually. (Don't forget the eggs if you have the butter, maple syrup, and extracts melted together on their own).
- 6. Fill each muffin holder to about 3/4. Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes, testing with toothpick. (My oven is more efficient than my sisters, so do test)
- 7. Once done, leave in muffin tin for at least 5 minutes before removing from pan.
These came out quite well. I was debating between 4 stars and 5. I'd really like to give 4 1/2, but since that's not possible, I'll settle for 4. The texture is good, and they look lovely. However, I think I'd prefer something a little sweeter (these are muffins, I know, not cupcakes, but even so), and also I find I rather dislike the flavor of the almond extract. I do like it in some things, but it just strikes a false note here to me. I actually used sliced almonds in the muffins, though I didn't add extra chocolate. I baked them in two silicone pans, and one metal pan, which I greased, without paper liners. They were very easy to remove from all of the pans. I think I didn't divide up the batter (which was quite thick) evenly, so got 17 muffins. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It was an interesting experience.