Mmm, those soft muffins, super chocolate muffins, rich and spongy…
Honestly, I tried 10 different approaches on starting that topic, but the result is the same- that strange phrase, but those are the right feelings that I have now about those muffins. Our move to the new apartments is complete, all clothes are on places now, there is a big window on a balcony with great light for photography, our cat got used to the new place and is now acting like a queen. Having all that happening, I could continue shooting and learning and cooking. So bring it on! More good food incoming!
You know, there are some desserts that you all remember from your childhood and you became used to eating them in your own unique way. Like eating cooking with milk, or layer cake with tea, and for me- as we are talking about muffins- eating them with ice-cream and banana is the best way.
Muffins are really a foreign thing for Russian people, we have a bit different name for that kind of bakery, the cake-type bun is the closest name, I suppose, to muffins. But anyway, muffins and cupcakes, those names are well known here in Russia and we all love cooking and eating them. I love those muffins for their height love, they just want to be small skyscrapers in the oven and you have to be careful about that thing. If you got a small baking form there is a change that muffins’ tops will hug each other, so you may fill the liners at ¾, but I prefer filling them full so as result I will get really big and tall muffins.
And one more thing- I really wanted to make those big muffins to make a 90 degree shot from above, how do you like this? I really like
- 300gr flour
- 50-80gr cacao powder
- 1 tb spoon baking powder
- ½ t spoon soda
- pinch of salt
- 250gr brown sugar
- 1 t spoon vanilla extract
- 100gr melted butter
- 250gr buttermilk (and we don’t have it in Russia!)
- 2 eggs
- 50gr chopped chocolate
- Set oven to 200C (390F)
- Prepare cupcakes baking form, grease with butter and powder with flour (I got no cupcakes paper forms so if you do, just used them).
- Mix everything from the 1 part- set a flour mix aside.
- Mix everything from the 2 part and slowly add dry ingredients to wet, gently mix with spatula. You now may add a bit of chocolate, but I prefer not to do so.
- Pour the batter into the cupcake baking form liners, fill them completely, add chopped chocolate on top.
- Leave them in the oven for 15-18 minutes, do not overcook, check them with toothpick and it should go out almost dry, but with some moist pieces on it.
- I like to eat them cold or hot, with ice-cream, jams, fruits and berries, feel free to make your own way of eating those amazing muffins!