Bakery-style chocolate muffins loaded with chocolate pieces.
- 280 grams (2 cups) plain flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 40 grams (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
- 20 grams (1/4 cup) dutch processed cocoa powder*
- 90 grams (1/2 cup) brown sugar
- 100 grams (1/2 cup) caster sugar
- 115 grams (1/2 cup / 1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 240 ml (1 cup) buttermilk*
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) boiling water
- 150 grams (1 cup) milk or dark chocolate pieces
- Preheat oven to 200 C (390 F) standard / 180 C (350 F) fan-forced. Grease a 12-hole muffin pan well with butter. In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powders. Add sugars and mix together with a wooden spoon.
- Using the microwave, heat butter until just melted, stirring every 15 seconds. Remove the butter and set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile turn the kettle on and pour out 1/4 cup of boiling water and set aside.
- Next, add vanilla, eggs and buttermilk to your cooled butter and whisk gently until combined. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients and begin to fold. Throw in the chocolate pieces.
- Gently mix using a spatula or wooden spoon and then pour in the hot water. Fold until the mixture is just combined – be careful not to over mix.
- Spoon batter into your muffin pan – the holes will be quite full. Bake for 5 minutes before turning the heat down to 180 C (350 F) standard / 160 C (320 F) fan-forced. Bake for a further 10-15 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Gently remove muffins from pan and cool completely on a cooling rack.
Cocoa powder: If you don’t have dutch processed cocoa powder, just substitute regular cocoa powder.
Buttermilk: If you don’t have any buttermilk, simply add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or fresh lemon juice to 1 cup of whole or full fat milk and leave it to sit for 5 minutes.