Chocolate Muffins – this time they’re real!

Uncategorized | October 20, 2009 | By

I made my friend a book of 50 treats for her birthday in April, you can see it here and she is calling in some of the treats as she has her neice and nephew visiting.

She got 6 chocolate muffins

The recipe is one by Delia Smith from the Comic Relief ‘Delia’s Red Nose Collection’ from 1997. Delia made these as mini-muffins, I doubled up the mix and made mine full size.

5oz (150g) plain flour
2 level tbsp cocoa powder
1 level dessertspoon bkaing powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 oz (40g) golden caster sugar
4 fl oz (120ml) milk
2oz (50g) butter, melted and cooled slightly
2oz (5og) plain chocolate drops

Preheat the oven to gas mark 6, 400F, 200C

Start off by sifting the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.. Then in a separate bowl mix together the egg, sugar, milk and melted butter. Now return the dry ingredients to the sieve and sift them straight on to the egg mixture (this double sifting is essential becuse there wont be much mixing going on). What you need to do now is take a large spoon and fold the dry ingredients into the wet ones – quickly, in about 15 seconds. Don’t be tempted to beat or stir, and dont be alarmed by the rather unattractive, uneven appearance of the mixture: this, in fact, is what will ensure that the muffins stay light. Now fold the chocolate drops into the mixture – again with a minimum of stirring, just a quick folding in.

Divide the mixture between the muffin cups about 1 heaped teaspoon in each, and bake on a high shelf in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, until well risen. Then remove the muffins from the oven and cool in the tins for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling tray.

She also got 6 fruit scones, just a very basic scone recipe with some dried fruit added.
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Chow and Chatter

oh yummy muffins and scones


There are my scones I wondered where they had got to. hahaha.

Delicious. šŸ™‚


Yum – I can taste them from here!


Lucky her!! The 2 desserts look fab!!

I especially love the chocolate muffins the most!! Yummie all the way,..


Guess I might have to try those muffins out sometime, they certainly look good. Envious of your scones – mine always come out like bricks, so I've given up trying.


I love chocolate muffins, especially the ones where chocolate drops are mixed into the mixture.

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the epicurean's market

I just looked at the book you made for your friend — AMAZING! What a fun gift to give!

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Life is good!

what a wonderful birthday gift! they look yummy!

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orchard office

I used to make these muffins but lost the recipe. They are fantastic and so easy to make (and vanish in a trice!). What a lovely friend you are.