Today’s post is a combination of all things pretty and sweet; delicate pink tulips and tasty robust muffins. What can I say, I’m not a huge baker, (you see if I was I would be eating all the delicious goods way too often) so I was quite proud of these oversized muffins as they popped out of the oven. They are not too sweet so they make a great addition to the breakfast/brunch table. I wanted to share this recipe with you as Valentines day is just around the corner and these are easy and quick to make. Before you know it, you will have fresh muffins to serve as the entire process takes a half an hour to make! They are light, fluffy and moist and the lovely hit of chocolate melts in your mouth adding a velvety texture on your tongue. I added a cream cheese frosting on top as it is my favourite icing of all time! I also like the added dash of white colour and it makes the decorating process a lot easier. I added fresh blueberries, sweet nectarine and mint leaves for garnishing but here you can play around with your favourite ingredients. Caramelized walnuts would have been a nice touch to this as well. If you want to make it extra special and add that wow factor, you could also add a dipping sauce made from fresh raspberries or chocolate that you drizzle on top in the end. I hope the recipe works just as well for you as it did for it! Enjoy xxx
Directions (Makes about 10-12 muffins depending on your baking cup size)
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, chocolate chips and salt. In another bowl, mix together the liquids: milk, oil and egg. Combine the two bowl together and mix well so the batter is lumpy and a moist. Then fill the muffin cups (not entirely full as they will rise) and bake for about 25 minutes. A great way to test if the muffins are done is to add a toothpick into the centre and if it comes out clean, they are ready. Leave the muffins to cool even though they are delicious warm as well.
Make the frosting: Mix together icing sugar, melted butter and cream cheese to make a lovely white frosting. Spread the frosting on top of the cooled muffins. Decorate with blueberries, nectarine, mint leaves and a sprinkle of icing sugar.