Wednesday, May 14, 2008

La cucina di Nicola: Double chocolate muffins

Nicolas wanted to make chocolate chip cookies again, and even though I told him that he has the last word when it comes to the recipes we make together, I had to re-direct him. I faced my first dilemma at trying to multitask, as our cooking time "doubles" as my thursday weekly post at your favorite blog! See, I have already posted a recipe for chocolate chip cookies! But my sweet Nicolas understood my pain, and he chose a great recipe.
This one comes from "Cooking with Kids" by Linda Collister and it is simple and delicious.

Makes 12 deep cup muffins or 18 small muffins

1.3/4 Cups (175 gr.) all purpose flour
1/2 Cup (55 gr.) cocoa powder, unsweetened
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Cup (95 gr.) sugar
1/2 Cup (90 gr.) semi-sweet chocolate chips (as we are running dangerously low on these, we chose to cut some fondente chocolate into small pieces)
2 extra-large eggs
1 Cup (250 ml.) milk
1/2 Cup (125 ml.) safflower oil (we used sunflower oil)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons chocolate chips, for sprinkling (we used the real deal here)

Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Put a paper liner on each cup. Over a large bowl sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and sugar. Add the chocolate chips-chunks.
In another large bowl mix eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and gently stir with a wooden spoon.
Pour the mixture into the paper liners (half full) and carefully dot with chocolate chips.
Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes for the large ones, 16 minutes for the smaller muffins. Remove from pan and put them onto a wire rack to cool for about 30 minutes.
Now get a nice glass of milk and enjoy!

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