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Muffins for Mother’s Day…

15 Mar

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!

To celebrate, Luke is cooking dinner for our mothers, and I have baked some (pretty darn awesome) muffins for them…

My recipe is adapted from one I found online aaages ago (sorry to whoever I stole it from as I only copied down the recipe and not a link to the site I found it on). I have changed some of the measurements and the timings and generally made the recipe more to my taste, so you might find that you can improve it further.  The good thing about it is that you can turn the cakes into any flavour you like, with a little trial and error.

The basic cake part of it always stays the same…

300g self raising flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
150g brown sugar (I use soft brown)
125g cooled melted butter
185mls milk (I use whole milk)
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs

This makes about 12 muffins, but if you like them HUGE you might prefer to just make 10…and when it comes to the flavouring (i.e. chocolate chip, blueberry, apple and cinnamon, raspberry and white chocolate…the list goes on and on and often depends on what I have in the cupboard rather than what I want to make) I tend to wing it a bit as I don’t actually have set quantities to follow.

Today I made…

Chocolate Chip…with 100g of milk choc chips, and 100g of plain choc chips

…and…

Blueberry…with 250g of fresh blueberries…..but then it looked like loads and I panicked so I ate a small handful of them *shameface*

Now, at this point I’m kind of regretting sharing the recipe as I make these quite often, usually to a chorus of “Oooh, these are AMAZING! You’ve worked SO HARD!”…but I’m going to come clean…they are SO easy to make I’m almost ashamed…

So! Heat your oven to 180ºC (mine is fan assisted an they always come out perfectly…adjust your temp/timings accordingly)…then put on your apron and a serious face…

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…not that serious…

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…that’s better!

To begin, sift the flour, sugar and baking powder into a large bowl, add your ‘flavouring’ (this is where I dumped in a buttload of chocolate chips/blueberries) and give it all a gentle stir to combine.

...double choc avalanche, pre-stirring...

…double choc avalanche, pre-stirring…

...and the blueberry ones...stirred...

…and the blueberry ones…stirred…

Next, whisk together the milk, eggs and vanilla extract, add them to the dry ingredients, and then pour in the cooled melted butter. Stir with a big metal spoon until just combined…if you stir it too much the muffins will come out tough and chewy.

...combined...

…combined…just!…

Finally you spoon them into muffin cases/a greased and floured muffin tray/similar cake holding receptacle…

...raw choc chip muffins on a VERY slippery tray...

…raw choc chip muffins on a VERY slippery tray…

This time round I chose to use some fancy pink cake cups that didn’t fit into my muffin trays, so I had to let them freestyle it out on a baking tray (warning…do NOT use a brand new non-stick tray for this: THEY SLIDE OFF…)

Finally, bung them into the hot oven and let them cook for around about 20 minutes. I usually put them in the middle of the oven (or thereabouts), but my brain failed me on this occasion and I ended up cooking both batches at the top. They turned out a little more golden on top than they usually are but I don’t think this is a bad thing at all!…

...fluffy ooey gooey double choc chip muffins...

…fluffy ooey gooey double choc chip muffins…

...tuffty puffty fruity blueberry muffins..

…tuffty puffty fruity blueberry muffins…on an older, less non-sticky tray…

Note: the blueberry ones appear to have risen more, but I’m pretty sure their size is simply down to the sheer amount of blueberries I put into the mix. I am willing to bet that some of the cakes are just blueberries held together by a light film of sponge. Each one is at least two of your five a day…

Normally, this is the point where I’d eat all of them while they’re still warm (or accidentally leave them to cool somewhere where the dog can reach them and eat all of them while they’re still warm)…but these are (mostly) gifts for my Mom, Mother-in-law and Great Aunt, so I left them to cool, packaged them up nicely, and hid them!…and then ate the remaining ones…

I got my boxes from Hobbycraft (Webbs of Wychbold)…the brown boxes are meant the hold 6 cupcakes and have a raised cardboard insert that the cakes slot into. Sadly, my cake cups didn’t fit into the holes and you need the insert to keep the box stable. Luckily I am both resourceful and brilliant, and so I turned the insert upside down to KEEP the structural integrity, but LOSE the cake holders. I can’t find a link to them on the Hobbycraft website, but they’re by ‘Talking Tables’ and cost £5 for two. These boxes are really attractive and come with some nice little labels, but they’re not that well made. Some of the glue came unstuck as I was opening them out and I’ve had to sellotape some of the edges back together.

The white box can be found on the Hobbycraft website under “Sweet Treat Boxes”…they’re big enough for four muffins and cost £2 for a pack of three. Unlike the Talking Tables boxes, these slot together, so although they’re a little more tricky to use, you don’t need to employ sticky tape and cardboard inserts to get them to stay where you put them.

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…and TA DAAAAA…handmade gifts! They are seriously good, so I hope they’re well-received.

This time next year (ish) I will be celebrating Mother’s Day with a baby of my own. Quite a humbling thought to end my post on.

Happy Mother’s Day 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2015 in Food, Life

 

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