Sunday, October 27, 2013

Chocolate Halloween muffins

It seems that any occasion is a good excuse to bake something, and Halloween in no exception.
Since I'm not going to dress up and trick or treating (here we don't really do that) I thought to celebrate my favorite holiday with some muffins!
So here are my Halloween Chocolate Muffins :)

I'm not very good at decorating cakes, I don't really have experience or the right tools, so the decorations of these muffins are very simple. But I don't mind, this what I was looking for and the most important thing is that they TASTE GOOD!

These are actually triple-chocolate-muffins! I used cocoa powder in the dough, pieces of Kinder Egg (is a confection manufactured by an Italian company which consists of a milk chocolate shell with a small surprise inside, very popular in Europe) on the top and I decorated them with melted milk chocolate.

I'm using an instant baking yeast, very popular in Italy, that can be added directly to the dough. Feel free to substitute it with the yeast commonly used in your Country!

Ingredients (12 muffins):
  • 200 gr all-purpose flour
  • 60 gr cocoa powder
  • 190 gr sugar
  • 60 gr butter (melted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 ml milk
  • ½ small bag of dried instant baking yeast
  • 2 Kinder Eggs
  • about 100 gr milk chocolate
  • sugar decorations

Preheat the oven at 180º C (356º F).  Either line 12 muffin cups with paper liners, or you can butter or spray them with a non stick vegetable spray.
In a bowl mix the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, sifted cocoa powder and yeast.
In a second bowl mix the wet ingredients: eggs, milk and melted butter. Add this wet mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir with a rubber spatula just enough to combine everything. If the dough is too thick add a little bit of milk.
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins, for about 2/3 and add some Kinder Eggs pieces on top of each muffin.
Bake about 15 - 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool for five minutes and then remove muffins from the pan.
When they've cooled down, melt the milk chocolate with some milk and decorate the top of the muffins. Last add the sugar decorations.

Happy Halloween!


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