19 November 2010

Creamy Hot Chocolate Muffins for Taste and Create

Creamy Hot Chocolate Muffins

It has been a while since I have participated in Taste and Create one of the very first events to grace the pages of More Than Burnt Toast. This time honoured event is the brainchild of Nicole (aka Myamii) over at For the Love of Food.  I love to visit her site for all the delicious recipes and tidbits. She is very generous and always helpful whenever I have a question...or two. She has also been a long-lasting competitor in the Foodbuzz quest to find the next Food Blog Star and has made it to the video stage so far. You go girl!!!.  If you haven't had the chance to visit please take the time...you will be glad you did.

The premise of the Taste and Create event is simple. We are paired with another blogger
... we choose a recipe from their extensive posts...we prepare the dish and then... blog about it.

I love this event because I am able to showcase someone else's blog, a favourite dish or just "chat up" a friend. The blogosphere is filled with delicious recipes that are piling up waiting in the wings for me to try. It's time to get some of them out from the blogosphere and into my kitchen!!!! Taste and Create allows me to to do just that!!! What could be better!

 This month I am paired with Elizabeth from A Whisk and a Prayer. She is a teacher from Oregon who has been blogging for approximately a year. She loves her family and her job. Give a big welcome to her talented blog. As always it is difficult to make a decision on what to recreate. Would I make Homemade Samoas, Snicker Stuffed Brownie Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies, or these breakfast ready Blackberry Pinwheel Cobbler. 

I finally decided upon Creamy Hot Chocolate Muffins since they were too adorable not to give them a try. As she says, "It tastes like creamy hot chocolate in muffin form." Love the concept Elizabeth, especially for kids! I would love to try them with apple so that will be my next kitchen experiment.

** Creamy Hot Chocolate Muffins**

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
Heaping 1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
6 tablespoons melted, cooled butter OR sunflower oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease mug(s). Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Sift in sugar.

In a separate bowl, beat together two eggs (I use a fork). Beat in milk, butter or oil, and vanilla extract.

Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Stir in wet ingredients stirring until just moistened. Beware of over stirring!

Divide batter into two bowls. Add unsweetened cocoa to one of the bowls of batter and stir in. Fill mug by alternating spoonfuls of chocolate dough and white dough.

Fill to 3/4 of the way full. These rise, a lot! I like my muffins to be super tall so I fill mine fuller than recommended ☺. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until tops are light, light brown and spring back when touched.

Grab a spoon and enjoy your heaping mug full of creamy, dreamy, hot chocolate muffin!

As promised I am sharing with you the next gift I received from Presidents Choice. You can read all about how we are getting into the holiday spirit in my previous post. Channel you inner diva and start to plan your decorating, party foods and gifts. I love these!!!! Give your home baking a special touch with these great looking giftable baking pans. Simply bake your bars, squares or sheet cake right in the pan, let it cool, tie the ribbon around it and your delicious homemade gift is ready for giving. Why fight throngs of shoppers when you can create fabulous, personal gifts from the comfort of your own kitchen? Gift-baking is this year's tastiest trend. Bake delicious Buttertart Squares, Mascarpone Brownies with Nutella and Toasted Hazelnut Topping, or an Olive Oil Pumpkin Cake with Toasted Pinenuts.

Next what the President's Choice brand of companies gave to me on 2 consecutive days were a Canadian classic Butter Tart Square mix with a rich buttery crust and a lusciously sweet, sticky topping PLUS for the chocoholics un your life a Belgian Chocolate Square mix which are a perfect combination of cake and brownie. You can use the above square gift pans and gift them to that special someone or you could mix them up quickly for unexpected quests. These will make two of the most all-time singul dessert squares ever!!

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  1. Vall, these muffins look amazing! and delicious! xx Have a lovely weekend! gloria

  2. They must be lovely!



  3. Oh my! this surely does look decadent Val...what a great idea! Hot chocolate and muffins in one!

  4. Cute idea! Fun event, also. I am hoping over to take a look a few "new to me" blogs!

  5. Loved that these are served in the mugs.

  6. Oh I haven't participated in that event in such a long time. Those muffins look amazing!

  7. To use Ina Gartin's favorite phrase, "how bad can that be?" These muffins are the epitome of comfort foods.

    I'm going to check out a few new blogs now.

    Thanks so much and have a delicious weekend.


  8. Those muffins are inspired Val. I would love to dig into one of them. Just think how excited a child would get on being presented with one of those. Heck, I would get pretty excited :)

  9. So glad you enjoyed them! Let me know how the apple ones turn out!

  10. These sound really good! Elizabeth has many yummies on her blog- thanks for sharing one with us. :)

  11. I love hot chocolate bread. I bet I would equally love hot chocolate muffins.

  12. Man I haven't done Taste and Create for FOREVER! Such a great event. Hot chocolate in muffin form...now that sounds like a breakfast I could get behind!

  13. Val, these are darling. I can only imagine how delicious and comforting they must taste.

  14. Val they are amazing - what a great idea to serve in a mug!....LOVE it!

  15. These are so cute and served in a mug...how original. I think I will make them for the grandkids the morning after Thankgiving....what a treat.

  16. Could you tell me how many mugs to use and what size please. Thanks! They sound delicous!

  17. How many mugs and what size please. These sound delicious. Thanks!

  18. I could only wonder if I'd have enough time to prep this for breakfast tomorrow...Hubby would be thrilled. This looks incredibly yummy. Thanks Val for sharing your friend's recipe...looks wonderful ;o)

    Have a great weekend,

  19. excellent recipe selection, val! i love the presentation, too--so appropriate. :)

  20. Gorgeous Val! Did you bake these right in your mug? Did you butter it up first- and would most mugs work for this? Very impressed, this is making me hungry!

  21. I need to participate in such events. I have been so intensely focused on my local food community and blogging relationships locally (which is also incredibly enriching) that I have not had or made the time for participating in these kinds of events. I tried a couple of times, but the joy was not there. Just the pressure of the deadline.This event, I have never heard of until today. The concept is exactly what I try to do locally and one I believe in... relationship developing and actually using, sharing, and talking about one another's food.
    I have been watching the food buzz people as they continue on... and have seen Nicole's work. It is incredible.
    Which has me reflecting in an entirely different direction: my focus for the new year, site wise. I have been using my site as a very personal journal which is deeply gratifying to me, but I miss a lot of the thoughtful and engaging comments I get when I do my cooking and baking posts. My conference posts and cooking class posts get a greater readership stat wise, but there is little engagement and the reason I write is to engage... and to learn. I have seen your site changes over the past year, and WOW. I am not saying I will go the same route... but I am saying I need to make the same kinds of thoughtful changes. I love the end of the year for these reasons.

  22. I am going straight over to blog to read and explore someone new; I think this idea is wonderful, especially since I really do try other blogger's recipes out!

  23. I made these on Friday night, not expecting to love them so much, but thought they'd satisfy my sweet tooth. They did & more. These reminded me of a childhood favorite - chocolate cream of wheat! They were so yummy...I ate two...and then skipped dinner ;-)

  24. Hi

    Great information in this post and i think he blogosphere is filled with delicious recipes that are piling up waiting in the wings for me to try.


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