Saturday, March 22, 2008

Easter Muffins!

I was browsing through one of the food blogs I read, and I found a recipe for muffins with a chocolate egg inside! My family doesn't really celebrate easter too much, but the recipe looked tasty and visually appealing. I found this recipe on Baking Bites, and it is the first recipe I have tried from this blog. The recipe called for Mini Cadbury Creme eggs, but as I was unavailable to find any of those, I used Mini Cadbury Caramel eggs.
As usual, I made a small adjustments to the recipe. I lessened the sugar from 3/4c to 1/2c, but I did not use whole wheat flour like I often do. These muffins just didn't seem to ask for the extra flavor. When I finished making the batter, I was surprised at how thick it was. The muffins I made last week had liquid batter, but this batter was like dough. Also, there didn't seem to be enough for 12 muffins. My dad encouraged me to add more milk than the recipe asked for, but I decided that I would follow the instructions and see what happened. So I divided the batter equally into the 12 muffin holes and pressed the eggs into each muffin-to-be. I had to use a spoon to fold the batter around the eggs to cover them, and I got my fingers all stickied. Since I am in Tahoe again (in the mountains), I cooked them in a 375 oven instead of 350 and for 18-20 minutes instead of 14-16.
We ate these for dessert Friday night. They were drier than average muffins, more like a dry biscuit. The soft caramel-filled-chocolate-eggs created a pleasant contrast with the crusty muffin. When I compare my muffins with the picture on Baking bites, they look... different. Mine rose much more and look drier. I don't know why, because all I changed was the amount of sugar. Well, they were good anyway, but if I make them again, I might add a bit more butter or milk.

Well, here is the recipe from Baking Bites, with my comments in parenthesis.

Cadbury Creme Egg Muffins
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder (This will make them rise more than in the picture on Baking Bites)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar (I used a 1/2 cup)
2 large eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
12 mini Cadbury creme eggs (make sure you use minis, but any filled type should do)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, melted butter and vanilla until smooth. Whisk in milk.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. (there won't seem to be a lot of dough, but it works out) Evenly distribute muffin batter into prepared pan. Place 1 mini Cadbury creme egg in the center of each muffin. You can use a small knife to pull a bit of batter over the top of the muffin, if you like.
Bake for 14-16 minutes, until the top of the muffin springs back when lightly pressed and the edges are a light gold.
Cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Makes 12.

Thank you Baking Bites!

1 comment:

claire said...

o m g...
yumm!!!!!! a muffin with chocolate in... :D