I’ve never made a muffin before and when I looked into the method, I had to spend a bit of time getting my head around the difference between a cupcake and a muffin. If you’re not into baking then you’d probably not care as long as you get a something to eat but the method between the two make them very different things altogether.
So I aborted my plan of putting cake mix into the muffin tray and actually looked into the difference and Nigella helped me put that issue to bed.
Muffins however are usually made by mixing dry ingredients like flour and sugar together, separately mixing together any liquid ingredients and then mixing the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. There is usually a higher proportion of liquids such as milk, and a lower proportion of eggs. This gives the muffins a denser texture and they also tend to stale more quickly than cupcakes.Nigella Lawson
Once that was out of the way, I proceeded to trawl the internet for a simple recipe that could put my slab of Cadbury Oreo chocolate and M&Ms to good use. A 5 star recipe on BBC Goodfood (where I get half my ideas from) seemed to be the front runner with the least amount of hassle so that was my choice.
Approximately 15 mins preparation time & 20 mins baking time
- 250g Self-raising flour
- 100g Golden Caster sugar
- 100g Melted Butter
- 150 ml Natural Yogurt
- 150g Chocolate chips or any chocolate cut into small pieces
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
- 2 eggs
Step 1: Preheat the oven at 180C or 356F or Gas Mark 4
Step 2: In a mixing bowl, sift the self-raising flour and bicarbonate of soda.
Step 3: Add in all the sugar and chopped chocolate or chips and stir around.
Step 4: Beat the eggs before you add it into the mixing bowl along with the yogurt and melted butter. Mix all the ingredients together but be careful not to overmix. It will appear lumpy in places but do not worry.
Step 5: Take a muffin tray that holds 12 and lightly grease. Place muffin cups if you have them (they aren’t always necessary).
Step 6: Bake for 20-25 minutes and enjoy!
Notes: Try not to put not put things like M&Ms or anything with a shell in muffins – they will burn a little and it’ll add a charred taste which isn’t what you’re going for. I made this bit of a mistake but it wasn’t the worst thing in the world.
This technique allows the chocolate to be coated in the flour first as this is what prevents them dropping to the base of the muffin when in the oven #funfact.
I used Cadbury Oreo pieces in my muffins. Make sure you cut chocolate into pieces that aren’t too big so you get a nice even distribution.
After perfecting this base recipe, the combinations are endless. And I’d think you’d agree that the method has minimal fuss and can be replicated easily to make a big batch at anytime.
The link for the Nigella Lawson Quote: https://www.nigella.com/ask/cupcakes-muffins-and-fairy-cakes#:~:text=There%20can%20be%20some%20confusion,in%20before%20adding%20the%20flour.
The Link for the BBC Goodfood recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/chocolate-chip-muffins