Boy, do I love a deal. It makes me happy when I use a coupon or a gift card and end up paying a fraction of the retail price of something. One of my online cooking friends posted an Amazon deal that was too good to pass up. Two of Dorie Greenspan’s cookbooks, Baking: From My Home to Yours and Around My French Table were being sold as a bundle for $5. Total. I couldn’t believe it! The retail price for each book was $40, and I was getting both for $5?? Sounded almost like a scam, but it wasn’t. I placed my order immediately and the books arrived within the week.
I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent looking through these cookbooks. There is always a new recipe I want to try, and I am sad that I missed out on the Tuesdays with Dorie online cooking club. I know that there is a new group going on that is focusing on Around My French Table, but I’m more interested in the baking recipes. Obviously.
This is the first of many recipes that I hope to make from Dorie. I chose these chocolate chocolate chunk muffins because 1) I love chocolate, 2) I love chocolate, and 3) I had leftover buttermilk. As Dorie states in her book, these muffins are only slightly sweet and could be considered either muffins or cupcakes. I’d like to call them muffins so I can eat them for breakfast! These muffins got an enthusiastic thumbs up from my husband!
Chocolate chocolate chunk muffins
- 3/4 stick (6 Tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate coarsely chopped (I used Lindt 70% dark chocolate)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted (I used Hershey's Dark)
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 and 1/4 cups buttermilk I only had 3/4 cup so I used 2% milk for the remainder
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Butter or spray a regular-sized muffin pan or insert with paper liners. I decided to use an ungreased silicone muffin pan. Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet..
- Melt the butter and HALF of the chopped chocolate together in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Or, you can do this in the microwave (which I did - I zapped for 30 seconds). Remove from the heat and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, egg and vanilla together until well combined. Pour the liquid ingredients and melted butter/chocolate mixture over the dry ingredients, and with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Don't worry about being thorough - a few lumps are better than overmixing the batter. Stir in the remaining chopped chocolate. Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from its mold.
These look delicious! Chocolate anything talks to me. 🙂 (Plus muffins are healthy, right??)
Of course muffins are healthy! The dark chocolate cancels out all the bad stuff. At least that is what I like to think! =)
Eva, these look like chocolate heaven! I totally agree. These are definitely muffins. Perfectly acceptable for breakfast! 😀 -Kim
this looks so decadent! Chocolate is my weakness 🙂
These look delicious Eva!! I love double chocolate anything, I have a serious chocolate problem….these look amazing! And I really need to buy a dorie greenspan cookbook, all of her recipes always look sooo good, I'm dying to try some out!
This is the first one I've tried, and I'm hoping to make a few more of her recipes soon. So far, so good! And yes, you need to get one of her cookbooks!
Oh, these muffins look so delicious! Wow. I love chocolate muffins…they totally make me feel it is ok to have chocolate for breakfast. 😀
Yum! I'll take one right now!
Eva, these muffins look so moist and tasty! Love your recipe! Thanks for sharing.
sure these are muffins? they look super cupcakey and delicious! YUM! And moist. love the addition of buttermilk.
oh man these muffins look perfect! awesome job!
I love it when I use up leftover buttermilk because I never get to use it all up before its expiration date! Now these muffins look amazing. And it's the perfect excuse to eat chocolate in the morning 🙂
These look soooo good! Definitely a great excuse to have my favorite ingredient (chocolate) for breakfast! Chocolate has antioxidents, right? 🙂
Wow.. the color of the muffins looks so amazing!