Cooking with Kids: Chocolate Chip Muffins

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“Muffins are ugly cupcakes” she said with a smug smile (I just love her cute lil dimples).. Well my lovely niece, if there’s one lesson I’m sure you’ve learned after eating these, it’s don’t judge a book by it’s cover!

It was my nephew’s 8th birthday and the girls decided they wanted to bake him chocolate chip muffins for his party. To be honest, I really didn’t think that these muffins would turn out let alone taste good (the pictures speak for themselves).. I didn’t want to make them feel bad so I decided I’d be the first to taste them (secretly nibbling behind the kitchen door) hoping for a some-what edible muffin.

Let me put it this way, my eyes grew wider with every bite.. the gooey chocolate chips just exploded in my mouth.. I had died and gone to chocolate chip muffin heaven!! Hallelujahhhhhh…. Ok you get the point.

Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

You will need: 250g Self Raising Flour – Pinch of Salt – 1 tsp Baking Powder – 50g unsalted butter – 75g light brown sugar packed – 100g chocolate chips – 2 eggs – 2 tsp Vanilla Essence – 250ml Milk

1 – Line your Muffin tray with paper muffin cases. The recipe states you’ll get 12 muffins, I only got 10.

2- Mix the Self raising flour, salt and baking powder together in a bowl and turn on the oven to 200 C/400 F.

3- Cut the butter into cubes and add it into the flour mixture, rubbing the butter in with your hands. You should get a breadcrumb-like texture. (things will get pretty messy!!)

4 – Add the sugar and the Chocolate chips and stir.

5- In a separate bowl, stir the eggs, milk and vanilla.

6- Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir with a fork. My mixture came out super runny so I added around 3 Tbsp of flour until I was happy with it. Fill the muffin cases around 3/4 full (things will get even messier!!)

7- Bake for 20 mins, cool them on a rack and store in an air-tight container. I personally LOVED them warm, the chocolate chips were all melted & the centre was just soft and gooey.. the muffin itself was so light and fluffy.

The kids had a blast preparing them and swallowing them. They were a perfect pool-side treat! I won’t judge you for nibbling on them late at night under the covers either, I certainly would if there were any left.


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