Thursday, January 03, 2013

chocolate chip muffins

my cooker hob died on me yesterday. apo lak kono mengono cooker hob dying with this post, kan? ni apasal lak cakap nogori ni?? haha!! i need to tell you about the cooker hob because it is (somewhat) connected to this post. anyway, i was making dinner yesterday and the hob just died. the fire went out just like that. it wasn't the gas, because we just bought one tong about 2 weeks ago. was trying to tell me santing. hmmm... i think it might be telling me that:
a) i need to cook more, or
b) i need to cook less.
....i choose (b) !!! yeslah!!
okay, okay, enough rambling...i don't know what came over me today. i baked a batch of biscottis for mr.G to take to the office and then decided to bake some muffins.
i know, i's the new year (HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! not too late, right?) and i should be challenging myself to bake something different..but, i believe we should start small, you know baby steps? (entah dah berapa lama ko baby steps senah, 'baby' ko dah nak masuk darjah satu dah. baby steps kunun) hihihi...worry not. i will find the strength to challenge me. in the meantime, i bakelah anything that i like.
as you know, each year people would try to make changes...well, so far, i've made two. one being, item 'b' above, thanks to my cooker hob (hahahaha!! thank you cooker hob, i love youlah!) and the second one is, i've decided to change my baking experimenting days. i used to have experimental fridays, but now, i've decided to have it moved up to thursday. the reason is pretty simple, if i bake on thursdays at least mr.G can take the baked good to the office the next day. if i bake on a friday, then i'd be left with all these baked stuff and God knows i don't want them here because i would want to eat them rather share them. :-p
okaylah, are you guys ready for the recipe? i got this recipe from this book called the williams-sonoma baking book. i bought the book at the recent big bad wolf sale. the recipe, or rather the method itself is a no-brainer...but i had some concerns (chewah, macam serious nor problemnya) with the measurement of the ingredients. you'll see...
ready? let's go!!
you will need:
½ cup (4 oz/125g) unsalted butter, melted*
¾ cup (12 fl oz/375ml) buttermilk**
2 large eggs
1tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups (10 oz/315g) all-purpose flour, or plain flour
¾ cup (6 oz/185g) sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
½ tsp salt
2 cups (12 oz/375g) semisweet (plain) chocolate chips***

the how to:
1)  pre-heat oven to 180°C (350°F)****

2)  grease 12 standard muffin cups with butter or butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray. (i just line my muffin tin with paper liners.)

3)  in a bowl, whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla till smooth.

4)  in another bowl, stir together all the dry ingredients, EXCEPT for the chocolate chips.

5)  make a well in the center of the flour mixture and in goes the buttermilk mixture and beat the crap out of it until smooth and well mixed..the book says for about 1-2 minutes...(i think this applies if you are a robot) took me more than that. :-p

6)  fold in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed. do not over mix.

7)  spoon the batter into each muffin cup, filling it level with the rim. i used a 2" (5cm) ice cream scoop.

8)  bake the muffins until golden, dry and springy to the touch, for about 20-25 minutes. once done, insert a toothpick at the center of the muffin and it should come out clean.

9)  transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.

*remember the story above about my hob dying on me? well, in order to get the melted butter that is required by the recipe, i nuked (read: microwaved) the butter for about 1 minute. voila! melted butter. :-)))

** i was going through the recipe and i had a feeling that something was wrong with the prescribed quantity of the buttermilk. i cupped (read: i poured my buttermilk in the measuring cup) and 1 cup of buttermilk is about 250ml and i did some research (okay...okay....i goggled. happy??) and it says the same thing over here. so...

***i used only 1 cup of chocolate chips...because i think it was a bit too much. and again with the quantity...ada lari sikit, throughout the recipe. what gives?? you donch believe? see here.

****i pre-heated my oven to 150°C.

according to the book, you will get 12 muffins from this recipe. i used the 2" ice cream scoop and got 21 muffins. lalalalalaaaa....

whoa...this is one heck of a looongggg entry. you guys bored yet? hehehe...okay, taste wise, to me, these muffins are delicious, very simple it's nothing complicated, you know? what i would change about them, i would reduce the amount of sugar prolly to 150g?
okaylah, better not keep you guys. because i am sure you guys are DYING to give this a go, kan? kan? kan?
luck luck...and come back soon!!
thank you for all the answers
thank you for the book image.
thank you guys for comin' over!! :-)

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