Foodiva's Kitchen: Muffin Monday - Triple Chocolate Muffins

Monday, February 13, 2012

Muffin Monday - Triple Chocolate Muffins

In my dreams I gorge on chocolates, I roll in chocolates, and their texture is not brittle but soft as flesh, like a thousand mouths on my body, devouring me in fluttering small bites. To die beneath their tender gluttony seems the culmination of every temptation I have ever known.
~ Joanne Harris, Chocolat

So are you ready to face your week head-on with these devilishly decadent Triple Chocolate Muffins? I'm very late for this week's Muffin Monday, so late in fact that there's only a few hours left to my Monday over where I'm at. Let me explain the reason for this unusual (but fast becoming the usual!) tardiness - it's partly because I'm sick as a dog today, but mainly, it's because I've been very disorganized. The complete opposite of our event host, Anuradha of Baker Street, who actually sent this recipe early on last week. My apologies again, An and many thanks for letting me still participate. 

Get ready for some love....and lovin'.

Chocolate is hands down my most irresistable indulgence, as in, I am not able to resist having it in any of its forms. Sounds a bit like an illness when I put it that way, but maybe it is a kind of addiction. Well let's be grateful that at least it's legal :).

I looked through the recipe and the 'triple-ness' came from the cocoa, bittersweet and semisweet chocolate chips, with a dash of espresso powder to give the muffins a kick. My sister had brought back a stash of some rather lovely Swiss chocolates the last time she came home to get married (actually, she only got married once), so I decided to use some of those in place of the chocolate chips. I'm surprised we still had some left over, or perhaps our chocolate stash was really the size of a sweet-toothed pirate's treasure loot... ;).

I chopped up a handful of bite-sized, white-tipped Toblerones which went into the batter as chips and to top each muffin, I placed a slice of milk chocolate filled with salted caramel in the middle. I don't have to tell you how good this combination of chocolate-everything tastes like as you bite into the muffin's warm belly, do I?

The recipe is so easy that I did everything by hand as soon as I rolled out of bed and had these ready in time for breakfast! We don't normally start off each day with Triple Chocolate Muffins (unfortunately, sanity and willpower prevail) but this one time we did, you can bet we walked out the front door with an extra bounce in our step!

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

Muffin Monday: Triple Chocolate Muffins
Makes 12
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
1 3/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
2/3 cup dutch-process cocoa
11/4 cup sugar
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 c. bittersweet chocolate chips (I used mini-white topped Toblerones, cut into small chunks)
1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips (I used salted caramel-filled milk chocolate, as a topping)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp white vinegar

1. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper cups. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 425.
Melt the butter; set aside to cool.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chopped chocolate.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla and vinegar until blended. Stir in the cooled, melted butter.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir with a rubber spatula, just until blended.
5. Spoon into the prepared muffin liners…the cups will be very full. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the muffins bounce back when pressed with a finger. Cool on a wire cooling rack for 5 minutes.
6. Remove from the pan and let them cool just a bit longer. Serve warm.


Baker Street said...

Oh no! Hope you feel better soon! Your muffins look so good.

Tasty Trix said...

Boo, I am sorry you're sick! All this chocolate must help though, eh? And don't worry - You aren't late; I (unfortunately) have a very long Monday ahead of me!!

Unknown said...

@Baker Street - On the road to recovery, so don't worry. Looking at photos of these muffins, which I made last weekend, made me feel immensely better! Thanks for the recipe, An :).

Unknown said...

Trix, well we all get to that 'nadir' sometimes so I guess this is where I'm at. Fortunately, just before I got sick, I managed to enjoy a couple of these so life really ain't all that bad... Have a l-o-n-g Happy Monday ahead then, sweetie! (haha, just rubbing it in a little)

Kate@whatkatebaked said...

I can't resist chocolate either. And I don't think I could possibly resist these delicious muffins either! Another brilliant recipe!

Nancy said...

Oh now I hope you feel better soon :( At least you have some chocolate to make you feel a little better. They would surely make me feel better. Thankfully chocolate is a legal "drug" otherwise most of the world would be criminals :)

Ei said...

Screw the baked oatmeal I have in the oven. I want one of THESE!

Claudie said...

Hope you get better soon!
As for those triple chocolate muffins... I smiled as soon as I saw the first picture. The week couldn't start much better than with those :)

Vicki Bensinger said...

OMG I'm salivating just looking at these little muffins. YUMMY!

Maya thank you so much for all your help with my video dilema. I truely appreciate it.

Happy Valentine's Day!

The Chocolate Priestess said...

This reminds me that I need to make cupcakes tomorrow.

Lyn @LovelyPantry said...

Feel better!
I LOVE Toblerone! This is such a creative way to use it. These muffins look so moist and tasty. I'm thinking I like Muffin Mondays! I'm going to hop over to Baker Street! :-)

Torviewtoronto said...

maya this looks wonderful

Healthy cooking said...

Nice creativity...Got a give it to you !!...All worth it.....

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you're not feeling well. The chocolate muffins look amazing and perfect for valentines!

Daisy@Nevertoosweet said...

I can't resist anything with chocolate and these are fantastic!!! LOVE IT :) I know my sister would love these ~ gotta get baking! Yummy!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Kiri W. said...

Wow, these look so decadent and delicious! :) Very well baked!


White-tipped Toblerones?! Milk chocolate filled with salted caramel?! I think I'm falling in love :) These muffins must have turned out incredible. Love your adaptions to what I agree was an excellent recipe and a great way to start the day. Especially a Monday :)

Lilly said...

I hope you feel much better now. I know I would if those muffins were waiting for me. They look amazing!

Happy Valentine's day!

Anonymous said...

Oh My! I can't stop looking at these photos! Unbelievably yummy looking. I will definitely try to make these too.

claire @ the realistic nutritionist said...

Oh my gosh these muffins look amazing!!

Kristy and Adam said...

Oh where do I start...Firstly, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the movie Chocolat (one of my favs)! Secondly, your writing is wonderful and makes me happy, along with - of course, your delicious chocolate muffin recipe! I can smell them coming out of the oven of all, I can imagine indulging in one..well perhaps two of these little beauties! YUM :)

Gerry @Foodness Gracious said...

Hey!! I thought those were your words at the beginning :) white tipped toblerones?? Why don't I know about this????

Unknown said...

Nancy @Spicie Foodie, haha...if there were more criminals than innocent people in the world, chocolate would be less fun, wouldn't it? ;)). Thanks sweetie, love you!

Unknown said...

Ei, HAHAHAHAHA....there it's out. I just had one of the biggest belly laugh ever! You're too funny, girl... and btw, I'd trade those baked oatmeal from you any day (this is chocolate-induced guilt talking here, you understand).

Unknown said...

Claudie, many thanks. That's really sweet of you :).

Unknown said...

Claudia Annie, grazie mille my friend!

Unknown said...

Vicki, your video rocks! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's with your loved ones :).

Unknown said...

Lyn, it'll be so lovely to have you join us for Muffin Monday every week! Warning: you'll have to work out doubly hard though due to those weekly muffin consumption! Lol.

Yuri - Chef Pandita said...

Oh my! Look at all that chocolate :D

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